Thanks to the Galaxy S7 Active, “rugged” is no longer a dirty word. Sure, this sporty take on Samsung’s flagship is all about taking a beating, with a military tested design that you can slam on the floor or dunk into a pool of water with no problem. But the S7 Active ($795 via AT&T) also manages to be a great smartphone in its own right, retaining the S7’s rich display and excellent camera within a revamped design that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take out on the beach. Even more importantly, Samsung’s latest phone has one of the longest-lasting batteries we’ve ever tested. While it’s annoying that the phone is only available through a single carrier and it carries too much bloatware,, the S7 Active is one of the best durable smartphones you can buy.
The MIL-STD-810G-tested Galaxy S7 Active is built to take a beating, with a shatterproof screen designed for surviving 5-foot drops and an IP68-rated body that can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Naturally, our first instinct was to toss the phone all over our office building and throw it in a bowl of water.
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