• Our Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review

    What about the rest of the market?

    Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any devices which complete with the GS5 Active. While there are many Android flagships, most of them aren’t water resistant and ruggedized.

    Sony’s Xperia Z2/Z3 sport comparable specs and are water resistant but they’re not rugged and probably won’t handle drops as well as the Active can.

    Spec-wise, the Active’s performance is comparable to other flagships.

    While the Note 4 has a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, isn’t not much faster than the GS5.

    You only get 2GB of RAM with the GS5 but really, right now 2GB is still plenty and I doubt many people will notice the difference between that and the 3GB you get with the Note 4, OnePlus One, and Xperia Z2/Z3.

    The GS5’s display looks great but the one on the Note 4 and iPhone 6/6 Plus look better. The iPhone’s also are also much better outdoors.

    As far as the camera goes the GS5’s is very good but like the display, it’s not as good as the Note 4 and iPhone’s.

    While I think the GS5’s battery life is good enough to last most people the day, some power users may find that it can only make it from 9-5 and no more. Phones like the OnePlus One and iPhone 6 Plus have superior battery life.


    Is the Active worth $50 more than the regular version? I think it is, but I also think that if you had to choose between the 2 of them there’s no wrong answer. Each has their their merits - the extra $50 buys you peace of mind because the Active is less likely to be damaged when you drop it. Then again, since the regular GS5 is also water resistant so you could add some padding just by buying a case. Of course, if you go that route, the case will probably make the GS5 bigger than a GS5 Active.

    In fact, if you’re looking to buy on contract, the Active’s toughness makes it an interesting alternative to the rest of the market.

    However, if you’re trying to protect your wireless plan and thinking of paying full price for one of them, you should take a look at the OnePlus One. It costs around $480 after taxes and shipping. A GS5/GS5 Active is $700 + tax or $791 in Ontario.

    While the OnePlus isn’t water resistant and more difficult to procure, doesn’t come with a removable battery and has no removable storage, has an inferior display and a worse camera, it does receive updates in a more timely manner plus, has 3GB of RAM, has superior battery life plus you can get it with 64GB of storage.

    • tougher than regular GS5
    • off-contract pricing is identical to GS5
    • nice camera
    • nice display
    • tough
    • water resistant

    • no fingerprint reader
    • only 16GB of storage
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