1. Judy android's Avatar
    I can still get an S6 Active from AT&T. The S7 Active got better reviews, yet I see some of the recent commenters on this thread saying they preferred their S6. There is also the battery issue...

    I am finally ready to move on from my HTC Inspire because it is getting forgetful and of course is obsolete. it has been absolutely physically reliable (I don't douse it in water) and I need a rugged phone. My friends who do as I do and get on a horse with a phone in their pocket reinforce my decision to not go with the pretty but non-substantial ones. The only two I am considering are the two above.

    What do you recommend?
    01-23-2017 04:17 PM
  2. jlczl's Avatar
    I would most definitely get the S7 Active today. Especially over the S6 Active. The S7 Active has a real water damage replacement policy for one. For another, the S7 Active has an sd card slot which the S6A does not. Add to that the more recent software, bigger battery, better camera and I can't even fathom why I would pick the 6 over the 7.
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    01-23-2017 10:43 PM
  3. Judy android's Avatar
    Thank you.
    01-24-2017 11:14 AM
  4. jimd1050's Avatar
    I would most definitely get the S7 Active today. Especially over the S6 Active. The S7 Active has a real water damage replacement policy for one. For another, the S7 Active has an sd card slot which the S6A does not. Add to that the more recent software, bigger battery, better camera and I can't even fathom why I would pick the 6 over the 7.
    Ditto! Love my S7 Active!
    01-24-2017 01:12 PM
  5. Rob Chew's Avatar
    I would definitely get one also. No issues whatsoever with mine. Battery life is great.
    01-24-2017 01:33 PM
  6. Morty2264's Avatar
    I think it would be a better option to go with the S7 Active. Good luck!
    01-24-2017 01:40 PM
  7. OJsakila's Avatar
    I think it would be a better option to go with the S7 Active. Good luck!
    I agree. I love my s7. Of course my build date is late September so I have none of the issues the early adopters had. Best phone I've ever owned. Fat battery. Very happy.
    Just go get the thing. You'll be happy. Maybe add a screen protector to fight some scratches.. That's all... Good luck.
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    01-24-2017 02:01 PM
  8. Judy android's Avatar
    Thank you to all of you. I am convinced. Will also follow the advice to get a Zagg screen protector, as I always do, and probably the Supcase with the belt clip.
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    01-24-2017 02:57 PM
  9. Morty2264's Avatar
    Thank you to all of you. I am convinced. Will also follow the advice to get a Zagg screen protector, as I always do, and probably the Supcase with the belt clip.
    Sounds like a great and safe decision! Go for the rugged phone!
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    01-24-2017 04:12 PM
  10. Morty2264's Avatar
    I agree. I love my s7. Of course my build date is late September so I have none of the issues the early adopters had. Best phone I've ever owned. Fat battery. Very happy.
    Just go get the thing. You'll be happy. Maybe add a screen protector to fight some scratches.. That's all... Good luck.
    "Fat battery" - awesome!
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    01-24-2017 04:13 PM
  11. Judy android's Avatar
    Thank you to all of you. I got the S7 Active yesterday and I am going to like it just fine. I put on a Zagg screen protector and a BodyGuardz back cover. I could have done a beter job shopping for a back cover, but wanted to start out with something. A web search immediately showed me how to remove the DirectTV ads and I will work on from there.
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    01-30-2017 11:27 AM
  12. Subin Maharjan's Avatar
    Thank you. I would love to get S7.
    01-30-2017 11:44 AM
  13. jimd1050's Avatar
    Thank you to all of you. I got the S7 Active yesterday and I am going to like it just fine. I put on a Zagg screen protector and a BodyGuardz back cover. I could have done a beter job shopping for a back cover, but wanted to start out with something. A web search immediately showed me how to remove the DirectTV ads and I will work on from there.
    Congrats - enjoy it (I just loaded a pirate copy of the Nougat OS [Android 7.0] and am having fun with that already) - it's supposedly coming to us all in June or July!
    01-30-2017 12:34 PM
  14. bkrell's Avatar
    I just have a basic clear TPU case on the back and a screen protector on the front and don't look back. Nice rugged phone.
    02-09-2017 09:12 AM
  15. Matty's Avatar
    I can still get an S6 Active from AT&T. The S7 Active got better reviews, yet I see some of the recent commenters on this thread saying they preferred their S6. There is also the battery issue...

