If you’re in need of a more rugged smartphone to suit your lifestyle, but still want some top of the line hardware specs, then the Galaxy S4 Active might give you everything you need. The handset is now on sale in the UK, sim-free, with prices starting at £465 from Unlocked Mobiles, and the high-street retailer Carphone Warehouse is stocking the smartphone for £530 online.
Amazon is by far the most expensive seller that I’ve seen so far, but is offering the handset as a pre-order set for an August 1st delivery, whilst charging a whopping £676 for the wait. If those prices seem a little steep, you might want to hold off your purchase for a week or so, as several other internet sellers are currently listing the Galaxy S4 Active as delayed until next week.
If you haven’t checked out any of our coverage on the S4 Active before, the smartphone offers pretty much the same package as the regular UK Galaxy S4: a 5-inch 1080p display, although it’s an LCD display rather than AMOLED, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, but with a tougher, water resistant outer casing. The only major internal hardware difference is the change down to an 8 megapixel camera, but at least you can use it to take pictures underwater.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a Galaxy S4 Active, make sure to check out Joshua Vergara’s video comparison with the regular Galaxy S4.