Sam­sung phones out­last iPhones in wa­ter tests

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NEW YORK — You can dunk Sam­sung’s new smart­phones in wa­ter, but don’t drop them on a side­walk, a new study finds.

SquareTrade, a com­pany that of­fers ex­tended-pro­tec­tion plans for gad­gets, said the Gal­axy S7 and S7 Edge still func­tioned af­ter be­ing sub- merged in wa­ter for 30 min­utes. Au­dio was “per­ma­nently muf­fled and dis­torted” af­ter the dunk­ing, but the Sam­sung phones still out­lasted Ap­ple’s iPhones in SquareTrade’s wa­ter tests.

The study, re­leased Mon­day, also found that Sam­sung’s new phones are more prone to break­ing than the iPhone 6S, which sur­vived 30 sec­onds in

a tum­bling test cham­ber, sim­i­lar to a dryer with­out heat. The test is meant to mimic re­peated drops phones of­ten face. Both Sam­sung mod­els had mi­nor cracks on the screens and sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to their backs. The iPhone 6S Plus, a larger ver­sion of the 6S, did worse. Its screen com­pletely shat­tered in SquareTrade’s tests.

The screens of all four phones cracked when dropped face down on a side­walk. The Sam­sung phones also cracked when dropped on their cor­ners, while the iPhones had only cos­metic dam­age, ac­cord­ing to SquareTrade.

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics in Seoul, South Korea would not com­ment on the study.

The new Sam­sung phones came out Fri­day. They’re not de­signed to be used un­der­wa­ter — the touch screens don’t func­tion un­til dry — but Sam­sung prom­ises that the phones can still work af­ter spend­ing up to 30 min­utes in up to five feet of wa­ter.

That cov­ers ac­ci­den­tal drops in toi­lets and bath­tubs, and ex­po­sure in a rain­storm, though pools and oceans may in­tro­duce other con­tam­i­nants, such as chlo­rine and salt.

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DUNK TEST. A wa­ter­proof Sam­sung Gal­axy S7 Edge mo­bile phone is sub­mersed in wa­ter dur­ing a pre­view of Sam­sung’s flag­ship store, Sam­sung 837, in New York’s Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict. SquareTrade, a com­pany that of­fers ex­tended-pro­tec­tion plans for gad­gets, said the Gal­axy S7 and S7 Edge still func­tioned af­ter be­ing sub­merged in wa­ter for 30 min­utes. Au­dio was “per­ma­nently muf­fled and dis­torted” af­ter the dunk­ing, but the Sam­sung phones still out­lasted Ap­ple’s iPhones in SquareTrade’s wa­ter tests.

(AP PHOTO)

OUT­LASTED. SquareTrade’s study, re­leased last month, also found that Sam­sung’s new phones are more prone to break­ing than the iPhone 6S, which sur­vived 30 sec­onds in a tum­bling test cham­ber, sim­i­lar to a dryer with­out heat.

(AP PHOTO)

ON DIS­PLAY.

A Sam­sung Gal­axy S7 (left) and Sam­sung S7 Edge.

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