Best smartphone I've had.
I got one when they were released and I'm still using it. Been in water, dropped multiple times, run Oruxmaps with my topographic maps as GPS. It has removable battery of which I have multiples for extended life and solar chargers. The only gripe is Samsungs bloatware (cr)apps that one cannot uninstall.
Samsung has made the new Actives all have non removable battery to make you upgrade when the battery expires. That really stinks.
Bought mine used a few years ago, with a balance warranty and having had a repaired carried out by Samsung. I have to say, this phone has been astonishingly good in my work- I am not easy on phones, using them for personal, hiking, mountain biking, travel, and journalism, I drop them, have them in pockets with keys and equipment, and so on. I have used Samsung's official Active case, which is pretty damn amazing with the level of protection it offers for minimal bulk. I have a hardened glass cover on the display, and that's all I've used for the years I've had this phone. The cam isn't the best, the processor is slow by today's standards, the on-board is small and now I'm having issues with apps that can only go on the on-board memory. BUT the phone has never let me down. I've only had to replace a USB port cover recently for like 5 EUR for the official Samsung one, and a cracked display cover. Oh, and batteries- the official Samsung ones from authorized dealers are terrible. I now buy from Akku King in Germany and they have gone past two years without issue, while Samsung's start going dead after 8 months. I also installed the Activity Zone app from the S5 Active on this. The phone is outdated, but it's got everything one would want- microSD, replaceable battery, water-resistance, the cheap and effective Active case. Nothing after this has been this good or rugged. The S8 Active might be the first consideration after the S4 Active, but I would still put it in a case to protect the armoring.
My battery drains so fast, If I'm going to purchase a new one, will it help?
Yes it does restarts itself sometimes.. Just bought it and it's still giving me that problem
after 4 years of using it, it continously restarts with no reason, camera sucks a little on dark spaces, headphones microphone dont work anymore, only music, sometimes it freezes when i'm about to answer a call, weak mobile signal, getting hot as hell when spend more than 30 minutes on mobile data, but after all, on daytime photos are great, looks incredible nice after 4 years of intense use, no cracks and the chrome is perfect.
Airil, 19 May 2017Can s4 active make forward android version to nugget 6.0no its not compatible
girlie twinkle, 11 Jan 2017my samsung galaxy s4 active is stuck in safe mode,i've tried everything;restart,uninstalling o... moreReset it in safe mode (hold volume down + home key + power button) then on BIOS screen press volume down key to restart in normal mode.
my samsung galaxy s4 active is stuck in safe mode,i've tried everything;restart,uninstalling of apps......buh its still in safe mode!
any help please??
Neven, 04 Jan 2017Hello, I'm looking to buy this phone. Is it any good for today use? Buy it, you won't regret it. However, don't you like the latest models such as S5-S7? For sure, they even have better specs.
I had this phone for a long time already since its release in 2013. This phone is the best that i had so far, contented with the features (maybe because i haven't had the S5 to S7 yet hehehe). As to the battery, can't deny that its getting weak (considering that i have a lot of apps and its already 3 years old) though it can still last for a day. Good phone!
half day wi fi this what, and finished battery. or from 27% to 54% of this 10 minutes is great!
Great phone but battery running down fast even when screen off and mobile data is off
I've had this phone for 3 years. Now the battery struggles to last 90 minutes of use. It powers off when it gets to 20%.the screen burns t and where the image stays on the screen for a while. It overheats ,up to 130degrees farenheight. But I must say it will not break. I have nun it over with a 4 ton semi it just do sent care.