Samsung Galaxy S4 Active meets its match in a swimming pool
posted by Alan F. / Jun 26, 2013, 2:39 AM
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.
- 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)
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Dumbass probably didn't seal it properly. Either that or he took it deeper than it was supposed to go.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 2:50 AM 7
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"""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
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:16 AM 3
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:31 AM 0
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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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?f
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 4:06 AM 2
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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...
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 6:01 AM 4
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:14 AM 2
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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 :)
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:18 AM 7
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Want rugged devices call Nokia..
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:24 AM 1
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What you can expect from Americans? They love Apple!
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:25 AM 1
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...
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 4:28 AM 2
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Lies. The Z has exceeded expectations in this regard. No complaints except yours in this regard.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 8:02 AM 3
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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 either....so this guy must of didnt seal the flaps or something.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 5:23 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 5:24 AM 0
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