Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review


In the Samsung galaxy S5 active review we a see a combination of flagship power with military-grade durability of 810G. This is a gadget that features physical buttons for Home, back and Menu, a colourful display and a better battery life. However, it is appears bigger and heavier to carry compared to the regular GS5 and has no fingerprint. This high-end smartphone is water-resistant as well as dust and moisture. It also features the same processor and 16 MP just like the Vanilla Galaxy S5 and is a very durable phone.


In review of Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, there are enlarged bumpers on the corners and beefed-up sides. It doesn’t have the capacitive touch keys as those experienced on the regular S5 with physical buttons. Instead of the fingerprint reader, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has extra button on the side. The microUSB port is covered with a flap and the rear of the phone features a 16-MP camera and flash/heart rate sensor cluster. The lock key and the volume rocker are positioned on the opposite sides. It has the active key placed above the volume rocker that can set to other functionalities like controlling the shutter when the camera is in use.

The dimensions reviewed are 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.35 inches and weighs about 6 ounces. This phone is quite larger and heavier if we compare it to the vanilla S5 that has dimensions of 5.3 x 2.9 x 0.25 inches and 5.1 ounces.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active reviews feature a 5.1-inch, 1920 x 1080 super AMOLED displays like the regular S5. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the screen has deep blacks, rich vibrant colors and wide viewing angles. It produces 364 nits of brightness which is the same with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. It also produces a wide array of colors which is better than the HTC One M8 and iPhone 6 Plus.


The Galaxy S5 Active operates on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocking at 2.5 GHz with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory storage. It has an expandable memory of up to 128 GB via the microSD slot provided.

In terms of Geekbench 3 that measures the overall system performance, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active had a score of 2,977 similar to Samsung S5 regular that scored 2, 927 and behind HTC One M8 which had a score of 2, 480. The graphics performance reviewed using the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited provided a 18, 691 score for the Samsung S5 Active which is close to regular Samsung S5’s 18, 024 and behind the HTC One M8’s 20, 965.


The S5 Active features a pretty good camera which they share with the regular S5. It has 16 MP with the aid of 4K video recording @ 30fps. This amazing phone allows you to take photos underwater because the volume rocker can operate as a shutter button.

On ordinary scenes like dry land, the images are of high quality matching a high-end smartphone. The front part on the other hand features a 2.1 MP camera and is capable of delivering fine details and light but the images look to have some distortion. The rear camera features HDR and selective focus.


Audio is another function that the S5 Active dwells in as it has louder audio as that of vanilla Galaxy S5 but lower than the HTC One M8’s. It has a 3.5 mm audio jack.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a battery capacity of 2800mAh non-removable. When fully charged, it can take you up to 17 hours of medium to heavy use.

Special features

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, you can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot as it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It also allows you to connect to any Bluetooth device around so that you can share files. Additional features include GPPS, NFC, proximity, accelerometer, ambient light gyroscope and barometer sensors.


Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a phone that suits users who love a phone that can withstand moisture, dust and has tactile buttons instead of a fingerprint. Fingerprint reader phone lovers should the regular S5 version.