Video: this LG washer tried but failed to drown the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7

Video: this LG washer tried but failed to drown the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7
As you probably know by now, one of the most notable new features that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge bring compared to their predecessor is protection against the elements. 

After extensive testing, the two phones have received an IP68 certification, which ensures that the handsets are dustproof and that they are water resistant up to depths of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. In practice, however, it looks like Samsung Galaxy S7 can actually handle a bit more than that.

A video blogger by the name of Max Lee decided to see how the Samsung Galaxy S7 fares a full washing machine cycle. Interestingly, Lee used an LG Washer for this test, which is a nice touch. After all, what other washer would better fit the role other than one made by Samsung's cross-town rival?

As you can notice in the video below, the Samsung Galaxy S7 appeared to have passed the test with flying colors. Sure, the handset itself was protected by what appears to be TPU clear cover, which probably offers a bit more protection against water pressure, and the phone was washed alongside with laundry, which was probably the only reason why the screen survived the drying cycles. The phone's camera, the microphone, and everything else worked just fine after a 45-minute water treatment.

This probably goes without mention, but do not try to replicate this Samsung Galaxy S7 water resistance test at home. However, if you accidentally throw your jeans in the washer with the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the back pocket, the phone actually has a shot of surviving without notable damage.

What do you guys think about water resistance in premium smartphones, does this feature have the slightest influence on your purchasing decisions?

source: Max Lee

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2. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

all wearables...headphones watches cell phone should be waterproof just for the fact to use them in the pool and in a tub

4. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

And laundromat-protective. I tend to have my earphones get washed with the laundry.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I did that once and I thought suret they were in.they werent wateproof either, but they still worked surprisingly considering they were Beats.

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Love how iPhonyarena talks the article up, then bashes it down about there being a TPU case on the phone... a TPU case is pretty much useless for reducing water pressure, and those front loaders are actually pretty violent compared to their top loader cousins.. Lets see if the iphone7 can do this when it comes out, and put a TPU case on it so that you can tar the brush with the same treatment

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Thats actually true... but I doubt iPhone 7 will survive even a being laid on a wet towel since it's "still on paper" and hasn't been released yet...

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Hahahahaha, I agree with you!

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he already said "when it comes out"

3. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Phone companies should really do daredevil stunts like this. It can save people that spends hundreds of dollars just to make tests like this.

6. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I won't call it stupid, since I've lost a phone to the same incident. It was in the washer for 30 min and never turned on again.

8. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

So when ppl complained about s pen issue in note 5 u called ppl who do that stupid just because its a samsung issue but now in u say the contrast just because a samsung device have passed it this could be called sheeps logic.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it's still your own dumb fault if you throw your phone in the washer. It's not a design flaw if you throw your phone in the washing machine and it doesn't work after. Just like it's not a design flaw if you jam the pen in backwards. But it's nice if your device is more idiot proof.

17. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I didn't deliberately throw it in there genius. i forgot the phone was in my pants. Insertion of s pen backwards is totally done by you consciously.

19. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If u have a note and u are in hurry to insert your pen in u would know that its not

20. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Sure sure.

7. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's especially impressive if you realize how much detergent/soap lowers the surface tension of water, therefore making it much easier to penetrate the smallest gaps and holes. Many water resistant watches have failed this test.... That is, if he used detergent/soap, which I'm assuming he did, since he did wash clothes in there...

11. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Pretty sure a Maytag washer..or any other brand would do the same thing. Click baitin Phone Arena.

16. Hashed unregistered

The music in the video is annoying, sounds like multiple random farts.

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