The Samsung Galaxy S8 set the standard for smartphones earlier this year, with a long, narrow construction, advanced specifications and a multitude of features. But it is largely to make glass and metal that makes it really fragile and requires that we take care to handle it.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active ($ 849.99) on AT & T is for people who do not want their phones to be high. It’s essentially the same device as the standard S8, wrapped in a durable polycarbonate case that gives it greater protection against bumps, falls and scuffs. It also has a bigger battery. This makes the best for buying hard phone money, and our choice of writers.
Design, durability and display
The Active S8 is built like a tank. The back of the phone consists of a gray or hard gold polycarbonate case. On the sides, there is metal, reinforced by the rubber ribs in each corner for more impact resistance. This envelope covers the entire length of the phone, with the curves that make the S8 so attractive but also fragile.
I submitted the S8 Active to a series of torture tests, including six drops of feet on wood, tiles and concrete floors. He survived without any visible damage. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that even though the screen may be more durable due to the reinforced holes and a chip-free layer that can not be found on the S8, it may scratch itself.
Like the S8, the active IP68 is, so it can survive in 6 meters of water for at least 30 minutes. It worked well after a rinse and treated the immersion without problems, but make sure you do not try to recharge until the port is dry.
Of course, this increased durability depends on the costs of added size and volume. The S8 Active measures 6.0 to 3.0 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 7.3 grams, a notable increase from the normal S8 (5.8 by 2.7 by 0.3 inches, 5, 5 grams). It is also heavier than the S8 + (6.1 grams) and the Note 8 (6.9 grams). But compared to other robust phones such as the Kyocera DuraForce Pr® (5.8 by 2.9 by 0.5 inches, 8.1 oz), it is average.
On all sides you all have the same buttons and ports as the S8. There is an on / off button on the right and a volume button on the left with a Bixby button and replace it with the adjustable active button on the previous active models. The bottom has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C charging port and loudspeaker. The SIM / microSD card slot is located on the top and works well with a 256 GB card. The fingerprint sensor on the back is still on the right side of the camera, which makes it easy to spot the target accidentally.
On the front you will find a Super AMOLED screen of 5.8-inch, 2.560 x 1.440. Because it does not extend along the sides, it is not an “Infinity” screen, but it looks a lot like the panel in the normal S8. The resolution is 506 pixels per inch (ppi), which is slightly less than the 2,960 at 1,440 S8 (570ppi), but the difference is hardly noticeable. The Super AMOLED panel gives you rich, saturated colors, inky blacks that help you save energy by illuminating only the required pixels and excellent viewing angles. The screen becomes very clear and remains visible even in direct sunlight.
Network performance and connectivity
The Galaxy S8 Active is available on AT & T and supports the LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/20/28/29/30/38/39/40/41/66 tires. This is the standard rate for a first-class phone; The striking addition is band 66, which gives carriers more room to combine spectrum and improve the downlink. During field trials in Midtown Manhattan, network performance was good, at 9.3 Mbps and 15.3 Mbps higher. The download and download speeds of Lpsided because it automatically induces network congestion, and all results match what we see on other AT & T phones in the same area.
Because it has a Snapdragon 835 processor, the S8 Active is compatible with gigabit networks as soon as they are implemented. Other connectivity protocols include dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1 (which improves the range and allows you to simultaneously stream to two devices) and NFC, so you can use Android Pay. Samsung Pay is pre-installed and works with all card reader terminals.
Calling ԛuаlity is great. The broadcasts have clear, natural tones and are easily audible at both ends. Noise reduction is excellent when blotting, but all background noise, including wind and traffic. The volume of the earphone is loud and we had no problem calling in a noisy environment. The speaker down is really loud, if a little thin. Wi-Fi calls and HD speech are also supported.
Processor, battery and camera
As mentioned above, the S8 Active is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor running at 2.35 GHz and has 4 GB of RAM. The performance is virtually identical to the Galaxy S8 standard, so our preview for a comprehensive overview. In short, the Active S8 is a fast and powerful phone that can handle everything when you touch it. In general, it’s better than others than the most robust phones, such as the LG X Venture.
The S8 Active also features a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera as the Galaxy S8. Its performance is unmatched and remains the best camera phone we’ve tested. This is our own assessment for a thorough review of the performance and sample images.
In addition to the design, the battery is the biggest difference between the S8 Active and the standard S8. The Active houses a battery of 4000 mAh, for a beautiful capacitance of the cell 3000 mAh S8. In our discount test, where we broadcast full-screen video streaming on LTE at the maximum brightness of the screen, translated to 8 hours, 54 minutes of execution, which is good for the S8, (5 hours, 45 minutes ) and DuraForce Pr minutes).
This should save you a day, and you can get a fast charge with the adapter provided. Samsung’s patented high-speed wireless charging is also supported, so you need to purchase the charger separately.
The Active runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s heavy TouchWiz UI layer on top. But again, it’s identical to what you’ll find on the S8. The only additional feature you get in the Active Series is the Preinstalled Activity Zone app. When you start it, you quickly access a barometer, a compass, a flashlight, a health monitoring system, a stopwatch and weather information.
As with all mobile phones, you’ll find bloatwares, but it’s less than what you expect. There are no AT & T applications, some of which can be uninstalled. Once you’ve set up the phone, you can install apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Health. Surprisingly, Google apps that you can not really delete, like Android Pay, Google Drive and Google Photos, can all be deleted if you want.
Total internal storage of 64 GB, the S8 Active allows you to use 49.56 GB. It’s a good amount of space for applications and photos, and you can complete it with a microSD card.
For a premium of $ 100 more than the standard S8, the Galaxy S8 Active will give you more battery life and greater durability. If you are looking for a phone that can be used to abuse and not compromise performance, then this is the best option and publisher choice. If you’re not only AT & T, we also like the Kyocera DuraForce Pro, a model found on all major carriers. Or you can buy a regular Galaxy S8 and pack it in a protective cover.