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The Galaxy S7 is water resistant, but can you use it when it is wet?

The Galaxy S7 is water resistant, but can you use it when it is wet?

Being water-resistant is one of the key stand-out features of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Bearing an IP68 certification, the phone can withstand splashes of water or being used in the rain. Even if Lil Wayne pours a bottle of champagne over it, the phone is still going to work. But is it actually usable when it is wet? Can you still use the Galaxy S7 outside if is raining cats and dogs? We did some testing of our own to find out.

Our first test involved using the Galaxy S7 with wet fingers, like after washing our hands. We didn't expect the phone to fail this one. Most phones, even those that aren't water resistant, would still work fine in such a scenario. Sure enough, the Galaxy S7 was perfectly usable, We could switch between home screens, we could open and use apps, we could use the keyboard to type a text message despite the drops of water dripping down our fingertips.

Then we decided to simulate using the Galaxy S7 in the rain. In this case, light drops and sprays of water didn't affect the touchscreen. Once some water had accumulated, however, the touchscreen started misbehaving. And heavier drops falling on its surface were mistaken for taps. Overall, the phone was still usable to some extent, but definitely not once it got too wet. 

Our last test was to submerge the Galaxy S7 underwater, which is something you really shouldn't do. The touchscreen in this case was completely unresponsive even though the phone itself still worked. With the camera open, we could take photos using the volume buttons, but the touchscreen itself was not operational.

So obviously, you cannot and shouldn't use the Galaxy S7 underwater, but it is okay to take it out in the rain. Just don't expect its wet touchscreen to be any more responsive than those on any other smartphone, be it water-resistant or not.

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posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:05 5

1. Jimrod (Posts: 1409; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Still pretty good really, most people don't need to use a phone underwater but would rather just have it still work after accidentally dropping it in it!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:47 3

7. kumaran55 (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


Check out water-resistant Galaxy S7

youtube.com/watch?v=9mg9jjk2rjY
youtube.com/watch?v=9paa8lJQDt0
youtube.com/watch?v=IJUxi0ktDzw

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:11 8

13. SPASE (Posts: 207; Member since: 03 May 2013)


The third video actually shows the s7 responsive underwater. Hmmm

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 12:23

31. zacsaturday (Posts: 211; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Glove Mode is on maybe?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:12

22. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


Water resistance is a natural next step for Samsung.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 16:15

32. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


There are other videos that show the phone works fine underwater. Like the ones below. It's works.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:06 3

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I've owned plenty of water resistant phones, all of their screens weren't usable underwater.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:31 8

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Sonys latest few generations can be used under water

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:34 4

5. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I don't think so. They can be used when wet. which is not the same thing. Correct me if i'm wrong.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:44 9

6. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


Z3+ or higher works with wet touch.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:32 5

17. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


As I said, they work with wet touch, but working underwater is a whole different thing.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:12 3

21. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Galaxy S7 Screen WORKS PERFECTLY UNDER WATER

http://youtu.be/IJUxi0ktDzw?t=462

Full video. See Minute [7:42]

http://youtu.be/IJUxi0ktDzw

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:22

24. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


That's weird.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:57

25. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


That's a different test

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:33

4. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Unless the digitizer uses pressure or contact via a solid as the mechanism rather than capacitance, it's not possible.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:20 1

26. Ruturaj (Posts: 1450; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


If they make next note waterproof will it be usable under water with stylus? (Just curious, I know it sounds weird)

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:51

29. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Yes. It should.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:24

33. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Theoretically it should as the stylus doesn't use capacitance for input.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:52 10

8. kumaran55 (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


iPhoneArena is a dishonest media. Where is the news?

DxOMark names the Galaxy S7 edge as the best smartphone camera ever tested. This is the highest smartphone score ever given on the DxOMark (Camera expert site). It’s official: Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone camera on the market. - dxomark.com/Mobiles/Samsung-Galaxy-S7-Edge-Mobile-​Review-A-new-champion

Samsung Galaxy S7 Has the Best Smartphone Display (Best Ever), Expert Confirms

This site and its writers are apple and biased. Just how honest are you?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:23 7

15. keithtae (Posts: 442; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Are you new here? It's been like this since they started writing their very first post. Just get used to it mate. They're being paid by Apple anyway. :)

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:00

20. ibend (Posts: 5122; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


not really new I guess, but its obvious that he register new clone account just to make this comment..
his account registered 2 hour ago, and his comment also made 2 hour ago -_-

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:22 3

28. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Very well said and true.

None of the editors have replied back nor counter attacked the posts.

Apple is paying them very good amount of cash. The iPhone pos scores 9. Outdated junk phone. Unbelievable.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:35 2

18. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


DxOMark is garbage. I stopped trusting them when they placed 5s higher than pureview 808. And the raring of Z5 scoring higher than all 2015 flagships is pure BS. Not to mention iphone 6s scoring lower than 6.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:56

30. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Somewhat unbelievable, but true. You are definitely not alone in that decision. I stopped using them as reference a long time ago. Doesn't matter if they are probably the most renowned reviewer in the camera world. They are simply, just not true. The best way to compare is to compare pictures side by side (like the ones from gsmarena or dpreview) and decide for yourself.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:27

34. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Well, I guess if you only read reviewers that agree with your preconceived notions your opinions will be validated...

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:53 5

9. wando77 (Posts: 968; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


That Apple youtube channel that does the drop tests showed the screen of the s7 working under water. ...... hmmmmm

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:54 5

10. wando77 (Posts: 968; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I think it's called everything apple pro or something like that. He was shocked when he could fully navigate the ui under water

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:16 5

14. SPASE (Posts: 207; Member since: 03 May 2013)


EverythingApplepro
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IJUxi0ktDzw
yes, responsive underwater.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:01

11. phonehome (Posts: 681; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


I prefer to use a phone dry. So much that I keep it in a Ziplock bag when it rains (even my GS5 and would the GS7).

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:07

12. summertime (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


beyond water resistance feature, how about other special features. Galaxy S6 also has such function.

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