I’ve always been a big fan of Samsung phones in general, and my Galaxy S3 is probably the best phone I’ve ever owned – before the S7 that is. Prior to having this phone, I used the Amazon Fire Phone for about a year and a half, and what an awful experience that was. Having finally gotten the chance to upgrade via AT&T, I decided to go all out and get the best phone that I could. While there are several high-end options – such as phones from LG and Motorola, I’m most familiar with Samsung and decided to get back to a familiar product. And I’m here to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Form and Function
Samsung is renowned for producing beautiful pieces of technology that also pack a lot of power, and that’s still very true with the S7 line of phones. The standard S7 is a marriage of glass and sleek metal, and the S7 Edge takes that philosophy one step further with oblique curves and great design. The Active, however, takes it’s design in an entirely different direction, though not altogether bad.
The S7 Active is designed for extreme durability, and the exterior reflects this design choice. Opting for a rugged, Military Spec case that’s designed to stand up to abuse in most forms. Resistant to dust, water and drops, it’s clear that Samsung intended this phone to stand the test of an active lifestyle (or clumsy, if you’re me).
The phone’s top boast is it’s water resistance, where it can still function in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. I’ve tested this myself, and it seems to be true as my phone is still functioning as of this writing. I also went through the effort of slamming it around and full on launching it into surfaces, and it didn’t even leave a scratch.
Through the Looking Glass
The two things I feel most excited to mention (aside from the durable exterior), are the screen and camera. Samsung has always had an industry-leading screen, and the S7 Active is a testament to this with it’s high resolution AMOLED screen. Videos look great on this screen, and is capable of displaying perfect image quality.
In addition to this, the S7 Active features a 12-megapixel camera with a great f/1.7 aperture that excels in basically every situation.
Samsung have once again outdone themselves with the S7 line of phones, and the Active is no exception. If you wanted to get one of the best phones on the market in 2016 in an incredibly durable exterior casing, then look no further. The only perceivable downside is that it’s an AT&T exclusive, which I’ve never been a fan of. However, if you’re an AT&T customer, this phone is absolutely the best Android phone you can get your hands on.