The only company to successfully compete with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and become the product to beat in the smartphone arena has been Samsung. The iPhone may be beautiful, sleek, and functional, but one thing it is definitely not is durable. We've all known someone -- if you've been lucky enough not to have it happen to you -- who's had a shattered screen or a phone damaged by water. Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active  looks to address the durability issue and may have completely altered the way phones are made.

In the following video, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses why this is an important development and how it could affect both Apple and Samsung from here.

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