Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 54 - OtterBoxes, Hot Tubs and Getting Denser.

April 1, 2013          242.6 lbs   

Today is my rest day. I really feel my muscles responding to all this training. Especially the swimming. I feel like I am becoming "denser." And I'm not talking about my mental capacity! So even though my weight hasn't changed very much, I can really feel changes happening. Yay!

By chance, a new OtterBox Armor Series iPhone case arrived today in time for a review and something to write about today.

I was looking for a waterproof phone case. I spend a lot of time at the pool and well, things happen. You never know when a kid or even adult my decide to do a impromptu cannon ball next to your stuff. "Sorry bro."
I was going to get the Lifeproof case, however my wife pointed out through her Ninja shopping skills, that the Lifeproof case had very low ratings in customer reviews. Too low for me anyways. And a high failure rate, or an inexcusably high rate for me.
I came across the OtterBox Armor series case's "coming soon" page and waited. And waited. Finally after a few months, they worked out the kinks and released it. Currently, the case is available for the Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4s.
The first thing it says in the instructions, (yes, I actually read them) is to test the case by submerging it under water for thirty minutes.
Not willing to risk my phone, I filled the case with paper towel. I ended up leaving in under water for about 45 minutes total.

Not a single drop of water made it inside. Next, I headed to the pool to sit in the hot tub and rehab my body some. I thought, "Well, there's no time like the present to use it."
As you can see from the image, taking pictures with the phone inside the case caused no problems. I found that you cant tale pictures underwater as the touch screen doesn't register your finger pressure. You can start a video out of water then submerge the case to film underwater.

If you look around online, you can find videos showing much more brutal test than I was willing to do. Especially one little boy, who put his phone and case in a washer machine, then a dryer and finally threw it out a two story window onto concrete. The case survived. Here is the link.

The case does add a bit of bulk to my iPhone 4s, but you can't have it thin and water/crush/drop/dust proof I guess. I think it is a highly functional product that delivers what it promises. If your doing triathlon or any kind of adventure training or work or play in a manner that put's your phone at risk, you might consider this case.
 Until tomorrow my friends.

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