Samsung Galaxy S4 Active meets its match in a swimming pool

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active meets its match in a swimming pool
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has an IP67 certification. That means that the rugged version of the Android flagship model is supposed to be able to withstand submersion in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. In fact, the Aqua Mode on the device is supposed to allow users to take a video of the device underwater. It all sounds great in practice, but for one tech reviewer with a pretty high profile newspaper (you remember what those things are, right?), the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active met an untimely end in a swimming pool.

Remember, the idea behind the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is to allow those who like to have an active lifestyle, to take their phone with them without worrying that it will break. The back of the device, which is an AT&T exclusive, carries warnings about making sure that the USB port is covered and suggests that you push in the AT&T logo on the back of the phone to make sure that there is a water-tight seal.

When USA Today's Ed Baig decided to take some underwater pictures, he ran into a little problem. The screen went blank shortly after he entered the water and it could not be turned back on until the next day. And even then, he described the phone as acting "finicky". So the bottom line is that even when a manufacturer tells you that an electronic device can survive in water, your best bet is to double and triple check the seals before you take your phone in the pool or even in the shower. Yes, the technology to keep your phone running after being submerged in water is real and it does work. But because it also requires some human element to it, there is always the chance that you could be sending your new phone to a watery grave.

source: USAToday

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Galaxy S4 Active
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Dumbass probably didn't seal it properly. Either that or he took it deeper than it was supposed to go.

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

"""in a swimming pool""" "" Either that or he took it deeper than it was supposed to go."" There was not enough palm, so I switched to a facedesk... EDIT: my point was that while pools can get 20Ft~ deep, to hold a camera proper and take pictures (since sammy has trouble with moving while taking pictures), 3Ft would be where he probably tried it

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Are you facedesking over the dumbass's probable actions or my statement?

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

he was "holding it wrong", according to you? xDD Ahhh, history only repeats itself.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If there are limitations to the device's capabilities that are made clear prior to its usage, and Dumbass doesn't adhere to those limitations, then it is not a "holding it wrong" situation. You're referencing a point when Apple didn't even acknowledge its phone had a design flaw at all, and lied its ass off about a problem it obviously never saw coming.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

He even admits in the video he could have taken it deeper than 3 feet, and also seems to have some doubt whether he actually sealed the phone properly.

13. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

well goes to show how weak that particular unit's sealing was. a taiwanese news program reported xperia v falling into the sea and getting found by a diver four days later. still in good working condition. watch:

22. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

have to disagree here Sniggly... Those IPXX tests are made just to certify the device against some kind of Standard, but if the design is good, it should whistand a bit better... I have taken my Xperia Acro S in the pool for over 2 hours, and had it on my shorts pocket, under the "1 foot" claim... (IP55, 57) and the phone works great... And I am talking about a phone with microUSB, headphones, micro HDMI, microSD AND Simcard Ports and Flaps... 5 flaps around the phone... I apply vaseline to the sealings in each flaps occasionally and what I have learned is try not to expose to salt water from the beach too much... My point is that even if he surpassed the 3 feet of water, and/or exceeded the 30 minutes period of certification, the phone should be alright...

30. xadilx

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Hammerfest : SOmetimes your Right.

24. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Or its not that water resistant. Not always the Users fault.

25. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Man, it really must suck to be a fanboy and have your ego shattered. That S4 is a POS. Even the regular S4 feels so cheap and like a toy. I can't wait for the sony i1 to come out....

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I don't have faith in sammy's exteriors build quality. I'll think twice before putting this phone underwater, even though it's certified for water proofing. Only advantages S4 active would offer, are looks and 'splash' and dust proof.

29. thelukewarm

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

samsung seems to be an amateur on this waterproof category, they should keep making their incredible hardware/horrible UI phones...

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Pocketnow already doomed it a fail, and it wasn't a metal back which everyone including myself thought it was...and this... Leave the waterproof devices to Sony :)

17. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

And in general: Leave the waterproof devices to the Japanese :)

7. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Want rugged devices call Nokia..

10. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Except there not waterproof.....

21. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012


8. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

What you can expect from Americans? They love Apple!

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

not really. most of samsung's sales (by country) is in the US. you can't just say americans like apple because it's an american company.

15. willard12 unregistered

I could have sworn Google/Android was American.

26. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What does Apple have to do with this story?

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

a Waterproof phone but you need to keep the screen dry if you want to use it, what a fail

16. MrTzr unregistered

It also happened with my Xperia Z.. It died after it was exposed to water at two feet for five minutes, with all the flaps closed tightly...

23. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Lies. The Z has exceeded expectations in this regard. No complaints except yours in this regard.

28. MrTzr unregistered

Lies? Too bad I can't post links, but just google xperia z + water damage.

27. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

yaa its true, similar thing happened to my friend's xperia z as well..Sometimes, particular units may have problems

18. viisign

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I take my samsung galaxy rugby pro swimming and I take it in the shower all the time and it keeps on ticking.I sure dont let it drop to the bottom of the pool either...and I always make sure the flaps are sealed before I get it soaked.never had a problem yet.and ive had this phone since november 2012.before this I had the samsung rugby smart. I did the same with that phone and it never broke this guy must of didnt seal the flaps or something.

19. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

Kinda bad that samsung only made it water and dust but its not shockedproof means if you drop it probably it end with a crack screen you need to invest a good casing. I thought samsung will make it shocked proof like samsung galaxy xcover.

20. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012


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