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" 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)



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wtg SS! That is impressive.

2. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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.

4. papss unregistered

I agree but it would be nice to have my phone in the shower with me and not worry..

8. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

And I don't need to be constantly aware of the phone when it goes in with the laundry. It also means the GS5 can be in my pocket when exercising in normal and raining conditions.

14. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

i rememer when xperia was launched with ip57 certification....all samsun fans calling it a gimmicky, and said ! who the hell takes phone in the shower or pool ???

38. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Nobody called it gimmicky.. It was always termed as WOW feature. Its always better to have a water & dust proof phone coz pool is not the only place where water exists.

41. Ashoaib

Posts: 3296; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

15. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

i rememer when xperia was launched with ip57 certification....all samsun fans calling it a gimmicky, and said ! who the hell takes phone in the shower or pool ???

26. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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.

32. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Absolutely. No fanboys here. I mean who doesn't wash their phone with the laundry ?!

18. GeekNews

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

You might not utilize but it certainly is nice to have when life's unexpected moments hit. I can't tell you how many times I've lost phones to dunks in the pool or accidental washing.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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?

6. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Because Samsung humbly said its water resistant not waterproof, and that the phone could withstand up to 30 min under 1m of water. As you can see in the video the GS5 can do MUCH more!!

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Time in any element will eventually get eroded.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yup I'm getting this phone!!!

9. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

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.

10. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Boom sound speakers > IP7 certification.

11. skyline88

Posts: 698; 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: 17388; 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

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: 5717; 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.

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