Photojojo recently sent me a few products to test out. The first item I had to use was driSuit; a waterproof iPhone case for the iPhone 4 / 4s. This is not the first waterproof case I’ve used with an iPhone but it is definitely miles ahead of anything I have used before. All images in the review apart from photos of the case where taken with an iPhone 4 in a driSuit and processed with Instagram.
Prior to writing this review I took the driSuit on two trips to the beach where I shot my daughter playing in the surf / sand and then on two 45 minute swims with Brighton Swimming Club. Previous cases I’ve used only give you access to the touch screen, which is not much use if you need to precisely control the moment a photo is taken. The driSuit gives you access to all the iPhone’s buttons, (just in case you did not know the “volume up” button can be used as a shutter release).
Once an iPhone is inserted into the case, the bottom is held on by two sturdy clamps that lock in place and keep it closed shut – there is no way it’s going to come open by mistake. When you slide the phone into the case, an audio plug is inserted into the iPhone’s head phone socket. This means that if you receive a call, you and the caller won’t be able to hear each other unless you have an iPhone earphone / microphone plugged into the driSuit.
If you’re worried about loosing your phone in the water there is a little hole where thread can be looped through. However, it’s quite a small hole and the only thing I could find to thread through it was some old speaker cable (MacGyver style!).
Once inside, the iPhone’s screen is covered with a soft rubber sheet which sits just above the screen. When you use it you have to push down on it so that it makes contact with the screen. This is fine for the most part except when you have to interact with things at the edge of the screen as the driSuit’s rubber is not as stretchy at the edges. Sometimes I had to make a few attempts to enter the iPhone’s camera mode from the lock screen as the camera icon is in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. I’m afraid you’re not going to be able to play Angry Birds as you float around in the Black Sea. That said, the limitations are not that bad and I was able to review images I’d taken while swimming around.
Even if you don’t intend on going swimming with your iPhone I think it’s a dead handy thing to have because it makes your iPhone sand proof as well as waterproof which is great for trips to the beach in the summer time.
You can get the driSuit for $60 from photojojo’s store (they deliver to the UK).