It doesn’t take much to break a cellphone these days- they become more fragile in proportion to their ever-advancing complexity, with many suffering from cracked screens and malfunctioning components following a fall that wouldn’t have fazed my old non-smartphone for a second. Of course, that phone wasn’t a miniature computer, either.Fortunately, our techs continue to advance their expertise right along with technology, and are now able to complete most repairs with such a high rate of success that damages which previously would have been a death sentence for your cellphone are now quickly and easily fixed. Unfortunately, one of the most common accidents involving cellphones continues to be the most difficult to repair.

The greatest threat to the little technological marvels we call smartphones is that three-molecule team that we literally cannot live without- water. It turns out that H2O is basically smartphone Kryptonite, and is implicated in countless cellphone deaths every single day. The effects are devastating and often fatal. Yet, for many people, their phone is not just a phone, it’s also their camera, store list, datebook, magazine, GPS, etc., so it ends up exposed to the wet stuff (or any wet stuff, actually) on a regular basis. If you do happen to damage this phone somehow, there are companies online that can repair the Galaxy S4. So what are we supposed to do in this water-filled world, with our smartphones in such peril?

Sensing a niche, Samsung remodeled their Galaxy S4 to meet IP67 certification standards (classification of levels of protection from solid and liquid; IP stands Ingress Protection, 6 stands for protected from dust, and 7 means withstands immersion in liquid between 15 cm and 3 meters for up to 30 minutes), and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was born. Running nearly identical specs as the S4, but with physical home, menu, and back buttons and rubbery bumpers at the corners, the Active does not sacrifice form for function, or vice versa. Equipped with a quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 MB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage (you can add as much as 64 GB with a microSD card), and running the Android 4.2 OS, Jelly Bean, it performs just as beautifully as the S4, while staying true to the nature of the Galaxy look. The main differences between the S4 and the S4 Active are the camera (the S4 front camera has 13 mp, the Active’s has 8), and the display (the S4 has Super AMOLED HD, the Active has HD TFT LCD). However, the Active boasts an underwater shooting mode for pictures and videos, and one of its greater features is the screen’s ability to sense your touch with gloves on.

The Galaxy S4 Active is available solely through AT&T, and it costs $594.99 without a two-year contract, or $199.99 with a 2-year AT&T contract. The Galaxy S4 can be found through all major cellular carriers, but no word yet on whether the Active will eventually do the same.