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Samsung's Galaxy S7 Active takes a dunk in the pool...and then dies

CNET took the Galaxy S7 Active poolside to see how the phone stands up to its water-resistant claims. The verdict: not so great.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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When we first tested the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, it emerged from a dunk test unharmed.

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But after other outlets reported a failure in their tests, we decided to test the phone to its limit -- 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. I tested for 28 minutes in water just shy of the 5-foot depth.

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So we grabbed a pool and filmed what happened.

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The phone was charged and on.

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I dove into the pool, where we had set up a rock to keep it from slipping into deeper water and a Go Pro to monitor what happened on the screen.

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I placed the phone screen-side up and got out of the pool so as not to disturb the phone.

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After 28 minutes, I plucked up the S7 Active.

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And immediately got out of the pool to inspect the phone.

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We looked at it right away.

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The phone was off and wouldn't turn on.

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We could see water and condensation in the camera lens...

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...and in the flash.

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Water was also visible in the front-facing camera.

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This doesn't mean that the phone will break if it touches a little water, but you definitely shouldn't submerge it on purpose for long periods of time.

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We do still think this is a good phone. Samsung will replace any Active phone due to water damage within the first year. Be sure to read up on all of our dunk tests with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

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