Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
Average of 4 scores (from 14 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
Depending on what you want from your smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Active is a fantastic choice, especially for those that love smartphone cases and want superb battery life. My personal preference is still the Galaxy S6 for its sleek design, but the Galaxy S6 Active is just as good of a choice, especially if you can grab one for the same price as the regular Galaxy S6.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Android Authority
So there you have it for this closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active! There are quite a few rugged phones that we’ve seen, but this device might be the best of the bunch, largely because much of what made the original Galaxy S6 so good returns, and is further enhanced by everything a rugged phone can offer. Samsung can greatly benefit from making the Active available in more than just AT&T’s network, but more importantly, it has to notice how certain aspects of this fringe device can make future Samsung phones better, like the active key.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2015
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC World
I really like the Galaxy S6 Active, but my relatively inactive lifestyle is in no need of a phone like this. I’m okay with my Galaxy S6 Edge for now and I’ll keep it close to me and wrapped in bubble wrap so it doesn’t get nicked. But if you’re the kayaking, mountain biking, trail running adventurous type, you should have a phone that can keep up with you. And take awesome pictures along the way. This one can.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/09/2015
There are a few caveats, though. You can only get this phone in blue, white, or gray, each of which sport a cheesy camouflage pattern on the back. The Galaxy S6 Active doesn’t have an expansion slot, either, and it’s only sold with 32GB of storage—that sucks if you plan to travel with this phone, because it takes awesome, high resolution photographs and video that take up a lot of space. Also, this device is exclusive to AT&T, which limits you if you’re with any of the other three major carriers in the U.S.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/09/2015
Source: Android Authority
So there you have it for this closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active vs Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge! The Galaxy S6 Active is really the phone made for anyone that doesn’t feel as safe with Samsung’s more elegant, but also more delicate, offerings. Despite the move back to plastic, or as a result of, the Active can take a beating and keep things ticking along. Its usefulness is more than catered just towards the rock climber, the drink spiller, or the clumsy handler, with its larger size allowing for a battery capacity and longevity that we only wished the Galaxy S6 could muster, and the Active button is useful for everyone who wants an easy access method to their most used applications. If the Galaxy S6 Edge is the luxury sports car, and seems to be priced accordingly, the Galaxy S6 Active is the off-roading vehicle that can still show off on the streets, and in this scenario, also gives far better gas mileage.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2015
Source: Tom's Guide
If you live life a little more dangerously than most, the Galaxy S6 Active is like a dependable James Bond gadget. It will work rain or shine, and it's got enough juice to last you more than a workday. Just as with the regular S6, you'll also enjoy speedy performance, a vivid display and an excellent camera. We wish other carriers offered this phone, but if you're on AT&T (or you're thinking of switching to the carrier), the S6 Active is a great option.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Galaxy S6 Active is for the most part, a really great phone. It has almost all of the good stuff from the Galaxy S6, yet is also equipped with a massive battery that will last you more than a day, and can withstand some water and rough play. The camera on this phone is awesome, as is the display. If you want some negatives, I’d say that the design itself is quite ugly, but that’s my personal opinion. I don’t like the button setup either. But really, the biggest downside here is that this phone is an exclusive to AT&T. Options like this need to be available to more people, especially when this phone specifically addresses some of regular Galaxy S6’s biggest weaknesses.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2015
Source: Phone Arena
Decisions, decisions! We all thought it was going to be an easy one this year choosing the best Android phone, but Sammy just wants to make it harder on all of us. That’s not a bad thing per se, especially when there’s variety and choice with its S6 line, but between the two here in this comparison, it comes down to design – that’s the single, greatest differentiator between them.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2015
The Galaxy S6 Active is one of the best phones you can buy, offering reasonable trade-offs over the standard GS6 (which, itself, is our pick for the best smartphone you can buy today). It's available now on AT&T for US$200 on-contract, $695 full retail, or an installment plan that adds up to that.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/25/2015
This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 I wanted from the beginning. A fantastic device with an excellent battery life and water resistant rating. The only con is that you are limited to 32GB of internal storage, but if you don't mind using the cloud and offloading photos and video, then the Galaxy S6 Active may be perfect for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/24/2015
Source: GSM Arena
Hardware-wise, just like the regular Galaxy S6, the Active leaves practically nothing to be desired. Its 14nm Exynos 7420 chipset is arguably the best in the business, as are the 16MP main camera and the built-in UFS 2.0 memory. Once again, Samsung has made sure that owners of the Active model won't get less for their money than those that rock the regular Galaxy S6. In our opinion, the shortcut button found in the Galaxy S6 Active should make its way to all of the manufacturer's flagship devices going forward. Its customizable functionality is nothing short of superb.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/24/2015
The Galaxy S6 Active is a more durable and more capable smartphone than any Galaxy S that’s come before. It goes much further on a single charge than the regular S6, keeping pace with some of the longest-lasting phones in its segment. Even better: it’s corrected most of the problems that have long plagued Samsung’s Active line, like leaky casings and inflated durability claims. And while it’s exclusive to the nation’s second-largest network, there are certainly worse carriers to be locked into than AT&T. If you’re in need of an Android phone that takes a beating without surrendering top-tier features, the S6 Active should be at or near the top of your list of contenders – assuming AT&T’s network in your area is up to snuff.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 89% features: 95%
Source: Phone Arena
There’s nothing holding back the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. Well, there’s just one actually. That’s the fact that it’s only exclusive to AT&T at the moment, where it can be picked up for roughly the same price as the S6 – so it all boils down to design, the ultimate differentiator between them. Sure, the S6 Active is best described as an S6 with a permanent Otterbox case on it, but don’t be fooled by its tough exterior, because it’s a solid phone that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/19/2015
There's a whole lot to love about the Galaxy S6 Active. If you're not about the elegant look of the Galaxy S6/Edge and you want the utility of a device with three extra hardware buttons. the Active is the device for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/18/2015
Model: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a durable exterior design of the original S6 for those who want to put their mind at ease about their S6 getting worn-and-torn, the specifications and most functions are similar to a regular S6, but the S6 Active has a few additional features. The S6 Active is solely made from plastics and has sturdier build with a bulkier rim frame that is embedded with shallow troughs and ridges for better gripping. The corners are also extra-thick to protect the smartphone from smash-corner accidents. The S6 Active's physical navigation buttons are also hulked up, which results in three touch buttons right below the screen.
Furthermore, the other buttons (volume and power) are also treated with the same improvement, with a slight rise of the buttons and textured lightly to allow for better pressing. Finally, the features that stand out on the S6 Active compared to the regular S6 is the back of the phone, which has a stylish camouflage look with no-slip-grip surface. The phone is waterproof according to IP68. Thus it is water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet (~ 1 m) of water. In addition, it features a larger battery capacity of 3500 mAh instead of the usual 2550 mAh.
ARM Mali-T760 MP8: Mobile graphics solution for tablets and smartphones, which can be found in ARM SoCs like the Exynos 7420 Octa.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Exynos 7420: 64-bit capable Exynos 7 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores and an ARM Mali-T760 MP8 GPU. Manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
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In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.
In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.
86.75%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
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