A day at the beach can be a great experience, but it’s important to make sure that you keep your iPhone safe. Nothing ruins a day quite so quickly as discovering that an errant splash has ruined your favorite phone. To protect your iPhone, consider one of the waterproof cases presented below.
1: Ballistic Hydra
The Hydra, by well-regarded manufacturer Ballistic, combines durability and water resistance. The case has multiple layers with some gaskets that allow you to plug in headphones and other attachments without having to worry about letting water in through those ports. The case costs about $80 and is easy to open if you don’t want to keep your phone there at all times. Ballistic tested the Hydra and confirmed that it retains its water resistance after 1,500 open and close cycles, making this a long lasting case.
2: Concord Keystone Eco Slim
If you want a case that is both waterproof and slim, the Keystone by Concord is definitely the way to go. This case has an ultra-light design that barely adds any bulk to your phone even when the case has been sealed. It is excellent for the beach and is tough enough to withstand multiple accidental drops. However, it does not have a headphone port, so you’ll need to use a Bluetooth hookup if you want to listen to music while your phone is in the case.
3: DriSuit Endurance
Costing approximately $70, the DriSuit is in fact a sort of dry suit for your phone. It completely seals off your phone from potential water damage and comes in both iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 editions. The most significant piece of technology in this case is that it contains a special touchscreen membrane that allows you the use of your touchscreen underwater. Usually, accessing your touchscreen while underwater is impossible which is what makes the DriSuit such an excellent case for swimmers and divers.
4: Incipio Atlas
The Atlas by Incipio is a strong, durable plastic case that comes in a variety of different colors, giving you the chance to pick the case that fits best with your personal sense of style. The case has a headphone port, but you will need to seal it off if you want it to be completely waterproof. That means that you have full functionality if you just want basic water resistance on shore, or you can give up your headphones if you want to bring the phone into the water with you.
5: Lifeproof Fre
Lifeproof is a fast growing company that has produced some of the most popular iPhone cases of all time, and their $80 Fre unit is another great piece of work. The case is a simple solid color but is very slim and allows the use of headphones and other connective devices. Some headphones may have trouble fitting into the case’ headphone jack, but it also comes with an attachable dongle that can serve as a converter.
When choosing your iPhone case for a beach trip, you should select the case that meets your basic needs and your cost projections. Any of the cases above will work very well for most people, and they are all affordable. Overall, these cases are an excellent way to protect your iPhone while you are at the beach.