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Keep your cellphone dry & safe: Essential for iPhoneography
Keeping your phone dry is easy
Although we didn't always think so. We both love iPhoneography and we're never without our phones; you never know when a photo op will present itself. But because so much takes place by the water, it's important to make sure that our devices are completely protected.
I'm relatively careful, but himself is another matter. He's a well-known iPhoneographer and every morning finds him on Fort Lauderdale Beach photographing the dawn, the beach, the ocean and the wildlife. He's been doing this for five years now so as you can imagine, there have been casualties.
Nope, the rice trick doesn't work
You may have read that putting your wet phone into a bowlful of uncooked rice will fix the problem. It doesn't. Maybe minor water can be removed that way but a really wet phone demands an (expensive) trip to the repair store. Not a good situation.
This waterproof case is the answer - and most makes will fit
Himself tried others before getting to this one; the ones he tried were all more expensive. The male logic, I guess, is that you get what you pay for. True, that's often the case, but the protection that really works is the inexpensive item you see above. It's called the Dandy and very handy-dandy it is too.
Underwater photography and video
We haven't tried this because we are largely landlubbers but reviewers of this product have used it successfully for taking photographs - and even videos - when snorkeling or scuba diving. Now that's pretty impressive, I think you'll agree. In fact, it's IP8X certified (which I had to look up) meaning that it's proven to be waterproof to 100 feet. Not that I can see us testing that in the near future...
So I took my phone in the shower
Yes, a rather eccentric thing to do but I wanted to test this.
The case has a lanyard so that you can wear in round your neck so I thought that a shower would be a reasonable test.
Despite vigorous showering and hair-washing, my phone was bone dry.
A few notes
This product is available in several colors - I have a rather funky purple.
Himself prefers a nice subtle black. We first bought these ages ago and I've never had to replace mine. As for himself, the quality of the photographs are important to him and he's not the most careful bloke in the world so he is now on his third.
I imagine that the transparency of the case deteriorates with time, especially when it gets so much use.
But at the price, replacing this case once is a while is just fine and it's a lot cheaper than the repair shop - or a new phone.
Photographs below taken by himself - Andy Royston - using the iPhone.
See iPhone photographs taken using this caseClick thumbnail to view full-size
People find it hard to believe that these photographs were taken using the 'simple' iPhone. Very often, I read phrases such as 'you don't need an expensive camera, even a phone will do' which makes iPhoneography seem like a very inferior way of recording images.
As you can see from the photographs above, this is definitely not the case.
I'd also like to assure you that the images have not been adjusted in any way using Photoshop or a similar program.
Various iPhone apps are used but the images are shared on social media as soon as they are taken, which is usually at dawn Eastern Standard Time. If you'd like to start your day with glorious sunrises, follow FtLauderdaleSun on Twitter.
Phew Amazon, cool it with the titles please! What a long description.
Even if you're underwater, the case in the large image above protects your device but it remains fully-functional. It's great for the beach or even when you're doing the dishes. But what if you want to listen to music when you're scuba diving. No problem. This case is made by the same company and is specifically for use with earphones.
Underwater video made using the DandyCase.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson