News by Andrew Kameka on Friday January 31, 2014.
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The Moto G is many things - colorful, cheap, surprisingly useful - but waterproof is not one of its characteristics. Yet it somehow survived being submerged under water for 30 minutes.
Phone reviewer Erica Griffin had an extra Moto G and decided that it would be a good idea to put the phone in water for 30 seconds. After wiping the device clean, she discovered everything seemed to continue operating as normal. So naturally, she put the phone under water for 30 minutes and was surprised to discover that it still works. Most smartphones claiming waterproof status make the same claim, so why didn't Motorola let people know that the Moto G is waterproof?
Well, because it's not. Waterproof phones must undergo rigid testing and meet certain requirements to obtain certification. Components must be properly sealed to make sure water cannot get in and cause damage. Motorola did not do that. What the company did was apply a water-repellent coating aimed more for resisting small amounts of water. As Griffin discovered, the phone slightly acted up and showed signs of water seeping into the device before eventually recovering.
The Moto G is not waterproof; it just has a useful coating and surprising knack to remain operational despite exposure to water. I know that's semantics, but it's an important distinction to make. Motorola doesn't make waterproof claims for a reason. Don't go out dunking your device in water and thinking you won't run the risk of damaging your phone unless the manufacturer feels confident enough to tell you it can survive. The only conclusion that you should draw from this video is that the Moto G is more sustainable than we originally thought, and that's great if an accident occurs.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.