It Takes A Lot Of Water To Kill An iPhone 5 [Video]

It Takes A Lot Of Water To Kill An iPhone 5 [Video]

What a waste of good coffee.

If you’ve ever managed to spill liquid on an electronic device, then you’ll know that it doesn’t take too much to kill them completely; liquid and electronics simply do not mix. But you might be surprised by how well your iPhone 5 fares when it comes into contact with its biggest enemy.

In an effort to push the iPhone 5’s incredible built quality to its limits, the guys over at Android Authority have put it through a few simple “torture tests.” In the first, the iPhone 5 is subjected to a cup of hot coffee, while in the second, it’s thrown into a plastic bag full of keys, coins, and other sharp objects. Finally, Apple’s fastest-selling smartphone was submerged in a fish tank full of water for 15 seconds.

The results are surprising. After the first test, in which I was expecting would kill the iPhone completely, the device held up incredibly well, and after a quick wipe down with a few paper towels, it was functioning as normal. It probably smelled a bit funny, but it worked.

In the second test, the iPhone 5 does well again — coming out of the bag relatively unscathed, with a few “minor” marks on its aluminum back panel. This is reassuring to those who throw their device into their pocket with all sorts of other objects.

In the third test, the iPhone finally gave in. It actually came out of the water functioning pretty well, but after a short while, its display started to become unresponsive. It was then thrown in a box of sand for 24 hours in an effort to dry out its internals, but it failed to startup the following day.

Despite meeting its demise, I think the iPhone 5 did pretty well in these tests. I’ll bet a lot of other smartphones wouldn’t have made it past the first one. Even the guys at Android Authority admitted that “the bar has been raised,” and that “Android manufacturers are going to have to create better quality devices from here on in if they want to compete with the iPhone 5.”

Of course, it goes without saying that none of these things should be tried at home. Your iPhone 5 may not last as long as the one in the video, and these tests will almost certainly void its warranty.

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  • einnid

    This is quite nice, isn’t it? Especially how well it stood up on the coffee spill test. And the key scratching test. Very useful since that what usually happens to our phones during the 2 years we own them.

  • volodoscope

    I knew the iPhone was not gonna make is as soon as I saw air bubbles coming out in the water. If apple can remaster the headphone jack, connector and speaker to not let water through them, then the iPhone can be waterproof. I think it’s possible.

  • ZeusCarver

    I knew the iPhone was not gonna make is as soon as I saw air bubbles coming out in the water. If apple can remaster the headphone jack, connector and speaker to not let water through them, then the iPhone can be waterproof. I think it’s possible.

    I don’t think anyone can do that. Protecting electrical contact like that prevent them from working.

  • Sean Shamus McCabe

    Has a weird smell on it after dousing it in coffee? This is ridiculous I can’t believe Apple would let a product like that come out! (sarcasm)

  • Nick Hansen

    they put the iphone in sand after they dunked it in the fish tank? bad idea. sand and any technology dont mix, rice would have been better

  • Jamie Lunn

    Did they try and plug it into iTunes or power? After 24 Hours the Battery could be flat? I’d be interested to see if it would at least power up once connected to power!!!

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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