Posts tagged with: Torture Test
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    Consumer Reports put the Galaxy S7 Active — a phone that should be able to withstand water immersion "up to 5.0 feet for up to 30 minutes" — to its water immersion test. It failed. It put another Galaxy S7 Active to its test. That one broke, too. The magazine decided that it could not recommend the phone to its readers. Samsung released a statement in light of that aversion, reading: The Galaxy S7 active passed rigorous tests to ensure IP68 certification for water resistance. Samsung stands behind this water resistance certification, and will replace any Galaxy S7 active under its ...

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    The Galaxy S7 Active is rated to survive under five feet of water for 30 minutes. That's what IP68 is supposed to mean. And yet, apparently, two Galaxy S7 Actives couldn't take the testing process of customer advocacy magazine, Consumer Reports. The outlet put one device into a water tank under 2.12 psi of pressure to simulate conditions just short of five feet underwater. After 30 minutes, the team found a damaged display, air bubbles visible in both of the cameras' lenses and a borked touchscreen. A second device subject to the same conditions led to a flickery screen and more water in ...

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    He did it so we didn't have to (ruin a review unit and get Sony representatives on our tail). One young Zaryab Khan — known as xeetechcare on most internet platforms — decided to take his Xperia X for a little dunk in "real water" and not the "fake water" that, apparently, his YouTube commenters thought he had. Take our advice, kid: you don't need those commenters. Khan decided that the Xperia X, not rated for ingress protection unlike the Xperia X Performance, would get a two minute-swim to see if it would sink — in more ways than one. The phone's screen never turned off during ...

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    We're none of us fans here of intentionally breaking gadgets, but when a phone's main selling point is durability, we try to find ways to test those claims. The tricky thing about rugged phones, there is no such thing as a truly indestructible device. If you try to break a rugged phone, eventually you will succeed. Still, we can learn a lot about how this gadget handled the abuse we lobbed at it. The Kyocera Duraforce XD gives off a monster first impression, but how well does that thicker, reinforced casing, stand up to tough conditions? Will the waterproofing fail after a bad drop? We put ...

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    Even with Apple's current struggle to meet demand for the Apple Watch, that doesn't mean that a few devices were ordered for the sake of drama. The Apple Watch Sport being the less expensive and most common has been a target of torture tests recently, and so far we've seen that its display is anything but indestructible, but what about the aluminum or its watch bands? More videos have emerged with details. CNET has just posted its usual torture test for the Apple Watch Sport, and you'd be surprised at how much it can take. The device was submerged for 10 minutes under water, and then was ...

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    We've spent a lot of time talking about the G Flex 2 lately, praising it for its design, comfortability, and camera. We've discussed it on the last few episodes of the Pocketnow Weekly, and even the intermittent lag, one of our only complaints about the device, seems to have been fixed in the US version we tested. But while we love the curvy screen and the flashy crimson red casing, there's one part of the phone that we've practically left out of the conversation: its self-healing back. Our own Michael Fisher already tested the durability of the self-healing coating on the original G ...

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    If you've been paying attention to the Pocketnow crew the past few months, you'll know that one of us is somewhat enamored of the LG G Flex. We spent much of this week's podcast talking about our week with the unusual phablet, its curved casing a breath of excitement in an otherwise stolid and straitlaced world of right angles. But there's more to the G Flex than the subtle hint of bananaphone in its chassis. LG's latest Android device also brings another first to the high-end smartphone world: a "self-healing" coating designed to seal up minor scratches in a few minutes' time, keeping the ...

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    The common saying these days is that they don't make anything like they used to. That also holds true for smartphones since they are in no way as strong as the old Motorola bricks we carried a decade ago. Then again, they weren't called smartphones either. That's why we love torture tests. We allow people to do crazy things for us, before we're in the unfortunate situation of seeing it happen to our own investment. Usually a hammer meets a screen, or we see the usual drop test that can never be too harsh. Now this torture test is what I'd like to call the ultimate test. Not only did they ...

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