Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 survive two extreme water tests?

Can the Samsung Galaxy S5 survive two extreme water tests?
After seeing how popular the waterproof feature was (and is) on Sony's flagship Android powered smartphones, Samsung decided that this year, it would have its flagship Android phone come out of the box with IP67 certification. That means that the phone can be submerged in up to 1 meter (3.28 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes, and still survive!

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?

source: TechSmart

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



46. lakrider

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I was told when I bought my Galaxy S5 it was waterproof for up to 30 minutes. Today I was in water that did not even cover my legs with me sitting in it playing with my grandson and water got in my phone and now it will not turn on. It has been drying out for 8 hours but when I put the battery back in just now and put the cover back on, it still will not turn on.

45. tonton8212

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

I am supposed to be getting one of these from my boyfriend for Christmas and after seeing this video I am actually so excited I have the S3 right now and I was hoping to switch to the IPhone6 but being able to use my phone in the pool or even the shower to text will be amazing!!

43. rekkid

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 07, 2014

We've washed my son's Blackjack (hand me down) and my son has also jumped into a pool without checking his shorts for his iPhone 3gs... so yeah accidents do happen, and the old bag of rice doesnt always work. (the BlackJack wouldnt stay on unless plugged in (even with a different non-washed battery) and the iPhone came back somewhat but was flakey). Too bad he's an apple fan, and probably wouldnt switch back to android. I go fishing and kayaking a lot. I keep my phone in a water proof bag and stowed in my PFD or tackle box... would be nice to keep it somewhere more accessible (like in my pant pockets) and not have to worry if it gets wet.

40. greenlife

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I use the Galaxy S4, good

39. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

truts me , this phone will have a lot of problemes ,

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

As long as they dont affect speakers and audio quality i'm okay with it

28. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

p.s. Samsung should friggin' pay me for talking like this :-))

31. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Samsung should better NEVER listen to the tech-media-"experts", that are whining for "unibody" tin-can "premium", "design" And should not believe the comments and polls of the iboys pretending to be "android fans" and "dissapointed samsung users dying for aluminum". lol

27. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The only thing that is keeping my S3 in use right now (since water damage to the charging refuses any battery to be charged inside the phone) is replacaceable battery feature. I bought them for $12 a piece, and i charge them on outside chargers, so i am never tied up to the cable. I just have to replace the battery. The motherboard is not obtainable, so without swap able battery feature, my S3 would be in the garbage since Aug. 2013. I will be picking a battery replaceable phone as long as anyone make them. I carry a spare with me all the time. All my friends with iPhones end up tied to the wall by late evening hours, while i walk arround with fresh spare :-)

44. kira_s unregistered

Same here, the charging port on my s3 is damaged, and about £40 to fix instead I used my friends s4 extra battery kit to charge my s3 battery and its even quicker, so I bought a extra battery and the charger, and its a joy not having to worry about battery life

25. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

I've never actually managed to damage any of my phones by getting them wet... my father has however...

17. milos

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Had hands on time with black GS5 today in the store. Its waaaay more classy and high quality feel than i though. It is so light for its sizze The back cover feels great to me. Best so far out of S2, S3, S4. Camera is ultra fast! I took tons of photos in the store. I also played with HTC M8. Looks and Feels graet, but its too tall (long) Camera definitely inferior in many ways. Speakers, if you care, absolutely mimic a small boom box. My S3 is not charging anymore and camera connector on motherboard is too corroded so camera doesn't work after i the phone went for a swim in kids pool. Samsung literary listened for my cries, and built an upgrade for me :-) 5 more days....

21. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yup that's Samsung; people need to see the device in real life before coming up with any conclusions. If all trollers were like that PhoneArena would be a better place.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yes it would my friend. Yes it would.

12. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

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

13. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Maybe iOS 8 will make devices waterproof?

16. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

An operating system? I think you mean iphone 8

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The joke literally flew over your head. Literally.

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5843; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

35. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah!! As ios 7 did for some

19. GeekNews

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Kyrocera also comes to mind let's not forget them.

29. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

To seal one device , to make it water resistant doesn't need much brain. Besides S5 is the BEST dust PROOF smartphone.

10. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Boom sound speakers > IP7 certification.

11. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

removable batteries > crappy gimmick UltraPixel

20. express77 unregistered

16 mp camera >>>>>>>>>> 4 mp camera.

33. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The rest of the phones >>>>> an absolute abomination in terms of looks aka s5.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You'd need that waterproofing with all those tears.

36. hector93

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Tears of joy after I buy this phone! ;)

42. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

boom sound speakers have terrible audio quality

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