Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Unboxing & Comparison (4K)

by birtanpublished on May 7, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the Galaxy s5 active this is an ATT exclusive version of the GS 5 we're all familiar with that has been ruggedized with a custom exterior design while retaining the same internal specifications the same display camera and software features I've already done the complete future walkthrough and review of the galaxy s5 and in this video I'll explain what's different about this phone then compare it to the standard GS 5 which does have some unique features that are not available on the standard GS 5 now in terms of specs we have a Snapdragon 801 processor

Clocked at 2.5 gigahertz with 2 gigs of RAM it comes standard with 16 gigs of storage with expandable memory the active is available in three colors camel green titanium grey and ruby red and I think we all know what version I have here now like the GS 5 this is ip67 certified for dust and water resistance meaning that this can be submerged into 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes but the active goes a step farther by meeting the US military's mi L STD 810g testing standard which means it's also resistant to salt dust humidity rain vibrations solar radiation transport and

Thermal shock in the packaging will also find a pair of Samsung in your headphones with a remote control and microphone as well as replacement ear tips we also have a micro USB 2.0 charging cable and transfer cable we have a standard Samsung travel charger which is 2 amps we also have the 2800 milliamp hour battery which is identical to the one found in the standard gs5 which like the standard gs5 also integrates the NFC antenna now to remove the back panel on the active you'll find a thumbnail port at the top just above the camera as you can see the back panel

Does not surround the edge of the phone like the standard gs5 which means it's less likely to pop off and become dislodged when dropped now inside the casing you'll find the rubber gasket surrounding the back cover which seals out water and dust which means it's very important to seal this up securely when replacing the back panel now next to the camera module we also find the combination micro sim and SD card slot the SD card slot does support 128 gig SD cards now down below you'll find the waterproof loudspeaker which is noticeably larger and consequently

Louder than the standard gs5 speaker which I complain about in my review so this is an improved speaker thankfully now the back panel is hinged toward the bottom on the active so you'll have to line those up first before snapping it back into place now we do have the same 5.1 inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 432 which looks just as stunning on the active as it does on the standard gs5 with excellent outdoor visibility thanks to the less reflective characteristics of Super AMOLED we also have the same 16 megapixel camera that

Can record in 4k resolution with an LED flash and the heart rate sensor just below that on the right side you'll find the power button which is a little lower on the active and the buttons are also a little larger and more responsive and tactile which makes them easier to operate through gloves but they're also a little easier to trigger accidentally now on the bottom you'll find a microphone and the covered USB ports now unfortunately the active does trade USB 3.0 for USB 2.0 at the top we'll find a waterproof headphone jack another microphone and a very small IR LED

Window for controlling your a/v equipment now on the front we'll find our waterproof earpiece along with a front-facing two point two megapixel camera along with our light and proximity sensor now to the far edge is the much more visible notification LED light at the bottom will find our Android keys which are physical buttons on the active now unfortunately they are not backlit but are certainly far more tactile and the active also gives up the fingerprint sensor in the whole button of the standard gs5 on the left side we have

Something new to look at including a lower mounted volume rocker which is again bigger and more tactile than before but we also have this blue button which is called the active key now this is pre-programmed to launch either the camera app or activity zone but can be customized under settings so with a long press by default you can open up the camera app and the quick press will open up the activity zone on the activity zone is an app designed specifically for the galaxy s5 active now again this can all be adjusted under settings including the fact that you can actually toggle on

A switch that allows you to use this key as the camera release sugar but you can freely customize which app you want this key to launch either the long press or the short press now the activity center main screen displays a barometer complete with the elevation compass and quick access to the flashlight and stopwatch now the flashlight feature is full of options including a brightness slider and blinking speed slider for flashing the LED now the LED torch is a feature I use a lot on the gs5 and the iPhone 5s but the active LED light is much

Brighter than any phone I've used previously the hardware appears to be the same as the standard gs5 so the brightness is likely being enhanced by software now when the flashlight is active you can also quickly control it from the drop down notification panel alternatively you can also use the screen as a flashlight by changing the color brightness and blinking speed you can also output texts into Morse code using this app which is kind of neat especially if you're stranded and need to communicate with somebody we can also

Quickly swipe between different functions in the activity zone such as the barometer compass and stopwatch we also can swipe in from the left edge to select one of the activities now the barometer includes the barometric pressure and altitude which does require internet connectivity to update we also have a fully featured compass app which even indicates magnetic field strength and accuracy at the center under options we have several view modes which includes a camera mode and map mode for additional navigation options while on the trail we also have a night mode

Which takes advantage of the low-light capabilities of the AMOLED display we also have additional options under azimuth mode for changing the values displayed on the compass activity zone also allows you to add app shortcuts so f health is there by default but you can add any app you prefer by going to the manage app shortcut and selecting the apps you want now my only real disappointment with the active key is the fact that it can't be used to activate the features when the display is locked even if you have no security measures in place so for example it

Would be nice if you could long press that key to activate the camera like you can on the Sony Xperia z2 or one of the nokia phones the only other software tweak from the standard gs5 is the relocation of the s finder and quick connect settings which are no longer dedicated buttons in the drop down shade but have been integrated into the quick settings toggles now the active is noticeably bulkier than the standard gs5 it's slightly taller slightly thicker and heavier but the build quality and materials feel far more premium the phone is extremely

Rigid and feels nice in the hand to hold with the matte textured materials and the square edges to give you a more reassuring grip the buttons are larger and more tactile the speakers are louder and the LED lights are brighter the overall design is much more functional all while giving it a unique robust look the coroner's are Sham furred to create a larger impact zone to absorb shock the bezels around the display are more raised to give the phone a natural lay on table design with far more impact protection around the edges of the glass and the materials are

More impact or scratch resistant so you no longer need to bulk up the phone further by adding the case essentially the gs5 active is a gs5 with the casing built-in without adding the bulk created by most cases my only disappointment with the active is the lack of a larger battery the battery life is still excellent and I'm able to get a full 24 hours out of this phone or better but a ruggedized phone could benefit from a larger value especially if you're outdoors or on a jobsite but of course the gs5 active still incorporates ultra power saving mode when you're in the

Pinch and you can easily swap out the batteries so go ahead and bring some spares so that's going to do for me in this video if you want to see my full review of the Galaxy s5 and all of its features please check out a link in the description below so really a hunk video so that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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