This might not per se be related to electronics, but more in its peripherals. I’m talking about a cell phone case; more specifically how you can get a waterproof cell phone case and what to look for!
Now, for some of you, this might seem so obvious that the first “Doh… ” is already uttered.
Not for me! A waterproof phone case was something I discovered only recently.
I found out about waterproof phone cases when I was in my latest summer holiday. We were in Greece on a nice little beach with a few people around us.
I had no diving or snorkeling gear, let alone a waterproof cases. The snorkeling gear might have been more important because the sea was so clear, and you could see some fish without goggles. I was tempted to ask the other people around me if I could borrow theirs. But I never got around to it.
Then one day, a small Italian girl went swimming, all geared up to start her snorkeling adventure. Not only was she wearing flippers and goggles, but she was also “armed” with her smartphone.
I had to take a close look and then stepped up to her. She showed me a sort of pouch, which turned out to be a waterproof cell phone case. She was going to take underwater pictures!
A whole new World:
For me, a whole new world just opened up. My smartphone was already very versatile, but this just changed everything I could do with my phone. Underwater pictures with my own phone! Excellent.
Being on holiday, I was not able to find out where to get a protective cover like that. But surely when I got home I opened my laptop and got online. I never knew there were so many of these waterproof cases available. Amazing.
What to take into account when buying?
As with anything, I believe in doing (some) research first, before buying. I’ve found out the following:
Make sure you actually spend some money on a waterproof phone case (in any phone case I would say, but definitely on this one); you don’t want your phone to get wet. Certainly not with salt water; it’s the worst!
Buy a “thick” cover. Not a really thin one. For the obvious reason that these tears faster. Keep your phone safe!
The last thing I want to mention (and I’ve seen it happen!): when you take your phone out of its case, dry your hands first, and take your phone out of its case above a towel. I actually saw someone taking their phone out, with wet hands and dropping it on the rocks. What a waste