Need protection 'solution'

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by LilMikey, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. LilMikey macrumors newbie

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    Note that I didn't say I need a case...

    So, here's the deal. I use my phone a lot and for a lot of things. I work remote so often take business calls on the phone. It's my music and navigation device via an excellent panavise mount in the car. I kayak/go to the beach/go out on the boat (where it's clamped into another mount) almost every weekend. It's in almost constant use.

    So, I tried a LifeProof fre. I had some audio issues which was a show-stopper on work calls. Worse than that, the case would flex and bubble when clamped into the car or boat mounts. I tried a defender and it was perfectly adequate however it seemed to get stuck on everything and eventually the screen oiled up. It wasn't 'waterproof' but seemed fairly resistant.

    I would really like a rigid-sided case with a glass screen protector. The Incipio Atlas fits the bill and the Survivor + Catalyst is rigid so it should work however I hear both have similar audio issues to the Fre.

    I really like the look, durability, and screen protector on the TakTik however it's not fully waterproof. I'm wondering if I need it to be though? I don't want to take pictures or video in the water but would like something that could survive if it was dunked over-board or caught an errant wave.

    I was looking at those 'dumb' waterproof shells with no access to the ports when around water, something like the iContact, and I wouldn't mind removing a waterproof shell after we leave the water but it looks like only the naked phone fits in to most of those so then I'd be re-installing my 'daily' case after using it each time.

    Plastic bag-style protection is what I'm using now. That's kinda-ok at the beach and tolerable in a kayak but in the mount on the boat it simply doesn't cut it.

    Suggestions and advice appreciated.
     
  2. LilMikey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been following liquipel since the 'Tested' guys started fawning over them a while ago. What I don't like about liquipel is there is little information on how that protection holds up over time/in the heat/in salt. Not to mention it costs as much as a case (and I'd still have to buy protection) and still only offers 'accidental' water resistance. Might as well buy a TakTik and not have to send away my phone.

    Maybe when it matures a bit; until then I wouldn't feel confident with a naked-but-liquipelled phone in the boat.
     
  3. tekkifi macrumors member

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    I'm not sure if it fits all of your criteria, but a friend of mine has this case and is really happy with it.
     
  4. LilMikey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I went ahead and got a Survivor + Catalyst. It's rigid, I like that you can see the seals, and so far no complaints on sound but it's only been on for 2 calls and a few hours so far.

    If that doesn't work out, the Atlas might be next on the list.
     
  5. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    Need protection 'solution'

    Let us know how that case works out over the next few weeks. When I'm hiking I think I should have a waterproof case but I am confused by all the choices. Right now I just put the phone in a ziplock bag if there's a chance of soaking rain.
     
  6. LilMikey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We'll have it on the boat and beach pretty much constantly starting on the 4th so it should get plenty of use. And I'll be working 5 days over the next couple weeks as well so I'll have plenty of feedback on call quality.
     

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