By Jason Zhang, Marketing
A closer look at whether or not the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active can truly live up to its name, underwater.
About a month ago, Samsung announced the newest edition of its popular Galaxy S7 with a shatter-resistant build and bigger battery, the Galaxy S7 Active. Hailed as the “most rugged phone AT&T subscribers can get” (Tech Spot), the S7 Active comes with many laudable features that propel it to the top of the list of serious smartphone candidates.
Benefits such as much longer battery life, impact-proof construction, high performance camera, and dust and water resistance position the smartphone as a worthwhile purchase for those interested in a sturdier device. Yet some have found that even the S7 Active, supposedly much tougher and hardier than the regular S7 and S7 Edge, has still failed to withstand the toughest test of all: waterproofing.
Testers over at Consumer Reports created an experiment that placed the S7 Active in a water tank pressurized at 2.12 pounds per square inch, equivalent to five feet of water, to evaluate its stated water resistance requirements. Two S7 Active phones were tested, yet both failed.
“The first test saw the device’s display become obscured with green lines and cycle on and off every few seconds. Unsurprisingly, the touchscreen was no longer responsive, and there was moisture in both the front and back camera lenses” (Tech Spot). The second device fared no better. In response, Samsung said it is “currently investigating the findings, and there may be a chance that the two Active handsets were defective.”
Although the S7 Active may not have passed the test, Samsung’s innovative line of S7 smartphones still remains at the forefront of competition in terms of durability and damage resistance. These devices are among the first few high performance smartphones to be advertised as water and damage resistant, albeit up to a certain degree. Samsung’s efforts to create the most durable smartphone yet are laudable and cannot be dismissed, as its flagship Galaxy S7 models are a big step in the right direction.
But time and time again, we’ve seen devices that support “water resistance” fail to live up to expectations. Despite many manufacturers’ best efforts to fully insulate a phone’s fragile electronics, complete water resistance just doesn’t seem to be possible without first removing the fundamental cause of the problem: the holes.
Imagine a mobile phone with no ports, no holes, and no vulnerabilities through which water or any other intruders can pierce its structural integrity. Keyssa frees designers to easily create such devices by eradicating the need for reliance on these weak points. Kiss Connectors stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will bring our devices to a new level of beautiful, elegant, and, most importantly, durable design.
Read about the full test results here:
Watch the dunk test here: