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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and size are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the durability.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Views about the portability and GPS navigation are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good feedback.

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

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Oct, 2016

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

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: Michael Fisher (pocketnow.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: sturdy, but not “everything-proof”

 

It looks like a Galaxy S5 on 'roids, and it's got enough ruggedization to make a SEAL swoon – but how tough is it? Find out in our Galaxy S5 Active review!

IP67 and MIL-STD-810G durability ; Beautiful, versatile display ; Very little spec compromise for a rugged device

Not as rugged as it should be ; Low-light photography lags behind competition

Whatever the paint job, whether a Galaxy S5 Active belongs in your pocket depends on how much meat you really need on your smartphone’s bones. Remember, the stock S5 is already immersion-resistant, and while a MIL-STD-810G rating should mean the Active...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Eric M. Zeman (phonescoop.com)

Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T

 

The GS5 Active is a tougher Android smartphone from Samsung. It carries over most of the GS5's attractive features, but wraps them in a stronger body for protection from daily abuses.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Jason Million (gstylemag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5: A Performance Powerhouse [Review]

 

Every year we wait for Samsung's latest entry in their signature flagship Galaxy S series and expect something new in regards to hardware build. This time around we were waiting for various versions of the S5 including a metallic body similar to the...

Samsung seems to be getting back to improving their overall devices in the performance realm like their older devices such as the Galaxy S2 and even S3 that gave them their claim to fame. While there is a still a boatload of gimmicks and features you...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Jeff Dunn (brighthand)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: The Blockbuster Phone

 

Samsung's newest flagship brings more pure functionality than any other phone on the market. But is that a good thing? Find out in our review.

Tremendous performance ; Lively, colorful display ; Can produce great photos

TouchWiz is bloated and sloppy ; Fingerprint reader and heart rate monitor are useless ; Feels cheaper than other flagships

The Galaxy S5 is a blockbuster: big, loud, powerful, and dumb. It does all the necessary things too well to be considered a failure. It runs fast, takes good photos, lasts a long time, and isn’t a pain to hold. The foundations it’s built upon are...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: James Lu (hardwarezone.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 - Far From Basic

 

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 at MWC in February, CEO JK Shin, said Samsung was "going back to basics." But with an IP67 dust and water resistant build, fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor and phase detection autofocus, the S5 is anything but...

IP67 dust and water resistant build ; Fingerprint scanner ; Fast Phase Detection autofocus ; Heart rate sensor and pre-loaded fitness apps ; Great battery life

Same old plastic design ; New features could have been better implemented ; Bigger and heavier than Galaxy S4 ; Weak audio

The recent flurry of flagship smartphone releases - which includes the HTC One M8, the Sony Xperia Z2, and now the Samsung Galaxy S5 - has certainly felt like an incremental evolution rather than a complete overhaul. Out of the three phones, Samsung...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

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Expert review by: Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (canadianreviewer.com)

Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

 

All of my co-workers have some sort of bulky case like the OtterBox for protection. I see no need for that with the S5 Active. In this Business, If you don't protect your phone, its only a matter of days till your in the market for a new one.

and used a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active supplied by TELUS for testing purposes.

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Browsing time (3G):10 / 11 / 8
Browsing time (4G):10 / 11 / 12 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 12 / 13

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16 / 8

Design

Curved Design: No
Standard colour:Green / Silver

Display

Screen shape:Flat

Messaging

E-mail: Yes

Navigation

GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / EDGE, GPRS, GSM / GSM
3G standards:HSPA, UMTS / UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA / WCDMA
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

MHL version:2.0 / 2.1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): Yes
USB port: Yes

Technical Details

Scratch resistant: Yes