Camera and Battery Life
Samsung revamped the camera in the Galaxy S5. The same new 16 megapixel camera is found in the Galaxy S5 Sport. Like the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Sport has Auto, Beauty Face, Shot and More, Panorama, Virtual Tour, and Dual camera shooting modes. You can also download additional modes which include Animated Photo, Surround Shot, Sports Shot, Sequence Shot, and Sound & Shot.
From the Camera Settings menu, you can adjust the picture size, burst control, ISO, Flash, HDR, Selective Focus, Effects, White Balance, and more. The camera also has an impressive UHD video mode that can record at 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30fps.
During our time with the camera, we were impressed at its responsiveness and its quick focusing capabilities. Our test shots came out clear and crisp, as you can see from the sample shots below:
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport has a removable and user-accessible 2,800mAh battery. Sprint says you should get up to 19 hours of talk time on a single charge. Samsung rates the battery life at up to 13 hours of Wi-Fi surfing time; 12 hours of LTE surfing time; or up to 11 hours using a 3G connection.
In real-world testing, the Galaxy S5 Sport's battery lasted for a few days on standby with little battery consumption. Even during heavy-use days of checking email, browsing the web, placing phone calls, and taking pictures, the Galaxy S5 Sport's battery was able to make it through an entire day. For times when you really need to conserve power to squeeze every last minute of use out of the phone, Samsung offers an Ultra Power Saving Mode that will change the color of the screen to grayscale, restrict application usage, turn off mobile data, and turn off connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In an attempt to quantitatively measure the Galaxy S5 Sport's battery life in a controlled benchmark environment, we side loaded and ran the previous version of the AnTuTu Battery Test so test results could be compared to previous phones we’ve reviewed. For this test, we set the Galaxy S5 Sport's display to 50% brightness, which is still plenty bright and easy on the eyes. The Galaxy S5 Sport scored 561, which is outstanding. Interestingly enough, the Galaxy S5 Sport outscored the Galaxy S5 and nearly all other phones in this test.
During our real-world testing, the Galaxy S5 Sport's battery echoed the results from AnTuTu’s battery test: the longevity of the Galaxy S5 Sport is outstanding. Of course, battery life will vary depending on how the phone is used.