I also realized that unless you’re constantly surrounded by a lot of tiny little particles or a massive body of water, you might not find the Galaxy S6 Active worth it. It’s bigger than its counterparts it kind of looks like a throwback to the practical, bulkier phones of yore. But it does have significantly longer battery life, it can withst so much more physical hurt than Samsung’s prim proper little flagship. Here’s what it’s like to live with the Galaxy S6 Active for a week.

A bigger body with better battery life

The main difference between the Galaxy S6 Active either of the Galaxy S6 variants is its much bulkier body bigger battery pack. Its glass top plastic body protect the Active’s innards from water dust. If you drop it, you’ll probably be fine. If it tumbles down a mountain, it’ll probably get really banged up, but things like the camera could work okay as long as the lens wasn’t damaged beyond repair. I don’t typically test Samsung’s Active phones to that extent because I have to eventually send the phone back. I hope to someday be allowed to test how well one of the Active phones deals with a tumble down Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. As a person who relies on her phone for every damn thing in her life, I think the Galaxy S6 Active is too bulky for me, my purse, my pockets for daily use. But when I was out hiking the Elysian Trail in s Angeles swimming in the Saint Croix River in Minnesota (I really miss vacation), the phone’s size didn’t matter at all. I typically feel like I have to clutch the Galaxy S6 ge close to me whenever I’m holding it, or else it’ll just slip out of my h on to the floor. Conversely, I had no fears with the Active because I knew that it’s more rugged. The Galaxy S6 Active also houses a larger 3,500 mAh battery pack. As a result, the phone lasts much longer than the Galaxy S6 with its 2550 mAh battery. I went a few days of light use without having to charge it, which is great when you’re vacationing in a family cabin with only a few outlets. Of all the modern flagship smartphones, the Active has the longest battery life by about two a half hours. The Galaxy S6 Active also employs hard, physical navigation buttons rather than soft, light-up capacitive buttons. It felt odd unfamiliar to press a button to go back or switch to the multitasking menu, when I normally tap to do so on every other Android phone I use. It also doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the Home button.

Inside, it’s like its siblings

The camera sensor, display, processor in the Galaxy S6 Active are the same as its fancier, more stylish counterparts. If you’re curious how it shoots photos, I did all the lab tests a few months ago against the ione 6 us, then again against the G4. If you’re curious about how the Galaxy S6 Active actually performs, we also have the full rundown on the processor inside the Galaxy S6. I won’t totally leave you hanging, though. I’m happy to report that there are no gaping differences in performance between devices. The Galaxy S6 Active performed on par with the Galaxy S6 in our benchmarks.

A cool button that does cool things

I’m really into this third button that Samsung packed on to the left side of the Galaxy S6 Active. By default, a quick press launches the Activity Zone a long press activates the music app. The Activity Zone offers quick access to the weather, a barometer, a compass, a flashlight, a stopwatch, Samsung’s S Health. so, at the bottom are a few different Milk Music playlists readily available for whatever activity you have going on at the moment—I toggled on the yoga playlist a few times. If you really don’t care for the Activity Zone, you can program the button to launch anything else. I programmed it so that a long press launches Fit, for instance, since I use that instead of S Health.

Should you buy it?

I really like the Galaxy S6 Active, but my relatively inactive lifestyle is in no need of a phone like this. I’m okay with my Galaxy S6 ge for now I’ll keep it close to me wrapped in bubble wrap so it doesn’t get nicked. But if you’re the kayaking, mountain biking, trail running adventurous type, you should have a phone that can keep up with you. And take awesome pictures along the way. This one can. There are a few caveats, though. You can only get this phone in blue, white, or gray, each of which sport a cheesy camouflage pattern on the back. The Galaxy S6 Active doesn’t have an expansion slot, either, it’s only sold with 32GB of storage—that sucks if you plan to travel with this phone, because it takes awesome, high resolution photographs video that take up a lot of space. so, this device is exclusive to AT&T, which limits you if you’re with any of the other three major carriers in the U.S. You could always pay full price, have AT&T unlock it, go from there. That’s a bit of hassle, unless you’re really sure you need a phone that can do what the Galaxy S6 Active does, not just a rugged case for your regular Galaxy S6.