While Samsung's Galaxy S7 handset comes with an IP68 rating, which means that it can hold its own when placed underwater for as long as 30 minutes, the Google Pixel phone arrived with an IP53 rating which isn't really expected from a flagship phone of 2016. An IP53 certification means that the Pixel is basically splash-proof from certain angles but will definitely not survive a dip. The ingress points in the phone is at the bottom and unless water is sprayed directly at it, the phones will be safe. This basically means that using Pixel phones in the shower will be a £500 plus hole in your pocket.
Google Pixel: keep AWAY from water
In comparison, Apple's iPhone 7 is IP67 certified, which means that it can survive under one metre of water for 30 minutes and is quite dust proof as well. The Galaxy S7 with an IP68 rating can survive at a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes without submitting to the external pressure. Pixel phones are being designed by HTC as we speak, and the phone maker's flagship phone, the HTC 10, also features a protection rating of IP53 which means that the phones will be as durable, splash-proof and dust-proof as the 10. We wonder if Google wanted to get that changed.
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To check out if Pixel is really as vulnerable to water as its rating suggests, a YouTube user named Harris Craycraft ran several tests on the phone which he filmed and uploaded on YouTube for all to see. The first of these tests involved the phone lying face up in a dish of water and the second one involved water being sprayed on the phone. Unsurprisingly, the Pixel passed these tests. The phone is then, in a test which should instead be applied on the iPhone 7, placed under water for a full 30 minutes and guess what? It survives.
If you own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, Google certainly won't recommend such a test on the phones but what the test indicates is that if you accidentally drop the phone on water, there's a chance that it may actually survive and save you several hundreds in cash. Some Waterproof cases for the Pixel and Pixel XL would do the phones a world of good though.