08-19-2013 02:15 PM
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  1. 67srbell's Avatar
    Just saw the phone at an AT&T store. Big, bulky and ugly compared to regular S4 IMO.

    I decided to keep my S4.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using AC Forums mobile app
    06-21-2013 02:15 PM
  2. chrisdiaz73's Avatar
    I just picked up this phone, and think the only thing wrong with it is that it has too much bloatware on it....but thats to be expected from any subsidized phone....I can completely see where the OP could have thought the back was on but may not have been completely sealed. There are specific instructions on the back on how to press it closed to ensure it is indeed closed. it took a couple of extra presses to ensure the lock of the back when I tested it......for me this will be a great phone....kids are always in the pool and we are always on muddy ATV trails....I alwys have my phone with me "AT RISK". This phone is not in the least bulky and is almost indistinguishable from the S4 with the exception of the styling on the back....check it out for yourself.
    06-21-2013 03:23 PM
  3. gollum18's Avatar
    Hmm no phone is waterproof. It's advertised as water resistant not waterproof. It's pretty hard to proof electronics from their arch nemesis.

    Sprint GS3 Running TN's Msg and Chubbs
    06-21-2013 03:43 PM
  4. AngelArs's Avatar
    Samsung will have a major problem with this phone, this phone is definitely not waterproof
    Yep. so much for samsungs quality control

    What's funny is that they specifically say in their warranty that it's NOT covered by any kind of liquid damage.

    What is not covered?
    This Limited Warranty is conditioned upon proper use of the Product. This Limited Warranty does not cover: (a) defects or damage resulting from accident, misuse, abnormal use, abnormal conditions, improper storage, exposure to liquid, moisture, dampness, sand or dirt, neglect, or unusual physical, electrical or electromechanical stress; (b) scratches, dents and cosmetic damage, unless caused by SAMSUNG


    You might want to look into the Sony Xperia Z, which IS waterproof.

    06-21-2013 05:35 PM
  5. robertopod1968's Avatar
    This phone is rated at the same water resistance rating as the Xperia Z. There are starting to be reports from those owners of water damage also on XDA forum. Seems the back pops open on the Experia Z. And they don't warranty water damage either. They assume you didn't close the flaps

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    06-21-2013 05:55 PM
  6. bwhick7492's Avatar
    I filled up my tub and put my phone in there for 3 minutes with no problem at all. Also at work I ran it under the sink to wash off the screen. The look I got from my coworkers was priceless.

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    06-22-2013 07:01 AM
  7. return_0's Avatar
    I filled up my tub and put my phone in there for 3 minutes with no problem at all. Also at work I ran it under the sink to wash off the screen. The look I got from my coworkers was priceless.

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    Yeah, at this point it looks like the OP either accidentally opened the back cover orbhas a defective phone.

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    06-22-2013 08:29 AM
  8. SG4 Frustrated User's Avatar
    Are you for real?

    Where does it say this phone is water proof?.... when you put your sim and battery in, did it not register that the plastic back is not sealed?

    Now if you had spent $8 on a waterproof phone case and it didn't work, then you would have a case....

    You sound like my son who walked into the sea with his brand new ipod in his pocket... he had it less than 2 days... Expensive lesson to learn that you need to take care of your expensive accessories properly.
    06-22-2013 10:19 AM
  9. return_0's Avatar
    Are you for real?

    Where does it say this phone is water proof?.... when you put your sim and battery in, did it not register that the plastic back is not sealed?

    Now if you had spent $8 on a waterproof phone case and it didn't work, then you would have a case....

    You sound like my son who walked into the sea with his brand new ipod in his pocket... he had it less than 2 days... Expensive lesson to learn that you need to take care of your expensive accessories properly.
    Lol, the phone does say it's waterproof...

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    06-22-2013 10:27 AM
  10. Aquila's Avatar
    Are you for real?

    Where does it say this phone is water proof?.... when you put your sim and battery in, did it not register that the plastic back is not sealed?

    Now if you had spent $8 on a waterproof phone case and it didn't work, then you would have a case....

