The quick take
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been our nearly unanimous choice for the best phone of 2016. And once again U.S. operator AT&T (and only AT&T, we might add) has commissioned an "active" version. It sports a more destruction-proof case and a bigger battery, with a few new software features to go along with that "active" name. You won't want to abuse this phone, but it should stand up to life better than most.
- 33% larger battery than stock GS7
- Great performance
- Takes a licking, keeps on ticking
- That display is still gorgeous
- AT&T's bloatware has got to stop
- Stuck as an exclusive on AT&T
- Seam between display and body
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Galaxy S7 Active Video Review
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Galaxy S7 Active Full Review
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Another year, another Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. You might be tempted to overthink this phone. Don't. It's a Galaxy S7 through and through. Mostly the same internal specs. Mostly the same software — with a few additions. All in all, you mostly get the same experience.
Where things really differ is in the body. This Galaxy S7 is protected by a much more durable shell, and has a screen that should keep from shattering from most casual falls. Plus it's got a few built-in software features that the "active set" — whomever that is, we suppose — will find in handy, but nothing you couldn't really add to your own phone.
The real question you'll have to ask yourself here is whether you'd want to switch to AT&T to have this phone. Or if you're already on that operator, whether you'd rather have it than just strap a regular GS7 into a protective case.
Oh, and whether you want to put up with AT&T's inexcusable bloatware.
- 5.1-inch Super AMOLED
- 2560x1440 resolution (575ppi)
- Rear 12MP, ƒ/1.7 lens
- 5MP front camera
- 4000mAh capacity
- Snapdragon 820
- Quad-core 2.15GHz
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- microSD slot