Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Friday May 30, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has emerged from the shadows to offer a change of pace for users looking for a rugged phone. Not only is the device made to withstand water, dirt, and impact, it actually keeps the important internal specs from its inspiration in tact. While rugged phones typically focus on durability at the expense of power, the Galaxy S5 Active manages to stay closer to both sides of the line, and it's now available at AT&T for $199.
Samsung's latest smartphone is mostly identical to the Galaxy S5 that launched in April. It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution, a 2.5 GHZ quad-core processor (Snapdragon 801), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 128GB microSD slot. There's also a 2-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a heart rate sensor on the back to monitor your heartbeat. The Android 4.4 KitKat software infused with Touchwiz is also the same as the one seen on the standard Galaxy S5.
The key selling point of the S5 Active is that it offers more protection thanks to its military-grade 810G resistance to adverse climates. It continues the IP 67 water and dust resistance trend and has a far less attractive design meant to reduce the impact of dropping the phone on the floor. The phone also has an Activity Zone feature that launches outdoor-friendly apps or user-selected applications with a press of a button.
AT&T is selling the Galaxy S5 Active in camouflage green. The phone can be purchased for $199 on a two-year agreement, or $27.50 to $35.75 on a Next installment plan.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.