When Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, I was, quite frankly, somewhat surprised that it didn’t have a water resistant nanocoating, like some flagship smartphones have these days. However, a few weeks later, I was pleased to see the rumors emerge of a ‘Galaxy S 4 Active’, which would be a more ruggedized version of the original Galaxy S 4. It wasn’t long before the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active landed on my desk, and I knew we needed to test out Samsung’s claims that this phone was water resistant. Obviously the best place to test this is at a pool, so we loaded up the video gear and headed off to dive in.
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active took on the swimming pool like a champ, both with my ‘accidental’ fall, and while I was swimming around capturing videos underwater. The touchscreen doesn’t work underwater – it’s actually pretty much disabled, but the Galaxy S 4 Active allows you to use the volume rocker as a camera button, so you can start and stop the capture while you’re swimming. This is seriously going to be the perfect summer phone, especially if you’re prone to hang out at the lake, river, pool, or anywhere there’s water around. The phone can withstand being immersed in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, so you can’t take it SCUBA diving, but you could probably take it snorkeling without concern.
We also recommend that you snag an Enercell Portable Power bank, so you can keep going without having to hunt down an outlet, as well as a pair of these water-resistant Philips ActionFit Earhook earbuds. You can also use RadioShack’s Trade & Save program to get INSTANT savings when you trade in your old phone. We do this right there in the store – none of the mail-in nonsense.