Galaxy S5 Active review

We said it before: durable smartphones shouldn have coque iphone chanel cigarette to be crappy ones. After all, these things are supposed to be «life companions.» You want a device that can keep up with you no matter how muddy, wet, or bumpy your slog through life becomes and 9pcs coque iphone 6 you shouldn have coque iphone chargeur integre to sacrifice specs for that level of durability.

Samsung gave us a taste of that best of both worlds experience with last year S 4 Active, but in doing so it introduced significantcompromiseto the spec sheet.

In case you weren tipped off by the camouflage paint job on our review unit, the 170g, 8.9mm thick Galaxy S5 Active wants you to know it can take a pounding. As noted above, it carries the same immersion rating as the standard Galaxy S5 (IP67), but it also boasts a MIL STD 810G certification so you can call it grade without (much) exaggeration. Those factors combined mean coque iphone 4s avec de l’eau the Galaxy S5 Active is technically rated for the following:

Totally protected against dust

Protected against immersion between 15cm and 1m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes

Protected against impact/shock from drop onto flat surface of less than 4 feet

Protected against vibration, temperature extremes, humidity, and high altitude

That not a bad list, even considering the inconsistent and murky state of the MIL STD 810 But as always, folks, it’s crucial to read the fine print. Samsung and AT warn us right on the product page that the device not perform as shown in all extreme conditions, and our real life testing bears that out.

In practice, we’ve found that the Galaxy S5 Active is either impact 9 coque iphone 6 resistant or water resistantbut not necessarily both at the same time. Properly sealing the battery doora finicky affair with many snaps to be seated along the perimeterdoes indeed render the phone capable of weathering downpours, flash floods, or brief excursions in the swimming pool, just like the Galaxy S5 before it. But subjecting the device to impact while it in waterdropping it onto a hard, water covered surface from three feet, saypushes the device too far. This exact scenario popped a few seals somewhere inside our test device, which then allowed coque iphone 5s red water to flood and ruin the unit.

You might say such water covered coque iphone 4 louis vuitton pas cher concrete slabs are a rare find a valid counterpoint (unless you ever been near a swimming pool). And this certainly isn the first device we tested moxie coque iphone 6 that susceptible to the fatal cocktail of impact plus immersion. But our test unit also stumbled on dry land: another less than 4 foot drop onto a hard, flat surface jarred the SIM card loose, requiring a restart to fix it.

The S5 Active likely wears scuffs and scratches better over time than its non Active counterpart, and its extra padding probably does afford some added durability in the long term. But coque huawei p8 lite protege given what we seen over the course of our ten day test period, it tough to recommend this phone to those who truly need a device that everything proof. Samsung took the feedback on coque iphone 6 sergio ramos last year Active model to heart, eliminating the compromises in display and camera: respectively, they the same 5.1 inch 1080p AMOLED panel and 16MP sensor you find on coque iphone se snoopy the stock Galaxy S5 for the US. The innards inventory, from the Snapdragon 801 to the 2GB of RAM/16GB storage/128GB microSD expandability, is also unchanged. The only differences here are the Active lack of a fingerprint reader and the step down from USB 3.0 to 2.0, neither of which is worth crying over.

We still be shedding tears over Samsung’s Android software without the improvements the company brought with the latest version of TouchWiz (which we detailed in our full S5 review). Thankfully, Samsung’s newest UI riding atop Android 4.4.2 is just as fluid and responsive here, and while its rejiggered palette and flat coque iphone 7 qui s’accroche partout design aesthetic won please everyone, they sure make the Active AMOLED display look good. Best of all for outdoorspeople, the software doesn fade into invisibility when the clouds clear out: the display is capable of astonishing brightness in direct sunlight, and it can also be set to a super dim 2 nits for bedtime reading.