    I am finally ready to move on from my HTC Inspire because it is getting forgetful and of course is obsolete. it has been absolutely physically reliable (I don't douse it in water) and I need a rugged phone. My friends who do as I do and get on a horse with a phone in their pocket reinforce my decision to not go with the pretty but non-substantial ones. The only two I am considering are the two above.

    What do you recommend?
    The S7 Active or even the S6 Active, are the type of devices which i would happily pick up 1 - 2 years after launch. The reason i say that is because of the specs inside. When they launch, it has the best available and that will keep anyone going for a while. Obviously the standout feature it how rugged they are but also that they have a really large battery. I mean 4,000 mAh is HUGE.

    So yes, i would definitely recommend it if you are an outdoor type of person. You can always put a bulky case on your iPhone but its just not the same haha.

    EDIT:

    I got the S7 Active yesterday and I am going to like it just fine. I put on a Zagg screen protector and a BodyGuardz back cover.
    I see you got the S7, Thats awesome!
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    02-11-2017 05:36 AM
  16. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I can still get an S6 Active from AT&T. The S7 Active got better reviews, yet I see some of the recent commenters on this thread saying they preferred their S6. There is also the battery issue...

    I am finally ready to move on from my HTC Inspire because it is getting forgetful and of course is obsolete. it has been absolutely physically reliable (I don't douse it in water) and I need a rugged phone. My friends who do as I do and get on a horse with a phone in their pocket reinforce my decision to not go with the pretty but non-substantial ones. The only two I am considering are the two above.

    What do you recommend?
    Holy moley that is such an old phone. I used to have the HTC Inspire too back in the day, that phone was awesome (screen was considered HUGE). I'm a former owner of BOTH the S6 Active and S7 Active. I can tell you the pros and cons of both:

    S6 Active:
    + Great 16MP Camera
    + Slimmer than the S7 Active
    + Still has the IR blaster
    + Good 3500mAh battery
    + Probably cheaper in price by 50% or more
    + Samsung Pay
    - No microSD slot
    - Plastic & rubberized plastic body (scuffs will be more visible)
    - Design looks a little weird

    S7 Active:
    + Fingerprint scanner
    + Better build quality (hybrid of metal and rubberized plastic)
    + Much bigger 4000mAh battery
    + microSD slot is back
    + Shatter-resistant screen (rated most rugged smartphone)
    + Samsung Pay
    + Dual Pixel camera for instant focusing and low light photos
    - NO IR Blaster
    - Screen has a layer of plastic on top making it easier to scratch
    - Phone is a lot thicker than the S6 Active
    - There was an issue with the first batch of S7 Actives that failed water tests (phones manufactured sometime in June-July)
    - 12MP camera loses detail compared to the 16MP of the S6 Active
    - Probably costs a lot more

    I personally recommend the S7 Active due to the upgrades but it's up to you and if you're willing to spend a bit more.
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    02-16-2017 06:36 PM
  17. andrew xu's Avatar
    i bought in flea market today in china . cost me 300 dollars. i think it's still worth buying.
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    02-16-2017 11:19 PM
  18. winmod21's Avatar
    Just purchased an S7A last week (like it so far), (on the 24 month w/ upgrade option at 12 months), but have decided to return it to corporate AT&T store, (have 14 days or until Fri. the 23rd to do so). And hoping they don't hit me with their $45 restock fee. Reason: just ordered the same phone (unlocked/will own outright w/no pymt plan) last night thru Amazon, for $233 less, so even if they do, I figure I'll still save $188, have no monthly pymts, and not have to cringe quite as much --each month-- whilst seeing how much AT&T is over-charging, as they do for everything.

    Didn't think of checking on availability of S6A, as the AT&T corp store didn't carry them. And sales rep didn't mention anything about upcoming or potential S8A release.
    06-21-2017 01:47 PM
  19. justin1578's Avatar
    And hoping they don't hit me with their $45 restock fee.

    You goan pay
    06-21-2017 04:11 PM
  20. winmod21's Avatar
    Ouch
    06-22-2017 12:04 PM
  21. Nono033's Avatar
    I WOULD NOT!

    I wouldn't recommend getting the S7 Active and I sure as hell wouldn't get it for myself.

    Im still using my crappy S7 active only cause the contact and what not.. Anyways...

    I would rather have my S4 Active! The only reason I got the s7 was becAuse my 4 wouldn't anymore... I liked/loved the Active cause I liked having buttons at the bottom inside of on the touch screen....i don't think I'd ever get the Active versions again due to the problems I've had with it.

