a company that offers extended-protection plans for gadgets, said the Galaxy S7
and S7 Edge still functioned after being submerged in water for 30 minutes.
Audio was “permanently muffled and distorted” after the dunking, but the
Samsung phones still outlasted Apple’s iPhones in SquareTrade’s water tests.
study, released Monday, also found that Samsung’s new phones are more prone to
breaking than the iPhone 6S. The test is meant to mimic repeated drops phones
Both Samsung models had minor cracks on the screens and significant
damage to their backs. The iPhone 6S Plus, a larger version of the 6S, did
worse. Its screen completely shattered in SquareTrade’s tests.
screens of all four phones cracked when dropped face down on a sidewalk. The
Samsung phones also cracked when dropped on their corners, while the iPhones
had only cosmetic damage, according to SquareTrade.
new Samsung phones came out Friday. They’re not designed to be used underwater
— the touch screens don’t function until dry — but Samsung promises that the
phones can still work after spending up to 30 minutes in up to five feet of
covers accidental drops in toilets and bathtubs, and exposure in a rainstorm,
though pools and oceans may introduce other contaminants, such as chlorine and