Samsung's latest smartphones recently visited the labs of extended warranty provider SquareTrade for some good ole' torture testing. How'd the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hold up against a barrage of perils including water and physical stress tests and how do they compare against Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus? Read on (or watch above) to find out.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both carry an IP68 rating meaning they can remain submerged in up to 1.5 meters (roughly five feet) of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. After half an hour in those exact conditions, both new Galaxy phones still worked but the audio was permanently muffled and distorted.
For comparison, the iPhone 6s (which isn't rated for any liquid protection) lost all audio and suffered water damage under the screen in the same test. The iPhone 6s Plus, meanwhile, began malfunctioning at 10 minutes and was a total brick at 24 minutes in.
The idea of the IP68 rating is that you can get stuck out in the rain for a few minutes or accidentally drop it in the toilet and not have to worry about ruining the device (just make sure and disinfect it really well if the latter occurs).
After 30 seconds in SquareTrade's new TumbleBot, both new Galaxy phones cracked in the exact same way with shattered backs and corners. The iPhone 6s completed the test with only a minor knick while the display on the larger 6s Plus totally shattered.
SquareTrade also conducted various drop and bend tests but for the sake of brevity, I'll let the video above detail the findings.
Aileen Abaya, director of communications at SquareTrade, said Samsung’s new phones may hold up to an impressive amount of water but they still struggle to keep up with the iPhone when it comes to screen durability. So while the S7 and S7 edge may be perfect for underwater adventurers, Abaya notes that those of us who are clumsy or accident-prone should still be careful about drops and tumbles.