January 07, 2014, 1:34 PM — Like most humans, our mobile gadgets really don't appreciate sub-zero weather. Try to use your cell phone in the freezing cold and it's likely to die or give you errors. How cold is too cold? Let's take a look.
PCWorld Finland did a study in 2012 comparing smartphones in 32 degree weather and lower. They found most of the 15 phones died when the temperatures were 5 to -4 degrees, whereas feature phones (you know, "dumb phones") actually worked down to -13 degrees.
The Apple iPhone 4s and Nokia N9 were the first to fail starting at 23 degrees, while the Samsung Galaxy S2 held out to an impressive -22 degrees. (The phones aren't the latest models, but you can still get an idea of temperature limits.)
The takeaway may be that if you need a phone that can stand the cold when you do, it might make sense to have a dumb phone around.
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