The only significant difference in the interface is Samsung Activity Zone, a loose collection of vaguely outdoorsy features gathered into a single hub. It somewhat handy to have a gathering place for all the phone apps, but the stock collection(Barometer, Compass, Flashlight, Stopwatch) is pretty sparse. Fortunately, you can plug in third party apps to augment the out of box offerings in order to make the Zone your own, so this could serve as a handy custom launching platform for those keen on doing things their way.

Those folks also have a hardware based ally, in the blue «Active key» mounted above the Galaxy S5 volume rocker. It launches the Activity Zone by default, but it can coque huawei p8 lite leopard be reassigned to access other apps, including the camera. Its position and functionality suggest an abandonedor forthcomingplan to make it compatible with AT push to talk service, but for now it just a not so convenient convenience key.

Taking pictures with the coque iphone 5 compatible 6 Galaxy coque iphone 5c emoji caca S5’s 16MP primary camera is a lot like shooting with the S5’s which means the end results can be really, really good. From the sharp, slightly over saturated daylight photos to the effective and well balanced HDR mode, pictures come out looking pretty darn good in bright lighting. We especially like the ability to shoot in full resolution using a widescreen format, something not always seen on high res flagships.

While the Active key can be used as a shutter release, it not well positioned to do so: you probably only use this ability for underwater photos.

While using the Galaxy S5 Active day to day is actually quite a different experience than that of the stock S5, that due coque iphone 5c personnalisé belgique almost entirely coque iphone 6 s noire to their physical differences. If you discount the S5 Active more hefty physicality, these devices are actually quite similar, from phone calls to gaming to S Health to the rear firing (but surprisingly loud and large) speaker. The Active performs just as well on WiFi and on AT LTE network in the Greater Boston area, and coque iphone 4s avec signe apple we had no issues maintaining the Bluetooth connection to our Gear Fit.

The phone does have one annoying quirk, though: it often wakes up in our pocket for no apparent reason (as evidenced by our ample collection of pocket photos). We’re not sure why this is; initially we suspected the keys below the display, but only the home button is capable of waking the phone, and it no easier to press than its equivalent on the Galaxy S5. We still investigating this issue, which has shown up on both our review devices. If you seeing similar issues on your own Galaxy S5 Active, we love to hear about it in the comments.

Prospective owners should keep a close eye on potential power drains like that pocket problem: while the 2800 mAh (10.78Wh) battery is removable, the screen sucks power very quickly in coque iphone 4s nadal super bright outdoor mode. Using it extensively outdoors shaves about an hour from the stock Galaxy S5 endurance figure, giving us just about 4.5 hours of screen on time on a 7.5 hour charge. Fortunately the battery is exactly the same removable pack as found on the non Active S5, so finding replacements should be pretty easy.+IP67 victoria secret coque iphone 5 and MIL STD 810G durability

+Very little spec compromise for a rugged deviceas rugged as it should be

photography lags behind competition

The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive coque iphone ecriture arabe to AT in the coque iphone 6s black goku United States, where it sells for $199 on a two year contract. Customers interested in an installment plan can pay either $33 or $27.50 per month on AT NEXT 12 and NEXT 18 plans, respectively, while those in search of a smartphone sans contract will need to fork coque iphone personnalisée ecriture over $659.99 to take the Active home. That puts it at almost exactly the same price point as AT Galaxy S5, further blurring the line between these handsets.

Fortunately, the camouflage paint job is optional: the S5 Active comes in Titanium Gray and Ruby Red for those not seeking to blend in with the trees.

Whatever the paint job, whether a Galaxy S5 Active belongs in your pocket depends on how much meat coque huawei y5 2 personnalisable you really need on your smartphone’s bones. Remember, the stock S5 is already immersion resistant, and while a MIL STD 810G rating should mean the Active is much more durable, in our experience that doesn’t seem to be the case (at least in terms of everyday drops and fumbles). When you consider that this is Samsung second outdoorsy phone in as many years to struggle with the part of its job description, it tough to recommend it for those who truly need super tough durability…

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