Zellatek’s top Waterproof solutions for the iPhone 4/4S
We all know about a case called the Lifeproof which has graced pool parties, beaches and water parks this summer. To me, waterproofing is the next step in the evolution of smart tech protection. Lifeproof was not the first, but it has definitely brought the concept mainstream. We are going to take a look at some waterproof solutions that are going to revolutionize smartphone technology. The only requirement to make it into this blog is claiming to be waterproof, not water resistant..
The case that is taking the nation by storm, Lifeproof :
This case is rated MIL-STD-810F-516.5. This is Military standard for shock absorption. What does this mean? This is a standard test which determines the degree of shock a device can handle. If it handles the test it is fit for military duty. Normally, with cases, they drop test them 26 or more times to determine how often it will break. It is not full proof but it assures that it has been tested. This Standard is Golden, versus a non-tested case. Lifeproof is waterproof up to 6.6 feet. Just don’t keep it in the deep side of the pool for too long.
They have also made a new add-on called the lifejacket. This cover adds buoyancy to Lifeproof's repertoire. If we can’t guarantee it beyond 6.6ft, let’s prevent it from going deeper. It’s a logical step for an additional $39.99. The case is braced for impact as well. Makes up for the flimsy nature of the lifeproof case, and has optional tether. Lifeproof is the case that is forcing all others to look at waterproof technology.
We are going to stick with cases for now. (Before blowing your mind). Next up is the Aqua Tek By SnowLizard. This is a serious case that will give you all the protection you need and more.
- It has a polycarbonate exterior.
- Built in extended battery
- Built in solar power charger.
- Fully waterproof
- Side grips
This case has kit all. Aqua Tek was funded by Kickstarter. It is a little more than the $79.99 Lifeproof price tag. This puppy is $129.99. Its SOLAR Powdered, need I say more? Take this bad boy out into the unknown, it’s going to survive anything you throw at it, and say, ”That all you Got.” It was designed with outdoor types in mind. Big and bulk bastard, but for those seeking a truly rugged case, this is your case
Rain Ballet By Joyfactory: This case has been around since Lifeproof. It just hasn’t got the name recognition. Probably cause the name is strange. The Rain Ballet has a nice reinforced structure that is good for impacts as well as waterproof. Now this case rates good against rain, direct jets, and splashes. But they also mention IPX7 standards. This refers to submersion up to 1 meter for 30min. They use Intelli-filter(mesures affects of liquids with different viscosity and ph on the case) to ensure a high quality sound which most waterproof cases do not use.
There are Sharpvue lenses over both front and back cameras. This case will take high quality video underwater.
It is at the lower end of the price spectrum with a $49.99 price tag. Whoever named this case short changed it at the start. “I could have been a contender,” should be the quote for this case. I wish I saw more of these cases around.
The next Contender that is turning heads is the Drisuit Endurance.
This case bolsters waterproof protection as well as impact resistance. It is a Slim case that can survive 5 meters under water. You can watch them throw it off ski lifts. This case has it all. The folks at Drisuit Technologies, designed this case with outdoor and sportsman types in mind. They have a unique non-toxic liquid membrane use d for screen protection to ensure that sensitivity is not lost. It also has a spot for a single credit card to fit in then back, and remain waterproof as well.
Check these guys out if you are looking for a slim outdoorsy solution for your iphone for $59.99.
The DRI CAT is made by EK Ekcessories produced in America. It comes in multiple colors, extremely durable, and has the icat leash. EK produces iCat leashes that are optimum for folks that lose their phone. These guys design lanyards, specialized ID cases, and now a waterproof case. It has a simple twist mechanism that other cases do not. Most cases have latches and clamps. It is water proof. Only thing I don’t like is the screen cover it gets bubbly a bit. It is still accessible. My issue is aesthetic more than functionality. This case is $59.99. I am a big fan of iCat leashes. Any case that is made in America is worth supporting. For the price you will not be disappointed that you did.
The New kid on the Block will be the Otterbox Armor Series. Bolstering to be the “Toughest Case they ever made”, gives me high hopes for this one. It is being shown everywhere as 20ft drop test, waterproof of to 10 feet, crunch of 2 tons, etc.. It Promises to be the next big thing. It is going to be thicker than the lifeproof, but will definitely offer a higher level of protection.
