Worst phone I've ever owned.
Waterproof? I verified that all the covers were sealed, but it in less than six inches of water and ... boom! ... my camera is full of water. Yay!
I bought a SM-G707A, decided I wanted to try another carrier, switched to Ting, and discovered that although this phone can operate on Ting's frequencies, because Samsung let AT&T customize their ROM, it doesn't actually work most of the time. I paid cash for this thing off-contract: I own it, not Samsung, and definitely not AT&T. I'm angry with AT&T, but I'm angry with and feel betrayed by Samsung: you helped them do it and didn't dislike your collusion with me, your customer.
I'm never buying a Samsung device again.
Zachary, 07 Jun 2016It is not water resistant at all before I threw it in the pool it was not glitching after I th... moremy is water resistant. Have you tried taking the case off and wiping it down/dry?
that was an issue. phone is water resistant but phone case retains some water
I stupidly bought this phone before reading reviews. The phone works great as long as you don't want to make a call, receive a call or send a text. I took the phone back to the AT&T store where I bought it and they suggested I get an iPhone.
It is not water resistant at all before I threw it in the pool it was not glitching after I threw it in the pool it was glitching even after I wiped it off and the case was on it
This phone, and probably most waterproof phones has amazingly bad design flaws. The worst of which is that there is no way to test the quality of the seal with out risking damaging the phone. With an external waterproof case you can test the case with out the phone to see if it is water tight.
Another problem is the phone really needs 2 separate waterproof compartments, the first compartment being for the electronics, the second for the battery, and sim card.
Lastly, an internal moisture sensor to shut down the phone when a leak happens is necessary.
I sent my phone back after it failed to seal the first time I tried it in the kitchen sink.
Godfriend SLY... 7, 19 Dec 2015Recently I was using s3, and I got this galaxy s5 active not long ago. In fact, the phone is r... moreI am using same phone, it new tho. .but pple don't hear me when I call them
Jdub, 27 Mar 2016I couldn't agree more. I'm glad that this phone works so well for so many but it's by far the ... moreAt 2 years old, my battery lasts all day with adaptive brightness enabled. I've taken it to music festivals and shot lots of pictures and videos with DropBox sync running constantly, and it will still last most of the day with heavy use like this.
Anonymous, 18 Dec 2015In buying this phone, I thought it would be a great model. I've had six, count them, SIX repl... moreI couldn't agree more. I'm glad that this phone works so well for so many but it's by far the worst phone I've ever had. Maybe it's this particular unit but what a piece of junk. The battery life is maybe a few hours with the brightness almost all the way down and minimal apps running. I don't even know if i want to upgrade to the S7 after this
1st if your having issues with updating the andriod os i had to bring it to best buy samsung center and have them dowload the os and the move it to my phone to installit its free btw any ways I love this phone was reading the comments and some people were talking about the phone breaking under very little abuse i don't know whats wrong with they're phones i've dropped this phone from higher than two stories several times on to concrete chucked it at the ground once dropped it in the sink several times i've used the phone as a skipping stone in a pool once and have dropped the phone from about 4 feet too many times to count dropped a few tools on it had some pens explode on it and its taken a year and a half of heavy abuse for it to finally show a sign of damage... if i drop or bump it hard it turns off it works fine otherwise I love this phone one complaint is that the speaker/micro phone takes about a day to dry out which can get annoying
I absolutely love this phone. I have accidentally five into a pool down to 8 feet, then swam back up and chucked across the concrete in a panicked way. The most damage that occurred is an unnoticeable "nick" on the side. As for the case, it sucks. It cracked off within a few days. The camera is outstaning. The lacking fingerprint option is fine by me, I hated that feature
I got a brand new S5 active couple of months ago. Strangely for no reason the sides of the cover started cracking up. Cracks have appeared on all four edges too. In addition, the screen also cracked suddenly. Now I have a broken body of the phone. My wife's phone also has developed a crack. It is the worst ever phone that I have owned.
Anonymous, 05 Feb 2016Not for underwater use. At least not the one i got. All worked well, the cover well pressed to... moreI had made sure to clarify that with the sales clerk. He kept insisting that it was waterproof, "but not like how a camera is waterproof." And he couldn't understand when I said that makes it water *resistant* not proof.
Not for underwater use. At least not the one i got. All worked well, the cover well pressed together, the USB shutter too. Submerged it in a calm pool some 3-4 inches deep and it dropped dead within 60 seconds. When i opened the cover the seal clearly didn't hold. I didn't swim or anything, just simple gentle submerging. I've been drying it in rice for 24+ hours and this morning tried it on. Still nothing. There is some activity in it, but the display won't start. I'm taking it to a repair shop this afternoon to see if it's salvageable. I found at least one person online that had this happen to him while submerging it in tap water, so the bottom line, if you submerge it, it's at your own risk....
how can I update my S5 Active G870A from at&t to lollipop, I'm on kit kat 4.4.2
It also appears that another advantage of the s5 active over the s6 is that this uses the Qualcomm processor and some of the forums have figured out how to enter into certain modes that allow activation of various LTE bands around the world. For instance, the A version is for the US and may or may not allow LTE in Europe (one would think ir would according to bands it natively operates on). There's a nothern Europe version that works with LTE in Europe, but doesn't have the bands activated for North America. One can simply turn the desired bands on that they want and it will work on LTE. This is annoying thing when I go to the US with my Euro S4 Active, even though the T-Mobile data I get there is pretty fast- faster than 3G (like between 3.5-low 4G speeds). Now I can turn on those bands.
Overall, the only reason I'm getting one is because the camera in the S4 Active isn't that good. Clarity and sharpness are poor, but I'm also used to using Nokia phones, which nothing really competes with, when the camera is in question. Other than that, there isn't a tremendous difference. Plus an advantage this doesn't have over the S4 Active is that Samsung didn't make the Active Case for this. If you are REALLY active and accident prone, get the S4 Active and the incredibly cheap and durable Active Case. It's the best one on the market and provides incredible protection for the screen during drops and adds protection well beyond what the S5 Active will have built-in.