85

conclusion:We like it

85

Last year's Galaxy S4 Active added protection and durability to the flagship Galaxy S4, but with some cut corners that detracted from the overall Galaxy experience. This time around, Samsung didn't make the same mistake, keeping most of the features of the S5 around to make the S5 Active a powerful phone for people who need a little extra protection.

The S5's high resolution display and excellent 13MP camera have made their way to the Active, guaranteeing the same level of detail and performance. But Samsung's also added a rugged exterior that leaves critics divided, with Laptop Magazine saying it feels like a "Panasonic Toughbook laptop--in a good way," while Business Insider just finds it "tacky and ugly." But anyone considering this phone is probably not looking for runway looks, just adequate protection and the S5 Active provides that in spades, with PocketNow finding it a impact- and water-resistant handset, "but not necessarily both at the same time." Android Central did say "it's also going to fare better if left in the bright sun, or going in and out of extreme temperature conditions."

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Critic reviews

8.3
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    9.3
  • Battery life
    7.9
  • Camera
    9.1
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
    6.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.7
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.2

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User reviews

6.7
3 reviews
9.0
PC Mag Jun 16, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T is a no-compromise, ruggedized Android smartphone that will appeal to klutzes and adrenaline junkies alike.

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9.0
CNET Jun 6, 2014

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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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 11, 2014

We're not fans of the extra bulk versus the regular S5--and the microUSB port flap is still annoying--but overall the Active is a smart choice for those who don't want to bother with a case.

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7.0
Ars Technica Jun 21, 2014

Given the similarities between the S5 Active and the vanilla S5, for most people we'd recommend getting the standard edition of the phone and putting it in a case if you want extra protection.

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9.0
Android Central Jun 20, 2014

The Galaxy S5 Active is designed for all those people, who work or play hard and need a phone that's as tough as they are. And the great thing is that they need make no compromises.

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9.0
phoneArena Jun 11, 2014

If you’re the outdoorsy type who doesn’t mind taking risks and going on adventures, then the Galaxy S5 Active will undoubtedly be the ideal companion.

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9.0
Android Authority Jul 1, 2014

This phone isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s a great option if you need a rugged phone to fit your active lifestyle or perhaps you’re just a klutz and need a phone that can take a lot of punishment.

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8.0
GSM Arena Jun 20, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is the best equipped rugged smartphone out there. If you are in the United States and looking for a smartphone of this type, the handset must be at the very top of your shopping list.

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9.0
Digital Trends Jun 17, 2014

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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6.0
Business Insider Jun 8, 2014

If you like Samsung phones, I think you're better off with the regular Galaxy S5. It's slimmer and more attractive, and it already has just about all the benefits of the Active, including water resistance.

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8.0
PocketNow Jun 18, 2014

For those in search of a phone they won’t feel guilty about beating up, there are certainly worse options than the beefy Active. Just don’t test its limits … and don’t believe for a second that it’s even mostly “everything-proof.”

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10
TheSpook TheSpook

Love the design on this badboy, easily smokes the sleek fashion most flagship phones are going for nowadays. I don't use, nor do I trust, fingerprint stuff on handheld devices, so losing that feature meant nothing to me honestly, which added value, sort of, to the phone since I don't feel like...

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1.0
joehavs joehavs

I would highly advise against purchasing this phone. I had the phone less than 3 hours when my son got some water on it. it wasn't submerged at 3 feet for 30 minutes or anything near their claims on the Samsung website, just a splash of water. Less than an hour later it started acting funny, the...

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