This is a decent mid-range phone. I've really had no problems with it other than defective battery which was replaced for free under warranty. People complaining that it's not water-proof. It's not waterproof-it's water RESISTANT. The charger seal works great, I have no idea what these other people complaining about the seal "falling apart" are doing to their phone to cause this, as I can figure that nothing short of carelessness or abuse would cause it to magically come apart. With a cheap silicone headphone-jack seaI/plug added for extra security, my Active has survived enough liquid-relate mishaps to warrant it's worth in my opinion. I've acidentally tipped over a glass of water on mine, had it fall in the sink with the spigot running, and it shrugged it all off with apparently no harm at all. The water got between the silicone case and the phone, but didn't breach the phone itself. The only complaints I might have with my S5Active are, that it does seem to go through battery power too quickly, and after one single OS update, there has not been another in almost a year, while newer models are getting their update attention. Samsung has apparently decided to abandon any future updates for the S5Active, which rather upsets me, as the phone itself will apparently long outlast it's own software.
My Samsung galaxy s5 active battery runs down even when I am not using it. Please why.
This is by far the worst phone I've ever had. I'm so annoyed that I will likely not buy any Samsung ever again.
I've had this phone for a year now. After only 3 weeks of normal usage, the rubber sealing on the charger inlet was broken down enough that one of the selling arguments, water resistance, was likely down the drain (literally, haven't tested it though). One of the worst components is the battery though. After about 2 months, I kept the phone in energy saving mode all the time to make the battery last for half a day, even when not using it too much. When I use google maps in my car, even when I charge it through USB, the battery drops 1% points every 2 minutes (!). Not to mention the load of bloatware that my version came with. A week ago, the phone went dead for no reason in the middle of the night (even though it was charging), causing me to oversleep because I relied on it for my alarm. And the worst part is, since 3 days ago, I cannot even make it run for more than a few seconds because it just keeps switching off - after only one year. Plus, the phone is much uglier than it looks like on the net, but that's just my personal opinion.
To be complete, there is one positive thing to mention, which was one of the reasons why I bought it in the first place: The screen is still intact, even though I dropped it a few times. Possibly partly because of the H9 screen protection that I put on, and the rear cover was not equally fall resistant, unfortunately.
I've had much, much better phones for much less money. The S5 Active was a total waste of money, I don't understand the generally positive reviews at all (maybe not tested for long enough?), and I don't recommend it to anyone.
Signal receive is very poor, both phone and internet, my wife has a very cheap phone that outperforms this s5 active . No text received option battery is just ok but not good
HEllo guys, just woke up one day and my samsung s5 active just went blank on me. Cannot access anything on it. I have removed the battery , isolated for days and reinserted but the resulting display has been the same. Can someone help with how to go about this? I need this opinion before I see rip-off phone repairers. Thanks.
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.