Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on June 7, 2013

How is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active different to the Samsung Galaxy S4? Is the 5.0-inch display on the Galaxy S4 Active better than the 5.0-incher on the Galaxy S4? How roomy is the Galaxy S4 Active when it comes to storage? All of these questions can be resolved by checking the comparison below…

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Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 fight plays out over 10 technology rounds.

1. Best Connectivity – No winner

As you can see below, the two phones are evenly matched…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Samsung Galaxy S4
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
NFC Yes Yes
Points 5 5

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 1-1 Galaxy S4

2. Best Size/Weight – Samsung Galaxy S4

Size-wise, the round plays out like this. The Galaxy S4 Active is the wider of the two, measuring 71.3mm (2.8 inches) to the Galaxy S4′s 69.8mm (2.75 inches). The Galaxy S4 Active is the taller handset, measuring 139.7mm (5.5 inches) to the Galaxy S4′s 136.6mm (5.38 inches). Again, there’s not much in it.

But… Weighing 151g (5.32 oz), the Galaxy S4 Active is 21g (0.74 oz) heavier than the Galaxy S4, which weighs a svelte 130g (4.58 oz). The Galaxy S4 wins this round and takes an early lead.

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Score: Galaxy S4 Active 1-2 Galaxy S4

3. Best Camera/Video – Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Samsung Galaxy S4
Main camera (rear) 8.0 Megapixel 13.0 Megapixel
Flash Yes Yes
Video recording 1080p 1080p
Front camera Yes, 2.0 Megapixel Yes, 2.0 Megapixel
Extras autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, simultaneous video/image recording, geo-tagging, HDR, image stabilization, face/smile detection, Aqua mode and 1080p video recording autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture
Points 4 5

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 1-3 Galaxy S4

4. Best Display – Samsung Galaxy S4

The display on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a roomy 5.0-incher. It might feature older touch-sensitive LCD technology, but still packs a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. By cramming 2073600 pixels into its 5.0-inch screen, the Galaxy S4 Active has an excellent pixel density of 440.6 pixels per inch (PPI). The higher this rating, the better the visual experience – sharper images and clearer, easy-to-read onscreen text.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active features a 5.0-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

As the specs above show, the Galaxy S4′s touch-sensitive display is the same size, although the Super AMOLED screen technology here is newer and better, delivering lower power consumption and more vivid colours. Like the Galaxy S4 Active, the display has a full HD 1080 by 1920 pixel resolution. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a big league 440.6 pixels per inch. See why the Galaxy S4 wins this round in the side-by-side comparison below…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Samsung Galaxy S4
Display size 5.0-inch 5.0-inch
Display type LCD Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
PPI 440.6 PPI 440.6 PPI
Keyboard No No
Points 3 4

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 1-4 Galaxy S4

5. Best Processor – Samsung Galaxy S4

In the CPU battle, a speedier processor means a quicker response time to every tap or button press, fluid transitions between screens and applications, plus the ability to handle complex games and video playback.  The Galaxy S4 Active’s processor is a 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chip, while the Galaxy S4 uses a eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410, rated at 1.6GHz.

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 1-5 Galaxy S4

6. Best Software – No winner

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active runs Android 4.2.2, which is faster than previous versions of the OS, benefits from a redesigned camera app and features an all-new Gesture Keyboard. The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs the same Android 4.2.2 software, so neither phone wins this round and the points are shared.

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Score: Galaxy S4 Active 2-6 Galaxy S4

7. Most Applications – No winner

If it’s Android vs Android, then it’s Google Play vs. Google Play. There’s no winner here. With three rounds to go, the Galaxy S4 is still in the lead. It’s a commanding advantage and the original S4 can’t be beaten in this fight.

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 3-7 Galaxy S4

8. Best Storage – Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Samsung Galaxy S4
Internal storage 16GB 16, 32 or 64GB
Expansion slot MicroSD MicroSD
Supplied memory card None None
Max memory card storage 64GB 64GB
Max total storage 80GB 128GB
Points 3 5

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 3-8 Galaxy S4

9. Best Battery Life – No winner

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 4-9 Galaxy S4

10. Best Extras – Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Finally, the Galaxy S4 Active also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 3, S-Voice, S-Health, Smart Stay, air gestures, TV-out, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. In comparison, the Galaxy S4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out.

Score: Galaxy S4 Active 5-9 Galaxy S4

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (5-9)

Samsung GALAXY S4 155x300 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Samsung Galaxy S4   Whats the difference?The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It trumps the technology inside the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: No

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Samsung Galaxy S4
Display 5.0-inch LCD 5.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, simultaneous video/image recording, geo-tagging, HDR, image stabilization, face/smile detection, Aqua mode and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1mm 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm
Weight 151g 130g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 3, S-Voice, S-Health, Smart Stay, air gestures, TV-out, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out

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