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.