My experience with the S5 was very positive. My phone had already been through hell. It had been run over in a busy intersection after sliding off the roof of my car, dropped several times and just last fall, the biggest test it had been through after two years of owning it. I had walked down creek about neck high to reach a cave on the opposite side, forgetting my phone was in my pocket the whole time. It had been submerged for about 10 minutes and the phone was still on and working just fine when I pulled it out of my pocket.
Now, I have just bought a refurbished Galaxy S7 Active. It’s not a factory refurb but it’s a highly rated seller from Amazon. I knew that being a refurb , it had been taken apart and that could mess with the watertight seal. I had planned on getting a waterproof case for that extra bit of protection to curb the possibility of leakage, but after a quick search I can’t find one case for the active that’s waterproof. I’m assuming because it’s already water resistant and there isn’t much of a market for this.
That being said, how far would you all trust a refurbished phone that is originally water resistant? What steps do you take to keep your phone dry, besides the obvious waterproof box? I love to snap pictures, snapchats, log routes into Map apps, so having just a camera usually isn’t the same experience.