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Video: Torture tests determine whether the Galaxy S5 is really waterproof

Published Apr 8th, 2014 10:51AM EDT
Is The Galaxy S5 Really Waterproof

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The minute Samsung started crowing about the Galaxy S5 being waterproof, you just knew some maniacs would try putting it to the test by swimming with the device. In this particular case, the maniacs in question are the team at TechSmartt who have filmed a video of the Galaxy S5 being dunked underwater for a prolonged period of time and also of the Galaxy S5 being put through a washing machine.

In the video, TechSmartt dropped the Galaxy S5 into a pool’s shallow end at let it sit there for roughly an hour before hoisting it up. Incredibly, the Galaxy S5 still worked perfectly well afterward and the only noticeable problem with the device was that its display didn’t respond as well to touch commands because it was covered in water droplets. This means that you can conceivably take a bath or even go swimming with your Galaxy S5 if you want and not have to worry about it breaking or electrocuting you.

Next up, TechSmartt stuffed the Galaxy S5 into a pair of jeans and put them both into the washing machine for a 50-minute cycle. Unlike the pool test, the Galaxy S5’s experience in the washing machine was not perfect: TechSmartt had to pull the device out for a little bit to open up its rear shell and get a little bit of water out that had leaked inside. However, once it got this water out and rebooted the phone, the device worked perfectly again. Amazingly, after the full cycle finished, the Galaxy S5 still ran just as well as it did when it come out of the pool.

This is the second major torture session that TechSmartt has put the Galaxy S5 through in recent days. Last week, TechSmartt dropped the Galaxy S5 from 10 feet in the air and then ran over it with an SUV and the phone still worked perfectly fine.

The full Galaxy S5 water torture video follows below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.