Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Review

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Lisa Gade reviews the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, the rugged version of the S7 that’s exclusive to AT&T in the US. The S7 Active has the same excellent core specs as the standard S7: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with Adreno 530 graphics, 4 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot. It has the same 12MP rear camera, front 5MP camera and S Health with heart rate monitor and blood oxygen monitor. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and app suite.

It weighs 5.63 ounces, which is approx. 1.3 ounces heavier than the S7 and it has a rugged casing that meets IP68 specs for water and dust resistance and it has a shatterproof 5.1” Gorilla Glass 4 display (also QHD Super AMOLED like the regular Galaxy S7). It’s priced at $795 ($100 more than the standard model).

29 Comments on Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Review

  1. Any chances of a smackdown between the Razor Blade Stealth vs the Asus Zenbook Ux303UB? Both are competing in similar price brackets and offer quite a good amount of value for the money. It would be interesting to see your take on the two of them.

  2. Always and I mean always there's something I don't like with the phone, no matter how close to perfect it gets. This one?

    1. Screen too large
    2. No removable battery
    3. Why the fuck is there no USB-C?
    4. Crappy GUI on top of android
    5. Bloatware
    6. Locked bootloader, no root permission out of the box, no official support for Cyanogenmod or Ubuntu touch.

  3. This phone is pretty strong. In addition to the already awesome s7, it is compelling. I just would not buy it myself because the looks just not for me. It's a shame to all those potential buyers outside the US though.
    Anyway on unrelated note, I have been working on an Operating System project called "eXtern". It would be awesome if people checked it out and follow me so that you are notified on release in August (Developer preview). Here are the screenshots (follow there and/or twitter as well): . Thanks for taking your time to read my comment!

    Some of the screenshots it better resolution below (some of them are really old and have changed):

    Music (improved visibility in the current version compared to the screenshot below by defautly darkening the background, also several changes have been made will leave the surprise on release):

    Web Browser (this one is up to date, hence the close button is the current one)


    Video Player:

  4. This phone is awesome, had mine on launch day. Because of the battery life this is possibly the best phone of the year, above the S7 and S7 Edge. I feel bad for those not on AT&T who cannot order this version, definitely needs to be on board with the other carriers.

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