Samsung Galaxy S6 Active review, abridged: what’s hot –and not– in 60 seconds (Video)

There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 4,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible.

For them, we’ve created the 60-Second Review, a minute-long video format made in the spirit of the Pocketnow TLDR. To borrow a well-worn slogan, it’s a review to get you “in, out, and back to life.” And at the end of every episode, we offer a link to the full-length video if you find yourself wanting more.

For the third year in a row, Samsung has augmented its top-shelf smartphone with a ruggedized version for outdoorsy types … and for the third year in a row, it’s an AT&T exclusive in the US. But where earlier Actives struggled to live up to their audacious water-resistance promises, the Galaxy S6 Active delivers. Where the standard S6 struggles to stay awake through a full day due to an undersized battery, the Galaxy S6 Active excels. And where dropping a Galaxy S6 edge on anything harder than a carpet might be cause for fainting, the Galaxy S6 Active is nearly as likely to dent pavement as it is to take any real damage.

Are a rugged casing and a massive battery enough to make you consider a jump to AT&T (or a renewal of your contract)? Can the Galaxy S6 Active really take pictures underwater? How many more rhetorical questions can we fit in our review coverage? The answers lie in the embedded videos below, so tarry not; click away!

Galaxy S6 Active review (60-second edition)

Galaxy S6 Active review (full)

Still craving more? Check out our full written review of the Galaxy S6 Active, then see how it fared against its not-so-active sibling in Galaxy S6 Active vs Galaxy S6! Finally, top it all off with a look at a Sammy from the other side of the spectrum with our Galaxy S6 edge video review!


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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!