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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active drop test: Yes, it's pretty much indestructible


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The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is tough. But how tough? A new drop test video finds out.

Samsung's latest ruggedised flagship phone was finally revealed last week after numerous leaks. Sure enough, it's a lot chunkier (30g heavier and 2mm thicker) and whole lot uglier than the delicate Samsung Galaxy S7 that shares its name and innards.

The question is, has this switch to a utilitarian design been worth it? That question has been answered in a new PhoneBuff drop test video.

In a range of scientifically monitored drops incorporating a range of angles, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active came off a whole lot better than the fragile Galaxy S7. In fact, except for a few scuff marks, the Samsung Galaxy S7 came away pretty much unscathed.

Even the dreaded face drop - where the phone is dropped screen-down onto a hard surface - didn't crack the display, which is pretty impressive. Indeed, the Galaxy S7 Active was then entered into the 'bonus round,' which involves repeated face drops. After 50 such droppages, there was nothing to show for the ordeal except a couple of minor scratches.

So there you have it. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: it's pretty much indestructible.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active vs Galaxy S7: What's the difference?

Besides being as tough as old boots, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is notable for its stamina, thanks to a 4,000 mAh battery. The Galaxy S7 only has a 3,000 mAh cell. Otherwise, the two phones are specced the same.

There's no news on a UK release date for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active as yet.


June 13, 2016, 11:17 am

I wish they would start selling these over here. the extra battery would be great, and the size increase is no different to adding your own case anyway.


June 13, 2016, 4:33 pm

True, but it is so ugly you'd still have to put a case over it!

Sean Wirth

June 13, 2016, 5:46 pm

I completely disagree. I'd rather look at the active than the normal. The normal is so incredibly boring. The active at least has some level of visual interest. I don't understand why every single year the galaxy line is the "best looking phone of the year" when they haven't changed the look in 5 years, there is no significant difference from the original iPhone, and the design is just inherently boring. Also, what an irrelevant conversation to have. For everybody who is shallow enough to judge technology by outer appearance, congratulations on having the worst performing tech at the highest price.

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