The Rugged Galaxy S7 Active Can't Take a Dunk (but It Can Take a Beating)
Article by George Norman
On 11 Jul 2016
The bad news is that the ruggedized version of the Galaxy S7, the S7 Active, won’t survive if you dunk it in water. The good news is that it will survive if you drop it.

So if it’s not water resistant, at least it’s shatter resistant and can take a proper beating. That's the conclusion you'll arrive to after watching the videos embedded below.

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A look back at the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been around for about a year now. While both devices have a lot to offer, especially if you’re into playing games on your mobile, the feature I want to focus on is water and dust resistance. Both devices come with IP68 water and dust resistance.

Accidentally (or intentionally) pour some water on a Galaxy S7 and it will be fine.



Forget a Galaxy S7 Edge in the rain or dunk it some water, and it will be fine.



If you give a cute girl your number and she calls while you’re doing the dishes, don’t worry if you drop your phone in the sink. You’ll still be able to take call.



And if you ever get to party with Lil Wayne and he starts pouring champagne on this Galaxy S7, don’t sweat it.



Bottom line: you don’t have to worry about water (or other liquids) if you have a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge.


Say hello to the ruggedized Galaxy S7 Active

About a month ago, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S7 Active, the more rugged version of the Galaxy S7, available exclusively at AT&T.

"The Galaxy S7 active represents Samsung’s ongoing commitment to listening to customers and delivering on meaningful innovation that fits their needs," said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. "We are excited to be working with AT&T to introduce a device that sets a high bar on what it means to combine elegance with toughness, and gives customers a durable smartphone built for their active lifestyle."



On the outside, the Galaxy S7 Active and the Galaxy S7 look like two different phones. On the inside, they’re the same. There is important difference though: while the Galaxy S7 has a 3,000mAH battery, the Galaxy S7 Active has a 4,000mAH battery – the largest battery of any Galaxy device.


The Galaxy S7 should be water and shatter resistant

In its announcement, Samsung said that the Galaxy S7 Active is water and shatter resistant. IP68 water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes; shatter resistant for drops from 5 feet or less on a flat surface.

The good news is that the Galaxy S7 Active handles drops really well.

PhoneBuff drop tested the Galaxy S7 Active alongside the regular Galaxy S7 and it turns out that Galaxy S7 Active can really take a beating.



The bad news is that the Galaxy S7 active failed Consumer Reports’ water resistance test – twice.

The first S7 Active failed when it was left for 30 minutes in a water tank pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, the equivalent of just under five feet of water. The touchscreen was unresponsive, there were green lines on the screen, and tiny bubbles were visible in the lenses of the front- and rear-facing cameras.

Consumer Reports took a second Galaxy S7 Active and submitted it to the same test. The second phone failed as well.






Tags: Samsung, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Active, water resistant, shatter resistant, Consumer Rerports, PhoneBuff
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