Review: H2O Proof Floating Phone Holder Offers Peace of Mind When on the Water

I know the latest iPhones are water-resistant thanks to their IP68 rating, but I don't trust them. Besides, if you're on the lake or ocean and your phone ends up in the water, it won't float! Fortunately, I found the H2O Proof Floating Phone Holder (starting at $9.99) from WOW Watersports. These are the same folks who made the waterproof floating speaker I reviewed.

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As much of a lifesaver as the H2O Proof case is, at ten bucks, it won't cost you your life savings. The base model is 4"x8," and the company showed a 5"x9" Over-sized XL model at CES, although I don't see it on the website. The bigger size should accommodate the largest iPhones, even if they're in a bulky case. The case is available in bright red or blue, which helps you find it. The case has a secure sealing mechanism for locking out water, and you can operate the touchscreen through the case for taking underwater selfies.

Pros

  • Makes just about any phone waterproof
  • Air cushions make the phone and case float
  • Available in bright red or blue
  • Easy seal for locking out water
  • Operate touchscreen through case

Cons

  • Over-sized XL case not yet on the website
  • Not protective against drops, so use a case too, and perhaps the larger holder to fit an encased phone

Final Verdict

If you are going to take your phone near the water, consider protecting it with an H2O Proof Floating Phone Holder from WOW Watersports.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.