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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and screen. The battery and build quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the design and features.

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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 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: Combat ready

 

As the Northern hemisphere enters the summer season, it's the second year in a row that Samsung releases a rugged version of its incumbent flagship. This time around, it is a toughened take on an already IP certified device, so they went through the...

MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance ; IP67 certification for dust and water resistance ; 5.1" 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED with Gorilla Glass 3 ; Android OS...

No OIS in the camera ; No fingerprint sensor (Galaxy S5 has it) ; No microUSB 3.0 (Galaxy S5 has it) ; Rear-mounted mono speaker ; Poor video codec support out of box ; Design is a bit too cluttered ; Only available in the United States for AT&T at the...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is everything we expected it to be and more. In terms of functionality and feature set, the handset is almost every bit as capable as the SM-G900 with the added benefit of higher durability and improved grip. The...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review

 

While we liked last year's Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung's take on a ruggedized version of its flagship Galaxy S4 handset, it felt like a slight step down from the Galaxy S4, with a lower-resolution camera, a non-AMOLED screen, and shorter battery life.

Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5 ; Nice camera ; Ruggedized exterior ; Long battery life ; MircoSD slot ; Removable battery

No fingerprint reader ; Phone vibrates when speaker is cranked

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Active loses the fingerprint reader in favor of tactile buttons and a solid plastic shell. Inside, it’s the same powerful Galaxy S5, with long battery life and top-end performance.

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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 water-resistant. Customizable Active key

Thick, reinforced corners. Bloatware

Last year's Galaxy S4 and S4 Active seemed like a natural pairing, but with water-resistance now a standard feature on the Galaxy S5, you might be wondering why Samsung even bothered with an Active variant this year. The big difference, really, is as...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (AT&T) Review

 

The Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T is a durable and water-resistant phone that delivers all the best features of the S5 along with extra protection.

Drop- and water-resistant design; Brilliant and vibrant display; Can shoot photos underwater; Louder speaker than S5; Long battery life

Bulkier than S5; AT&T bloatware; Lacks fingerprint reader

The Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T is a durable and water-resistant phone that delivers all the best features of the S5 along with extra protection.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active ( AT&T, Ruby Red)

 

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review

 

Enter the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, which like before, bears many of the elements and specs of its esteemed cousin. As we already know all too well, the Galaxy S5 now has a water-resistant element, so why even bother with the Active? Read on and we'll...

Tougher construction so it’s not as brittle as the Galaxy S5 ; Most of the specs and features have been left intact ; Activity Zone is great for the outdoorsy folks ; Similar overall performance to the Galaxy S5

Slippery feel in the hand ; Design language isn’t as pleasant ; Low lighting camera performance is underwhelming

One has to give Samsung credit with the Galaxy S5 Active, seeing as though it looks like they’ve been able to learn from last years’ model. However, some folks might still be scratching their heads wondering why come out with this phone knowing that...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review: a true flagship in a ruggedized body

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5, with it's IP67 certification, features protection from dust and the occasional splash in the water. But what if that protection isn't enough? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active could be your solution.

IP 67 dust and water resistant ; Military-grade ruggedness ratings ; Great camera ; Beautiful display ; Solid construction

Lacks fingerprint scanner ; Poor low-light performance ; The design isn't for everyone