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Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 survive two extreme water tests?

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Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 survive two extreme water tests?
After seeing how popular the waterproof feature was (and is) on Sony's flagship Android powered smartphones, Samsung decided that this year, it would have its flagship Android phone come out of the box with IP67 certification. That means that the phone can be submerged in up to 1 meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes, and still survive!

You might recall that last year, Samsung saved the IP67 certification for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. And not everyone found that the waterproofing worked as advertised. One newspaper journalist writing about the phone, was taking it in a pool to snap some pictures. Even though his Galaxy S4 Active was no more than 3 feet underwater for less than 30 minutes, when he came out of the pool his handset had gone to smartphone heaven (hold back those tears, guys).

Samsung and AT&T, which had an exclusive for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in the U.S., even offered to exchange a water-logged unit for a brand new one as a one-time courtesy. That move indicated how the model was having problems with water damage. Some of the problem could have been due to users of the phone not following Samsung's directions for keeping the device watertight.

To see if the Samsung Galaxy S5 would hold to its IP67 certification, the device went for a swim in 1 meter of water. And instead of waiting 30 minutes, the phone was left underwater for one hour. Would it survive? Spoiler alert! The Samsung Galaxy S5 might have been all wet, but it was still working perfectly after 60 minutes. But there was another test left. The phone was put inside the pocket of a pair of jeans that was ready to go through a normal washing cycle. Could the Samsung Galaxy S5 live through 50 minutes of spinning and sloshing? Yes, once again the Samsung Galaxy S5 came out of a dangerous confrontation with water, in perfect condition.

Looks like Samsung might have nailed this waterproofing thing after getting off to a shaky start last year. We recently showed you a video revealing that the HTC One (M8) could survive being submerged in a shallow pool of water for an hour, although that phone has not received any IP certification. If you were going to choose between these two models, would the IP67 certification of the Galaxy S5 play any role in which phone you would select?



source: TechSmart

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posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:37 21

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Wtg SS!
That is impressive.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:38 1

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


As with the SD card & removable battery, IP certification is not a must for me. I don't recall any moment utilizing any of these features with my phone. Its a nice feature to have but nothing I take to account when buying a smartphone.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:46 5

4. papss (unregistered)


I agree but it would be nice to have my phone in the shower with me and not worry..

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:53 6

8. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


And I don't need to be constantly aware of the phone when it goes in with the laundry. It also means the GS5 can be in my pocket when exercising in normal and raining conditions.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:30 3

14. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


i rememer when xperia was launched with ip57 certification....all samsun fans calling it a gimmicky, and said ! who the hell takes phone in the shower or pool ???

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:40

38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Nobody called it gimmicky.. It was always termed as WOW feature. Its always better to have a water & dust proof phone coz pool is not the only place where water exists.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:02

41. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No they were not samsung's fan, they were just genuinely criticising xperia bcoz sony's focus was only on water n dust certifications whereas display of the xperias sucks... good display is more important than ip

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:34

15. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


i rememer when xperia was launched with ip57 certification....all samsun fans calling it a gimmicky, and said ! who the hell takes phone in the shower or pool ???

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 22:22 5

26. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No, you don't remember that.
You remember, that we would't trade swappable battey and SD , for water resistance.
Now when Samsung can do all that , we have no problem
Besides we are not "samsun fans" . Silmply it happen LATELY Samsung to make the best phones. If some other brand have the best - we will buy it.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:56 2

32. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Absolutely. No fanboys here.

I mean who doesn't wash their phone with the laundry ?!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:03 3

18. GeekNews (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


You might not utilize but it certainly is nice to have when life's unexpected moments hit. I can't tell you how many times I've lost phones to dunks in the pool or accidental washing.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:45 1

3. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Why does time play a role in water certification? Couldn't the phone (theoretically) just stay at 1 meter for an infinite amount of time and still function perfectly?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:50 3

6. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Because Samsung humbly said its water resistant not waterproof, and that the phone could withstand up to 30 min under 1m of water. As you can see in the video the GS5 can do MUCH more!!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:51 3

7. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Time in any element will eventually get eroded.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:48 11

5. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Yup I'm getting this phone!!!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:03 2

9. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Damnit, with Z2 possibly delayed .. it hasn't even have pre-order in my country yet, I'm getting teased and swayed to S5 more and more by day. S5 already has a pre-order, and the only sony smartphone that is on pre-order in my country is Z1 compact, LOL, backwater country sucks.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:11 3

10. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Boom sound speakers > IP7 certification.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:38 18

11. skyline88 (Posts: 467; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


removable batteries > crappy gimmick UltraPixel

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:12 12

20. express77 (unregistered)


16 mp camera >>>>>>>>>> 4 mp camera.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:58

33. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


The rest of the phones >>>>> an absolute abomination in terms of looks aka s5.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 00:17 3

34. tedkord (Posts: 12199; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You'd need that waterproofing with all those tears.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:10 2

36. hector93 (Posts: 20; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


Tears of joy after I buy this phone! ;)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 11:47

42. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


boom sound speakers have terrible audio quality

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:45 4

12. enzotarece (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


sony xperia Z2 all the way now who is the true leader just watch out for apple they soon start the waterproof trend to an right after they gonna patent waterproofing

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:00 4

13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Maybe iOS 8 will make devices waterproof?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:40 2

16. Edward_bly (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


An operating system? I think you mean iphone 8

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:45 7

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The joke literally flew over your head. Literally.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 02:12

37. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Here's the joke
http://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ioswaterproof.jpg

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 00:24 2

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah!!
As ios 7 did for some devices...lol..

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:06 5

19. GeekNews (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Not sure you could say Sony was the leader in the water resistant category. Samsung and Motorola had water resistant phones before sony. I'll give Sony the nod though when it comes to raising the bar on implamentation.

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