Not water-resistant like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Motorola DROID Turbo is splash-resistant

Not water-resistant like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Motorola DROID Turbo is splash-resistant
Drop your Samsung Galaxy S5 into a fish tank, and as long as you get it out of there before a half hour expires, the phone should live to work another day. But try that stunt with the Motorola DROID Turbo, and you will find yourself trying to remove your new beast from a watery grave. Not that the DROID Turbo isn't protected from some contact with water.

Just like some of the more recent DROID handsets, the DROID Turbo is coated using nanotechnology to help the phone repel water on the inside and outside of the device. And that means if you spill a glass of water on the handset, or you answer the phone in a light rain, the device is protected from any internal or external damage

This is similar to the protection being afforded to the Motorola built Nexus 6, which also is listed as being splashproof. It is a far cry from the IP 68 rating that belongs to the Sony Xperia Z3. That rating means that the phone can be submerged in about 3.3 feet of water for no longer than 30 minutes, without sustaining any damage.

To reiterate, the Motorola DROID Turbo is protected from spills and light rain. But we definitely would not use this phone near a swimming pool or a bathtub.


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11 Comments

1. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I would not try dropping the s5 in a fish tank. The s4 active had the same rating and yet they were dying left and right from being stored in the sink or taken into the shower. People were told they were out of luck when it came to water damage because it was not "water proof".

5. maherk

Posts: 6961; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I took bunch of pictures under more than 2 feet of water, wash it under the sink, and it is here alive with no issues what so ever. The S4 Active's back cover had a clip in the middle that you need to make sure it is clicked before using it under water. The S5 has it on the left of the camera.

2. Busyboy unregistered

On the Moto website it says in the specifications it's water resistant not splash resistant..

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Just like the Droid RAZR. And that was fine, dont know about submerging but it was fine to use in the rain. Other phones I had the screen would spazz out, you had to dry it off completely to use it, not the RAZR. Just a lil wipe on the screen and it worked fine, even if the screen was a lil damp.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

xperia is king in this department.

4. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

agreed had the Z1 and took it to the beach and took pictures under salt water and still worked like a charm.

6. buenos

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

the IP rating described in article is for IPx7 (up to 1 meter/30 mins) IPx8 is for more than 1 meter, typically about 3 meters for continuous immersion in water, time specified by manufacturer (first number is for dust)

7. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

All these water resistant phones work well. There is a video of the s5 on YouTube. Some dude left it in a 10 feet pool for hours and it worked as a charm.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this isn't anything new by Moto. most of their phones since the Droid Razr have been treated with a water repellent nano-coating meaning you can take your phone with you in the shower if you want to for some music listening. i was able to submerge my Droid Razr underwater but i'm betting the incredibly sealed design helped there.

10. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I left verizon so this phone is not an option.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Too bad Verizon is not available in my country. Any news for an international release?

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