There are two types of iPhone waterproof cases.
There's cases that protect against accidentalspills and semi-wet environments, and then there's cases that allow you to do this.
This is the ProShot case for iPhone and quitehonestly it's the case I've been looking for since I got my first iPhone five years ago.
ProShot was kind enough to send me these casesfor review, and in this review we'll put them through their paces to show you why this isthe only case you should trust to take your iPhone out on the open water.
I used to really like everyday waterproofcases and have reviewed a couple of the best.
However the compromises you have to make inorder to make your phone waterproof were too much for everyday use.
The cases are bulky compared to standard iPhonecases and they make accessing your ports and screen difficult.
Because of this I would only use the caseif I was going to the swimming pool or to a lake when I'm purposing to take my phoneunderwater.
And because they're meant for daily use theyrely on thin gaskets and flimsy plastic membranes to keep the water out.
And if you read the fine print they say youshould inspect the case and water test it every time before getting it wet.
Say it with me – ain't nobody got time forthat! After ruining my iPhone 6S in a swimming poolI decided I wouldn't trust my phone to such a delicate case in the water again.
That's when I found out about ProShot.
ProShot isn't a daily case.
It's an extreme waterproof case meant to basicallyturn your iPhone into a GoPro.
Because of its durable design, it gives youa level of confidence around the water that no other case can.
No more frequently checking your case to seeif the thin gasket has failed.
I used this case while paddleboarding in apond and I literally just clipped it to my life jacket and forgot about it.
Whenever I wanted to snap a photo or takea video it was right there ready for action.
I threw everything I could think of at ProShotwhile at the pond.
From flips to dives it passed all my waterusage tests with flying colors.
When hurricane Matthew came through I usedthe massive amounts of water funneling through our yard as an extreme waterproof test aswell.
As you can see from the video taken from theProShot itself, this was a walk in the park.
This was the closest thing I had to whitewater,and based on my tests I would easily trust ProShot to keep my phone safe while goingwhitewater rafting.
While at the beach I took ProShot into theocean to see how it holds up to sand and salt water.
As expected it performed very well and keptmy iPhone safe from the elements.
The case is made of a hard polycarbonate shellthat snaps together with two different style lids.
If you've ever used a waterproof containeror ammo box before it's the same idea, and it works great.
We'll start with my favorite, the deep divelid.
This lid is a hard polycarbonate and providesloads of protection against impact and water.
ProShot says this lid is rated to 100 feet! That means you can now take your iPhone scubadiving.
You're probably wondering how you use yourphone if you can't touch the screen and ProShot has the perfect solution.
They've developed a special app that allowsyou to do everything you need using only the two volume buttons.
Just like the standard camera app you canuse the volume up button to take a picture or start and stop a video.
But with this app you can also use the volumedown button to switch between the different camera modes.
You can't use a touchscreen underwater anyway,and this is a very creative solution.
So now while underwater you can start andstop video and then change over to photo mode to snap a few pictures.
They even thought to include a sleep modethat turns the camera off and dims the screen to the point that it's almost off to savebattery when not in use.
This app is key to using your phone in thewater to capture photos and videos.
The app also includes slow mo, timer mode,and time lapse.
It's worth noting that these are ProShotsimplementation of these and they don't function exactly like their equivalents in the standardiOS camera app.
Also, be sure to put your phone in airplanemode before use so that notifications don't inhibit the use of the app.
There are times though when you want morethan average water protection but still need to use your iPhone's screen.
In those situations you use the touch lid.
This lid is rated to six feet, although realisticallyit would provide a lot more protection than that.
This lid does tend to bubble up so be sureto push as much air out of the case as possible before latching the final closure.
If you're at the beach and need to stay ontop of email or phone calls but want to be able to jump in the water at a moments noticethen this is the lid for you.
It's not as useable as your iPhone would bein a daily waterproof case since you can't access your ports and the screen is slightlybubbled, but not having access to your ports and Touch ID means fewer points of failurewhere water can get to your phone.
And the touch lid is molded together in sucha way that you're not going to have to inspect any gaskets before you get it wet.
It gives you the confidence to keep your phoneon hand while near the water and be able to capture all the special memories you wouldotherwise miss.
(Hope running shot) To switch the lids you open the case to a45 degree angle and push downward.
Attaching the new lid is as simple as liningup the hinges and snapping it in place.
You'll want to make sure that you're not changinglids or inserting your phone while near the water.
From my experience it's very hard to do thiswithout dirt, debris, and drops of water getting into the case.
In addition to interchangeable lids thereare also interchangeable lenses.
The lenses screw onto the case really tightlyand contain an o-ring for blocking out water.
I received the standard wide lens as wellas the fisheye lens.
The fisheye lens was great an opening up theviewing angle for capturing more of the action, but it slightly distorted the outer edges.
For this reason I preferred to use the standardwide lens.
Your mileage may vary depending on what typeof video you're trying to capture.
The case also features a GoPro compatiblemount.
I used this to attach it to a floating stickwhile on the pond paddleboarding so that if I dropped my iPhone in the water it wouldfloat.
I also used it attached to my helmet at anoutdoor go kart track going 55mph.
The resulting footage was really good andit wasn't shaky like I expected.
That's partly due to the really stiff GoPromount and also because of the iPhone 7's optical image stabilization.
However the track is heavily sponsored byGoPro and so they wouldn't let me use the footage for this review.
Just keep in mind that if you are going toattach your ProShot to a GoPro mount that the case acts as a big sail in the wind soyou'll want to make sure your GoPro mount is really sturdy to minimize shaking.
With clear polycarbonate, a metal supportedhinge, blue metal closures, and very few entry points for water, this case not only can withstandmost any activity you can throw at it, but it looks great as well.
And although you can confidently rest assuredthat your phone is dry and safe, it's still really nice that the case is clear and youcan easily tell that no water has compromised your case.
However, the clear polycarbonate also scratchesvery easily as well as the metal closures.
It doesn't affect the performance of the casesince the lenses are glass, but it is very noticeable strictly from an aesthetic pointof view.
ProShot currently makes a case for the iPhone6 and 6S and a version for the iPhone 7.
They sent me both to review and the main differencebetween the two is the location of the camera lens.
The other minor difference is the touch lid.
The iPhone 6S version has a black touch pointmade into the lid that helps with pressing the home button.
They had to remove this for the iPhone 7 versionsince the home button now requires skin contact to work.
Our iPhone cameras are great and it's whatmost people use as their primary camera.
Having the ability to now take that cameraout on the slopes, while water skiing, or scuba diving down to 100 feet is pretty amazing.
As I said at the beginning of the video, thisis the waterproof iPhone case I've been waiting for, and it didn't disappoint.
If you have any questions that I didn't coverin this review feel free to leave those in the comments.
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And in closing.
When you're out on the open water don't trustyour phone to a thin gasket or flimsy plastic membrane.
Go with a real waterproof case.
Go with a ProShot.