Amongst all the chatter about the Google Pixel phones, one popular topic of discussion was Google’s decision not to make the Pixel phones totally waterproof. While they do carry a rating of IP-53, the certification doesn’t guarantee any kind of full submersion.
Rather, the IP-53 rating only covers sprays and splashes that come in contact with the phone up to 60 degrees from the top. Meaning you’ll be fine if you’re caught in a rain storm while actively talking on the phone.
So why are other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 fully submergible while the premium-priced Google Pixels aren’t? According to WIRED’s David Pierce while participating in the Gadget Lab Podcast. Pierce discussed his interaction with the folks that made the phone over at Google. He asked why the phone wasn’t made waterproof to which they basically replied that they “ran out of time”.
Google had been planning to make these phones waterproof for a long time, but when 2016 rolled around, they had to start all over again which calculates to about 9 months between starting over and launching the Google Pixels, which is quite a time crunch indeed, even for a huge company like Google which still needed to collaborate with HTC.
Even if the Pixel phones were somewhat rushed, the overall positive reception is still a good sign for Google. That paired with a void left where the Samsung Galaxy Note7 once stood might be reason for many to even consider Google’s “G-Phone” among the other alternatives for Note7 buyers.
I just had my HTC M8 fall in the bathtub for 3-5 seconds. I dried it off, hair dryer and rice and two days later its perfect. It never set off the LDI.
Even though Google couldn't match the features of the other most premium phones, they still are charging the price. Pretty bogus.