In Short

In the same line of "active" versions of previous Galaxy S flagships, Samsung and AT&T teamed up for the Galaxy S6 active. The phone was released in June 2015, coming a few months after the April launch of the original Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. If you know the details of the Galaxy S6, you're about 90 percent of the way toward knowing what the Galaxy S6 active is all about. It has the same Exynos octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 5.1-inch QHD display and 16MP rear camera. The one huge internal change is the bump to a 3500 mAh battery from 2500.

Naturally the exterior design is where you find the biggest differences. Grippy rubber and hard plastic adorn the edges of the device, taking place of the metal on the regular model, and the back plate is covered in a shock-resistant ballistic material. The two capacitive navigation buttons found on the front of the original Galaxy S6 have been replaced with physical buttons, and the trademark pill-shaped Samsung home button (as well as the fingerprint scanner) is gone.

The whole outfit makes the Galaxy S6 active shockproof and waterproof, while also making it much easier to grip in your hand. You can think of this as a Galaxy S6 with a heavy duty case permanently attached to it. You don't lose any of the power of the GS6, but you do lose its sleek looks in order to get something that can take a beating.

The Galaxy S6 active is exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., and comes in three different colors: grey, white and blue, with the latter two donning digital camouflage coloring on the back. At launch, it'll set you back $700 without a contract, or $199 with a two-year agreement.