1. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I was watching some video and the guy said the S8 can be actually used underwater with ur fingers, like typing and all that...is this true?
    03-30-2017 03:33 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I doubt it, but not having used one, I can't say for sure. The IP rating for this phone, just like the S7 Edge, is not for underwater pressure for too long, so I wouldn't use it underwater. Plus, the screen, just like the Note 7 before it (and pretty much any touch panel) doesn't really 'like' water for touch input (remember those movie scenes where people get electrocuted with water? it conducts electricity (and the less pure water is, the more conductive it is... and we don't really swim in ultra-purified water, do we? :P) as it just conducts our touch input to the entire screen. The S-Pen got away with that (that does work underwater) as the receiver was not ON the screen itself and thus isolated from the water film.

    But yeah, even if you can operate this underwater (again, I don't think you can other than general big-button presses), I would advice against it.
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    03-30-2017 04:19 PM
  3. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Wow good thorough answerol thanks
    03-30-2017 04:43 PM
  4. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    If I remember right on the note 7, you had to use the S pen to use the screen under water.

    The video I seen on the S8 didn't show them typing under water, just showed you could use it with a wet screen, which is differnt as a wet screen doesn't have pressure on the screen like there would be if submerged. So don't know if they changed things on the S8.
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    03-30-2017 08:25 PM
  5. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    The problem also to handle the screen underwater is that the technology needed to recognize the fingers under water isn't available right now, maybe being wet but I don't think underwater
    03-30-2017 10:13 PM
  6. BeyondtheTech's Avatar
    No need to type while underwater. Just talk to Bixby or Google Assistant.
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    03-30-2017 10:24 PM
  7. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    No need to type while underwater. Just talk to Bixby or Google Assistant.
    I doubt that would work underwater lol
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    03-30-2017 10:29 PM
  8. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I doubt that would work underwater lol
    Aaaaactually... not quite. Yes, TALKING to them might now work, but since Bixby seems to be integrated in the device's camera too, you could, in theory, still interact with Bixby by having it recognize and search for objects underwater. Getting a signal underwater, however, might be tougher so you'll probably have to be near the surface for the thing to work.

    Oh, and although BT 'dies' quickly underwater, it is technically still possible to connect a BT headset and either keep your head above water and the phone VERY close to the surface so the BT headset signal still reaches the phone, or be both underwater (waterproof headphones, of course) but pretty much stuck together and hope your bubbly, underwater yelling is recognized by your BT microphone.
    03-30-2017 10:49 PM
  9. Cale Cadman's Avatar
    You can't use any phone's touch screen under water unless it's pressure sensitive. The S8+ is not pressure sensitive. Any note device by Samsung has pressure sensitive option.

    You can take pictures under water by using the volume keys instead of the touch screen. The water may try to change settings though as your phone will think all of the water is you touching the screen.

    You won't get service under water either. So no, no bixby vision. You'll lose service after 6-12 inches of submersion regardless of having full bars 4g before going under.

    All answers are from experience on my S8+
    07-21-2017 10:49 AM
  10. gernerttl's Avatar
    I was watching some video and the guy said the S8 can be actually used underwater with ur fingers, like typing and all that...is this true?
    You could, but it's problematic. The water excerts enough pressure that it will register and cause erratic behavior. Even in a water proof pouch of case you'll get wierd behavior.
    07-22-2017 01:50 AM
  11. gernerttl's Avatar
    You could, but it's problematic. The water excerts enough pressure that it will register and cause erratic behavior. Even in a water proof pouch of case you'll get wierd behavior.
    I know because I have done it.
    07-22-2017 01:51 AM
  12. Gary02468's Avatar
    I know because I have done it.
    Me too. It doesn't hurt the phone, but the touch screen behaves erratically while it's submerged.
    07-22-2017 05:26 AM
  13. JHBThree's Avatar
    You could, but it's problematic. The water excerts enough pressure that it will register and cause erratic behavior. Even in a water proof pouch of case you'll get wierd behavior.
    The pressure has absolutely nothing to do with it. Water is a carrier for electricity, even in minute amounts. Since the S8's screen is capactive (uses the tiny amounts of electric charge in your body to register touches) the water interferes with normal operation.
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    07-22-2017 11:03 PM
  14. mlblack16's Avatar
    The pressure has absolutely nothing to do with it. Water is a carrier for electricity, even in minute amounts. Since the S8's screen is capactive (uses the tiny amounts of electric charge in your body to register touches) the water interferes with normal operation.
    Perhaps the OP was planning on swimming in a pool of deionized water? 😁
    07-23-2017 07:51 AM
  15. jeffmd's Avatar
    Can't help but think people are saying no just to say no to silly questions.

    1) the screen will have problems registering touches under water.
    2) the IP rating is fine for swims in the kiddy pool up to 30 minutes, but its a protection rating not a feature. There is still a chance that water can get inside and it is NOT covered by warranty. Also the seals are tested with fresh water, contaminants like salt and chlorine can damage the seals.
    3) you will lose the phone with your seals bursting before you will get deep under water enough to lose signals.
    07-23-2017 11:42 AM
  16. mgm83's Avatar
    I tried it too. Water pushes all types of buttons.
    07-24-2017 09:02 PM
  17. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    I take under water photos with my S7 by submerging the camera under, but leaving the end with the charge port above, microphone picks up voice commands to take photos.
    07-24-2017 10:26 PM
  18. gernerttl's Avatar
    The pressure has absolutely nothing to do with it. Water is a carrier for electricity, even in minute amounts. Since the S8's screen is capactive (uses the tiny amounts of electric charge in your body to register touches) the water interferes with normal operation.
    Thanks. I didn't realize that. Learning has occurred.
    07-25-2017 02:38 AM

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