You may spill some coffee on your smartphone.
You may use wet hands to answer some waited or emergent calls.
You may be caught in the rain with smartphones in your pocket (without an umbrella).
Your smartphone may be easily damaged due to water. Electronics devices don’t like water.
As smartphones are accessible for majority of the population, we usually take less care with the device.
Dropping and water are two major reasons for smartphone repairs.
Samsung finally introduce water and dust resistant in Galaxy S5. This means there won’t be a Galaxy S5 Active.
Galaxy S5 dust and water resistant is a feature signalling Samsung shifts the update focus from bling-bling features to day-to-day phone usage. Samsung called it “back to basics”.
As most Galaxy S5 owners didn’t use S4 Active or Sony Xperia Z/Z1, you may have some questions on dust and water resistant. Here I will try to give you some detailed info on this feature in Galaxy S5.
Galaxy S5 Dust and Water Resistant is rated as IP67, what does the IP 67 mean?
Galaxy S5 dust and water resistant is certified as IP 67. It means Galaxy S5 can survival from some dust and water attacks.
IP Code, aka, International Protection Marking (informally, people also call it “ingress protection ratings”), is a standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The two digits indicate conformity of the protection level against dust and water.
The first digit represents the level of protection against access to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts) and against the ingress of solid particles/objects. For smartphones, we mainly concern about the degree of protection provided against dust (solid particles). The value varies from 0-6:
- 0: No protection against contact and ingress of objects. It can be replaced with X.
- 1: Protection any objects larger than 50 mm. Not relevant to smartphones.
- 2: Protection any objects larger than 12.5 mm, for example, fingers or similar objects. Not relevant to smartphones.
- 3: Protection any objects larger than 2.5 mm, for example, tools or thick wires. Not relevant to smartphones.
- 4: Protection any objects larger than 1 mm, for example, wires, screws. Not relevant to smartphones.
- 5: Protection against dust (dust proof). Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment. So, Galaxy S5 is dust proof.
- 6: Dust tight. No ingress of dust.So, Galaxy S5 is dust proof and dust tight.
The second digit represents the level of protection against ingress of water. The value varies from 0-8. In addition, 6K and 9K are also legitimate and have special meaning.
- 0: No protection against the ingress of water. It can be replaced with X.
- 1: Protection against dripping water (vertically falling drops).
- 2: Protection against vertically dripping water when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its normal position.
- 3: Protection against water spray up to 60° from the vertical position.
- 4: Protection against water splashing from any direction.
- 5: Protection against water jets ( a 6.3mm nozzle, at 30kPa pressure) .
- 6: Protection against strong water jets ( a 12.5mm nozzle, at 100kPa pressure).
- 7: Protection against the immersion into water up to 1m, up to 30mins. This sometimes is called water resistant. Galaxy S5 is water resistant, not waterproof.
- 8: Protection against the immersion into water more than 1m for long time (continuous). This sometimes is called waterproof.
- 6K: Protection against extremely strong water jets ( a 12.5mm nozzle, at 1MPa pressure).
- 9K: Protection against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray/jet.
So, the IP 67 means Galaxy S5 is dustproof and water resistant
Galaxy S5 Dust and Water Resistant is not waterproof
The IP 67 rating indicating Galaxy S5 is NOT waterproof. You should not immerse it in water for long time, and you should not go beyond 1m.
Of course, it is safe to take out your Galaxy S5 in the rain.
Please note, for Galaxy S5, you need cover the USB port in the bottom to make it water resistant.
Can I take underwater photos when I have holiday in the beach
Galaxy S5 is not supposed to be used in the water, although there will be no damage if you do not let the camera go beyond 1m.
It is not recommended to take photos under the water with Galaxy S5. The salts in seawater may also cause some damages to your Galaxy S5.
Although Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant, in some regions, you may have some warranty issues if the damage is due to water.
Can I answer calls or listen music when showering?
Yes, you can answer calls or listen music with Galaxy S5 when showering (you need cover the USB port). Actually, Sony used this in an advertisement for their water resistant Xperia Z.
Can I spill coffee or tea on Galaxy S5?
Yes, if your spill coffee or tea on Galaxy S5, you probably should not worry about the damage (provided that the USB port is properly covered).
However, if the water is really hot, it may still cause some problems.
Anyway, do not try to pour coffee or water on your Galaxy S5. Drink it.
Can I take photos in the rain?
Yes, you can take photos in the rain with Galaxy S5, because it is water resistant.
However, the photo quality probably is not as good as you imaged. The camera is not designed for raining conditions.
Why should I cover the USB port?
You must cover the USB port of Galaxy S5 because the IP 67 rating is based on covered USB port.
If you do not cover the USB port, your S5 will be as vulnerable to water as S4, i.e., not water protection.
Should I cover the headset jack?
No, for Galaxy S5, you only need cover USB port (multipurpose jack). It is not necessary to cover the headset jack or any other mics.
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To know more about Galaxy S5, please check our Samsung Galaxy S5 features explained page.