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What's the best way to test a phone's "waterproofing" claims? Toss it in the pool and see if it survives.
It starts with three phones: the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Active and S7 Edge, all rated to withstand up to 30 minutes in 5 feet of water (1.5 meters).
We measured the depth with a tape measure, and set up rocks to keep the phones from sliding.
I charged the three phones and went through the setup process, but otherwise, they're fresh from the box.
The handoff: Getting the phones into the pool without wetting them first.
Diving down to place the phones.
A GoPro recorded the phones underwater.
28 minutes later, I pulled them out.
I noticed right away that the Always On display was visible on all three phones, which means they were all powered on.
The Always On display is hard to see...
...but it's there.
Everyone wanted to take a look.
I rebooted the phones, took photos and used them like you would any phone.
No water leaked into the camera.
There's no telltale cloudiness inside the lens, either.
Same goes for the front-facing camera.
Water in the ports doesn't mean it's in the phone. They're nanocoated to protect the electronic innards.
All three S7 models passed the dunk test! Check out our full test results and video here.