Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, Stellar Performance


Galaxy S7 Active



The new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is the hardcore version of the current flagship, the “regular” S7 and it’s a smartphone designed and built for staying alive no matter what you throw at it. Yes, you got that right, the Galaxy S7 Active is as tough as nails and it was released exclusively to AT&T just a few weeks ago.

Compared to the standard S7 flagship, the Galaxy S7 Active features a bigger battery (4000 mAh vs 3000 mAh) and an additional physical button which takes you to the Activity Zone application when pushed. It’s worth mentioning that this app is designed exclusively for the Galaxy S7 Active, you’ll not find it anywhere else.

However, what makes the Galaxy S7 Active unique is the fact that it was built to meet and exceed the MIL-STD-810 standard (MIL stands for military), meaning that this baby will survive very harsh environments. Basically, the Galaxy S7 Active is resistant to dust, water, salt, rain, strong vibrations, thermal shocks, solar radiation and even immersions in water up to 5 feet deep for 30 minutes.

The rest of the smartphone is basically identical with its S7 kin, meaning the Galaxy S7 Active features a 5.5 inches wide AMOLED QHD display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. On top of that, the display is shatter proof and it will survive falls onto a flat/hard surface from up to five feet high.

In terms of hardware specs, the Galaxy S7 Active is powered by a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset (the quad-core variety, i.e. 2xKyro CPUs clocked at 2.15 GHz working in tandem with another 2xKyro CPUs clocked at 1.6 GHz), together with an Adreno 530 graphic processing unit, 4 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of internal storage capacity.

Needless to say, the Galaxy S7 Active is an Android running smartphone, featuring Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz User Interface on top.

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Another strong point of Samsung’s flagship smartphones, historically speaking, is the camera. In our case, the Galaxy S7 Active comes with a 12 megapixels snapper featuring an f.1/7 aperture, phase detection, 1.4 microns pixel-size, specially designed diodes at each pixel, optical image stabilization, LED flash and obviously, 4K video recording capabilities.

The secondary camera is a 5 megapixels variety located on the front panel, capable of QHD video recording and featuring the same f.1/7 aperture.

Being a modern device, the Galaxy S7 Active comes with a fingerprint sensor and the latest and greatest connectivity options, such as  LTE Cat.9, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, an infrared port together with other goodies such as a barometer, a heart rate sensor and a Spo2 sensor which is rather expected, as the smartphone is built for users with an active life-style, hence its name.

To make things perfect, Samsung threw an FM radio into the mix, along with wireless charging and a juicy-beefy-whatchamacallit 4100 power plant, to keep the lights on day in and day out.

As you can see from the specs, the  Galaxy S7 Active is a beast of a smartphone, winning the hearts and minds of Android lovers everywhere. The only disadvantage of owning a  Galaxy S7 Active is the fact that it’s relatively thicker compared to other flagships, but you can’t have the cake and eat it too, I mean these awesome features come with a price, in our case thickness and a lot of AT&T bloatware.

As per the price, you’ll have to cough an extra one hundred bucks for the  Galaxy S7 Active vs the regular S7, meaning that this baby is priced identically with the S7 Edge, at least in the United States.  But if you think about it, it’s definitely worth it, as the  Galaxy S7 Active just took the best features of the S7 flagship and put them inside a tough/beefy body, making it the perfect choice for smartphone users demanding the ultimate from their devices, more than looks that is. If you’re into hiking or you work in constructions, the durability and added grip of the  Galaxy S7 Active will definitely give you that edge, i.e. the peace of mind, meaning that you’ll not have to worry about your smartphone regardless of what you’re doing.








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