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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, 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, whereas reviews are divided on the design. Some have doubts about the size and sound.

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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( 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 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 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 give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Editor's Choice

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 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 (

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 (

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 : Sherri L. Smith (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

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

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