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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active may have a tough exterior, especially with this camouflage coloring, but it's much more like the original Galaxy S5 than you might think.

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Who's it for? Anyone

It may boast a sturdier chassis, but inside, the GS5 Active has (almost) all the Android 4.4 KitKat goodness as the S5, and all of Samsung's own additions as well, like a heart-rate monitor -- though it lacks the fingerprint scanner.

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Button-pusher

Physical navigation buttons are responsive alternatives to capacitive controls, and do all the same things.

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Blending in

In addition to Camo Green, you can get the S5 Active in Ruby Red or Titanium Grey.

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Hard body

With reinforced plastic corners and no silvery trim, the S5 Active can take more rough-housing. I shoved it pretty hard between these branches, without incurring any dents, scuffs, or dings.

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Grip gripe

However, it's too bad that the material along the top and sides isn't grippier.

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For your convenience

See that blue button? That's for you. A short press opens up a dashboard for sports-related apps and a long press launches the camera. Don't worry, you can swap functions all you'd like in the Settings.

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Active dash

Here's a look at the default Activity Zone that Samsung installed. It has a compass, barometer, flashlight, and stopwatch.

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Edge master

Straight sides and grooved edges were designed to make the phone easier to hang onto.

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Blast off

An IR blaster on top will let you control your TV from the couch.

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Camera power

The Active's 16-megapixel camera matches the GS5 original with excellent image quality and the option to record ultra-HD video.

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Screw that

There are four nubs on the back panel that look a little like screws. Don't be fooled, the back panel comes off with nothing more than a strong fingernail wedged beneath an indentation.

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Not so pocket-friendly

A tad taller, wider, and thicker than the already-big S5, the Active is a bit more of a pocket-buster.

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Remember the S4 Active?

Ignore the fatigue and you can see that the S5 Active is still pretty similar to the S4 Active that came before, but with a flatter back, less grippy coating, and an added convenience key.

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Compared to the Galaxy S5

Here, the S5 Active sits alongside its kin, the S5 flagship. Internally, the two share the same screen size, processor, RAM, and battery specs.

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A smidge more

Look closely and you can see the Active's slightly more inflated size and bulk.

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