Samsung S7, S7 Edge Fail Waterproof Test; Samsung Phone Declared More Vulnerable Than Apple's iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

By Adie Pieraz , Jul 09, 2016 05:45 AM EDT

Samsung has built quite a following on the claim that their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are waterproof. In fact, that they can last under water for as long as 30 minutes without any damage being done to the phone. Unfortunately, the same is not the case for their Galaxy S7 Active.

Chicago Tribune reports that a well trusted product-tester, Consumer Reports, claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is not a recommended purchase. Despite the Samsung's claims that the Active is water proof as well, Consumer Reports' tests proved otherwise.

After 30 minutes under water, the Active's screen flashed green and then other colors, according to the publication. It was also unresponsive to touch at that point. Further, bubbles appeared on the camera lenses. The company did try with a second Galaxy Active, only to receive the same results.

Samsung has since reacted and shares that they have not received many complaints in the device. Samsung did release a statement, however, saying that "There may be an off-change that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be."

Consumer Reports did stress, however, that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge stay true to their claims. Meanwhile, The Guardian claims that the iPhone 6S, while a lot more durable than its predecessors, did not survive even 30 minutes dunked under water.

Could this crack on the surface spell trouble for Samsung? According to Forbes, no. In fact, the publication claims that the Korean tech giant is beating out Apple with no trouble at all. Samsung has definitely bounced back from their lackluster smartphone sales last year, due partly because of strong competition from Apple.

Apparently, Samsung is currently experiencing their largest operating profit in two years. And while a great percentage of that is due to the sale of their smartphones, particularly the S7 and S6 Edge, Samsung has other products that are definitely getting traction. That is, with the public getting more and more excited over virtual reality, Samsung is also profiting from pre-orders of their Gear VR.

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