Samsung’s newest smartphone, the GS4 Active, is a waterproof phone that stands out from its counterparts on the smartphone market. One factor that makes the GS4 Active stand out is its waterproof certification: most high-end smartphones do not come with waterproof capabilities built in, and, of those that do, only a few provide real protection against the marine environment.

GS3 Waterproof Available at Verizon Wireless, Announced by WireFly

Of those that apply water protection, the GS4 Active provides better waterproof protection than most waterproof smartphones available. Only Sony’s Xperia Z matches Samsung in its ingress protection (IP) rating.

While Verizon is not broadcasting this new proposal, the site WireFly is. Wirefly announced the Liquipel-coated GS3 last week, telling customers at the site that it could be theirs for $89.99 with a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless.

Liquipel is a coating that iPhone users often place on their iPhones to ensure water protection, but Samsung’s recent GS4 Active has many GS3 users feeling neglected or left out because their smartphones are not waterproof.

The GS3 comes with a dual-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1.5Ghz processor, 1280 x 720p screen resolution, 720p video recording, 4.8-inch, super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera, and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For those who want the latest, Samsung will allow you to download the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update after you purchase the phone.

According to recent rumors, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be available in either July or August, so you can expect to buy this phone and have the latest and greatest soon.

Between multi-window mode, a 3D photo gallery, Facebook Lock Ticker, Contextual Tag, Contextual Menu, Contextual Page Buddy, and other pleasant surprises of the Premium Suite Upgrade, and the fact that the hottest smartphone of 2012 is now coated with Liquipel protection, you have a phone that is an undeniable favorite.

In my opinion, apart from the GS3’s 1GB of RAM and other specs that are not as high-end as 2013’s, Liquipel waterproof protection is the one thing that was missing from Samsung’s GS3. Now that Sony has turned things up a notch and made companies like Samsung and LG get serious about water protection, I think we’ll see the best of what Samsung has to offer.

For those who want an affordable phone with water protection, the waterproof GS3 can be yours for $89.99. If you want to save even more money and do not care for a waterproof device, you can purchase an original GS3 and get a waterproof case from Seidio (the Seidio OBEX waterproof case, for example) to go with it. Visit wirefly.com for more details.

6 COMMENTS
  1. This old phone that costs more than some brand new models is an undeniable favorite? I’m going to go ahead and deny that.

  2. @ Juananon

    The GS3 is an undeniable favorite, for a few reasons. First, the phone is approximately a year old and is half the cost of the original. When I purchased my GS3 from US Cellular, I paid $350 up front for the phone — with no discount. The fact that you need only pay $89.99 up front for the phone, and possibly no more than $450 total (another $360) over a two-year contract is not bad at all. Keep in mind that most high-end Samsung phones cost anywhere from $650-1000 originally, depending on locked/unlocked as well as the place from which you purchase them (whether a local retail store or Amazon.com).

    Next, the GS3 is an undeniable favorite because it is still one of the best-selling Samsung smartphones around. Mashable did a Google Hangouts discussion back in April to compare the GS4 versus the HTC One, and it was said in the interview (look it up) that the GS3 is still the dominant Samsung smartphone, that fewer consumers have purchased the GS4 than did the GS3. This is why the Verizon deal is so sweet, since the majority of consumers would rather pay $400 or so total over two years than purchase the GS4 on a carrier and pay twice as much over two years.

    Last but not least, the phone is waterproof and will appeal to some who are wanting to purchase the GS4 Active because it is waterproof.

    You may deny it, Juananon, but there are quite a few who would disagree with you. Thanks, though, for responding here at Tapscape and sharing your thoughts with us.

  3. There you go again with that phrase “undeniable favorite,” and yet here I am again to deny it. (Thanks for your permission for me to do that by the way…really appreciate it. Don’t know what I would have done without it. Guess just stayed silent.) Sure, some people might be in need of a value phone such as this, and I don’t think I ever denied that,–so why you’ve changed my argument to no one wanting this phone, I can’t be sure–but I would still hardly call it a favorite. The fact that it’s a cheap stand-in for the GS4 Active should have keyed you in on that. People would favorite the new, enhanced product…but this GS3 will do.

  4. Maybe you’re right about our views of the word “favorite.”

    At the same time, I would love to purchase the GS4 Active, but the GS4 Active is currently an exclusive with AT&T, AT&T does not yet allow the smartphone on its GoPhone prepaid plans, but requires you to sign up for a two-year commitment online. If you go to a retail store to purchase AT&T, you have to sign up for a $90 per month off-contract agreement. I am an AT&T tablet customer at the moment, but my smartphone plan is with T-Mobile. As someone trying to save some money, I will purchase the GS4 with T-Mobile for a prepaid agreement with unlimited 4G.

    The GS4 Active is a tempting phone indeed, but I’m not so sure that many customers will want to purchase the smartphone at the expense of leaving their current carrier — particularly when the phone comes with a $595 price tag outright and still requires an expensive off-contract bill each month. It comes down to preference, but the GS3 with Liquipel coating is a win for many budget-conscious consumers. You do not have to like it; that’s why the GS4 Active and original GS4 are available.

    Preference is subjective, but let’s not knock a great phone with an excellent up-front price tag. Someone somewhere will be thankful for this little piece of Verizon information 🙂

  5. Hmm…how about an undeniable value, and a true bargain hunter’s favorite? I admit, it doesn’t seem to be a bad phone, but Samsung’s willingness to update Android would concern me. I’ve been thinking about why I decided to play this semantic game in the first place, and I figured it out after reading your last comment…Verizon’s constant failure to offer new and exciting phones, such as the GS4 Active, annoys me, and I mistakenly sent that vibe in your direction. My bad.

  6. Juananon, It’s alright to be upset with Verizon. Remember what I said about my carrier? I am under a two-year contract with US Cellular, and in my opinion, their retail stores have the worst phone selection I’ve seen in my life. I am upset about that, and have since dabbled into service with T-Mobile for the last seven months due to my frustration.

    At any rate, I’m grateful that you decided to respond. It is not everyday that I get to talk up-close to those who read us here at Tapscape. Please continue to read and support.

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