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Is the 'rugged' Galaxy S7 Active worth an extra $100?

Al Sacco | July 4, 2016
The latest 'ruggedized' smartphone from Samsung is now available, and it packs a ton of high-end features in a hardened form factor that's built to last. But should you go rugged or choose the more stylish and affordable Galaxy S7?

Galaxy S7 or GS7 Active? 

The regular GS7 is a super-sleek, stylish phone that's an attention-grabber on its looks alone. The Active version isn't going to win any beauty pageants, and it's perhaps a bit heavier than would be ideal. However, its significantly larger battery and more shatter-resistant screen more than make up for those sacrifices, especially if you're going to use a case of screen protector anyway.

Unfortunately, the GS7 Active's screen is surprisingly susceptible to scratches. It's only available on AT&T, and the phone costs $100 more than regular GS7.

If you're already an AT&T customer, you're sick of using a phone with a spider-webbed display, are not particularly concerned with how your phone looks and you're willing to pay $100 more for enhanced battery life and durability, you'll find a friend in the GS7 Active. Otherwise, the regular GS7 and GS7 edge are likely both better options.

You can find more information the GS7 Active on AT&T's website.


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