How do you protect your mobile phone when enjoying the great outdoors? Do you seal it in a plastic bag, wrap it in clingfilm (I have seen this done!) or do you have a special mobile phone protector?
I have lost two mobile phones to the Scottish elements. Some people might call me stupid but on two occasions I have forgotten to wrap my phone in a plastic bag to protect it a) from rain b) from sweat. For some reason, while I am usually personally kitted out to cope with all weather conditions, from rain, wind and snow to glorious sunshine, I often forget to protect my mobile phone.
There isn’t really any excuse, to be honest. There is a wide range of mobile phone protection devices on the market – and if you’re an outdoorsy person one of these should be on your essential outdoors kit list. After all, the average mobile phone costs a hefty £300 so it makes sense to protect it.
If you use your mobile phone as a navigating or GPS device while outdoors you won’t want it to stop working when you’re miles from anywhere.
Griffin Survivor Extreme-Duty Phone Case
Cost: Around $49 (or shop around on-line for cheaper)
Shockproof, vibration-proof, dirt resistant, this case will keep your phone safe in extreme conditions! Survivor is also made from a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your display from the outside environment; while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. A detachable heavy-duty clip secures your iPhone to a belt or bag strap.
Otterbox Defender Series
The Defender Series claims to set the bar for mobile protection. Its multi-layered design provides reliable protection in unforgiving environments. A built-in screen protector, fortified polycarbonate frame and robust silicone skin defend the device from drop, dust and scratches. The protector can be bought for £29.99 “when bought with the device”.
Buy from: www.carphonewarehouse.com
Aquapac Micro Whanganui
Turn your phone into a waterproof phone. Keep safe and in touch whatever the elements may throw at you. The 098 Micro size fits all small phones, including iPhone models up to and including the iPhone 4S. For the iPhone 5 see the 108 Mini Whanganui case.
Buy from: Aquapac
Aquapac Stormproof Phone case
This cheaper protector keeps your phone safe whatever the weather and whether you’re trail walking, mountain biking or going for a run.
Buy from: Aquapac
OverBoard Waterproof Phone Case
Even cheaper still, and you can take your phone swimming, is the Overboard waterproof case. This protector lets you take your phone swimming with you, so it should cope with a rainstorm of two!
Buy from: Mobile Fun
Do you have any recommendations? Or tell us how you do to keep your mobile phone safe and protected when walking or cycling?