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Dog & Bone Wetsuit for iPhone 6 Review
      #47539 - 01/08/15 06:37 PM

Dog and Bone's new Wetsuit waterproof case for iPhone 6 has it all. Waterproof, shockproof, and its screen-less design means there's nothing between you and your iPhone's beautiful screen.



Size and Fit

For a waterproof case, the Wetsuit is surprisingly slim (1/2" thick), and it fits perfectly, of course. Once installed, you will have full access to all buttons/ports/switches, although you will need to pop open the waterproof plugs to use headphones or to access the Lightning Port.

Features and Quality

Going with a waterproof case for your iPhone has always been about tradeoffs. They tend to be bulky, restrict access to ports, force you to use your phone through a screen cover, and are difficult to install/remove. The first three of these compromises are usually enough to prevent people from choosing them as daily-use cases, and the last one on the list often relegates them permanently to a dark drawer as few people have the time or patience to swap out a case that takes even 5 minutes to install.



While the Wetsuit is no easier to install than its brethren, it is functional enough and sleek enough that those seeking waterproof/shock-proof protection will likely never feel the need to remove it. It achieves this level of accessibility through the use of a literal wetsuit for your phone held tightly in place by a super durable outer shell. This outer layer also forms a tight seal against your iPhone's screen that prevents water ingress without the use of a plastic screen cover. Now, I know what some of you are thinking because I've read some consumer reviews on similar products: "How can it be waterproof when the screen of your iPhone is completely exposed to water?!" Just remember that unbroken glass is completely waterproof.



The last hurdle that waterproof case manufacturers have to negotiate is Apple's Touch ID. This is an especially tough nut because it works so well and is so much more convenient than entering a passcode, yet it's a button so absolutely MUST NOT be exposed to water. Dog & Bone's solution is to make the home button accessible via a clear plastic membrane. It works as well as you could hope, which is of course, not as well as having direct contact. Expect to teach your iPhone what your fingerprints look like through this covering before you can use Touch ID again.



To test the durability of the case, I installed/removed it 5 times (using the provided tool) and the seal never failed or showed signs of wear. Dog & Bone even provides extra Lightning and headphone jack plugs right in the box in case you lose one or wear it out. The Wetsuit is IP 68 certified (waterproof to 2 meters) and MIL STD 810F certified (shockproof to 2 meters) so it's ready to go wherever you go.

Style

The Wetsuit doesn't compromise on style, either. It's available in black/black, orange/black, and white/grey.



Summary

The Wetsuit is the best waterproof case I've ever tested thanks to it's accessibility, water protection, and high durability rating. If you are looking to protect your iPhone 6 but need a case you won't have to remove for daily use, this is the one to beat.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Waterproof without a screen cover. Shockproof. Slim for a waterproof case.
What's Not: Touch ID can be a bit finicky.
Price: $79.95
Web site: Dog & Bone

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton








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