Posts tagged with: Galaxy S 4 Active
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    Confession time: I've destroyed a review unit or two in my day. I lost a brand-new LG flagship in the back of a cab once. During a durability test late last year, I did enough damage to an LG G Flex that we ended up having to buy the thing from Negri Electronics. And just a couple weeks back, you all saw me accidentally drown an Xperia Z1S at the tail end of a feature video. But while most of the incidents above were excusable (the Z1S wasn't my fault, and we were expecting to eat the cost of the G Flex anyway), my time spent with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Active was a different story. Because ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    Samsung is milking the Galaxy S 4 for everything that phone is worth - and why not? It's easily one of the most popular phones of the year, and Samsung has been taking full advantage of the handset's name recognition to put out a whole bunch of hardware variants. At first, that meant devices like the GS4 Zoom, Mini, and Active, but later we saw Samsung's attention turn to the chipset powering the GS4 itself, upgrading from the Snapdragon 600 at the heart of many LTE editions of the Galaxy S 4 to a Snapdragon 800 for the South Korean LTE-A GS4. Eventually, that 800-based model surfaced in ...

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    Samsung has not been shy in the least about churning out plenty of Galaxy-S-4-series hardware. Beyond the base phone and its carrier variants, we've seen the GS4 Zoom, Active, and Mini. Today, we're looking to keep on building that lineup out by taking a couple of those existing models and crossing them together, giving us what sure seems to be a Galaxy S 4 Active Mini. Spotted on China's TENAA, the phone looks like a more squared-off version of the full-size Active, with straighter top and bottom edges, and the lines between its hardware buttons no longer at an angle. Instead of the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    How many of you went out and snatched-up the Galaxy S 4 as soon as you had the opportunity, only to end up kicking yourself a little when the waterproof Galaxy S 4 Active showed its face just a few months later? While other OEMs had been embracing waterproofing for their flagships, this was a new development for Samsung, and from the sounds of it, it's one we can hope to see repeated in the company's future. A report out of South Korea says that Samsung's seen a favorable response to the GS4 Active, and as a result is planning more waterproof designs. One could be a variant of the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I was chest-deep in Walden Pond, holding my Lumia 1020 above my head to capture a shot ...

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    Pretty much the only reason the Galaxy S 4 Active exists is to give Samsung a waterproof option to compete with phones like the Sony Xperia Z. That's why it sounded so crazy last month when we learned that the phone's warranty specifically didn't cover damage due to water. While that does make a small degree of sense in retrospect (seeing as there's no easy way to confirm that the phone was kept within its one meter depth and 30 minute time ratings), it still generated a pretty fierce backlash. Perhaps all that softened Samsung's resolve, as we're now learning about plans to exchange GS4 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft Office reaching Android, and why we're not celebrating. The iPad mini 2 is up next as new reports have the device with the same pixelated display that we currently know. Verizon makes the news next as recent leaks mention the launch dates for the HTC One, Moto X and even the Droid Ultra series. The Moto X and its magic glass, which is supposed to make the display unique. We end today's show talking about how people are complaining about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, and how it drowns for many. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Remember the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active? That's the ruggedized version of the S4 that Samsung introduced in London. Needless to remind you of the ads that are encouraging people to use the phone underwater. We'll just tell you that both on stage in London, and behind it, in the demo area, the key feature of the phone emphasized was its ability to take pictures under water. They even had a tank filled with water, and S4 Active devices. We reviewed the phone extensively and we did our fair share of dipping the phone in the water both in the review as well as in London. However, as we ...

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    Nobody likes a cheapskate. It's why we have fun derogatory labels like "tightwad" and "skinflint" for those friends of ours who insist on dividing the bar bill by how many mozzarella sticks they actually consumed, rather than by the cost of the plate. Whatever other merits they might have, penny-pinchers just aren't fun to have around. That's no less true in the case of huge multinational corporations than with people. But where a cheap social friend is pretty easy to jettison when he gets annoying, it's a little harder to make up for the shortfalls of dealing with a cheap company. ...

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    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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    Update 2: We have us a winner! Please join us in congratulating Julian Brecevic of Australia, who'll be taking home this giveaway's LG Optimus G! Thanks to all those who helped propel our review count to stratospheric levels, almost tripling it from 29 to 89! We know some of you were upset about the iTunes-only qualifier, but we'll have more giveaways in the future, and some of them will be broader. Again, thanks so much for listening - and stay tuned for much more in the weeks and months ahead. Update: We're still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks - once he replies ...

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    Growing up on sailboats gives you a few useful skills. You learn to stand on wobbly ground a little better than your friends, to duck quickly without asking questions, and you learn to appreciate beer from a can, rather than a fragile and unwieldy bottle. You also develop a heightened affinity for electronics that can withstand the occasional sea spray or temporary dunk: on a boat, a waterproof phone can be a real lifesaver - particularly if it's not saddled with the added bulk of a case. My first such device was the Motorola V950 Renegade, a flip dumbphone from Sprint that catered to the ...