    You sound like my son who walked into the sea with his brand new ipod in his pocket... he had it less than 2 days... Expensive lesson to learn that you need to take care of your expensive accessories properly.
    The point of this device is being waterproof and more durable...

    Transmitted through spacetime.
    06-22-2013 10:56 AM
  11. AngelArs's Avatar
    the phone does say it's waterproof...
    They certainly imply it with Aqua Mode. They even say that you can submerge it in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Plus, you can even listen to music with it while swimming. Sounds fairly waterproof to me.
    06-22-2013 11:26 AM
  12. return_0's Avatar
    Are you for real?

    Where does it say this phone is water proof?.... when you put your sim and battery in, did it not register that the plastic back is not sealed?

    Now if you had spent $8 on a waterproof phone case and it didn't work, then you would have a case....

    You sound like my son who walked into the sea with his brand new ipod in his pocket... he had it less than 2 days... Expensive lesson to learn that you need to take care of your expensive accessories properly.
    Lol, the phone does say it's waterproof...

    Sent from my pure Google Nexus 4 using Android Central Forums
    The point of this device is being waterproof and more durable...

    Transmitted through spacetime.
    They certainly imply it with Aqua Mode. They even say that you can submerge it in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Plus, you can even listen to music with it while swimming. Sounds fairly waterproof to me.
    He probably mixed it up with the regular GS4.

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    06-22-2013 11:36 AM
  13. planoman's Avatar
    Just looked at this at the ATT store.

    Not that much bigger or bulkier or heavier. I like the idea of water resistance as we are often near water on the weekends (go figure, we live in Texas). The camera worked well in the store despite it being a 8 MP. Also the OS had over 10GB available. Not sure why it is more than reported on the S4.

    Except for the OP, the ones who have this do you like it? Interesting the OP did not really come back to explain... I could see using this on the weekends. I have $650 I was saving for the Google editions hitting next week but this may be more practical in terms of using near the pool etc. Thoughts?
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    06-22-2013 11:36 AM
  14. AngelArs's Avatar
    He probably mixed it up with the regular GS4.
    Yep, that's what I did when I first read the thread... LOL...
    06-22-2013 11:50 AM
  15. planoman's Avatar
    Hmm no phone is waterproof. It's advertised as water resistant not waterproof. It's pretty hard to proof electronics from their arch nemesis.

    Sprint GS3 Running TN's Msg and Chubbs
    This process tames the arch nemesis for electronics! I had my daughters iphone 4s done a while back. Really just for water and not rugged or dust proof etc.

    Liquipel.com Technology
    06-22-2013 12:23 PM
  16. AngelArs's Avatar
    This process tames the arch nemesis for electronics! I had my daughters iphone 4s done a while back. Really just for water and not rugged or dust proof etc.

    Liquipel.com Technology
    OMG, this is SOOOO cool! THANK YOU so much planoman for posting this!

    I am definitely
    going to be getting this for my One Dev Edition. Makes so much sense, and I am even thinking about buying stock with the company if I can. Great technology. I would rather have a stock s4 with this technology, than a s4 active.

    How long did it take from the time you sent your phone in, until the time you got it back?
    06-22-2013 12:50 PM
  17. gollum18's Avatar
    This process tames the arch nemesis for electronics! I had my daughters iphone 4s done a while back. Really just for water and not rugged or dust proof etc.

    Liquipel.com Technology
    Yeah I had seen a special on that a few months back, although I have never personally seen anyone use it.

    Sprint GS3 Running TN's Msg and Chubbs
    06-22-2013 12:53 PM
  18. Renee Estes's Avatar
    Son dropped his iphone 4 in the pool - was submerged for quite a while - put it plain ol' white rice (dry)
    overnight - phone dried out and works perfectly!
    06-22-2013 01:18 PM
  19. Timback's Avatar
    You guys are funny, no I didn't mix up the phones, but the phone is very poorly designed and for the poster that said I did not put the cover on right , you are wrong, i followed the exact directions, you can say what ever you want , I am just informing you guys my experience, all I know is that the manager at my local AT&T store told me this morning he had 6 returns, 4 for water damage , 1 for sand damage , whatever that is , and the last one customer said the camera was not good.
    Just my experience boys, all I know is that I would never buy this phone again, I love my galaxy s4.
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    06-22-2013 01:23 PM
  20. AngelArs's Avatar
    the manager at my local AT&T store told me this morning he had 6 returns, 4 for water damage , 1 for sand damage
    Sand damage? Good lord.... LOL...
    06-22-2013 01:33 PM
  21. return_0's Avatar
    You guys are funny, no I didn't mix up the phones
    No one said you did.

