Dre, 03 Jan 2017Did you buy your phone from Best Buy, or did they update it even if you bought your phone some... moreBest-Buy (at the Samsung Desk) will update any Samsung Phone for FREE, no matter where it was purchased.
I have owned this phone for almost three years, with absolutely 0 issues. Constantly in the outside and weather with no problems.
Wonderful Camera, would be nice to have Image Stabilization.
Going to update soon with ??. Cant find anything to take its place; G6?, maybe; definitely not the S-8.
Consider this both a review of the device and some tips of how to use it effectively.
Been using mine for 3 years. waterproofing does not work, made that mistake- had the phone go inactive for a month. it miraculously came back to life after that without a change in performance however, so credit given where credit is due.
Without root and serious user optimization, the device is incredibly slow. Stock TouchWiz is ridiculous in that aspect- switching to Nova launcher prime is a much needed upgrade in efficiency. Root is an option with this device- if this path is taken, big gains can be made to performance by freezing all bloatware/unwanted system gimmicks with Titanium Backup's app freezing.
Very rugged exterior- does not need a case, unless you are particularly active. The Active button is very handy- Tasker helps take full advantage of it.
tl,dr; needs some user-side optimization, but otherwise great phone with usable features, as long as you don't treat it as the waterproof phone it was marketed to be.
This is by far one of the baddest phone ever.
The first I got had an internal failure, thanks to warranty I got an another.
The second one was so bad manufactured that the display kept on poping out. The phone fell from about 1m onto the ground (wood) and the backcover broke nearby the edges.
This is a joke, not a phone. Honestly, when I'm seeing Samsung's advertising concerning "quality control" I am laughing so bad....
"military specs" is stated, but believe me, if the army was to be supplied by these...oh man...
The design of the power access waterproof door is terrible. I already wore one out and they made me get another Active with my insurance and pay $125. Poor design and will fail again, all should be recalled, no way I would trust mine near water.
yes i have this phone...this phone performance are better than s5...but i can't update this one in tho another platform...this is so sad for mee
Anonymous, 04 Jan 2017I have dropped mine so many times, I'm surprised it isn't broken!!!!lucky... mine just broke
I like this phone, but the camera seems worse than the S5. The camera on both sides seems more foggy and washed out compared to the S5. I've owned two of these and they both did the same thing. I have an S5 also and the pictures look pretty good, a little too saturated, but better than the Active. Personally, the Active is good enough because I love the build quality rather than the S5.
Anonymous, 13 Dec 2016it cracks easy and battery dosent last long I have dropped mine so many times, I'm surprised it isn't broken!!!!
Mark, 14 Dec 2016I just had this problem fixed recently. I took my Samsung-SM-G870A to Best Buy about a week ag... moreDid you buy your phone from Best Buy, or did they update it even if you bought your phone somewhere else?
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2016how can I update my S5 Active G870A from at&t to lollipop, I'm on kit kat 4.4.2I just had this problem fixed recently. I took my Samsung-SM-G870A to Best Buy about a week ago, and the people in the Samsung Experience center there upgraded my software in about 20 minutes. Done. Running Marshmellow 6.0.1 and it runs so much better. Marshmellow is way better.
Iv owned mine since they were new on the market.
And really its the best phone ive ever used.
The first thing i did do was to protect it with a "Love Mei" tough case.
Very hevey to hold but well protected.
I Love My Samsung! Its part of me.
Mr Pyae Soan Kyaw, 21 Oct 2016Hello friends, I have Samsung Galaxy S5 in hand. How could I transform it into Galaxy S5 Activ... moreNo. The active is a ENTIRELY separate phone. You might as well be asking if you can turn a Motorola flip into a iPhone 7.
Hello friends, I have Samsung Galaxy S5 in hand. How could I transform it into Galaxy S5 Active? Is there any method?
amuroray, 15 Aug 2016I just got one recently. If you get one that's not full of bugs, it is a really good buy. Even... moreDon't upgrade to marshmallow, if you can help it. It makes it seriously buggy...
I've had issues with the mute button thinking that it wants to have a mind of its own and sometimes when texting the keyboard crashes and disappears altogether. The buttons on the sides are too sensitive. The only way I can keep from pocket dialing or pocket texting is to set the time out down to 30sec and put a pattern lock on it. The added button on top of the volume key is a pain. I've seriously considered going back to the Galaxy S4.