Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant Explained : Samsung Galaxy S5 Water and Dust Resistance Test Captured on Video

"Samsung Galaxy S5 is water-resistant. It is not water-proof." That's what I always answer whenever I get questions from my friends and readers about just how well the Korean company's 2014 flagship smartphone handles being submerged in water.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Water Resistant, Samsung Galaxy S5 IP67

Waterproof means that a device or an item is completely protected against entry of water or water ingress for extended periods regardless of depth of submersion and other factors. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, a manufacturer can achieve this by "closing the pores of [the material through] application of such substances as insoluble metallic compounds, paraffin, bituminous materials, and drying oils."

Water-Resistant, on the other hand, means that an item or gadget is capable of repelling water or preventing liquid ingress given a specific set of conditions. As such, water-resistance is determined by set levels or IP ratings. According to Trusted Reviews, IP stands for Ingress Protection and is essentially a rating system developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission or the IEC. The system is now being used to classify different degrees of protection against intrusion or immersion.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is IP67 Certified Water-Resistant, which means that "ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 meter of submersion for 30 minutes)."

Clearly, it is not completely protected against entry of liquid that could damage the innards of the phone. Hence, I would suggest that you take extra care of the device and not mindlessly drop it in the pool or use it while you're surfing without any added protection. There are waterproof pouches and transparent airtight bags specifically made for smartphones and tablets that you can purchase and use if you have an active and extreme lifestyle and you want your SGS5 to be part of it.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Dust Resistant, Samsung Galaxy S5 IP67

The first digit in SGS5's IP Certification indicates the level of protection that the handset provides against ingress or entry of dust and other solid foreign objects. 6 means that it is "dust tight" or that it is completely protected against dust. Hence, even when dropped in dirt or sand and as long as the device is not damaged from impact, particles won't enter the unit and interfere with the satisfactory operation of the product.


During the official launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 in the Philippines held at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere last April 3, 2014, the Korean company set up a booth where tech bloggers and members of the media could test the water-and-dust-resistance of the flagship release. I had one of the models test the handset for me and I got everything on video. I hope you can check out the clip above and share it with your friends.

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