Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about the Galaxy S5 Sport. In both real-world use and benchmark tests, the Galaxy S5 Sport consistently showed exceptional speed and responsiveness. Battery life was also excellent, easily lasting a full day or more depending on usage. We were also very pleased with the camera’s ability to capture crisp still images and high resolution video. The differences between the Galaxy S5 Sport and the Galaxy S5 aren’t extreme, but they are sigfificant.
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous display, Outstanding general performance, Excellent camera performance, IP67 Dust and Water Resistance, Excellent battery life, Attractive styling
Summary: I would trade a millimeter of thinness for extra durability and battery life, and with the Galaxy S5 Sport, that's exactly what you get. And unless you're worried about being too conspicuous, the vibrant paint jobs are a nice touch as well. I love the three physical buttons, and the textured back is great for everyone, from workout fanatics to people who can't remember that last time they went to the gym.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S5, with it’s IP67 certification, features protection from dust and the occasional splash in the water. But what if that protection isn’t enough? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active could be your solution. It’s meant to take a lot more punishment and that’s apparent from its design. The S5 Active is still made of plastic, but it’s built like a tank and is a complete departure in terms of aesthetics from the regular S5.
Pros: IP 67 dust and water resistant, Military-grade ruggedness ratings, Great camera, Beautiful display, Solid construction
Cons: Lacks fingerprint scanner, Poor low-light performance, The design isn't for everyone
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a phone that can stand up more drops, dings, and dirt than the average smartphone, and you like the idea of tactile buttons, there’s no reason not to snatch the Galaxy S5 Active up (provided you’re on AT&T), as it’s priced the same $200 on contract as the standard Galaxy S5, which has nearly identical internals.
Pros: Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5, Nice camera, Ruggedized exterior, Long battery life, MircoSD slot, Removable battery
Cons: No fingerprint reader, Phone vibrates when speaker is cranked
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is no doubt an excellent smartphone. Better camera, faster performance, and a gorgeous display—these are just but a few things offered by the Korean giant’s latest flagship.
Summary: The Galaxy S5 boasts one of the best Android experiences currently available, but Samsung can no longer claim unchecked dominance over the market; HTC has upped its game this year, while Sony, LG, Motorola and others are quickly learning from past mistakes. If you have a Galaxy S4, there is little reason to shell out the money for its successor, but a Galaxy S3 owner approaching the two-year market in his or her contract should feel comfortable making the leap to...
Excerpt: If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Samsung must subscribe to this adage, because the S5 is remarkably similar to its predecessor, the S4. Aesthetically that is. Inside the polycarbonate casing is a brand new processor, a 2800mAh battery, and most importantly a fingerprint reader that attempts to keep pace with Apple’s iPhone 5s. So how does it stack up? So to put it simply, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rather unremarkable.
Pros: Amazing battery life, great looking screen, IP67 out of the box
Cons: Fingerprint reader can be trying, heart rate sensor is gimmicky, and
Summary: Nobody hasn't heard of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Arguably the most popular Android-based brand in the world, the Galaxy series of smartphones has long commanded respect and loyalty. It isn't known for its dashing good looks – and indeed, we wish Samsung had opted for a nicer chassis over its sub-par fingerprint scanner – but the resulting device is still every bit as impressive as you'd expect from a Samsung flagship.
Pros: Its camera is phenomenal; its processor will blaze through anything you can throw at it; its chassis is functionally waterproof, so long as you don't go diving – and that's just to start.
Cons: The phone's vaunted fingerprint scanner is too much of a nuisance to actually use, while its all-plastic construction feels as cheap and flimsy as ever.