Want A Life-Proof Samsung Galaxy S8? Try The Galaxy S8 Active
The Samsung Galaxy S Active range has always struck me as perhaps the most usable of the family. Until now it’s been an AT&T exclusive, but this now appears to be changing with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. America’s second largest carrier, AT&T, together with Samsung, announced the Galaxy S8 Active earlier in the summer and at the time, the device was explained to be a limited-time exclusive. We’ve now seeing clues that the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is going to make an appearance, and we may even see it on sale with other carriers.
If you are not a fan of AT&T, you may be forgiven for wondering what the “Active” variant of the Samsung Galaxy S family is. In short, it’s a toughened and life-proofed variant of the ordinary device. For 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active includes the same core specification as the regular Galaxy S8, including the silly 18:9.5 aspect ratio marketing-led display, and the same chipset, camera, storage and RAM too). However, Samsung have given the Galaxy S8 Active a 4,000 mAh battery compared with 3,000 mAh for the regular device. The Active model also benefits from compliance with the US military specification MIL-STD-810G standards for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock. If you need to get stuff done, are clumsy with smartphones, are always using it and don’t mind Samsung’s software, there’s a good case for the Galaxy S8 Active. It should also support the Samsung DeX too!
It isn’t all good news, however. Like all Samsungs, the Galaxy S8 Active is expensive – AT&T list the device at $850 compared with $750 for the ordinary device. Also, historically the AT&T and Samsung combination has traditionally been tardy at getting software updates out for the Galaxy S Active model, and it’s not received the same support love as the regular models. It’s also nowhere near as pretty as the regular model, but both have the same stupid off-centre positioning of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. However, it’s hard to ignore that chunky battery and life-proof toughening. Whereas the regular Galaxy S8 has a glass back, which makes it jewellry-like, slippery and potentially fragile, the Galaxy S8 Active should still be working long after it’s no longer receiving software updates.