Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 survive two extreme water tests?
posted by Alan F. / Apr 06, 2014, 6:23 PM
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?
Samsung Galaxy S5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2 View Full specs
- Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
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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 Apr 06, 2014, 6:38 PM 1
I agree but it would be nice to have my phone in the shower with me and not worry..
posted on Apr 06, 2014, 6:46 PM 5
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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 Apr 07, 2014, 10:02 AM 0
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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 Apr 06, 2014, 10:22 PM 5
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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 Apr 06, 2014, 6:45 PM 1
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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 Apr 06, 2014, 7:03 PM 2
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Boom sound speakers > IP7 certification.
posted on Apr 06, 2014, 7:11 PM 3
16 mp camera >>>>>>>>>> 4 mp camera.
posted on Apr 06, 2014, 9:12 PM 12
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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 Apr 06, 2014, 7:45 PM 4
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Maybe iOS 8 will make devices waterproof?
posted on Apr 06, 2014, 8:00 PM 4
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posted on Apr 07, 2014, 2:12 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 06, 2014, 9:06 PM 5
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