November 2012 Issue
The Best Waterproof Protection for Phones and Tablets
Practical Sailor testers take nine smart phone and tablet cases for a swim.
Gone are the days when casting off dock lines meant disconnecting from the digital world, but that hasn’t changed the fact that electronics and water don’t mix. Sailors need to protect their gadgets—iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Droid phones—from the dangers of life at sea, including spray, rain, salt, and accidental freefalls onto the deck. Dozens of products claim such protection, but which ones can you trust? Practical Sailor tested a sampling of waterproof bags and cases marketed for use with cell phones, digital tablets, and e-readers. The test field included products from AquaPac, Aryca, Watershed, LifeProof, and Lifedge.
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