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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 277 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and battery. The durability and screen also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the design, while the size and sound get critical comments.

performance, screen, durability, battery, price

sound, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the portability and GPS navigation. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably.

performance, price, usability, GPS navigation, portability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Oct, 2018

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (AT&T)

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T is a no-compromise, ruggedized Android smartphone that will appeal to klutzes and adrenaline junkies alike.

Spectacular screen. Excellent camera. Drop- and waterproof. Customizable Active key.

Thick, reinforced corners. Bloatware.

Conclusions The Galaxy S5 Active makes no real compromises to earn its more adventurous designation. I don't care for fingerprint scanners, and I think the Active key will be genuinely more useful for the majority of people. Otherwise, it offers the...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: Style and substance, but sportiness is so-so

 

If you want to keep your smartphone safe from scratches, spills, thumps, and drops, chances are high you'll be buying a thick, heavy case. There just aren't that many truly rugged phones around these days , and the few that do take a beating don't have...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has a sturdy build, excellent physical controls, and a convenience key that double as a camera shutter. Inside, it has the same top-tier specs as the Galaxy S5.

It lacks a fingerprint scanner, it's slippery, and apart from its tougher aesthetic, the S5 Active isn't much tougher or athletically-minded than other dust- and water-resistant smartphones.

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

Jun, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T)

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most powerful phone AT&T has to offer, but of course AT&T had to interfere a bit.

Spectacular screen. Super-fast Wi-Fi and LTE performance. Excellent camera. Waterproof.

All-plastic design. Bloatware. No Download Booster.

On AT&T, like on T-Mobile, your high-end smartphone decision right now comes down to the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), with Apple's iPhone 5s in the wings for people who want a much smaller screen and iOS-exclusive apps. And just like on T-Mobile,...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T)

 

While a top seller, the Samsung Galaxy S4 simply tried to do too much, from scrolling content with your eyes to language translation. The Galaxy S5 ($199 for 16GB on AT&T) has some gee-whiz features of its own, including a heart rate monitor, but it's...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : Sherri L. Smith (tomsguide.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 does a lot of things well. Its Super AMOLED display offers stunning visuals, while its Snapdragon 801 CPU delivers strong performance. Features such as S Health continue to grow, becoming more useful, despite a gimmicky heartbeat...

Vivid, gorgeous display Water-resistant chassis Sharp camera with compelling features Long battery life

Inconsistent fingerprint sensor Annoying port cover Weak audio

Combining a beautiful display, unique features and long battery life in a water-resistant body, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a jack-of-all-trades smartphone.

Nov, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sam Rutherford (tomsguide.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review

 

Get the tough Galaxy S5 Active, and you won't need a case. The more than 9 hours of battery life seals the deal.

Military-grade 810G durability ; User-programmable Active button ; Physical buttons for Home, Back and Menu ; Colorful display ; Solid battery life

Bigger and heavier than regular GS5 ; No fingerprint reader ; Audio sounds strained at max volume

The S5 Active combines flagship power with military-grade durability, giving butter-fingered users and outdoor enthusiasts the best of both worlds.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Mike Bitter (gstylemag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G3: Battle of the Beasts

 

First up is the Samsung Galaxy S5 . The flagship phone from Samsung is the powerhouse as it always has been and Samsung has never been one to come up short with how they outfit their Galaxy series phones hardware wise and it remains true with the S5.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Jason Million (gstylemag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Beauty or the Beast?

 

I thought the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active last year was a nice build of phone only disappointed with the fact it specs were slightly dumbed down to make the Galaxy S4 look superior. This year Samsung has taken a different approach and make the Samsung...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : By Blake Stimac (greenbot.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: A high-end phone for the accident prone

 

The durable Galaxy S5 variant is for those who are tough on their phones or a complete klutz.

Great display ; Ultra durable ; Extra button that you can remap

Design is on the ugly side ; Shock absorbing case adds bulk ; Limited to AT&T in the U.S.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active shares identical internal hardware as the original Galaxy S5, but is sturdier, uglier, and only available on AT&T.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Brian Fagioli (betanews.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 -- the whole Android package [Review]

 

It is hard to get excited about an Android smartphone nowadays. There are simply too many similar devices on the market. Slightly faster processor? Slightly larger screen? Yawn. At this point, Android is simply evolution rather than revolution. Hell,...

Before using this phone, I assumed people were buying Samsung Galaxy devices as zombies due to clever marketing. However, it soon became clear that Samsung's massive market share is well deserved. The screen on the S5 is vibrant and enjoyable and all...

Jul, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2800
Battery performance:2600 / 2800
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):10 / 11
Browsing time (4G):10 / 11 / 12
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):12 / 13
Continuous audio playback time:110 / 46 / 67 / 73 / 77
Continuous video playback time:10 / 12 / 13 / 14
Standby time (2G):880
Standby time (3G):585 / 920
Standby time (4G):800
Talk time (2G):12
Talk time (3G):14 / 15 / 16 / 21 / 67

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera Resolution:3456 x 4608 / 3840 x 2160 / 5312 x 2988
Digital Zoom:4 / 8
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1 / 5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
ISO sensitivity:12800
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:30
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Rear Camera Resolution:3456 x 4608 / 3840 x 2160 / 5312 x 2988
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps / 1920x1080@30fps, 3840x2160@30fps / 3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2 / 2.1
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.562 / 0.897
Body SAR (Canada):1.098
Body SAR (EU):0.562 / 0.897
Body SAR (USA):1.098
Certification:IPX5, IPX8
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR:0.643 / 0.687
Head SAR (Canada):0.947
Head SAR (EU):0.643 / 0.687
Head SAR (USA):0.947
SAR головы (Канада):0.947

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Camouflage / Gold / Green / Grey / Grey, Titanium / Red / Silver / White
Fingerprint reader:No / Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP65 / IP67
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4.6 / 5.1
Display number of colors:16.0 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:AMOLED / SAMOLED / TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MP4, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AMR, ASF, FLAC, MKA, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / MP3
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP / JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Speakers:Stereo
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, WEBM, WMV / 3GPP, AVI, H.263, H.264, H.265, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, VP8, VP9, WEBM, XVID
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7 / H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,WMV7
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,ASF,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB,AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Barometer: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800,900,1900,2100 / 850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100
3G standards:HSPA,UMTS / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA / WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:800,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,Google Voice Search / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube / Google Play,YouTube
Music player: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Graphics:Adreno 330
Graphics adapter:Adreno 330
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4.2 / 4.4.4
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Notes, Stopwatch
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Notes, Stopwatch
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
MHL version:2.0 / 2.1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y
TV out:N
TV-out: No
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0 / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

Processor:APQ8084 / MSM 8974 / MSM 8974AC / U8420
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.5
Processor model:APQ8084 / MSM 8974 / U8420

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4.2 / 4.4.4
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:2
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Google applications:Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play, YouTube
Scratch resistant:Y
Scratch-resistant:Y
Waterproof: Yes

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.319 / 0.339 / 0.35 / 0.354
Height:5 / 5.59 / 5.71 / 5.72
Weight:4.55 / 5.11 / 6
Width:2.56 / 2.85 / 2.89