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The Preserver features a two-piece padded,
polycarbonate shell that snaps together.
Submersible to 6 feet, 6 inches depth and
drop-tested from the same height. Dust and
debris proof to industry standards. Camera
lens and flash openings; hinged port for
charger. Comes with wrist lanyard. For
iPhone 5 and 5S, and Galaxy S4.
Cost: $89 | www.otterbox.com
FOUR CASES WORTH CHECKING OUT
Designed to complement the LifeProof
fre smartphone case ($80), the
LifeJacket is a high-visibility orange
surround made of soft, buoyant foam.
Allows access to side keys and controls.
Corners have a mounting eyelet for lanyard and wrist strap. Has camera lens and
flash opening on the back. Designed
for iPhone 5/5S/5C.
Cost: $40 | www.lifeproof.com
The SLXtreme hits a lot of
bases. It meets the industry waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof standards,
with a polycarbonate case and rubberized grips. It also
integrates a 2,000-milliamp battery that claims to double
the battery life of an iPhone, with up to seven hours of talk
time. The battery can receive a trickle charge
for a small solar panel in the back.
Cost: $130 | www.snowlizardproducts.com
Seattle Sports E-Merse
With an updated design this year, E-Merse
is a floating polyurethane pouch that uses
slide-lock closures to seal out water up to
10 feet deep. The new models have a lower-profile slide bar, and the Dry Audio version,
which features a waterproof headphone jack,
has been reoriented to accommodate larger
smartphones, such as the Galaxy S4. Comes
with a breakaway lanyard.
Cost: $15-$20 | www.seattlesportsco.com