When it comes to competition in the technology world, there’s nothing fiercer than that of what exists between Apple and Samsung.
Apple’s new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus handsets are water resistant, and recent water resistance testing has shown that it’s probably under-rated at IP67, but Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is rated to IP68 standards. So how do they compare?
The new water resistance test compared the resistance of both the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 in deep water immersion up to 35 feet below the surface.
Starting with small increments of 5 and 10 feet deep, both handsets continued to work flawlessly after 5 minutes of immersion each. The rush to find the breaking point meant submerging even deeper, so afterwards they were pushed to 20 and 30 feet for 5 minutes each.
At this point, the Galaxy S7 started to reboot randomly and the iPhone 7 came up with Siri activated, both of which are relatively strange behaviors and may have been the result of being submerged, but afterwards, both phones appeared to work normally.
To conclude, EverythingApplePro dunked both devices for an additional 5 minutes at 35 feet. By the time they came back up, the Galaxy S7 was powered off and would not respond, but the iPhone 7 was still working, with Siri once again activated when the phone came back up.
After closer inspection, the iPhone 7 started to exhibit slight signs of water damage with an odd light leak at the bottom of the display and the Touch ID sensor started to act up a little, but despite everything, the iPhone’s touch screen and software all worked fine the next day.
It’s a one-off video, so it probably doesn’t prove that the iPhone 7 has better water resistance than the Samsung Galaxy S7 does indefinitely, but it certainly does prove that Apple has under-rated their iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus handsets. They’re clearly very capable in watery environments.
Apple does not cover water damage under warranty, so despite being IP67-rated, it’s still not recommended that you use your iPhone near water on purpose. If anything, it’s only there to offer you a little peace of mind.
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