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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active meets its match in a swimming pool

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active meets its match in a swimming pool
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has an IP67 certification. That means that the rugged version of the Android flagship model is supposed to be able to withstand submersion in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. In fact, the Aqua Mode on the device is supposed to allow users to take a video of the device underwater. It all sounds great in practice, but for one tech reviewer with a pretty high profile newspaper (you remember what those things are, right?), the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active met an untimely end in a swimming pool.

Remember, the idea behind the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is to allow those who like to have an active lifestyle, to take their phone with them without worrying that it will break. The back of the device, which is an AT&T exclusive, carries warnings about making sure that the USB port is covered and suggests that you push in the AT&T logo on the back of the phone to make sure that there is a water-tight seal.

When USA Today's Ed Baig decided to take some underwater pictures, he ran into a little problem. The screen went blank shortly after he entered the water and it could not be turned back on until the next day. And even then, he described the phone as acting "finicky". So the bottom line is that even when a manufacturer tells you that an electronic device can survive in water, your best bet is to double and triple check the seals before you take your phone in the pool or even in the shower. Yes, the technology to keep your phone running after being submerged in water is real and it does work. But because it also requires some human element to it, there is always the chance that you could be sending your new phone to a watery grave.



source: USAToday

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posted on 26 Jun 2013, 02:50 7

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Dumbass probably didn't seal it properly.

Either that or he took it deeper than it was supposed to go.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:16 3

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)


"""in a swimming pool"""
"" Either that or he took it deeper than it was supposed to go.""

There was not enough palm, so I switched to a facedesk...

EDIT: my point was that while pools can get 20Ft~ deep, to hold a camera proper and take pictures (since sammy has trouble with moving while taking pictures), 3Ft would be where he probably tried it

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:18

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Are you facedesking over the dumbass's probable actions or my statement?

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:24 2

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 886; Member since: 07 May 2012)


he was "holding it wrong", according to you? xDD

Ahhh, history only repeats itself.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:31

11. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If there are limitations to the device's capabilities that are made clear prior to its usage, and Dumbass doesn't adhere to those limitations, then it is not a "holding it wrong" situation.

You're referencing a point when Apple didn't even acknowledge its phone had a design flaw at all, and lied its ass off about a problem it obviously never saw coming.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:26 2

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


He even admits in the video he could have taken it deeper than 3 feet, and also seems to have some doubt whether he actually sealed the phone properly.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 04:06 2

13. pwnarena (Posts: 722; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


well goes to show how weak that particular unit's sealing was.

a taiwanese news program reported xperia v falling into the sea and getting found by a diver four days later. still in good working condition.

watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Nlboh0I9Nk

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 06:01 4

22. buccob (Posts: 1049; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


have to disagree here Sniggly... Those IPXX tests are made just to certify the device against some kind of Standard, but if the design is good, it should whistand a bit better...

I have taken my Xperia Acro S in the pool for over 2 hours, and had it on my shorts pocket, under the "1 foot" claim... (IP55, 57) and the phone works great... And I am talking about a phone with microUSB, headphones, micro HDMI, microSD AND Simcard Ports and Flaps... 5 flaps around the phone...

I apply vaseline to the sealings in each flaps occasionally and what I have learned is try not to expose to salt water from the beach too much...

My point is that even if he surpassed the 3 feet of water, and/or exceeded the 30 minutes period of certification, the phone should be alright...

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:35

30. xadilx (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Hammerfest : SOmetimes your Right.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:32 1

24. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Or its not that water resistant. Not always the Users fault.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:49

25. jb4674 (Posts: 117; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Man, it really must suck to be a fanboy and have your ego shattered. That S4 is a POS.

Even the regular S4 feels so cheap and like a toy. I can't wait for the sony i1 to come out....

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:14 2

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 965; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I don't have faith in sammy's exteriors build quality. I'll think twice before putting this phone underwater, even though it's certified for water proofing. Only advantages S4 active would offer, are looks and 'splash' and dust proof.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:06

29. thelukewarm (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


samsung seems to be an amateur on this waterproof category, they should keep making their incredible hardware/horrible UI phones...

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:18 7

5. darkskoliro (Posts: 886; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Pocketnow already doomed it a fail, and it wasn't a metal back which everyone including myself thought it was...and this...
Leave the waterproof devices to Sony :)

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 04:32 3

17. smallworld (Posts: 372; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


And in general:

Leave the waterproof devices to the Japanese :)

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:24 1

7. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Want rugged devices call Nokia..

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:31 2

10. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Except there not waterproof.....

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:46

21. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


...yet....

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:25 1

8. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


What you can expect from Americans? They love Apple!

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 04:07

14. pwnarena (Posts: 722; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


not really. most of samsung's sales (by country) is in the US. you can't just say americans like apple because it's an american company.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 04:18

15. willard12 (Posts: 558; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I could have sworn Google/Android was American.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 09:06 1

26. Commentator (Posts: 2186; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


What does Apple have to do with this story?

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 03:55

12. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


a Waterproof phone but you need to keep the screen dry if you want to use it, what a fail

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 04:28 2

16. MrTzr (Posts: 71; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


It also happened with my Xperia Z.. It died after it was exposed to water at two feet for five minutes, with all the flaps closed tightly...

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 08:02 3

23. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Lies. The Z has exceeded expectations in this regard. No complaints except yours in this regard.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 10:57

28. MrTzr (Posts: 71; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


Lies? Too bad I can't post links, but just google xperia z + water damage.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 10:30 2

27. iushnt (Posts: 477; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


yaa its true, similar thing happened to my friend's xperia z as well..Sometimes, particular units may have problems

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:23

18. viisign (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I take my samsung galaxy rugby pro swimming and I take it in the shower all the time and it keeps on ticking.I sure dont let it drop to the bottom of the pool either...and I always make sure the flaps are sealed before I get it soaked.never had a problem yet.and ive had this phone since november 2012.before this I had the samsung rugby smart. I did the same with that phone and it never broke either....so this guy must of didnt seal the flaps or something.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:24

19. Sondae (Posts: 181; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Kinda bad that samsung only made it water and dust but its not shockedproof means if you drop it probably it end with a crack screen you need to invest a good casing. I thought samsung will make it shocked proof like samsung galaxy xcover.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 05:44

20. VJo003 (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Hahahahahaha.....

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