“Commercials for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge showed hip-hop’s Lil Wayne pouring Champagne over the phone and dunking it in a fish tank. The Active version of the S7, which is available to AT&T customers for $800 and up, is being marketed as equally water-resistant,” Jerry Beilinson reports for Consumer Reports. “While Consumer Reports generally doesn’t evaluate phones for this feature, we do perform an immersion test when a manufacturer claims that its product is water-resistant. When we recently evaluated the Galaxy S7 Active, it failed this test.”

“Companies that label their devices ‘water-resistant’ can cite a variety of benchmarks,” Beilinson reports. “In this case, Samsung says its phone follows an engineering standard called IP68 that covers both dust- and water-resistance, and that the phone is designed to survive immersion in five feet of water for 30 minutes. That’s the spec we used in testing the Galaxy S7 Active.”

Consumer Reports technicians placed a Galaxy S7 Active in a water tank pressurized to 2.12 pounds-per-square-inch, the equivalent of just under five feet of water, and set a timer for 30 minutes. When we removed the phone, the screen was obscured by green lines, and tiny bubbles were visible in the lenses of the front- and rear-facing cameras. The touchscreen wasn’t responsive,” Beilinson reports. “Following our standard procedure when a sample fails an immersion test, we submitted a second Galaxy S7 Active to the same test. That phone failed as well.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wait, the serial thieves are congenital liars, too? Say it ain’t so.

At their next iPhone event, Tim Cook should walk onstage, drop the new iPhone into a tank of water, and proceed with the presentation. At the end, after two hours or so, he should fish it out, turn it on, show it works, and thank everyone for coming.

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