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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
|Editor's rating (1-5):
What's Hot: Same strong specs as standard Galaxy S5, not overly bulky.
What's Not: Moderately rugged but not invincible (don't drop from a height into water).
Reviewed July 16, 2014 by Lisa Gade, Editor
in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)
If you love the Samsung Galaxy S5 but want something more rugged, Samsung has you (and a phone) covered with a sturdy outer casing in the guise of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. In a pleasant change, the GS 5 Active is every bit the GS 5 rather than a down-spec version like the Galaxy S4 Active. You get the same quad core Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, the lovely full HD Super AMOLED display, front 2MP camera and rear 16MP camera with flash and heart rate monitor. The only thing missing is the fingerprint scanner, and I suspect most of you won't miss it.
The standard issue Samsung Galaxy S5 is already water resistant to 1 meter immersion for 30 minutes and it's dust resistant. The Galaxy S5 Active adds MIL Spec 810G ruggedness, and that means it can withstand drops onto a fairly hard surface for distances up to 4 feet. However, we don't suggest you drop it into a puddle of water, because the removable back cover may pop off when you drop it. Despite its rugged look, the Galaxy S5 Active isn't much bigger than the Galaxy S5 and it weighs just an ounce more. That makes it more compact than a GS5 clad in a rugged Otterbox case.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T in the US, where it sells for $199 on contract, which is the same price as the Galaxy S5. Off contract at full retail it will set you back $30 more.
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Geekbench 3: 1004 single core, 2639 multi-core
Display: 5.1" Super AMOLED HD display with Gorilla Glass 3. Resolution:
1920 x 1080. Has ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity sensor.
Battery: 2800 mAh Lithium
Ion Polymer rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. Supports latest version of Qualcomm quick charging.
Performance: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU. 2 gigs DDR3 RAM. 16 gigs internal storage with ~11 gigs available.
Size: 5.72" x 2.89" x 0.40" inches. Weight: 6 ounces.
Phone: GSM quad band world phone with EDGE 2G, 3G and 4G LTE for AT&T.
Camera: 2MP front camera and 16MP rear camera with LED flash, BSI, HDR mode, 4K video recording. Supports simultaneous use of front and back camera.
in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone
Networking and GPS: Integrated dual band
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC.
Software: Android OS 4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz UI and software.
SDXC microSD card slot under back cover.