Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket ALS challenge: mocks iPhone, but falls victim to own forgery

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket ALS challenge: mocks iPhone, but falls victim to own forgery
As practically every celebrity in the Western world takes part in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the illness that you might know as what physicist Stephen Hawking is suffering from), Samsung seems to have thought that it’s a good idea to use the challenge to promote the water resistance of its Galaxy S5.

Tasteful is not the first word that comes to mind when a company uses a public donation campaign to promote its product, but we’ll let this fly and focus on the message. It all boils down to a bucket of ice water pouring down on the Galaxy S5, and Samsung’s S Voice assistant throwing a punch at the iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8), and Lumia 930. The voice challenges the three phones to take the challenge, knowing they are not protected as well from the elements. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, takes pride in being IP67 certified, meaning that it's protected from dust and from immersion in water of up to 3 feet deep, for up to 30 minutes.

But in a case of the pot calling the kettle black, Samsung falls victim to its own forgery. Notice how the time in the notification area of the S5 says 2:50pm, while the clock in the middle of the S5 screen reads 2:16pm. This obvious faking of the whole ice bucket challenge turns Samsung hard efforts to mock others at itself.



source: Samsung Mobile UK

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50 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Nothing beats my Z2 in ice bucket challenge.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

No wonder s voice didn't bother to call Sony.

30. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Mocks iPhone... Poor again iCrap... LOL... We can cheat anywhere, Sammy is taking pride in this challenge. BTW this could be the normal screenshot or might be widget problem.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nothing beats my Z1 in a ice bucket challenge

47. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Nokia 1100 could take on a tsunami, even without wetting its shoes.

49. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And that tsunami was caused by a Nokia 3310 falling into the ocean.

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Just looks like they had a screenshot up instead of a lockscreen, you can clearly see it swipe to the next picture and the notification bar rolling down. So whats so fake about that? The screen is still awake.

5. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

*almost swipe

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

people are crazy, nerds... thats a simple problem... I downloaded and installed weather widgets on my phone and I had the same problem... weather widget was not updating the time.. lets say if actual time on my notification area is 5:15pm while the time on weather widget might be 4:30pm and it wont update untill I tap on weather widget... I uninstall that weather widget due to this reason... P.S. I dont own any GS5 but I think thats a common problem on some widgets

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung is clearly cheating. From 64% to 56% battery level in 1 second!

26. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Which part of it's a screenshot did you not get? A screenshot takes everything, including the notification bar. Obviously, the screenshot was taken at 2:16 with battery percentage of 64%, then they opened this screenshot at 2:50 while the battery percentage was at 54% and recorded the video. While the ice water was pouring down, it hit the touchscreen and it reacted by slightly swiping the screenshot as well as revealing the real notification bar, this is how the gallery works. So there's no cheating, unless you consider a fake lockscreen to be cheating.

36. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung clearly doesnt want to show its flaws. The screen is unresponsive when in water, all the waterproof device does. The flaws? 34 mins after the battery drops 10%. Not so wise to hide its flaws eh?

37. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

"The screen is unresponsive when in water, all the waterproof device does." But...the video just showed the image moved when the water hit...So wtf? "Samsung clearly doesnt want to show its flaws." So you're telling me if Samsung had used the real lockscreen instead of a screenshot, you still would have known the battery percentage dropped by 10% in 30mins? Are you a jedi? You're just grasping on straws here...

44. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I dunno what they have done in 30 mins to make the battery drop 10%, if they only did was a screen shot or two. Thats like 5hrs battery life. Does S5 got battery management issues?

34. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Good spot mate! :)

24. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

did you even bother to etc the video on the notification the time change from 2:16 to 2:50 while the water was falling into the phone.

42. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"P.S. I dont own any GS5 but I think thats a common problem on some widgets" i dont even encounter such problem with my htc sense 6 clock widget...samsung is so lucky on having you fanboy...coz whatever they do, you still praised/depend them...

45. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

samsung is lucky to have unbiased person who is not its fanboy... who is a fanboy of chinese phones ;)

32. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The phone was in gallery mode viewing a screen shot. When the ice hit the screen it registered as a finger press. You can actually see the picture swipe over when the ice hits. I used a Nexus 7 tab on my motorcycle and just the smallest rain drop would cause a screen touch taking me out of navigation mode. If anything it proves that the phone was on and the transition time from pic to pic is very quick. And why would Samsung fake it? I've seen the S5 survive a pool drop and washer machine challenge.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Even though I hate Samsung for using this opportunity to promote their phone, they're not cheating in this video. As you can see in the video, when they pour the water on the phone, you can actually see that the phone swiped itself to the next screenshot due to the water on the screen and the notification bar turned black. So, the 2:16pm lockscreen was actually the screenshot.

27. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

They replaced the damaged phone (due to the ice shower), that's why it is showing different battery level and time. It is just not the same phone...and they need couple of minutes to find a second phone.

35. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Haha, for real? It's a water resistant phone, man. If you have eyes, you should clearly see that the the device was never replaced. Look closely at the water on top of the phone. It was consistent before and after the screenshot moved.

11. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Didn't we read this news earlier on PA.......????

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No, PA thought that Samsung cheated on this ice bucket challenge so they posted this article.

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

no, I dont think PA necessorily thought that... what I have observed, PA usually come up with the report which is hot in the news and which usually PA users are discussing... this is a good thing to keep your website intractive

19. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

This is also called Lou Goering's disease

22. avirupdas

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

it was the lockscreen tht was opened and the image later was the screen shot so it showed different times

25. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nokia - connecting people. HTC - quietly brilliant. Samsung - always cheating.

28. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I don't understand why is everyone fretting about this, so they didn't shoot the video challenge properly, big deal we all know that S5 and almost every phone can survive the challenge. I am not a fan but u know what it's a very clever idea had they paid attention to detail and execution. you got to love their marketing team.

29. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I don't understand why apple fans are going crazy all over world about S5 ALS challenge. They said its inhumane what samsung did , but they did the same later even when they know iphone can't resist water, lol. If the time like let it go anti-clockwise, the fact still remains that GS5 is water and dust proof and people can actually proof that at home. But can izombies try that at home?

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