Check out some of the other Blogs, at zellatek.com, concerning the Otterbox Armor Series.
I have to give an honorable mention to the Magellan Tough Case designed for the iPhone 3G/GS and iPod touches 2nd/3rd Generation.
I wanted to show that waterproofing has been around for a bit, and had more tech applied. All waterproof iPhone 4 cases should tip their hats to the Magellan tough Case
- Durability you can feel
- Full access to all functions
- Extended Battery life for Phone
- Enhanced GPS chip set in case fully compatible with GPS Apps.
- IPX7 submersion certified
This case sets the bar high. Priced at $99.99, the price is high. Recently they dropped the price on their sight to $79.99. Since the decline of the iPhone 3G/GS, this is a wise decision.
Now we leave the cases, and impact resistance behind, to focus on pure waterproofing solutions.
The Dry Case is a waterproof solution that may seem familiar. We have seen many peoples come out with waterproof baggies and such. These are an inexpensive way to protect your iphone from water. What we see with the Dry Case is a tweak on the bag design.
- It vacuum seals
- It is headphone friendly
- 3 it has been tested to 100ft underwater
- THE VACUME seal allows for full functionality of devices by sucking the bag into a snug, screen protector type fit.
Do to the vacuumed seal technique, compression is not an issue for this case. THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ACCESSORIES TO HELP YOU STRAP THIS CASE TO YOUR PERSON. At $39.99 this is a viable alternative to a case for folks just needing something for vacation. They have bags for all types of devices, and even a waterproof back pack. Nothing else bolsters a 100ft depth protection.
Our next solution is the Case Marine out of the UK. It is a thin Membrane that adds only .25mm to the thickness of your iPhone. You could probably put a Case Marine on your iPhone and the case Marine will not miss a beat. It has a 10 meter depth test. I haven’t seen them for sale in the US. Just click the blue Case Marine and it will take you to their sight.. As a Reminder, these solutions are not for impact resistance. They are strictly waterproof solutions. Now you may wonder. What else is thinner than .25 mm for my phone? Well it is time to go molecular.
We met a company at the CTIA convention called HzO. There is a video on our site showing them test their waterproof solution on an iPhone 4. The guy would not give us much info on the process, but on their website, they give brief insight to a Nano thin layer applied using a misting process. This process is designed to affect the phone on a molecular level inside and out, totally waterproofing the device. Now they do not offer this currently to the public. They are trying to market to manufactures. The vapor used is extremely hydrophobic. It will not allow liquids through. Liquid should bead up and roll off. Think Rain X on steroids. The degree of waterproofing is relative to the amount of hydrophobic mist applied. More is better.
Liquipel is another company doing a similar concept. Difference is, Liquipel will mist your phone for $59. Click here for more info and to purchase. This company shows how the process is done. It puts your phone into a sealed container designed to form a vacuum. They release the mist and it binds on a molecular level to the phone. You will not notice it on the device. Internally and externally your iPhone is now waterproof.
Never wet is facinating stuff! This is the last of my Solutions for waterproofing. This company did not focus on just iPhones, but everything else you can imagine. Their unique style of waterproofing is applied by spray, or dunking items in a solution. You spray it on devices like an iPhone 3, just the outside, and the case will last 30 min under water. Don’t take my word for any of this stuff check out the site, and videos. This is another hydrophobic mist /spray, that don’t require a environmental vacuum to apply. They apply this stuff to shoes, fleece, phones, and more. All come out bone dry by beading up the water. It’s amazing. Unfortunately it is not for retail. These guys are also marketing to companies. I really want a can of this stuff.
All of these solutions are able to revolutionize how we think about water, ice, oil, spillage, and weather protection. Phone companies should jump on this stuff ASAP. Give it a year, and all cases or devises will be offering waterproofing.
Out of all the solutions I have presented her, I like the Neverwet Concept, and the Aqua Tek Case. I would have to choose Liquipel because it is offered for retail so check out the link.
This has been interesting to research. Thank you for Reading. Check out Zellatek.com, the accessory gurus, and twitter me @Ztek_Guru_DJ. This has been Guru DJ Hoping to raise you consumer awareness.