Subzero test shows that the Galaxy S II and cheapo Nokias are your best bet when chasing The Thing

Subzero test shows that the Galaxy S II and cheapo Nokias are your best bet when chasing The Thing
The Finns are known for many other things but Nokia, and one of them is the freezing temps that greet you when you step foot in the country. With the new smartphone trends, the folks in Finland not only need gloves that are made to operate capacitive touchscreens, but also handsets that keep on ticking long after your car fuel filter froze despite all the additives you put in the tank.

Therefore they subjected a number of phones to subzero temperatures, and the results are pretty interesting. While we would expect entry level Nokias with their fairly small displays, and the build quality of the Finns to survive the lowest temperatures, it was pretty revealing to see the Samsung Galaxy S II being a close second, along with the Samsung Galaxy Xcover, which is a rugged phone by design.

The Galaxy S II needed the temperature to drop to -22 Farhenheit (-30 Celsius) to give up the ghost completely, while the iPhone 4S, for example, started going temperamental at 23 Farhenheit (-5 Celsius) and stopped working at 14 Farhenheit (-10 Celsius).

The issue is, of course, mostly with the phones' batteries rather than any other component, since the internal resistance increases immensely in low temps, so at some point the phone just reads the battery as empty and shuts down. The AMOLED display technology also proved superior to LCD in the freezing aspect, thanks to the simple facts that it uses organic diodes to emit light, while the liquid crystals tended to react slower and increase ghosting.

via MacWorld

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8 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

So what they are saying is that if 2012 The day after tomorrow comes true then ifans are f*cked....?!!

2. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

if they tested the nokia 3310 the temperature would be waaay lower -60 degrees

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Agree, Coz Chuck Norris said so. . .

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, they should use this in one of those samsung/barista commercials.. in Canada. lol that is really sad. i mean really sad. the iphone was the worst one of the group... and the samsung SGS2 was the best smartphone that wasnt ruggedized (and just barely). rock on samsung.

5. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

B**ch please said the Nokia 3310. ^___^

6. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This article came right in time, I used my GS2 at -32 degrees two days ago, without a single sign of sluggishness. The phone was used for around five minutes in the cold, and was kept in my outer jacket pocket, exposed to the cold whole time. All hail samsung.

7. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Android has 237 million phones sold yet Fandroids keep hating on apples 93 million. I don't get it.

8. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Hating on a glass phone is different than proven fact.

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