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# 138992 24-Jan-2014 10:42
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recently I took the plunge (forgive the pun) and got myself a waterproof case for my iPhone 5.

Lifeproof Fre - fully submersible, "four proof" - shock, water, snow and dust (full IP68 certification).

So far I am very impressed - it doesn't add a ridiculous amount of bulk, so much so that I could easily use it as my daily case.

Why did I get one? Simple: I went on holiday with the kids and wanted to take photos of them on their body-boards in the surf. Not being able to leave them alone in the water, I waded thigh-deep and took my camera with me.
This presented a couple of issues...if my kids needed me, I'd simply have to ditch the camera and rescue them - losing not just the camera but any photos on it; and the issue of spray hitting the camera and potentially getting it damp and ruining it.

This made me think long and hard about maybe getting an underwater camera or housing...then I looked at the cost.
Simply couldn't justify a minimum of a couple of hundred dollars to replace a perfectl;y adequate point and shoot camera with a waterproof one that was slightly lower specced.

On reflection, I decided to see what was available for the iPhone - hence the Lifeproof Fre that i ended up with (normally $80-100 but I got it cheaper by virtue of it being the last in stock of the older model designed for the iPhone 5 as opposed to iPhone 5S).

My question to you, dear Geekzoners is this...

Do you have (or have you contemplated having) a waterproof housing or case for your mobile phone and do you use it?

I plan on using mine on my bike, at the beach and potentially at places like swimming pools etc. I plan to get snapping underwater pics of the kids etc.




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  # 973402 24-Jan-2014 10:46
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Otterbox ftw. Not cheap, but good quality.






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  # 973426 24-Jan-2014 11:01
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Otterbox recently took over Lifeproof and as a result have made a case that is very similar to the Fre.

I know that Otterbox have a great reputation, but thought that they had moved away from the waterpoof designs that had made them famous and were concentrating on "virtually indestructible" cases, which didn't offer waterproofing.

Just out of interest, which Otterbox, in particular?




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  # 973491 24-Jan-2014 13:09
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OBEX SEIDIO





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  # 973493 24-Jan-2014 13:19
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Not a proper "case" as such, but I use the gen-i bag that was given out at teched. It's basically just a heavy duty snap lock plastic bag. On the bike I just put it in that then in my backpack or pocket. When I go somewhere like the beach I put it in a glad snap lock bag to double the protection ;-) I don't usually need to "use" the phone in these scenarios, just have it with me and protected. I plan to get a proper waterproof case at some point but haven't got around to it yet.



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  # 973583 24-Jan-2014 14:35
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nakedmolerat: OBEX SEIDIO

What type of phone do you use this for and what types of activities? i.e. swimming/surfing/biking/space exploration




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  # 973600 24-Jan-2014 15:21
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my phone has been designed from the outset to be water/dust/etc resistant. It's great; I don't have to be precious about it..I have used it in the rain/wet, taken videos under water - so yeah I use the 'feature' as such, but not every day - more once in a while - but when the need arises I don't have to think about it, which is cool.



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  # 973635 24-Jan-2014 15:52
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E3xtc: my phone has been designed from the outset to be water/dust/etc resistant. It's great; I don't have to be precious about it..I have used it in the rain/wet, taken videos under water - so yeah I use the 'feature' as such, but not every day - more once in a while - but when the need arises I don't have to think about it, which is cool.

I like that idea.

It's for that reason that the Galaxy S4 active appeals.




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  # 973848 24-Jan-2014 22:39
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I bought a Lifeproof case for my iPhone 4S and I didn't like the aesthetics, the extra bulk, or the cover over the screen. I also feel nervous about the risk of it leaking - even though it's a very small risk you can't ignore the fact that it's a very expensive piece of equipment at stake.

I haven't bothered buying one for my new 5S. I'm not sure if they've even figured out how to get the touch ID working yet.



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alasta: I bought a Lifeproof case for my iPhone 4S and I didn't like the aesthetics, the extra bulk, or the cover over the screen. I also feel nervous about the risk of it leaking - even though it's a very small risk you can't ignore the fact that it's a very expensive piece of equipment at stake.

I haven't bothered buying one for my new 5S. I'm not sure if they've even figured out how to get the touch ID working yet.

Yes - they have solved the Touch ID issue - with a clear panel over the home button that (according to the internet reviews) works well.

I used my Lifeproof case in the conditions it was designed for for the first time this weekend...with great results.

I was at a friend's place and took pics and vids of the kids in the pool, without worrying about being splashed, which was great.

I then went to Waiwera Hot Pools and filmed my wife and son coming down the slide and into the pool, whilst up to my chest in water - the resulting splash at the end is what really makes the video work!

No leaks, no issues, great results.

Very happy.




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  # 978147 31-Jan-2014 15:03
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I have otterbox defenders or both my iphone and ipod touch.

I bought them for the ruggedness rather than for the water-proofing which is certainly not immersion proofing and I am very happy with them.

The cases are both about 3.5 years old and both work and look just fine. I managed to spill half a glass of beer on the pod and the case protected it just fine.

I note that you can buy knock-off products from Chinese web sites. I do not know how well they work.

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I have a Lifeproof nuud for iphone 5s, the touch ID works great and with the nuud the screen is not covered so its like not having a case on. I had the older model with my 4s and it was fairly bulky but the version for the 5s seems less so possibly due to the phone being so thin and light in the first place.

I also have a armband that the case snaps in and out of and I use it for running in all weather.




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