Need protection 'solution'

LilMikey

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Jun 20, 2013
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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.
 

LilMikey

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Jun 20, 2013
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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.
 

tekkifi

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Jan 22, 2012
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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.
 

LilMikey

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Jun 20, 2013
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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.
 

Retired Cat

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Jun 12, 2013
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Need protection 'solution'

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.
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.
 

LilMikey

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Jun 20, 2013
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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.
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.