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Lab test finds new Galaxy phones water resistant, but not waterproof

Matt Hamblen | March 15, 2016
Overall ratings from SquareTrade still put the iPhone 6S Plus at a higher risk of breaking due to an accident.

When put under bending pressure, the S7 Edge cracked at 110 pounds of pressure. Both the S7 and iPhone 6S withstood 160 pounds of pressure.

SquareTrade also assigns new smartphones a "breakability score" from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest risk of breaking due to an accident. For both Samsung phones and the latest iPhones, all four are listed at "medium risk" of breaking due to an accident.

Numerically, the iPhone 6S has the lowest risk, at 4, while the Galaxy S7 came in at 5. Next higher, the S7 Edge came in at 6 and the iPhone 6S Plus came in at the highest risk of breaking due to an accent, at 6.5.

In an in-depth review for Computerworld, Dan Rosenbaum dropped the Edge in a sink of water for a minute or two, and found it did fine.

 

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