Samsung’s S4 Active gets officially announced

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I need to upgrade my phone. I’ve been borrowing a friend’s old Nexus S for months now after my last phone packed up, but I haven’t been able to find quite the phone I’ve wanted. Something as tough as the Sony Xperia Z – which is water and dustproof and perfect for the Johannesburg climate – but with the large screen and comfortable grip of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Which is great, but a bit fragile.

Huzzah, then, for the Galaxy S4 Active. This might be the phone for me. It has all the advantages of the S4 – decent screen, edge to edge display, thin profile and light weight – with the same sort of weatherproofing of the Xperia Z. It even appears to have physical nav buttons, to stop you scratching the screen or something.

Specs-wise it’s almost identical to the S4, I assume it’ll be slightly more expensive. LTE comes as standard and that’s about it as far as details released thus far go. I’m hoping for a removable battery – almost essential – too.

I just wish it wasn’t from Samsung. I have no animosity towards the company, but it is the new borg isn’t it? Soon there’ll be no-one else left.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.