Stress Testing the GALAXY S4 Active

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The rugged Samsung GALAXY S4 Active is the ideal all-action, peak-performance smartphone for ramblers, mountain bikers, sailors and fans of extreme sports.

Not only that, this durable, dust-proof and water resistant phone is the ideal smartphone for the terminally clumsy!

Toddler dropped your phone in the toilet? Hey, no problem! The GALAXY S4 Active can be submerged in up to a metre of water for a full thirty minutes.

Here are another ten everyday situations in which the GALAXY S4 Active proves to be nothing less than a godsend.


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Situation 1: The Beer Test

The first stress test does double duty as an amazing practical joke. The execution is simple: you need a pub, a couple of not-too-tech-savvy mates, and a pint.

Making sure that the charging port on the GALAXY S4 Active is sealed (as you’ll look a right fool if it’s not), casually drop your phone into your ice-cold beverage of choice.

Your mates, if all goes well, will freak out that you’ve just ruined your shiny new smartphone, which will make them look a bit thick when you casually continue sipping. Added points for downing the drink, then licking leftover froth off your phone!


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Situation 2: Let’s Get Muddy

Sadly, the world isn’t just filled with beautiful, amber-clear liquids; there’s mud and grit out there too. The GALAXY S4 Active’s IP67 rating equips it to handle this big, nasty world; but you don’t need to just take our word for it.

One thing to look forward to from our lovely British winter is the fact that you’ll find the S4 Active stands up rather well to muddy puddles – you know, the sort that mountain bikers love to splash passers-by with. But now there’s nothing you need to worry about (other than getting your trousers dirty).


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Situation 3: Sauna Time

The S4 Active isn’t just equipped to handle wet and dirty conditions though; it’s also capable of performing perfectly well in extremely hot and cold environments.

To test the former, why not try out a quick sauna. Even in the baking heat of a hot wooden shed, the S4 Active will outlast any mere mortal. Though watch out for those disapproving glances from the other members of your gym!


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Situation 4: Chill Out

Nothing does stress testing like going from the extremes of hot to the extremes of cold (fun fact: this is how the military stress-test the electronics that get bolted onto fighter jets).

Chill-testing the S4 Active is both easy and rather pleasant (in warmer weather, at least): a couple of bags of ice, a bucket and the handset in question are all that’s needed to prove that the S4 Active would handle the ski slopes with aplomb.

Added bonus: once you’ve let the GALAXY S4 Active get hypothermic for a half-hour or so, there’s ice left over for Pimms. Stress testing is very stressful, after all…


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Situation 5: The Beach

Most smartphones are 50% silicone; so are the sand grains adorning Spain’s lily-white beaches, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll play nicely together.

To prove that the GALAXY S4 Active is a few smarts above other smartphones, a simple test is in order: a variation on the classic seven-year-old’s sandcastle, but with the S4 Active acting as a neat supporting buttress in the very centre. Just remember to rescue it before the tide washes the whole thing away!

Once it’s free of the sand, the GALAXY S4 Active will go straight back to normal (which is more than you’ll be able to say for your beach towel).


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Situation 6: The Power Wash

Power-washing your patio is once of those horribly boring chores that can be made infinitely better by the misuse of expensive power tools.

Case in point: proving the GALAXY S4 Active’s water resistance by giving it a thorough cleaning, but with a high-pressure power hose rather than a gentle microfibre cloth. (Again, remembering to close that charging port is probably a good idea).


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Situation 7: Underwater Photography

The GALAXY S4 Active doesn’t merely survive underwater; it keeps humming along just fine. A good way to prove this is to take the S4 Active on a little stroll down to the swimming pool.

Not only does the S4 Active stand up to a swim, but thanks to the exclusive Aqua Mode, you can keep on a-snappin’ with that 8-megapixel shooter till the, erm, fish come home.


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Situation 8: The Dog Bone

The execution of “Doggie Feeding Time”, as this particular test is known, is pretty darn simple: just pull up an image of a juicy, slobber-ridden bone on that 5-inch Full HD screen, plonk it in front of Fido, and hey presto, your dog’s got a new chew toy, and you’ve got a perfect stress test.

A dog’s mouth is a double threat for the S4 Active – circuit-killer slobber oozing from saliva glands, and those sharp canines just begging to put a hole in expensive consumer electronics.

Thankfully, the S4 Active passes both tests – the waterproofing keeps that nasty drool at bay, and hey, Gorilla Glass 2 is named after an animal for a reason. (Please note: while all the other tests here are based on thorough testing of the S4 Active, this one is purely theoretical - we didn't really give our S4 Active to a dog, and we don't seriously recommend that you do either!).


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Situation 9: The Festival

Lab tests aren’t any good without fieldwork; and for that, we hasten unto Glastonbury, which probably holds the record for “easiest place on Earth to ruin a fancy bit of technology.”

With mud, enthusiastic ravers and portable toilets to contend with, any festival is a challenge for a phone.

But the S4 Active is a perfect festival phone. As we showed above, mud’s no real problem; and as for the toilets, well, that IP67 rating should keep the smell out. We hope. Added bonus: the orange model is pretty easy to spot in a crowd.


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Situation 10: The Toddler Test

If there’s one test that should surpass all others, it’s giving an expensive bit of electronics to a toddler. You probably wouldn’t trust your little tyke with a regular S4 – imagine the potential for crayon-encrusted Gorilla Glass, or ice cream pushed just so down the headphone port.

The S4 Active, though, should be fine for a few minutes’ unsupervised playtime. That IP67 rating, as well as keeping water and dust at bay, should keep all manner of yoghurt, finger paint and other fluids out; while the Gorilla Glass 2 will stand up to even the most serious Lego attacks.