For years now, Samsung has been working together with AT&T on a more rugged version of the Galaxy S series.

This year gave birth to Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, the only phone that some will consider a true Samsung phone. Since the South Korean tech giant took the direction of curved display screens, there are a good number of fans it lost. While there are those who like the flashy edge-to-edge display screen, there’s another group that prefers to keep things simple and durable without losing any attractiveness.

If you on the latter train, the Galaxy S8 Active is just what you’ve been looking for. The phone has plenty of similarities with the standard Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it trounces the pair – including the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – on a number of core smartphone aspects. If anything, it’s these aspects that make up our 5 reasons AT&T customers are better off with the S8 Active than the S8, S8+ or Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active a much better Galaxy Note 8

Attractive design

If you are one of those who have never liked the edge-to-edge design of the latest Samsung phones, you’ll see the beauty in the Galaxy S8 Active. This phone has a superb shatter-resistant flat screen with no curved edges, but the bezels are tiny, something similar to what the LG G6 offers.

This flat screen will be loved by previous users of Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7, but there’s more to this phone that will also entice those using the curved screen variants of these models. Read on.

Huge battery

Like always, the Galaxy Active family has been directed towards outdoor lovers. This is a group of people that rarely come in contact with a power socket for charging a phone and thus need a device with a huge battery and lasts even days on a single charge. Well, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a 4000mAh unit that will do just that.Like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, this phone also supports fast charging technology via a USB-C port.



Samsung Galaxy S8 Active camera

Durable

There’s no doubt that Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 are the most beautiful phones around. However, one mistake and you’ll be looking at your $1000 investment on the ground with cracks on both sides. Although the glass material is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, it doesn’t make it damage-proof.

On the contrary, you can drop your Samsung Galaxy S8 Active on numerous occasions and the phone will come out unscathed. This is true thanks to the MIL-STD-810G-certified body that is also accompanied by a durable metallic frame and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. This means that unlike the standard S8 and S8+, the S8 Active has a body that can withstand drops and knocks more than any other can do. Also, this body can withstand rain, dust, salt, humidity, solar radiation, vibration as well as transport and thermal shocks.

Same performance specs as the Galaxy S8 and S8+

As you can see from the above, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active already has an edge over the Galaxy S8, S8+ and even the new Galaxy Note 8. But to add a little more icing, the phone ships with the same performance specs as the S8 family.

You still get a 5.8-inch QHD+ resolution similar to the standard S8 and the specs under the hood remain unchanged as well – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. But unlike the S8, you get Bluetooth 5.1, a slightly updated version of the original v5.0. The cameras are also unchanged, where you get a 12MP dual pixel autofocus sensor on the back with f/1.7 aperture, OIS and PDAF while the front has an 8MP lens for selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active water proof

There are no physical buttons, which also means the fingerprint scanner stays on the back, just like this year’s Samsung Galaxy flagship phones.

The price

Given the extras you get on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, the price tag of $849.99 is not bad at all, especially considering that it’s the same amount you pay for the Galaxy S8+ and $100 more than the standard S8. It’s also $100 less than the price of the Galaxy Note 8, which makes it even better.

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