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Recently, I was able to get my hands on a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and have been using it a few weeks now. It has been really great to use, and I am very pleased with this device.gs8a2.jpg

 

 


If you’re tough on phones,the GS8 Active would be a great device for you. The first thing I thought when I held this phone was… “Wow, it is sort of heavy compared to other devices.” This device is quite solid weighing in at 7.34 ounces, and the dimensions are 5.99" x 2.95" x .39". For comparison on the weight, the regular Samsung Galaxy S8 weighs 5.47 ounces and the iPhone 8 weighs only 5.22 ounces. I guess 7.34 ounces isn’t too heavy in the grand scheme of things, but when I held it, “heavier than others” was my first impression.


Also, when holding it I noticed that the GS8 Active is a bit thicker than the regular GS8, and has a rubber back that makes it easy to grip. It does not require a case, which is refreshing to not have to buy a case for a change!


It has a gorgeous 5.8 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960 x 1440) shatter-resistant screen. The screen is not an infinity screen (such as on other Samsung devices with the curved edges). Personally, I prefer the infinity screen, but some people prefer a regular flat screen without the curved edges (like on the GS8 Active). My husband, for example, complains about the infinity screen hurting his eyes when he looks at it, and therefore hasn’t cared for any of the most recent Galaxy devices, with the exception of the Galaxy S8 Active that has the flat screen. It is my guess that perhaps Samsung decided against the infinity screen on this device to minimize screen damage to the device when dropped.


The GS8 Active has a metal frame, plastic back, and bumper, which helps to protect it against drops, shock, and impacts. Every drop your phone in water? Well, this device is IP68 rated, meaning that it is protected against dust and water immersion up to 5 feet or 30 minutes. Also, it meets the MIL STD 810 standards, which means it has military grade durability. All this indicates that this device is one sturdy device!


Let’s talk about the guts of the device...


The GS8 Active is speedy and responsive with its Kyro Octa-Core Quad 2.5 GHz / Quad 1.9 GHz processor. It is running on Android 7.0 Nougat. The device comes with 64GB ROM (on board storage), and a speedy 4GB of RAM. It also will support a MicroSD card of up to 256 GB, which would then give you about 320 gigs of storage space (less that of the OS space).

 

 

The battery on the GS8 Active is AMAZING. It has a 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery and offers up to 40 hours of talktime. I can personally attest to the battery life on this device being the BEST out of all of the phones I have used to date.


If you need a phone that goes all day and can withstand drops, water, extreme temperatures, etc., I encourage you to check out the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. I think you will be very satisfied.

 

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Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee #jruggiero #sprintproductambassadors

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The options users have in order to move content over from their existing phone to their new Samsung.

 

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It’s time again for another new and exciting device in the already-powerful Sprint lineup! Today I have the pleasure of writing about the Samsung GS8 Active, a tough phone ready to take on what you throw at it (or it at?).

 

Today’s blog is regarding my first impressions/unboxing!

 

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Samsung closed out 2017 with Sprint on another great device: the Galaxy S8 Active. So, what does the S8 Active offer?

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Like my previous posts on this phone, I have enjoyed the cool features that LG has offered on this phone. One of the features I think it is worth mentioned is the smart zoom feature.

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The Galaxy Note 8 can take 4k video, can I use the Galaxy Note 8 for video recording on my next trip?

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 The fun began just as any other day but in my hand, I held a very sleek black box when I slid off the top cover beneath it I found another box, however, this one was different it shiny embossed Blue writing saying S8 ACTIVE. It was at that very moment butterflies filled my stomach with excitement. I couldn't wait to continue unpackaging the mystery within. The phone was revealed and I was impressed. The front was beautiful with Gorilla Glass 5, shiny and shatterproof. Excited that I was about to begin use of a phone that did not need a case I was also slightly disappointed at how unisex it felt which to me may prevent some from this option if there are not some nice feminine case options available. I will explore the case and accessory options in future post. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is definitely built strong and you can feel the rugged sense of it. The edges are black and corners are covered by ridged bumpers that are attached by tiny screws holding it in place. The back is a slate blue/gray color with a slight lip all around it and a textured, almost rubbery feel to it. Overall just based on initial looks and feel I think it is a perfect fit for my rugged military style. I look forward to performing many tests to see if it lives up to its name for durability.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that loves technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.”

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What makes the Note 8 stand out from other phones besides it's great screen.  The Stylus!  So I'm going to tell you about some great apps that take advantage of that feature.  

 

Character Maker

Character app

 

Character Maker is a series of drawing apps. There are a few apps in the collection, including instructional apps for kids, pixel art, and and a general tutorial app. Drawing is doable with a finger. However, these are much easier with a stylus. The apps include a ton of tutorials, The apps range in price from $1.68 and $3.68. However, they don't have any in-app purchases or ads to otherwise bother you. They all make for great stylus and S Pen apps.

 

Google Handwriting Input

Google handwriting

Google Handwriting Input is one of many handwriting keyboards. These are perfect stylus apps. They let you write your messages to people through the usual array of messaging apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Hangouts, and others. Google's Handwriting Input app is a decent option. Many other keyboards have them as well. Samsung's stock keyboard has this option too. That makes it great for S Pen users as well. Most of these apps are free.

 

RoughAnimator

Rough Animator

 

RoughAnimator is an animation app that lets you animate actual moving pictures. The way it works is you draw something, then add a frame and change things up a bit. Once you’re done, you have a little animated movie. This is one of only a few apps capable of doing this. It has specific features for stylus users and direct S Pen support. You can export animation to QuickTime video, GIF, or an image sequence as well. It’s a surprisingly good app despite its lack of popularity. It’s one of those stylus apps that are worth a shot.

 

These reviews were taken from an overall review from Android Authority.

 

Hope you find an app you haven't used yet!

 

“Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.”

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My initial reaction when opening the box was, yippee! I don’t have to get a case for this device, the phone comes encased in a good protective shield, its good enough even for my clumsy fingers. Samsung is the industry leader when it comes to phones in my opinion, and they have hit the ball out of the park yet again with this one. For the last five years, Samsung has been the Golden State Warriors of the tech world, their innovative products are a must buy for their fans and a serious look for those who are a fan of other companies.

The S8 Active boasts an all-day battery, a boast that I can attest to. The S8 active’s large battery saved me on a long road trip, one in which I forgot my charger. As a father of three, I can only listen to kidzbop on the Pandora station for so long. I didn’t have to worry about my phone draining due to the monstrous battery life that the S8 Active contains.

The active comes with a sturdy and rough backed case that helps people who have butterfingers, those of us who can’t take a picture without the phone dropping should be thankful. Samsung takes the worry and the need of finding a case out of your mind; I wish more companies would take this avenue. The S8 is a hundred dollars more, but the peace of mind that the device offers with its long-lasting battery and its sturdy case is worth the extra cash for me.

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I have been using the S-pen for taking quick notes, marking on screen capture etc. One of the basic feature of the pen is handwriting, so I wonder why it took me a while to try out the handwriting feature of the Galaxy Note 8.

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Android Influence are blogs written by Product Ambassadors who are Sprint employees and Device Champions who are customer device experts, both volunteer to test and blog about Sprint Android devices. Information and opinions posted here do not necessarily reflect or represent that of Sprint itself.