Sprint’s outdoor-ready Galaxy S5 Sport packs free fitness training
Americans: you no longer have to flock to AT&T to get a Galaxy S phone that can handle your outdoor adventures. Sprint has unveiled the Galaxy S5 Sport, a spin on the Galaxy S5 Active’s formula that revolves around fitness. It’s not as tough-looking as the Active, but it still offers both a grip-friendly shell and mechanical buttons that are easier to use when you’re on a run. The real highlight, though, is the software. The Sport is the first phone with Sprint’s Fit Live, an app and services bundle meant to get you moving. It includes a year’s worth of Under Armour’s MapMyFitness MVP, which brings custom audio coaching and training plans on top of the usual working stats. You’ll also get half a year’s worth of Spotify Premium music to amp yourself up, and there’s an avalanche of health content that you can plaster across your home screen.
Don’t expect any big hardware advantages. Aside from supporting faster Spark LTE data, this is much like the GS5 Active on the inside (and by extension, the regular GS5). You’ll still get a 5.1-inch, 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, a 16-megapixel camera and a heart rate sensor. Not surprisingly, you won’t pay a premium over the ordinary model as a result — the Sport will go on sale July 25th for a familiar-sounding $650 off-contract, or $27 per month for two years. That’s a lot to spend just to get a handset built for exercise, but it might be worth investigating if you were already bent on using your next phone as your fitness instructor.