For adventure junkies and mobile warriors alike, there’s no denying that the iPhone 5 has become prevalent in this day and age. With several ruggedized and waterproof housing solutions for the iPhone such as the LifeProof, Seashell and Patima, none is considered more popular than OtterBox. This is a look into the weatherproof Armor Series case for the iPhone 5. Can you take this underwater? Yes, up to 6 feet so it’s great for snorkeling and the swimming pool.
At PHP 4,900 it’s definitely one of the more expensive cases out there but functions like a suit of armor for your iPhone. The OtterBox case for iPhone 5 is tough to put on, consisting of two rugged plates held together by a tight clamp. But “tough” to put on is a good thing in cases such as these.
(There’s something odd with the photo above. Can you spot it?)
Check the case for loose dirt, lint or dandruff. See above.
Below is a video to help better appreciate the Armor Series and to help you get yours up and running. I will want to add though that as someone who has been testing underwater housings for many devices, once you do your first submerge without the phone inside, do put a piece of tissue paper so that you can easily tell if there was a leak, however minute.
I use two additional accessories to ensure that your device stays water proof. Since the case doesn’t come with an o-ring, what’s keeping the device sealed tight are the pressure of the lock and the rubber sides. Before putting your phone, you may want to use a blower or **that thing you use for make up** to remove dust and other small specks. Remember that these small specks of dirt or hair can be responsible for flooding your case so be warned.
With the case on, you’re pretty much protected from the weather and shock — you’ll need to individually remove the padding of your device if you want to use the 3.5mm jack.
The case itself can withstand the following:
2 TONS OF PRESSURE
6.6 FEET UNDERWATER FOR 30 MINUTES
10 FT. DROP TO CONCRETE
3.91 oz / 110.88 g
5.51 in x 2.97 in x 0.70 in / 14.02 cm x 7.55 cm x 1.78 cm
This case goes well with the weatherproof BRAVEN BRV-1 wireless speaker system that we reviewed previously.
Got 15 minutes free time? Watch this iPhone 5 torture test: