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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 246 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active SM-G870. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and usability. The price and portability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the durability and design.

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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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. People are impressed by the portability and GPS navigation. The usability and price are also appreciated.

performance, price, usability, GPS navigation, portability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active G870A 16GB AT&T Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Smartphone - Camo GreenSamsung Galaxy S5 Active G870A 16GB AT&T Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Smartphone - Camo Green

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (canadianreviewer.com)

Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

 

All of my co-workers have some sort of bulky case like the OtterBox for protection. I see no need for that with the S5 Active. In this Business, If you don't protect your phone, its only a matter of days till your in the market for a new one.

and used a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active supplied by TELUS for testing purposes.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Stewart Wolpin (mashable.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: A Flagship Phone With Klingon Aesthetics [REVIEW]

 

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a better-protected version of the Galaxy S5, missing only the original's fingerprint scanner, which isn't much of a loss.

Better drop-protected and easier-to-grip version of the Galaxy S5 ; Built-in heart-rate monitor ; Lighter and smaller than Galaxy S5 in a case

Appears metal but is all plastic ; Not shockproof, as implied ; Rear battery cover doesn't form a seamless seal with frame.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a better-protected and more grippable version of the Galaxy S5, missing only the original's fingerprint scanner, which isn't much of a loss.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Marie Brewis (techworld.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review

 

Samsung's Galaxy S5 mini is a compact version of the company's flagship Galaxy S5. It's a great mid-range Android smartphone, but with equally slimmed-down specs it's just too expensive at £389. Read our Samsung Galaxy S5 mini review to find out why.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: (mobile-review.com)

Обзор смартфона Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini SM-G800F

 

Уменьшенный вариант флагмана – защита IP67, датчик пульса, режим энергосбережения, последняя версия Android и доступная стоимость. Интересное решение

По качеству связи никаких претензий нет, этот аппарат довольно типичен – громкий звонок, хорошо различимая вибра.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Kyle Nazario (itpro.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s: Which is best?

 

Is the Android handset better than the flagship iOS device?

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Paul Briden (knowyourmobile.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Now Just £269 – That's AWESOME Value

 

– but hurry, as there's only 10 left in stock. Now, the next question you're probably asking yourself is why would I buy and old phone? Simple: the Galaxy S5 is still a decent handset and if you root it and install a custom ROM on it you will have a...

Excellent screen, Capable camera, Great battery life becomes excellent with Ultra Power Saving mode, Plenty of power and storage,Water resistant, S Health suite

Ugly design, Mediocre speaker, Poor fingerprint scanner implementation

A wolf in sheep's clothing if ever there was one - the Galaxy S5 might not look the part but it's got clout where it counts

Expert review by: Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

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

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T)

 

While a top seller, the Samsung Galaxy S4 simply tried to do too much, from scrolling content with your eyes to language translation. The Galaxy S5 ($199 for 16GB on AT&T) has some gee-whiz features of its own, including a heart rate monitor, but it's...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Bitter (gstylemag.com)

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 (gstylemag.com)

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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2800
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):10 / 11
Browsing time (4G):10 / 11 / 12
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):12 / 13
Continuous audio playback time:46 / 67 / 73 / 77
Continuous video playback time:12 / 13 / 14
Standby time (3G):585
Talk time (3G):15 / 16 / 21 / 67

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera resolution:3456 x 4608 / 3840 x 2160 / 5312 x 2988
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 2.1 / 5
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:3456 x 4608 / 3840 x 2160 / 5312 x 2988
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps / 3840x2160@30fps
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2 / 2.1
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 2160p
Video stabilizer: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.562
Head SAR (EU):0.643

Design

Brand colour:Silver
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Camouflage / Green / Grey / Grey, Titanium / Red / Silver / White
Curved Design: No
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Form factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP67
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant

Display

Display diagonal:12.9
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Type:AMOLED / SAMOLED
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Second display: No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MP4, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MID, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, IMY, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AWB, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / MP3
Image formats supported:JPG
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7
Video formats supported:3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, WEBM, WMV
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Barometer: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,2100
3G standards:UMTS / UMTS, WCDMA / WCDMA
4G: Yes
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standards:LTE
AirPlay: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Music player: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:MICRO-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4.2 / 4.4.4
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Notes, Stopwatch
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
MHL version:2.0 / 2.1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): Yes
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0 / 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.5
Processor Model:APQ8084 / U8420

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.4.2 / 4.4.4

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Play, YouTube
Scratch resistant: Yes

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.1 / 8.9 / 9
Height :14.2 / 14.5 / 142
Weight:145 / 170 / 170.1
Width:7.25 / 7.34 / 7.35 / 72.5