Can the Galaxy S5 survive under water as long as the IP58-certified Xperia Z2? (video)

Can the Galaxy S5 survive under water as long as the IP58-certified Xperia Z2? (video)
The Galaxy S5 sports an IP67 certification, while Samsung humbly calls the phone "water-resistant". It not only survives splashes of water jetting on it from all sides, but can also be immersed fully in up to three feet of the liquid, and stay there for half an hour, which is the definition of its IP67 tag. We've already seen the Samsung flagship survive a washing machine cycle, and also stay submerged in water for an hour, twice longer than its waterproof certification tag suggests.

Can it survive more than that, though? The Xperia Z2 has an IP58 certification, which means that it can stay in five feet of water for more than an hour without damage to its internals. The Z2, however, has a unibody design with a sealed battery compartment, while the S5 has what seems like a flimsy battery cover only, that can be removed at will. That's precisely the question that gets answered with the Galaxy S5 water test in the video below. It seems that everything is working fine afterwards, even the speaker, which usually needs some time to dry out and perform as intended after such an extreme water test.

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39 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Niiice. I also guess that Z2 survives dust just as well as S5.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

To me the Sony Xperia Z2 is a WAY nicer looking phone compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5. When the Z2 comes out for Verizon, my wife will indeed get it.

26. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I went to my local store today to compare M8, z2 and S5 and I was surprised how bad looks S5 in real life. At first glimpse i thought it's another mid end plastic Samsung, after a while I realised that it stood next to Note 3 so it couldn't be cheap device :P Black versiom looks acceptable but wgite is just awful. M8 looks better than on photos but when I saw white Z2 i instantly fell in love. I don't know what they did, but as much as I hated design of Z1, Z2 looks gorgeous. Now I'll just wait for Z2C - this will be my dreamt phone.

29. brnkcv

Posts: 6; Member since: May 06, 2014

Oh yeah, your "wife." You're going to get her the z2 like homer got marge a bowling ball. Enjoy the phone SuperAndriodEvi.

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition. My "wife" does need a new phone. The Sony Xperia Z2 will be that phone. I won't enjoy the phone, but my "wife" will because she will be using the 20MP camera 24/7...

37. brnkcv

Posts: 6; Member since: May 06, 2014

So I guess you really will be getting your wife the phone. Is she technically inclined? My wife would have no idea what to do with all that power. I've got her on the LG Optimus F3, solid little Android phone, anything more would be a waste.

22. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

ok. but what happens when you drop it in pool or toilet and S5 hits the bottom? the back pops off and all the water resistance poops away. while sony phoneS(not just flagship) stay all good.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not for me since its in an Otter box. ;)

38. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The surface of water is much more forgiving, so the "back" shouldn't just "pop off" when hitting water. Maybe if you drop it on the hard ground in a bad rain storm. But in this particular scenario it shouldn't be a big deal. Even though water isn't compressible, the phone is thin enough to mostly just "slice" through it like a knife, so it should be slowed down by the surface tension as it makes it's way to the bottom. That being said, if you drop it in the toilet, I would probably file an insurance claim and trash it.

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 374; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

This one time, I dropped my phone in a puddle and I waited for over an hour before I fished it out - what a cluts I am

3. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Not Quite Water Resistant!

4. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

What's the point of this video? S5 is a IP67 certified device, which means it is able to survive at least an hour in 1M depth of water, so of course the S5 can survive in that bowl of water for an hour for that long. So I don't think this is an extreme water test unless they did put it in a 1M depth of water for testing. But personally, I did impress that Samsung manage to make the battery removable as well which is Sony lack of.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes! It's just a bowl of water... at that depth, S5 is not experience same amount of water pressure as it would at depth of 1 m or 3.3 ft. Also, Z2's IP 58 rating that states it can survive submerge at 3 m or near 10 ft. for 1 hour. (some source says, it should survive as long as it can at depth of 3 ft. I'm not 100% sure) You are not comparing apple to apple in that video.

15. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I think u have no idea that Sony have a Sony have the Same IP58 Rating while is removeable cover at back ? Like Xperia ZR ?

18. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IP67 means half an hour at one meter depth minimum, not an hour.

5. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Galaxy s6 rules enough said

7. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Samsung is getting cheapskate on their marketing tactics. Hiring such people.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't thik that someone is paying him. Companies pays for articles and reviews in which authors are praising companies products, but no one will pay "FriendsOfSamsung" for flooding and talking bulls**t in comment sections. Why? Because opposite from bulls**t propaganda should be persuasive and look serious, he must use arguments and don't look silly and only then someone will listen too him.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

At least they know how to market and put device on every carrier. Plus a water resistant phone isn't a GIMMICK nor is NFC.

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I wouldn't say water resistant is gimmick. I have rinsed my Z2 cleaned a few time as well as used it in the shower. I know it's stupid to even do that. However, it's that piece of mind that really nice about water resistant. However, I can live without that feature but I rather not to now :P

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

A feature is only a 'gimmick' if it isn't useful to you. Personally I find Samsung S-Heath extremely useful, better then any app available of playstore (I've tried more or less all of the prominent ones). None of them offer a common one-stop-shop for all your needs.

35. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

s6? okay delusional sir, you will never be enough

6. Sauce unregistered

Remember the video of it being dropped into a tank of water and cracking open as it impacted the bottom LOL? IP58 certified by butt! What happens if I drop this into a toilet or anything else relevant?

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

With the right impact when dropping S5 into the toilet, the back cover might just open up a bit to let water in... Btw, S5 has IP67 instead of IP58 like Sony Z2

17. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I am a Sony user and fan, but sometimes the right fall or hit will open parts of your phone that are not supposed to open during submersion... The last hard fall my Xperia Acro S received, it opened the microSD Flap... but luckily it was at my office, completely dry. if it was a puddle, I might be having a damaged phone... But I do prefer the unibody design (even if plastic) if I expect falls and rough treatment.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Can the Galaxy S5 survive under water as long as the IP58-certified Xperia Z2?" It depends on circumstances! Sony Xperia Z2 is better protected for sure!

16. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Galaxy S5 (IP67)= dust-proof + water resistance Xperia Z2 (IP58)= dust resistance + waterproof

19. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So next we should drop them both in a bowl of dust to see if the Sony is as good as the Samsung.

20. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

If depend on rating given, samsung sure have advantage ~

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And Sony has the advantage when it comes to being waterproof.

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