Samsung released a more resistant version of its new flagship, which can be used when practicing extreme sports such as rock climbing, mountain biking, or when going fishing. This phone isn’t as good-looking as the Galaxy S6 and it doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor, but it gained a bigger battery and some extra protection against dust, humidity, salt, rain, solar radiation, vibration and it’s transport and thermal shock resistant. We’re comparing the Galaxy S6 Active with HTC’s latest all-metal One M9.
HTC One M9
The One M9 kept the all-metal design which was used on the previous model, and HTC made only a few modifications around the sides to make the device easier to hold. But, in general, it looks pretty much the same as the One M8, only the frame received a different color. The device has almost the same dimensions as last year’s model, but it’s slightly thicker, almost unnoticeable (9.6mm compared to 9.4mm). The screen remained at 5inches, using the same Super LCD3 technology which offers a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 441ppi, and because of that, many users criticized HTC. However, the only improvement made to the screen is the replacement of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with the latest version (Glass 4). The phone, likewise many other new flagships that came in 2015, is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor formed by two quad core processors clocked at 1.5Ghz and 2Ghz, which are backed by Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The One M9 is packed with 32GB of internal storage and presents a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB.
The rear camera was revamped, but it doesn’t support OIS. Its resolution is now 20MP and comes bundled with features such as dual-LED flash and autofocus, while the 4MP Ultrapixel from the back of the One M8 found its way to One M9’s front, being perfect for taking selfies in low light conditions. The battery is 2840mAh and can’t be removed, but it supports Quick Charge 2. Also, it inherited the same BoomSound stereo speakers, but it’s available in more variants of colors: Amber Gold, Gold/Pink, Gunmetal Gray and Silver/Rose Gold. The phone runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and costs $600 without a contract.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
The phone is sold via AT&T and it costs $200 with a two-year contract or $695 without contract. It doesn’t have the glass and metal premium design likewise the Galaxy S6, but you should look on the bright side: the 2550mAh battery was increased up to 3500mAh and it lasts two days under normal usage, instead of one day. The color options for its casings are Gray, White Camo and Blue Camo, but we can’t give you the physical dimensions because Samsung hasn’t specified them.
The capacitive buttons have been removed and instead, below the screen you will have three physical buttons. The rest of specifications you’ll know from the Galaxy S6: a 5.1inchesc Super AMOLED display with 2560×1440 pixels at 576ppi, a 64bit Exynos 7420 processor with four cores (four of them are clocked at 1.5Ghz and the other four cores are clocked at 2.1Ghz), backed by 3GB of DDR4 RAM, and has only 32Gb of RAM, without the possibility to expand its capacity. The cameras have the same resolutions: 16MP on the back, accompanied by OIS, and the front camera is 5MP. The device supports fast charging and wifi charging, it has a heart rate sensor, an oxygen saturation sensor, and via the Activity Zone, you will get S health info, instant weather info, a barometer, compass, stopwatch and you can activate the flashlight.