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Samsung's Galaxy S5 Active is available for $199 on contract from AT&T

Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 back in February to much fanfare. The smartphone comes packed with a 5.1” 1080p display, quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and a 16MP rear-camera. Quite unexpectedly, the smartphone also came with a water- and dust-proof resistant (IP67 rating).
Today, Samsung is expanding the “survivability” of its flagship smartphone with the Galaxy S5 Active. The Galaxy S5 Active is the follow-up to the Galaxy S4 Active that was launched in June 2013.
The Galaxy S5 Active carries over all of the functionality of the standard Galaxy S5, but includes a rugged, shock-resistant case. The Galaxy S5 Active does, however, do away with the capacitive front-facing controls to make way for physical buttons.
The Galaxy S5 Active is available in Titanium Gray, Camo Green, and Ruby Red. It’s available right now from AT&T at a price of $199 on contract.

Source: AT&T

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Shock proofing is nice, but I want IP68
By tayb on 5/30/14, Rating: 0
By Peter-B on 5/30/2014 10:47:56 AM , Rating: 2
People tend to drop their phones more often than dive with them in the deep for hours. I'm guessing Samsung went with the statistics here.
Probably there are devices which are IP68 certified but I don't think you need a flagship phone for your diving hobby.

RE: Shock proofing is nice, but I want IP68
By Reclaimer77 on 5/30/2014 11:28:27 AM , Rating: 2
I could swim 9 feet underwater with IP68 and stay there for hours.

Do you actually do that though? How many people with smartphones are divers?

RE: Shock proofing is nice, but I want IP68
By tayb on 5/30/2014 12:04:59 PM , Rating: 2
9 feet is not deep enough for divers. It would be useful for snorkeling or swimming for longer than 30 minutes. I usually just buy a waterproof camera but this would be so much better.

By Kurz on 5/30/2014 9:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure if you know this... But water and capacitive screens don't work together.

Physical Buttons!
By BioHazardous on 5/30/2014 11:10:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm more excited about the physical buttons than anything. I don't much care for the capacitive touch buttons on the bottom of the phone. I'm always accidentally hitting one and closing something or going to home.

a different standard is needed
By ctgottapee on 5/31/2014 6:37:26 PM , Rating: 1
A more real world std is needed. A spec that would survive:

-Falls into chlorinated pool in jeans pocket, survives 7 sec swim out.
-Falls into toilet with typical chemicals, quick retrieval and dry.
-Slid off the edge of avg table height onto various floor surfaces; screen survives.
-Dropped from avg height of 4 year olds should blade.
-A left on dashboard in summer heat rating.
-Some static electricity tests.
-UV exposure tests
-Over heating tests with OEM battery installed.

Some useful tests.

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