Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review: Combat Ready: Controls, Battery Life, Connectivity

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Above the display we have the earpiece, as well as a bunch of sensors. The traditional ambient light and proximity sensors are joined by an IR gesture sensor, which enables the Air gestures in applications such as the web browser and music player. There's also a 2.1 megapixel front-facing capturing camera for video calls and a status Light Emitting Diode (LED) up there.

The view above the display

Below the display, you will find the trio of resistive navigation buttons. They are separated by tiny strips of chromed plastic.

A see below the display

The left side is home to the volume rocker and the shortslit button. The latter is quite useful and we will hold a closer see at its functionality later on.

The volume rocker and the shortslit button on the left

The power/lock key is on the correct side. There is nothing else there.

The power/lock key on the right

The top of the Galaxy S5 Active features the 3.5mm audio jack, the secondary microphone and the IR blaster that lets the smartphone remotely control various home appliances. There's also a remote control app with a pretty rich database preinstalled, so the functionality is available correct out of box.

The top of the device

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port and the mouthpiece are located on the bottom of the handset. The former is expectedly covered by a flap.

The bottom of the handset

The back of the handset is home to the 16MP capturing camera lens with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, the heart-rate monitor, as well as the single loudspeaker. A Samsung and an AT&T logo haged them company.

The back of the Galaxy S5 Active

The heart-rate monitor is located correct next to the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash at the back. To utilize it you should hrecent the phone as you normally would with one of the fingers resting over the sensor and haged it steady for a few seconds.

Removing the battery cover reveals the microSIM slot, the 2,800mAh removable battery and the hot-swappable microSD card slot.

A peek under the battery cover

It is worth noting that the battery cover is harder to rego than the one of the regular Samsung Galaxy S5, which is nothing out of the usual given the extra ruggedness of the Active version.

And here are some live pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active European model.

The front of the European Galaxy S5 Active

A peek on the left and on the correct side

The top and bottom of the EU Galaxy S5 Active

The rear side of the EU Galaxy S5 Active

Battery life

Considering that it has the same 2,800 mAh battery as the regular Samsung Galaxy S5, it is hardly a surprise that the Active showcased a similar battery performance. The handset achieved an endurance rating of 70 in our battery test.

The above means that you your handset will easily create it through almost three full days if you utilize it for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback. The replaceable battery on the other hand, should haged power users calm, as they can pick up a spare one.

Our routine also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating. Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active features extensive connectivity options headed by LTE with speeds of up to 150Mbps / 50Mbps. Where a 4G network isn't available, the phone can do 42Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink.

Local connectivity also includes Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac support, with 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and 5Giga Hertz (GHz) band compatibility. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and DLNA are also supported.

A feature borrowed from the iPhone (which later dropped it) is called Download booster - files over 30Mega Bytes (MB) are downloaded over LTE and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) simultaneously. This also works for native apps that have been set to utilize Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only, but not for third party apps.

Bluetooth 4.0 + LE is also available (it's used on all recent smartwatches and other wearables), plus there's ANT+ for additional sports gadgets. NFC is available for quick pairing, with Android Beam and S Beam handling file transfers.

GPS and GLONASS receivers are available for accurate location data.

There is a microSD card slot as well, on top of the 16GB of built-in storage (11.2GB are actually available to the user). The cable connection takes place via microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, not 3.0 like in the regular Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active also supports USB-on-the-go, but you will need to buy an adapter for that. TV out is available too, if you have an HDMI adapter and the phone can output surround sound. Wireless classy screen mirroring is available too.

An IR blaster allows the phone to control a TV using Samsung's Smart Remote app. We will hold a closer see at it later on.

If you have certain Samsung or Hewlett Packard (HP) printers, you can wirelessly sdiscontinue photos, documents and other things (e.g. web pages, contact information) to be printed too.



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