- Slippery and difficult to grasp
- Bulkier than standard smartphones
In order to appeal to the more outdoorsy crowd, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 Active. Although not certified to be a truly rugged phone, the S5 Active is water and dust resistant. For better protection, Samsung added reinforced plastic corners, which provides extra scuff-proofing. Critics note that the reinforcements are necessary as the phone case itself is very slippery and difficult to grasp, leading to several accidental drops. Replacing the capacitive buttons are physical home, recent apps and back buttons which, according to Android Central, have "a nice click and texture to them." An addition to the device is the Active key, which pulls up various meters like atmospheric pressure, elevation and even a compass.
Due to the additional protection, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is larger than the S5 at 5.72 x 2.89 x 0.35 inches and weighs more at 170.1 grams (6 oz). Besides these changes, the S5 Active is practically identical to the S5. It comes with a 5.1" 1080p AMOLED display that reviewers describe as crisp and colorful. Running the phone is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Diagnostic and real-world testing prove that it is more than capable of handling almost every task without lag. CNET calls the phone a "speed demon" though also mentions that it is not as fast as it could be due to Samsung's built-in throttling that lowers the clock speed when the CPU or GPU get too hot.
Overall, reviewers recommend the device for people looking for a little added protection and new features for their smartphone. The Verge says, "If you're looking for a smartphone to take on a construction site or up a mountain, this may be your best bet."