The iPhone 7 is IP67 water-resistant; here's how it compares to the Galaxy S7's IP68


Apple announced its new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus today, and among the big new features was IP67 water and dust resistance, where IP stands for Ingress Protection. Those who follow the industry closely will probably already know that Samsung's Galaxy S7, released earlier this year, also claimed water resistance among its biggest new features. However, the Galaxy S7 is rated IP68, so what gives? What's the difference between the two – is it a big or a small one? Read on as we analyze!

First things first, IP ratings for resistance consist of two numbers: first and second number. The first number, in this case 6, is the dust protection rating. At dust resistance level of 6, both the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 are completely dust tight. No small particles should be able to penetrate the phones' shells and poke around with the internal components. That's a good thing.

But what about the second number? As you've already guessed, it denotes the level of protection against water the device has. 7 happens to be pretty good: it means the iPhone 7, with its IP67 rating, should be able to survive immersion in up to 3.2 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes. The occasional drink spilled over it, or even drop in the bathtub or pool should no longer be a problem for your brave little iPhone. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S7 comes with a rating of 8 – in what way is it better? Well, it turns out the exact benefits from IP68 can actually vary a little from product to product, so for the purposes of this comparison, we need to look at how Samsung formulates the S7's water protection on its official site:

"The IP68 dust- and water-resistance Ingress Protection rating means your device is completely protected against dust, and it is water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes." 5 feet are 1.5 meters.

Basically, it means that the Galaxy S7 is supposed to be a bit water-tighter than the iPhone 7, thought there shouldn't be a huge difference. With an S7, you should be able to take it a bit deeper in water, without any amount of damage expected to occur. That's on paper. In reality, you aren't advised to take any of these devices underwater, especially for longer periods of time. But yeah, there you have it – half a meter is the difference between the iPhone 7's IP67 and Galaxy S7's IP68 ratings. And while users aren't really supposed to submerge their phone, the peace of mind coming with these respectable water resistance levels is greatly appreciated.

Still, we'd advise you to not take all this as an invitation to be more careless when handling your smartphone. In this line of thought, here's a small piece of fine print found on Apple's website: "Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone..."

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  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice additional feature in the iPhone7. Good for underwater video shooting! Though a little late in the party.

9. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

LOL underwater video shooting. I'm going to facetime you underwater!

11. TerryTerius unregistered

Depending on how interesting your life is, you may be doing some fun things in water.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Remember to stay within a meter for iPhone 7 and 1.5 meter for Galaxy S7

12. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sony did this right in previous phones as they were watertight and had a shutter button as the touch display doesn't work under water. I think they did away with it in some xperias though.

22. jessedegenerate

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

i'm pretty sure you can use the volume buttons on iPhones, and most likely samsung devices as well.

2. Unordinary unregistered

The iPhone X or whatever its called will probably be like the second gen Watch - 50 meter submersion.

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its actually 5ATM not literally 50 meters submersion.

14. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Yea 5atm is around 50 meters ya scrub

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Seems to me that you have no clue what you are talking. Pls try to go deep diving with apple watch and see what happens.

25. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Casio G-shock watches are resistant to 20atm, which means they can go down to 200 meters. Apple states it can go down to 50 meters. You don't know what you are talking about. So shut up ya retard

3. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

5 feet *is* 1.5 meters.

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It's not 30cm difference. The standard only shows what it's tested for. It means the i7 made it to the ip67 standard and the s7 tot the ip68 standard (you cant tell how far beyond the ip68 because the next standard is way higher)

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Nonetheless it's a good thing for apple fans because it can be a life saver

6. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I think the galaxy needs a better protection to be deeper underwater so the user can detonate the explosive feature from a distance and be safer

15. fyah_king unregistered

I could've sworn that an iPhone exploded lt year.

16. fyah_king unregistered

"exploded last year. "

18. Deelron

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

A punctured one made a lot of news, but even the guy didn't blame anyone (since he fell off a bike and landed int he worst way, the burns were rough).

8. mad360

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Don't state it's water tight to that standard if it's only on "paper". Whatever that means. I smell a lawsuit.

19. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Either way, I'm not going to tempt fate: I don't think chlorine in pool water or salt in seawater would do any favors for water resistance over the long term for either phone...and rubber seals would deteriorate also with hot/cold weather exposure, UV light, human sweat etc. But what this does give me is piece of mind in the rain and the drop into a pool, even an aircraft toilet... (don't ask!)

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Sooooooo many sheep with waterdamaged iphone 7's comming in.....

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What the users of water-resistant phones need to understand that a lab isn't producing the same water effects as a pool or ocean. In a lab, they are basically dropping a phone into a tank with "still" water. 5' of water in a tank is not the same 5' of water in a lake or ocean. Moving water at 5' creates more pressure than still water at the same depth. The IP rating is against water and dust, but when it comes to water you have to consider pressure. Just like standing in a gallon of water is not the same as having a gallon of water throwing at you from a bucket. If you gonna have your phone in water for a significant amount of time, you should get a case that keeps the phone away from the elements.

24. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I was disappointed that PA did not have a picture of the 2 phones rubber gaskets.

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