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    We've handled it at its official London debut, even dropping it into a tank of water. We've unboxed our very own demo unit, graciously provided to us by the exclusive launch partner, AT&T. And we've given that demo unit the Quick Review treatment, stretching the limits of the word "quick" with 2500+ words and a full video review. The Galaxy S 4 Active might not have gotten the full-court press the original got, but we did our best to make it a dense seven days of coverage. As the week winds down and some of you folks get ready to take to the smartphone store with your Friday paycheck ...

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    One of the up-sides to Samsung's "try everything once" approach to doing business is that it lets the company nimbly and swiftly crank out variations on a theme. Want a Galaxy S 4, only smaller? You got it. Want a Galaxy Camera with a phone attached? Done. Want the world's craziest tablet/notebook hybrid? If you say so. What if your ambitions are tamer, though? What if all you want is an Android smartphone with flagship specs and an ability to withstand life's little "oops" moments? Shouldn't someone (besides Sony) be able to churn one of those out in, like, a jiffy? Meet the Galaxy S 4 ...

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    Phones are expensive. It's ironic but true. I find it odd that the average computer can be much more affordable than the average smartphone. Shouldn't this be the other way around? If we were to judge the cost of building a computer in comparison to a smartphone, computers are bigger; they require more powerful technology to work, so in basic but un-researched logic, smartphones shouldn't be as expensive as they are. The reason why we pay so much money for them is because there are too many third parties involved in the smartphone industry, and because they're the new thing that everybody ...

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    Not sure what's going on in this specific month of June, but let's just say that there are only 7 days left for you to make some extra bang for your buck. As it turns out, we just learned that Walmart is discounting the iPhone line-up permanently, but it also seems as if this is not the only company wanting to give you a discount, and this time there are even carriers involved. As of today and until the end of June, AT&T will be offering a 50% discount on all smartphones, and we didn't type that wrong. This includes all the top-tiered smartphones like the Galaxy S 4, Lumia 920, the ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 Active. We've talked about it on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we've followed its march from rumor to release, and we've even taken it for a dunk in a demo tank in London. Now, thanks to the speedy folks at AT&T, we've got a review version of this durable smartphone in the Pocketnow offices - and in eye-catching Dive Blue, no less! But the folks at UPS must've been tipped off to the rugged nature of our IP67-rated demo unit, because the box arrived on our doorstep in a dilapidated, disintegrating condition. Did the Galaxy S 4 Active survive? Was its 5-inch, 1080p display ...

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    In the food service industry, when you're a server who's been slammed with too many customers and can't keep up with the demand, you're said to be "in the weeds." On a podcast, that same expression means something quite different. It means you've wandered so far from your intended topic (in this case, mobile technology) that you've found yourself in the far-flung wilderness talking about anything but (in this case, sports cars, British accents, and the adult film industry). But while we do spend a fair amount of time in OT land on today's Pocketnow Weekly, we still manage to get some tech ...

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    Branding is more important than many people give it credit for. And if you have ever doubted its power or influence, look no further than Samsung for proof that branding does matter. Every Android phone Samsung releases these days bears the Galaxy branding. Every Windows device bears the ATIV branding. Between them, the flagship devices each use the S moniker (i.e.: ATIV S and Galaxy S 4). The Note line signifies any device with an S Pen. The Tab moniker is used to categorize high-end tablets without S Pens. And there are at least a dozen other branding terms Samsung uses for various ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Instagram Video, and what this means to the few that actually use Twitter's Vine service. NVIDIA is next as the company is shaving-off some money from the price-tag of their NVIDIA Shield. Liquid Cooling is next as both Apple and Samsung are reportedly in advanced projects that will allow future iPhones and Samsung Galaxies to offer this technology. Microsoft and Nokia make the headlines next since rumors had them working on a Nokia buy-out weeks ago. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Premiere event and all the Galaxy and ATIV ...

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    With some killer specs that very nearly measure up to the dry land version of the Galaxy S 4, the GS4 Active would make a decent smartphone even if you never found the need to put its dust- and water-resistance to the test. Of course, we're not going to let a major selling point like that go uninvestigated. Sure, Samsung showed us some underwater GS4 Active action during its Samsung Premiere event, but we had to check this out for ourselves. After all, even knowing how this phone's specifically engineered to withstand submersion, we can't help but feel a twinge of concern when dropping ...

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    OK, so the Galaxy S 4 Active can stand up to a quick dunk - but is it a better straight-up phone than the stock Galaxy S 4? The two may be close relatives, but they aren't without their differences. Between these two Galaxy Androids we can find a number of small differences when it comes to specs and capabilities, along with some more obvious revisions, like the GS4 Active's modified design. Do those rivets on the back look as cool in real life as they have in the renders we've seen thus far? Will we dig the opportunity to be fiddling with a suite of physical Android buttons again, or are ...

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    Samsung may have announced the Galaxy S 4 Active earlier this month, but at the Samsung Premiere event in London today we finally got our first chance to interact with the smartphone. The Sony Xperia Z got a trend going earlier this year where Android smartphones could be resistant to the elements without sacrificing on power. That's very much the case here with the GS4 Active, which manages to come through with a five-inch 1080p screen and Snapdragon 600 processor while still being water resistant. It's not a complete GS4 clone - the screen moves from AMOLED to LCD and the camera ...

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