Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

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 roof with military-grade protection against all...
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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 roof with military-grade protection against all kinds of extremities. At least for the time being, AT&T can call the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active its own

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active requires a lot less compromises than its predecessor. As capable as it was, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active lacked the highly-praised Super AMOLED unit of its civilian sibling. It also packed a lower resolution camera (8MP as opposed to 13MP), thus denying its users two of Samsung's staples.

In contrast, the newcomer features the exact same specs as the already well-known Samsung Galaxy S5. The only things missing are the microUSB 3.0 port and the fingerprint sensor. It has made way for more rugged navigation keys. And they're hardware buttons again, like on the previous generation.

Key features

 

  • 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 v4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset; 2GB of RAM
  • 16MP camera; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 16GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • IR gesture sensor for Air gestures
  • Barometer, showing the elevation and air pressure
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2,800mAh removable battery

 

Main disadvantages

 

  • 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 moment

 

At a quick glance, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is everything we expect it to be - a toughened up version of the SM-G900. The gorgeous 5.1" Super AMOLED display is on board and so is the 16MP camera capable of 4K video recording.

The beefed up dust and shock resistance surely is a welcome sight too. The same goes for the shortcut button on the device which can be utilized as a camera key.

On the negative side, the S5 Active suffers from mostly the same niggles as its regular sibling. They include poor video codec support out of the box, lack of OIS in the camera, and the presence of a single mono speaker.

Pundits will also point at the lack of fingerprint sensor, though we reckon that its absence is offset by the presence of more comfortable and sturdier, navigation buttons - ones you can press even with safety or work gloves on. The limited availability of the device is surely an issue too, though we are certain that a globally available version is quite likely.

 

Specification

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2014, May

Status

Available. Released 2014, May

BODY

Dimensions

145.3 x 73.4 x 8.9 mm (5.72 x 2.89 x 0.35 in)

Weight

170.1 g (6.00 oz)

SIM

Micro-SIM

 

IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
MIL-STD-810F compliant

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.1 inches, 71.7 cm2 (~67.2% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

PLATFORM

OS

Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to 6.0.1 (Marshmallow); TouchWiz UI

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (28 nm)

CPU

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal

16GB (11.2GB user available), 2GB RAM

 

eMMC 5.0

MAIN CAMERA

Single

16 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard), AF

Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

2 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (wide)

Video

1080p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate

 

HDMI port

BATTERY

 

Removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

Stand-by

Up to 480 h

Talk time

Up to 29 h

MISC

Colors

Camo Green, Titanium Grey, Ruby Red

Models

SM-G870A, SC-02G, SM-G870D, SM-G870F, SM-G870W

SAR

0.92 W/kg (head)     1.48 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.67 W/kg (head)     0.45 W/kg (body)    

Price

About 400 EUR

TESTS

Performance

Basemark OS II 2.0: 1073
Basemark X: 12111

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 73dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 76dB

Audio quality

Noise -96.1dB / Crosstalk -96.5dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 70h

     

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