    I've had like 3/4 replacement phones within the FIRST MONTH of me having the damn thing.. Due to laggy, freeZing, glitches, heating up/burnonh up and not even plugged into the charger, ext.. I still have all those problems and a of recently it has gotten worse and more frequent.
    & I've had this phone for almost a year now and still have problems! & it was for awhile good with minor / barely any issues..untill 3 weeks ago...

    In conclusion the answer to your question is that I would not and I would not tell someone else to get it ever !

    Lol hope my rant wasn't too long and hopefully some what helpful to you. ( it helped helped me lol )
    09-30-2017 09:45 AM
  22. jimd1050's Avatar
    I WOULD NOT!

    I wouldn't recommend getting the S7 Active and I sure as hell wouldn't get it for myself.

    Im still using my crappy S7 active only cause the contact and what not.. Anyways...

    I would rather have my S4 Active! The only reason I got the s7 was becAuse my 4 wouldn't anymore... I liked/loved the Active cause I liked having buttons at the bottom inside of on the touch screen....i don't think I'd ever get the Active versions again due to the problems I've had with it.

    I've had like 3/4 replacement phones within the FIRST MONTH of me having the damn thing.. Due to laggy, freeZing, glitches, heating up/burnonh up and not even plugged into the charger, ext.. I still have all those problems and a of recently it has gotten worse and more frequent.
    & I've had this phone for almost a year now and still have problems! & it was for awhile good with minor / barely any issues..untill 3 weeks ago...

    In conclusion the answer to your question is that I would not and I would not tell someone else to get it ever !

    Lol hope my rant wasn't too long and hopefully some what helpful to you. ( it helped helped me lol )
    Wow - I had mine for almost a year and it ticked like a clock! Not one single problem! I just bought a Note 8 and put the S7 Active in it's box as my Go To backup Phone because it's so reliable... sorry to hear you had so many issues!!!
    10-12-2017 11:25 PM
  23. winmod21's Avatar
    I WOULD NOT!

    I wouldn't recommend getting the S7 Active and I sure as hell wouldn't get it for myself.

    Im still using my crappy S7 active only cause the contact and what not.. Anyways...

    I would rather have my S4 Active! The only reason I got the s7 was becAuse my 4 wouldn't anymore... I liked/loved the Active cause I liked having buttons at the bottom inside of on the touch screen....i don't think I'd ever get the Active versions again due to the problems I've had with it.

    I've had like 3/4 replacement phones within the FIRST MONTH of me having the damn thing.. Due to laggy, freeZing, glitches, heating up/burnonh up and not even plugged into the charger, ext.. I still have all those problems and a of recently it has gotten worse and more frequent.
    & I've had this phone for almost a year now and still have problems! & it was for awhile good with minor / barely any issues..untill 3 weeks ago...

    In conclusion the answer to your question is that I would not and I would not tell someone else to get it ever !

    Lol hope my rant wasn't too long and hopefully some what helpful to you. ( it helped helped me lol )
    I didn't see your post of last 30 Sept 2017, as I had stopped reading/checking AC and these forums by then.
    But I've had my S7A now for over 15 months . . and it's been perfect; has ran & performed perfectly and flawlessly with not a single glitch---no "laggy, freeZing, glitches, heating up/burn up"...as you unfortunately experienced--- of any kind.
    It's still super fast, great Wi-Fi & cellular performance, no dropped calls (that I recall), great email performance, great MMS performance, great speed & overall app performance, great storage space still available, great everything. It also has never had any problem in immediately connecting & transferring files, data & photos to our laptops & desktops. So maybe I got lucky.

    As mentioned abv ^, in June 2017, I returned the AT&T S7A (made in Korea, btw), and ordered an 'Unlocked' S7A from amazon (which upon receiving, was somewhat concerned to see that it had been manufactured in Vietnam :O ), and thus had to pay the AT&T $45 restock fee, but it was well worth it-- as the savings were nearly $250. and the S7A I ordered thru amazon has been perfectly flawless.
    Anyways, perhaps I got lucky, but my S7A has been fantastic, and continues to be in every way, as I'm still using it. In fact it's been a much better phone than my wifes' Note 5 & Note 8, and of course much much better than my old Galaxy S3.
    So all in all . . . .oh wait, there is something I don't like about the S7A; its speaker audio is horrible !=(
    The 3.5mm audio isn't too bad, but the speaker really sucks, and has never been able to be turned-up loud enough. Same goes for the mic ---whilst on 'speaker' phone calls--- as it's equally bad, with other parties having trouble hearing me when on 'speaker', so it's bad both ways, speaker & mic. =(

