Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Nokia Lumia 800, the iPhone isn’t waterproof. If you want to keep your iPhone safe from the elements, these are the best water-resistant and waterproof cases you can put on your device.
1. Otterbox Preserver Waterproof iPhone Case
The Otterbox Preserver line comes from one of the top-selling phone case companies in North America. Available in four colors, this case won a Best of CES 2014 award. The case has a MSRP of $89.95.
Pros: Two-piece case offers cushioned interior to protect phone from shocks Includes lanyard to attach phone to you IP-X8 rated (waterproof up to 6.6 ft for 30 minutes) Drop-proof from 6.6 ft IP-6X rating for dust
Cons: No additional in-case storage for cards or keys More expensive than comparable cases from other brands Call quality impacted when case is wet Some buttons hard to use when case in on No water damage warranty, unlike other cases
2. Incipio Atlas Waterproof iPhone Case
The Incipio Atlas line won a Best of Show award at CES 2013. The slender profile of this case makes it preferable for people who want to see the lines of their phone better, or people who have small hands. The cases run from $79.99 to $89.99, and come in your choice of four colors.
Pros: 1-year limited warranty in case of water damage to your device Bundled with cleaning cloth and headphone extender IP68 Water-resistant for thirty minutes (up to 2 meters) Engineered to provide excellent sound quality IP68 Dustproof rating, drop-proof from 2 meters
Cons: 1-year limited warranty is for US only Case color options more subdued than competitors Difficult to use silent toggle button Screen sensitivity is diminished when device is in case Case is difficult to install
3. LifeProof Nuud Waterproof iPhone Case
The Nuud case is unique because it has no screen protector. The case fits snugly around the screen, creating a waterproof seal that doesn’t interfere with the sensitivity of your touchscreen display. This smooth case costs around $89.99.
Pros: Offers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10 LifeProof offers tons of additional accessories, such as a flotation device for water use No screen protector means no glare, rainbows, or Newton rings Waterproof up to 6.6 feet Anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens
Cons: Some people worry the screenless case puts device at risk, despite claims to the contrary Limited case color options More expensive...