Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Active is a powerful phone with a durable design and one big disappointment
For users who want a phone that they can drop and splash, the Galaxy S7 Active might be the right device. Samsung has taken many of the powerful specs of its standard flagship Galaxy S7 and placed them in an admittedly uglier but more durable design. The S7 Active is IP-68 approved, so it can take more than a walk in the rain. It’s also sealed from sand and is said to survive drops from a maximum height of five feet on a flat surface.
The new Active model has a lot in common with the standard S7. They both have snappy Snapdragon 820 processors, four gigs of RAM, expandable storage, and Quad-HD Super AMOLED displays. The Active’s battery, however, is a significant upgrade in capacity over the S7, coming in at 4000 mAh compared to the standard S7’s 3000 mAh. The increased battery size should translate to an impressive 32 hours of talk time. Fast charging is supported.
Aside from not being the prettiest phone around, the S7 Active has one huge flaw: it’s only available from AT&T. It’s sad to see such a tantalizing offering limited by a carrier.