The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the first iPhones launched by Apple to feature any form of water-resistance. According to Apple, its new iPhones are IP67 certified, meaning that it is protected against dust, and protected against water immersion up to 1m in depth and up to 30 minutes at a time.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge which was launched this year has an IP68 rating, meaning that when it comes to water-resistance, it is good for up to 3m in depth, and also immersion for up to an extended period of time, which basically means that technically it should be better at protection against water than the iPhone 7. However interestingly enough, a recent test proved otherwise.
In the video above put together by EverythingApplePro, they tossed both the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 to a maximum depth of 35 feet and let it sit for 5 minutes. Prior to this, both phones were dunked underwater and increasing depths and time, in which both survived. However at 35 feet for 5 minutes, that is where the Galaxy S7 died.
Now by no means does this mean that the Galaxy S7 is a poorer device. In fact at 35 feet, which is roughly 10.7m, it has gone above and beyond its IP68 rating. If anything we can only conclude that Apple has far underestimated the iPhone 7’s water resistance capabilities, but then again with water damage not covered under its warranty, you probably still shouldn’t test its limits.