It is not often that you run into someone who might need a waterproof iPhone case. The best I’ve had is a friend who does a lot of underwater photography so he’s packed with a camera bag that’s waterproof. But waterproof case for an iPhone? Strange, right?
But the world is filled with strange people. People who’d like to dive right into the sea with their iPhones so they can take a picture. People who drop their iPhones into a bucket of water accidentally. People whose iPhones jump out of the pockets to fall into a pool of water.
Or may be people who are obsessed with waterproof iPhone cases.
To all these people, there’s a reprieve in the form of some amazing waterproof cases for iPhone sold by a dozen manufacturers around the globe. We’ll be taking a look at some of these here.
#1.aXtion Go for iPhone 5s/5
aXtion Go for iPhone 5s/5 is perhaps the best-in-class waterproof and dust-proof case ever. That it works with iPhone 5s (TouchID) with the AccuTouch cover makes it a must-have if you’re looking for a good waterproof case for your iPhone 5s. The case is actually not just waterproof (it has an IP65 rating). It’s military-grade shock-absorber too. A four-layered body gives the ultimate protection for the iPhone. Also, the screens over the camera are anti-scratch. There’s extensive waterproofing but the sound comes through crisp and clearer than most military-grade waterproof cases.
I’m not too sure of what magic potion these guys use but Liquipel is an award-winning waterproof shield maker for the iPhone. Shield maker, because they don’t sell cases. Instead, you give them your iPhone, they do their magic and return your iPhone intact: only, you can dip your iPhone in water, let it soak and still, no damage happens. Pretty interesting, if you ask me.
Compatibility: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5s
#3. The iPhone Super Suit
Going for a scuba dive? Clicking a picture underwater? Photojojo’s iPhone Super Suit should come in handy. It’s the perfect waterproof case for your iPhone 5/5s. It can handle most of the underwater usage. And it also comes as a case that can handle some accidental bumps – if you drop the case from about 6ft, the case tries to cushion the iPhone from the impact. The iPhone Super Suit can also be attached to some of those Photojojo lenses for the iPhone. And finally, it keeps the buttons and the screen accessible.
Compatibility: iPhone 5/5S
Buy The iPhone Super Suit
#4. Case Marine
Case Marine is a Japanese product that sells in some countries of Europe and Asia. It doesn’t seem to be available in the US yet. However, Case Marine comes with pretty good specs. Their website only points to where you might find retailers or distributors in Europe and elsewhere. Read full review of Case Marine iPhone case.
Compatibility: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5s
Buy Case Marine for iPhone 5/5s.
#5. Catalyst: EscapeCapsule iPhone Case
Catalyst’s EscapeCapsule is an amazing, fully-protective plastic waterproof case for the iPhone. It’s a light-weight case with a little bulk in terms of size but it protects your iPhone like a charm. One of the best things about Catalyst is its usability. All buttons are easily accessible and the touchscreen works perfectly even with the case on under water.
Price: $64.99 ($49.99 on Amazon while writing this. )
Compatibility: iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 4/4S
Check out our review of Catalyst’s EscapeCapsule here. Buy it from CatalystLifeStyle.com or Amazon.com.
#6. OT Waterproof iPhone Case
OT makes it very clear that this is designed for those who drop their iPhones in the toilet. How many times have you taken your smartphone to the loo? If you think that there’s considerable risk, get this case. It’s one of the cheapest waterproof cases so I can quote “you get what you pay for” here: but that still makes OT Waterproof iPhone case a good buying option.
#7. Hummingbird E-Case
This E-Case actually fits a lot of smartphones and normal mobile phones. The Hummingbird E-Case waterproof case is made of feather-weight plastic which surprisingly is quite strong. RF-welds and a special SealLock zipper makes sure no water gets inside the case. What’s more, there are corner lash points to tether to some cord or the other. The case protects your iPhone under-water too (tested under 1 m of water for about 30 mins).
Price: $24.95 (Range start from $13.08 on Amazon.com)
Compatibility: iPhone 4/4S/5/5s
Buy Hummingbird E-Case from Amazon.com.
#8. Otterbox Armor Series
Otterbox : a name that doesn’t need any introduction. We’re looking out for this case too just to see those amazing videos for the case. The Defender series is said to be one of the toughest you’ll ever get your hands on. Armor Series not just waterproof and that pretty much sums up the power of the case.
Lifeproof’s iPhone 4/4S waterproof case is a work of art. Reviewers, however, have said that the cover makes it hard to access the phone but it is a side-effect of waterproofing the iPhone. That said, LifeProof comes as one of the best waterproof cases for its neat-fitting design which almost makes you feel that you’re just having the iPhone.