The S8 active is an extremely stout phone with a sturdy build. The company claims that drops from heights of a bit under five feet are okay when it comes to retaining the structure and display of this phone which means that dropping your phone while using it should not be a problem. The lipped screen prevents face-down cracks meanwhile the reinforced corners are enough to send force through the phone’s frame which is rigid enough to absorb the vibrations. All these make the phone a bit on the bulkier side, at nearly 10mm thick, but since you will never be needing a case for this phone, you can be a bit more lenient towards its size.
We tested it down a flight of concrete stairs from an initial height of 4-2’ and after the rough tumble downstairs, the screen was fine, so was the touch, the body however got a few scratches and minor dents. The back cover is made from a silicone based material that helps for better grip which is great if you get sweaty palms from your outdoor activities. The silicone material based rear also helps you grab the phone underwater cause mind you, the Samsung Galaxy S8 active is rated IP68 waterproof and can survive immersion in depths up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes.