The Galaxy S series isn’t just made up of one flagship device anymore. Samsung has all kinds of offshoots, perhaps most notably the Active smartphones. Samsung’s Galaxy S Active phones tend to be more rugged than the stock flagship device, usually at the expense of some high-end specs. Looks like that’s changing this time around.
The Galaxy S5 Active, by all accounts, has the same specs as the Galaxy S5 – and at the same price, so I’m not sure why you would take the regular S5 over this one. It has the same 2.5 GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, running Android 4.4 KitKat. There’s also the same 5.1” 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display and the same 16 MP rear camera. The only thing that seems to be missing is the fingerprint sensor on the home button, and for all the criticism that thing has received, you might fairly consider that to be addition by subtraction.
Of course, the flip side of that is the fact that a rugged version of the S5 isn’t as necessary as before, because the regular S5 itself is built to withstand some of the elements. The S5 Active is no more and no less water and dust resistant than the regular S5. However, the S5 Active is also shock resistant, and adds corner bumpers and metal detailing to the S5 design. It’s still mostly plastic, but it should succeed in being a little tougher than the regular S5.
Samsung is trying to take advantage of the Active name, making it easier to access the S5’s new health and fitness features. There’s now a physical convenience button on the frame, which will launch of all of your fitness apps at once. The heart rate monitor and S Health, Samsung’s own health and fitness app, are still here, so the S5 Active should be true to its name.
You can get the Galaxy S5 Active from AT&T now for $200 with a two-year contract. If you use AT&T Next’s installment payment program, you can get the phone for $27.50 per month for 18 months or $35.75 per month for 12 months. An S5 Active purchase will also knock $50 off the price of the Samsung Gear Fit, Samsung’s fitness tracker companion to the Galaxy line.