24 hours using –and dropping– the Galaxy S6 Active (Video)

The Galaxy S6 Active isn’t Samsung’s first attempt at a ruggedized flagship smartphone. It was beaten to the punch by 2013’s Galaxy S 4 Active and last year’s Galaxy S5 Active, both of which we reviewed here at Pocketnow. Our ultimate buy/don’t buy recommendation on the Galaxy S6 Active will have to wait until we’re finished with our full review process, but after 24 hours one fact seems inescapable: this is the most sensible Active yet.

As we touched on in yesterday’s unboxing and hardware tour (also embedded below), the Galaxy S6 Active adds beefy cladding to the powerful hardware of its sibling, strapping on a 37% larger battery and trading the fingerprint scanner for a dedicated Action Key in the process. It’s also rated to MIL-STD 810G for shock resistance and carries an IP68 ingress protection rating, making it nearly impervious to dust and water intrusion (on paper, anyway).

All this would seem to make the Galaxy S6 Active the perfect rugged counterpart to the thin and delicate-looking Galaxy S6 – but how does the Galaxy S6 Active stand up to real-world use and abuse? We’ve got 24 hours of drop-testing, amp-draining and app-launching data in the video below, so join us – and stay tuned for our full Galaxy S6 Active review in the days ahead!

24 hours using (and dropping) the Galaxy S6 Active

Galaxy S6 Active unboxing

Looking for something a little fancier? Check out our video review of the Galaxy S6 edge or our full review of the HTC One M9, then see what’s happening on the lower end of the pricing spectrum with our coverage on the ASUS ZenFone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3!

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!