If you’ve snagged one of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Active smartphones, you’re probably in need of some new accessories. Here are five of our top picks for accessories that every Galaxy S5 Active owner should have.
1. Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Fitness Accessory: Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit
In the video above, the Wall Street Journal reviews the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit.
As we pointed out in our main article about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, AT&T is giving people who buy the S5 Active a $50 discount on the Galaxy Gear Fit wristband tracker.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit is the slimmest of this generations’ Galaxy Gear offerings. The Gear Fit allows you to quickly respond to notifications and track your heart rate. You can easily customize the look of your Gear Fit, which makes the experience feel more personalized. Given the fact that the S5 Active is designed for outdoor and fitness use, a Gear Fit just makes sense.
Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 rating)
Measures heart rate
Gives you real-time coaching
Also works with a variety of other Samsung devices
Some users find the display orientation limiting
Not waterproof past a certain depth
Automatic screen turn-on is a bit over-sensitive, according to some user reviews
Battery life limited compared to other fitness bands on the market
2. Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Charging Accessory: ReVIVE Solar ReStore Solar Charger
Get a closer look at this solar charging accessory in the video above.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is designed to withstand the demands of a rugged outdoor lifestyle, it stands to reason that traditional chargers might not be as useful to S5 Active owners. A solar charger makes more sense for people who are outdoors more than they are indoors, and this ReVIVE solar charger from Accessory Power definitely fits the bill.
Great for people who are never near an outlet during the day
4000mAh battery (enough to recharge the 2800mAh battery in an S5 Active once, and then some)
Expandable with added panels
36-hour on-board LED light with flashlight and emergency settings
On first use, charge it up 100% by USB, then drain fully so that the Li-polymer battery chemicals can be exercised and broken in
Full solar charge takes 13 hours (USB charging time is a mere four hours)
Has a max charge rate of 2.1 amps
Some users have experienced exceptionally slow (multi-day charge times)
Weighs more than some other solar charging kits on the market
3. Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Car Kit Accessory: Obliq EX Dashboard Car Mount
Learn more about this versatile car kit accessory in the video above.
The Obliq mount is compatible with any smartphone up to six inches. Despite being a bit bulkier than the regular S5, the Galaxy S5 Active is still small enough to fit in this cradle. Whether you spend a lot of time in the car for work, or love to take long drives on the weekend, this helpful car accessory is worth investing in.
Versatile design holds your phone, as well as drinks or snacks
Available in three colors to suit your car’s interior
Will work with any smartphone up to six inches, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 or S5 Active
360 degree rotation
Easy to install
May not grow with you if you ever upgrade to a larger phone
Washable gel type suction cup may not adhere to all surfaces
Car mount may lose sticking ability in very hot or humid climates
Depending on how bulky your case is, you may need to remove case from your phone prior to mounting
Some users have experienced pads falling off shortly after installation
4. Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Charger Accessory: PowerGen External Battery Pack
Check out an unboxing and review of this battery pack in the video above.
This PowerGen pack holds a whopping 6000mAh charge, allowing you to charge multiple phones, or recharge the 2800mAh Samsung Galaxy S5 Active’s battery repeatedly. If you love your Android device but wish you had better battery life, this external battery pack is a smart buy.
Works with multiple phones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and more
Large capacity: 6000mAh
Available in multiple colors
Embedded Micro-USB (no need for an extra cable)
Compliant with international safety standards
PowerGen does have some other battery packs that have even larger capacities
Only offers 500 or so recharge cycles over the life of the battery
Power Pack only comes with a one-year limited replacement warranty
Takes at least 120 minutes to fully recharge
Doesn’t come with a dedicated wall plug charger (the USB-to-micro-USB cable can be plugged in to a computer to charge)
5. Best Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Camera Accessory: CamKix Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lens Kit
Learn more about this camera lens kit in the video above.
This cool kit offers three different lenses that snap on the outside of your phone, and transform your phone’s ho-hum camera into something more creative and powerful. It includes a fish eye lens, a macro lens, and a wide angle lens.
Note: The wide angle lens is paired with the macro lens. You must gently unscrew the wide angle to reveal the macro power beneath.
Works on all kinds of different smartphones
Available in six cool colors to showcase your personality
Made from durable, high-quality materials
Comes with microfiber carrying bag
Designed to work best without a case on your device
Some elements hard to unscrew
May be cumbersome for some
One more thing to lug around in your tech arsenal
Not much value added for people who don’t take a lot of photos with their phone
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