By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 11/22/2010
It's a rainy day here in Upstate New York so naturally thoughts turn to building an Ark. A funky design firm named ARKWHAT has done just that, for the iPhone 4. Think Motorola Startac if made by Nerf! This chunky but colorful case actually serves several purposes. You won't lose your iPhone. If you drop it, you probably will be okay. There's even a drop test video on YouTube! And while I wouldn't recommend trying it, it just might float. But it's not waterproof so don't rely on that.
There are several models. I've been playing with the ARKHIPPO I GREEN. Whenever someone comes into my office they ask what the heck it is. I don't galavant around town with my iPhone in that case, but if I'm letting the kids play games or watch movies, it's a safe enclosure. I will probably use it on an upcoming cruise, at the pool and on the beach, but perhaps in a ziplock baggy for extra precaution. In fact, ARK offers their own colorful ziplock bags for just such a purpose. The newer ARKHIPPO II, coming in December, is sleeker but not exactly sleek... like an oversized bumper actually. I think it loses some of the charm of the original, although it does give you access to the rear camera, which is blocked in the older case.
ARK makes a bunch of cool cases and an amazing dock/shelf plus they have a Thanksgiving sale. Just enter THSG2010 at checkout. Visit their site at www.arkwhat.com and people will be asking you what's that and how can I get one?!