Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Splish-splash: A DesignGo case review

Summer is here, and that means beach trips are coming up.  But what about your music player or smartphone?  If you've got an Android, iPod Touch, or iPhone, you may want to invest in a waterproof pouch.

There are a lot of pouches out there that offer protection, but I like DesignGO for the price that they offer.  At P500 (or approx US$12) at R.O.X. in Fort Bonifacio, it's as good as any of the other plastic-pouch solutions out there.  Plus it has a small headphone extension so you can plug in your headphones while keeping the pouch completely sealed.

The clear side also allows full use of your touchscreen so all functions can easily be accessed.  Unfortunately, the extension jack only supports stereo out, no mic connection so making calls while your phone is in the case is a no-go.

Although not IP rated, I wouldn't really do anything extreme with ANY soft case.  If you need it to be submersible however, you may want to look at the hard cases from H2O Audio instead.  But I'd pick DesignGO's water pack over any of the other soft cases that sell for 3x more.  Pelican cases offer additional shock protection aside from mild water resistance, while Otterbox only offers shock protection, not water resistance.

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