Subzero test shows that the Galaxy S II and cheapo Nokias are your best bet when chasing The Thing
Therefore they subjected a number of phones to subzero temperatures, and the results are pretty interesting. While we would expect entry level Nokias with their fairly small displays, and the build quality of the Finns to survive the lowest temperatures, it was pretty revealing to see the Samsung Galaxy S II being a close second, along with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover, which is a rugged phone by design.
iPhone 4S, for example, started going temperamental at 23 Farhenheit (-5 Celsius) and stopped working at 14 Farhenheit (-10 Celsius).
The issue is, of course, mostly with the phones' batteries rather than any other component, since the internal resistance increases immensely in low temps, so at some point the phone just reads the battery as empty and shuts down. The AMOLED display technology also proved superior to LCD in the freezing aspect, thanks to the simple facts that it uses organic diodes to emit light, while the liquid crystals tended to react slower and increase ghosting.
1. andro. (Posts: 1926; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
So what they are saying is that if 2012 The day after tomorrow comes true then ifans are f*cked....?!!
2. bbblader (Posts: 520; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
if they tested the nokia 3310 the temperature would be waaay lower -60 degrees
3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Agree, Coz Chuck Norris said so. . .
4. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, they should use this in one of those samsung/barista commercials.. in Canada. lol
that is really sad. i mean really sad. the iphone was the worst one of the group... and the samsung SGS2 was the best smartphone that wasnt ruggedized (and just barely).
rock on samsung.
5. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
B**ch please said the Nokia 3310. ^___^
6. the_s2 (Posts: 199; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
This article came right in time, I used my GS2 at -32 degrees two days ago, without a single sign of sluggishness. The phone was used for around five minutes in the cold, and was kept in my outer jacket pocket, exposed to the cold whole time. All hail samsung.
7. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
Android has 237 million phones sold yet Fandroids keep hating on apples 93 million. I don't get it.
8. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
Hating on a glass phone is different than proven fact.