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Galaxy S5 Active Unboxing: Tougher Than Your Dad

by Brandon Russell | June 12, 2014June 12, 2014 2:00 pm PDT

Smartphones today are faster and more advanced than ever, but they’re still just as vulnerable to our klutzy ways. Sure, many of the most popular devices have some sort of waterproofing, but otherwise a simple drop on concrete can turn them into an unrecognizable mess. That’s why companies offer cases—or, if you’re Samsung, a device that’s tough as nails straight out of the box.

No joke—the S5 Active, which is essentially a Galaxy S5 in an much more durable shell, can probably get run over by a tank and look no worse for the wear. Holding it right now, it feels incredibly tough—I almost feel the urge to throw it down a flight of stairs to see how it holds up. This is the kind of device designed for someone like Hafpor Bjornsson. For my money, I might actually prefer the build to something like the regular Galaxy S5.

The S5 Active is packed with the same specs found in the S5: 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel camera and water and dust resistance. There’s also a neat “convenience key” on the side, which you can use to launch specific apps for outdoor usage; on the bottom there are also three hardware buttons just under the screen.

This might not be the device you select if you simply need something to take selfies or play Flappy Bird. But if you’re someone who is constantly hiking, at the beach or maybe you just enjoy wrestling bears, the S5 Active is pretty perfect. You can pick the device up from $199 from AT&T with a two-year contract, with gray, red and camo to choose from.


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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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