Samsung Galaxy S6 Active torture testing

Fancy Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone, but feel that your active lifestyle - or rampant butterfingers - means that it probably wouldn't last the week? The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active might be the handset for you.

Fancy Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone, but feel that your active lifestyle - or rampant butterfingers - means that it probably wouldn't last the week? The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active might be the handset for you.

The Galaxy S6 Active has a number of advantages over the Galaxy S6. It has an enormous battery (3,500mAh compared to 2,550mAh), the plastic construction remains cooler than the glass and metal of the regular Galaxy S6, it has the same processor and camera, and even features an extra shortcut button. But the biggest advantage that the Active has over the regular handset is that it is shock, dust and water-resistant. In fact, it's IP68 certified, which means it is totally dustproof and can resist long-term water immersion.

The Galaxy S6 Active is also MIL-STD-810G certified, a standard that covers salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance.

How durable is the Galaxy S6 Active? Videos have been posted to YouTube that suggest that the real-world durability lives up to the certification. The 12-foot drop test onto jagged rocks is particularly impressive.

Does this mean the Galaxy S6 Active is indestructible? No. Does it mean it can survive careless handling without "cosmetic harm"? No. What it does mean is that it can take a lot more abuse than a regular smartphone can take.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, MALI-T760 MP8 graphics, and 3GB of RAM. It also has a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and 32GB or internal storage.

A prominent feature that's missing from the Galaxy S6 Active is the fingerprint reader.

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