How waterproof is the Galaxy S7? Samsung Geek, Michael Kineman gives you the low down on whether its OK to drop your S7 down the toilet or not…
It’s stressful to own a smart phone, worth hundreds of pounds, knowing you can never let it come into contact with any liquids.
A sudden downpour? Put your phone in your pocket. Having a coffee and reading? Remember to keep your phone on the other side of the table. Going to the toilet? Let’s hope your phone isn’t your back pocket.
But for the first time in the phone industry, Samsung aren’t simply advising consumers to “take care” with their phones or buy an ugly, shatter-proof, water-proof monstrosity of an accessory case; no, Samsung have gone ahead and done the more compassionate thing and have somehow managed to develop phones that aren’t ruined by water.
So how waterproof is the Galaxy S7?
Well, technically it isn’t actually waterproof but water resistant. The difference is that, while the S7 is incredibly water resistant, there are limits to its tolerance for liquids – or in other words, it’s not completely impervious to them.
So what about the actual technical specs? Both the S7 and S7 Edge boast water resistance in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. Not quite waterproof, but then that doesn’t make the reality of that feat any less impressive – in fact it almost has to be seen to be believed.
If you haven’t already watched Samsung US’s adverts for the Galaxy S7’s water resistant capabilities, starring Lil Wayne, then now’s a probably good time.
There’s nothing like seeing the US rapper pour a full bottle of champagne on his phone while watching an American football game and then dunk his phone in a fish tank while talking to his friend, to answer the question of how water resistant the Galaxy S7 really is!
YouTube reviews have also sprung up where people intentionally test the limits of the S7 and S7 Edge’s water resistance. One lad took it to a swimming pool and claimed to dive to depths of up to 2.7 meters, all while filming himself with the S7, and he concludes after that it works perfectly fine.
However others, such as San Francisco based SquareTrade, also tested the S7 and S7 Edge but found that in less than 1.5 meters of water, while both phones survived and worked after testing, the sound quality became permanently distorted and muffled.
If you go on the Samsung landing-site for the S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung claims an IP68 certification which means the phone is guaranteed to hold up at depths of up to 1.5 meters for up to thirty minutes without any issues or defects – so theoretically at least it should have passed the SquareTrade tests.
Samsung are yet to comment on SquareTrade’s tests.
It is possible that SquareTrade just happened to use a bad batch of S7’s, or maybe Samsung is unaware of the problem. It’s hard to say.
At this point though, whether or not you want to risk swimming underwater with your Galaxy S7 – right down to its maximum depth and right up to the maximum amount of time suggested – is up to you, but there are concerns to consider.
However, if you’re more like most everyday users, then you’re probably far more concerned by tumbling cups of tea or dropping your phone into a puddle than you are about its capabilities in prolonged underwater dives.
In which case, what’s clear is that Samsung have solved these issues – and with it, they’ve potentially saved you hundreds of pounds over the next few years. If not, they’ve at least saved you the stress and moments of panic when liquids and phone inevitably collide.
Samsung truly have come up with something special with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and it probably takes seeing it for yourself to really grasp how impressive it is.