    Aside from that ^ though, I've been very happy with the S7A, so again maybe I lucked-out.
    09-28-2018 03:28 PM
  24. krugbot's Avatar
    I didn't see your post of last 30 Sept 2017, as I had stopped reading/checking AC and these forums by then.
    But I've had my S7A now for over 15 months . . and it's been perfect; has ran & performed perfectly and flawlessly with not a single glitch---no "laggy, freeZing, glitches, heating up/burn up"...as you unfortunately experienced--- of any kind.
    It's still super fast, great Wi-Fi & cellular performance, no dropped calls (that I recall), great email performance, great MMS performance, great speed & overall app performance, great storage space still available, great everything. It also has never had any problem in immediately connecting & transferring files, data & photos to our laptops & desktops. So maybe I got lucky.

    As mentioned abv ^, in June 2017, I returned the AT&T S7A (made in Korea, btw), and ordered an 'Unlocked' S7A from amazon (which upon receiving, was somewhat concerned to see that it had been manufactured in Vietnam :O ), and thus had to pay the AT&T $45 restock fee, but it was well worth it-- as the savings were nearly $250. and the S7A I ordered thru amazon has been perfectly flawless.
    Anyways, perhaps I got lucky, but my S7A has been fantastic, and continues to be in every way, as I'm still using it. In fact it's been a much better phone than my wifes' Note 5 & Note 8, and of course much much better than my old Galaxy S3.
    So all in all . . . .oh wait, there is something I don't like about the S7A; its speaker audio is horrible !=(
    The 3.5mm audio isn't too bad, but the speaker really sucks, and has never been able to be turned-up loud enough. Same goes for the mic ---whilst on 'speaker' phone calls--- as it's equally bad, with other parties having trouble hearing me when on 'speaker', so it's bad both ways, speaker & mic. =(

    Aside from that ^ though, I've been very happy with the S7A, so again maybe I lucked-out.

    I've had an S7 active for about a year...though I've had 2 replacements. The first S7A that I received in July/August last year would not update from AT&T. I tried factory resetting umpteen times, but every time it would attempt to download the next most recent update, it would fail. AT&T gave me a warranty replacement that started seeing terrible battery life within 2 months of use. The Second replacement I still have today and have been using for 10ish months.

    Currently I've got the following issues with it-
    1-Battery life. Even with pure black overlays, running in battery saver with data saver, samsung sleep on all apps, background processes disabled for all but Android system and Hangouts, no FB or FB messenger, no Always on Display, Aggressive Doze enabled, always in FHD or less, the battery life is awful *IF* I use the phone. With the screen on at any usable brightness, the battery use after a few minutes jumps to ~10-20%/hr. Additionally, streaming videos or even using Google News can cause the phone to heat up to a quite hot temperature right around the power button. I've tried clearing cache after every OTA update, and I've just tried a full discharge and recharge(typically I recharge at 20-30% and stop charging around 80-90%), but it's still a hog.

    What's odd is that idle battery life isn't too unreasonable on Wifi/4G, it sits around 2-4%/hr(measured with GSAM Pro) typically. Even at home though, where I'm in airplane mode with WiFi on, the phone exhibits the same dismal use if I have the screen on.

    2-Heat. This is related to #1 . If I use the phone for anything intensive, games, lots of web browsing, News feed with lots of screen scrolling, the phone gets HOT on the right side near the power button.

    3- Recent apps button and back button are getting mushy. I'm not rough on this device. It's still in great cosmetic condition for the number of outdoor activities I've taken it on. I've never experienced a rough drop onto any outdoor surface. It's fallen on our soft faux wood floor, but only onto the rounded, rubberized corners of the phone. Still, the buttons are caving in toward the fingerprint reader. The phone is out of warranty now, so I can't do anything about it. I would love to know if it's a setup issue. So can anyone still following this and that still has the phone and is still happy with it's performance share their setup?

    In addition to the things i mentioned, I'm also using Evie launcher, and all-in-one gestures. I'm not sure that these are causing high use, as they never show up in GSAM or in the Default Battery Stats.

    Here's a for instance- I was at 79% battery, and let the phone update 15 apps. I am in a full signal wifi and 4g LTE service area. The phone lost 11% battery updating the apps in less than 5 minutes and it also became very hot.
    10-05-2018 02:45 PM

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