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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the usability and portability are generally positive. The screen and battery are also appreciated. Many are negative about the camera, while views are divided on the design.

durability, battery, screen, portability, usability


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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active from 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 People are impressed by the sound. The usability is also appreciated.

usability, sound

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Black Bluetooth Hands Free Headset Earpiece Lightweight Small Ultra Compact Design Crystal Clear Voice Quality

May, 2015

Expert review by: Kenneth Wong (

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review


Think of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (released May 2014, listed at $659 without contract by AT&T) as a stronger, tougher cousin of the Galaxy S5 (released April 2014). The Galaxy S5 Active dropped its predecessor S5's fingerprint sensor, a security...

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Expert review by: GSMArena team (

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...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Matt Safford (

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.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Eugene Kim (

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...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (

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.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Jessica Dolcourt (

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.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: John V. (

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...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Lanh Nguyen (

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

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Michael Fisher (

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

Consumer review by: gbrumble2 (

"Great Phone"


Chose this phone over regular S5, which my pops has and even he likes this one better. Yes it doesn't have the fingerprint scanner but it has 3 hard buttons instead of the one soft. I bought a pelican case for it and used the phone in the shower &...

Speed, functionality, s health

Nov, 2014