Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Review – Smart and Tough

In the past, a tough phone would usually have to compromise on high-end features in order to be considered a rugged handset. In this review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active we find a device that is super tough and high-end, essentially an S8 with a hard-as-nails chassis.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Design

 

s8 active design

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a toughened metal frame which features bumpers on the corners to protect against knocks, twisting and shock. The back of the handset is textured for easy grip and the phone is water-resistant as well as compliant with the military grade MIL-STD-810G making it usable in tough conditions such as high altitude.

 

The phone is available in Titanium Gold and Meteor Grey and weighs in at 208g, which is heavier than most smartphones but the weight is always higher on rugged handsets.

 

Galaxy S8 Active Features

 

The 5.8-inch display is fantastic for web browsing and it is protected by Corning Gorilla glass making it hatter resistant. There is an octacore processor and 4GB RAM on board, so there is no scrimping when it comes to power and performance on this tough phone.

 

knox security samsung

 

Samsung’s own Knox Security is on board and the phone can be unlocked using either the fingerprint sensor or the iris scanner.

 

The new Bixby is on board, this is Samsung’s digital assistant with an intelligent system that learns your phone and app usage habits and adapts reminders and tasks to suit.

 

android features

 

The Galaxy S8 Active is an Android 7.0 phone so there are lots of familiar apps on board including YouTube, Chrome and Gmail and Samsung has also added their own features like S Health and Samsung Pay.

 

The battery is a big 4,000mAh unit so you get even better battery life the flagship Galaxy S8 with up to 32 hours of talk time or 5 days of standby.

 

samsung wireless charging

 

The S8 Active has wireless charging capabilities so you can purchase the wireless charger and simply set the device on it to boost the battery.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Camera Features

 

The S8 Active has a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel camera on the back and this allows the phone to capture more light. Camera features include Pro mode, Selective Focus, Slow Motion and 8x digital zoom.

 

galaxy s8 active features

 

Video capture is super high quality with options up to Ultra HD 4K resolution, a lower resolution can be selected if required.

 

The camera on the front is an 8-megapixel lens with autofocus and the Wide Selfie shot is perfect for getting everyone into the frame or capturing more of your surroundings.

 

Verdict:

 

Tough phones don’t usually have the top performance you would expect from a flagship model but the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the exception. This phone delivers a superb user experience with speedy performance and advanced security as well as a fantastic camera, giving you all the best of a top phone with the added bonus of a super tough exterior.

 

Written by: Carmel Brown

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