    Sent from my pure Google Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    06-22-2013 01:43 PM
  22. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Nothing personal, but I really have to question this thread. The OP's previous posts are mostly him whining about the regular S4, and now we're supposed to believe he got rid of the S4 that he complained about to buy an S4 Active, and believe his claims that a multi-billion dollar company is selling a phone that doesn't come close to meeting it's claims, in spite of plenty of evidence (see the above reference to You Tube videos) to the contrary.. Why am I skeptical?

    If the story is true at all, the OP probably took the back off and didn't put it back on correctly.
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    06-22-2013 01:45 PM
  23. cortezi's Avatar
    i got one on Friday; great looking phone, really like the screen (personal preference), but mine had a couple of issues right out of the box. it had a cosmetic defect under the volume rocker (divot) and a section of the rubber seal (inside on the back cover) was not glued to the to cover. i tried to return it to the corp store, but they refused to accept it due to the cosmetic defect. they took the cover off a new phone to remedy the seal issue and told me to go to the service center for warranty replacement. at&t warranty replacement confirmed the cosmetic defect was not due to a "drop" and would have replaced mine on the spot if they had them in stock. they told me to check back in a week. sad to read that the water resistance didn't work for the OP. i didn't buy mine for the "hyped" features; appearance and screen were the appealing factors. if the hyped features work, that's a plus for me. by the way, IMHO, the slipperiness factor is still high with the Active. all i need is root and i'm good to go.
    06-22-2013 01:55 PM
  24. planoman's Avatar
    OMG, this is SOOOO cool! THANK YOU so much planoman for posting this!

    I am definitely
    going to be getting this for my One Dev Edition. Makes so much sense, and I am even thinking about buying stock with the company if I can. Great technology. I would rather have a stock s4 with this technology, than a s4 active.

    How long did it take from the time you sent your phone in, until the time you got it back?
    It is very cool! I sent it to them on 2 day delivery and paid for expedited service. I think I had it back in two or three days. My daughter used a backup till her phone got back. She rinses it in the sink every day to clean makeup etc off of it.

    The reason why I think the S4 active is better is because it is dustproof etc. Although 10X the price of the liquipel.
    06-22-2013 01:56 PM
  25. planoman's Avatar
    You guys are funny, no I didn't mix up the phones, but the phone is very poorly designed and for the poster that said I did not put the cover on right , you are wrong, i followed the exact directions, you can say what ever you want , I am just informing you guys my experience, all I know is that the manager at my local AT&T store told me this morning he had 6 returns, 4 for water damage , 1 for sand damage , whatever that is , and the last one customer said the camera was not good.
    Just my experience boys, all I know is that I would never buy this phone again, I love my galaxy s4.
    Glad you came back to clarify. Maybe yours was defective. After reading your post I have looked for and seen many posts and videos of this working fine in and under the water, so I do not think it is a design flaw. I am looking to get this to use around water not to necessary go swimming with. I was looking to get a waterproof canon camera a while back for underwater pictures and some of the post were slamming the camera as no good but many others said it worked fine. Gonna sleep on it for a few night before deciding.

    This also works well but is not nearly as cool! lol! and the free stylus actually works on the S4!

    Amazon.com: White Waterproof Case Cover Pouch with IPX8 Certificate for iPhone 5 5G / Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S3 / Samsung Galaxy S2 / iPhone 4 4S / iPhone 3G, 3GS / iPod Touch 3, 4, 5 / HTC ONE X / HTC ONE S Z520E / HTC Windows Phone 8X (


    Thanks for coming back to clarify.
    06-22-2013 02:09 PM
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