Here’s our full Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 Active, the first spin-off device of the Galaxy S5 to retain the name, after the company decided to create a separate brand for the new Galaxy K Zoom. Rumors of the S5 Active’s existence has been spreading for weeks, and it’s the AT&T network which is the first to snap up the device, and confirm its availability.
The rugged phone is ready to buy today both online and in AT&T’s retail stores, where it costs $200 with a two-year contract. There is also the option to purchase the S5 Active using AT&T Next, where the 12-month plan costs $35.75 per month, and the 18-month plan is $27.50. Additionally, if the Samsung Gear Fit appeals to you, AT&T will knock $50 off the regular price when you buy the new phone.
Like its predecessor the Galaxy S4 Active, the S5 Active takes Samsung’s current top-of-the-range smartphone and toughens it up. The body has been beefed up to provide shock resistance, without making the device so ugly you’ll want to leave it at the bottom of whatever cliff it falls off. The phone also has an IP67 rating, meaning it should survive most encounters with the wet stuff. Provided it’s all sealed up, Samsung says the phone can take a 30-minute dunking in a meter of water, and won’t be adversely affected by rain or humidity. The IP67 rating also covers dust protection too.
The feature list will be familiar to anyone who already knows the standard Galaxy S5. The Active model takes its power from a 2.5GHz Snapdragon processor, and displays the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on a 5.1-inch, 1080p, Super AMOLED screen. It also shares the same 16-megapixel camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and rear-mounted heart rate monitor as the S5.
One new feature is a button to launch the Activity Zone, where you’ll find quick access to apps suited to outdoor use, such as the flashlight and the stopwatch, plus data taken from the built-in barometer and compass. Finally, the Galaxy S5 Active comes in three colors. A slick Titanium Gray joins a subdued Ruby Red, but we have a feeling the new Camo Green option will appeal to many potential S5 Active buyers.
AT&T is already advertising the Galaxy S5 Active on its website. If you don’t want to get tied down to a contract, the phone is also available SIM-free and unconnected for $715.
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