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​Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, lookin' good

Physical controls

Rubberized backing

Side view

Camera

Corner kick

Charging port

No fingerprint scanner here

Internals

Lock screen

Sprint's fitness-oriented variant to the Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, has just about everything the original S5 does, but comes in a nicer-looking package.

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Looks are subjective, of course, and I happen to like the physical home buttons and bolder red or blue design.

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The S5's dimples get a slight reimagining with this swatch of slightly rubberized material.

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Buttons rise higher from the surface on the Sport compared to the S5 original, though this phone lacks the convenience key of AT&T's S5 Active.

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Just like the S5, the Sport here has a 16-megapixel camera that is capable of taking some excellent shots.

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So it doesn't have the S5 Active's reinforced plastic corners. That'll absolutely make it less inherently rugged. The trade-off is a shiny-meets-matte aesthetic.

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The S5 Active and Sport lacks the Micro-USB 3.0/MHL 2.0 connection port in favor of a regular Micro-USB jack.

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You won't find a fingerprint scanner on these tactile buttons; that belongs to the S5 alone.

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Apart from the fingerprint scanner and charging port, you'll get the same fast quad-core processor as on the S5, plus 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

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Here's one last look at the phone. Is it actually sportier? You'll need to head to my full Galaxy S5 Sport review to find out.

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