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Old 01-04-2012, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you recommend a good case for the iPhone 4S? I only want to use the case for the gym and on snowboard trips. It should be quick and easy to get the phone in and out of the case. I'd like the case to be somewhat shock resistant so it's not a big deal if I accidentally drop my phone.

I'd also like the case to be somewhat water resistant so my phone will be somewhat protected if I inadvertently place the phone on a wet surface. I don't need the ability to use my phone as an underwater camera. I just need to protect it from a few accidental rain drops and to help protect the phone through a few hours of winter weather while snowboarding.

I bought the LifeProof case but they state they only guarantee the case for 50 phone inserts/removes from the case. After that I think parts may start to break. Also, I think getting the phone in and out of the LifeProof case isn't as easy as it could be because the LifeProof case is designed to be used as a semi-permanent encasement for the phone.

The most expensive Otterbox explicitly states on the website "Does NOT protect against water". *I do need a case that provides basic water resistance.

So can you recommend an iPhone 4S case that provides basic shock protection, basic water resistance, is good for winter weather and is easy to insert/remove as many times as needed?
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Otterbox!!!!!!
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@judo - the otterbox website specifically makes a note about its most expensive model: "Does NOT protect against water". I need a case that provides basic water resistance....
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i have found two that say they are water resistant, but they are bulky. the Griffin survivor and the HC ballistic
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Otterbox will not protect against being submerged in water but for being splashed, it will work very well. I've used mine for snowboarding and it's never failed. I've seen a girl take it through an outdoor water park and it didn't fail.
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Otterbox will not protect against being submerged in water but for being splashed, it will work very well. I've used mine for snowboarding and it's never failed. I've seen a girl take it through an outdoor water park and it didn't fail.
When you say the girl took it to an outdoor waterpark do you mean that she held the phone in her hand while going down a waterslide?
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Just get an ottorbox i swear they will work for what you want. the basic one with the coloured shell and work amazing. Falling out of a van doing about 50mph and the case chipped. that was all. i have dropped mine in snow and just brushed it off and kept going.

iPhone 4S Commuter Series Case // OtterBox.com

I trust mine for water, also comes with a screen protector.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tt was in her bag which got soaked. I personally wouldn't put it through that much, but I've used my Otterbox for a couple of years now both snowboarding and in the gym and never had a problem with it. It takes maybe 10 seconds or so to get it in or out so it's not as simple as snapping something on, but it's not difficult either.

For the moisture encountered in snowboarding, it's more than enough protection. I've used it in both my media pocket and just in a hoodie pocket which got packed with snow and nothing ever happened.

It has, however, died to the cold but that can't really be helped nor is it permanent. The Otterbox also provides more protection against physical impact that most cases, which is good for snowboarding. Eventually, I did break the screen on my phone tacoing over a hand rail but I wouldn't expect the otterbox to protect against that and I had made the mistake of putting in my pocket with the screen facing outward instead of against my body which might have actually helped it survive.

If you want something more serious for waterproof, check out H2O Audio: H2O Audio : Waterproof Sport Headphones, Running Headsets, iPhone, iPod Cases & Armbands

You're going to pay more and IMO, the otterbox is more than enough protection.
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I think the otterbox defender case will work good for snowboarding. Ive gotten mine slightly wet and its been fine

You have to get the defender case tho, i dont know how well the others will protect the phone from snow or water
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I keep mine inside the jacket, and if I know I'll be sweating, a plastic bag solves this issue.

If you go down hard, it'll go fubar anyway, but I'd rather have the phone on me if I'm hurt and MAY have it handy...than leave it in the car.
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