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Underwater iPhone case shootoutMolly Wood and Jeff Cannata test out three underwater cases for the iPhone, comparing features, durability, and price.
-All right. Like we said, we're gonna road test these iPhone underwater cases. We're gonna start with the BeachBuoy, which is-- -Twenty bucks. -Right? Twenty bucks. It's a $20 case. We have the iPhone 5 that we've already tortured in here. -Yes. -Then we have this kind of booty daddy from Hitcase. This is $90, and that's why my iPhone 5 is in here. -Yes. -And we're basically just gonna swim out. We're gonna start with this, though the 3rd one that we'll try is the iGills. -Three hundred and thirty dollars. Yeah, this is-- but this is for serious business as it goes down pretty deep. -And then the one downside to this is only available for iPhone 4, 4s or 3G. So we're gonna try that out in a minute but first-- -We got our gear, we got our snorkel gear. -This is my phone, so you take the-- -I get the lanyard. -Okay. -Okay. Here's the deal with the Hitcase. Everything seemed fine under there, and I can definitely operate the buttons up here. -Yeah. -Okay, watch. Right? Like I go like this. I'm like, press the camera thing and then I put it on camera, no biggie, then I take a picture of you-- hat all works fine. I can do any of that under the water. What I had to do is basically come up to the surface. Put it on video mode and just take a bunch of video underwater. It's for 80 bucks. I want to be able to press the button underwater and take a picture. That seems reasonable. -Yeah. -If that's what it's for. -I gotta say a little sick-- a little sick. Fully functional, I could do everything I needed to do. It's super convenient, it's just hanging out. -I know that's really nice. -I think it's dry. There's plenty to see out there. It's beautiful. -Really do. -The fish were amazing. It's time for a round 2. We have the iGills case, which is that $330 case. This one is much more than just a waterproof case. It's all about really professional diving. -It interests me. Yeah, I mean the fact that it has a whole dive meter thing means that it's filter much more than we're gonna use it for today 'cause we're just gonna kinda go snorkeling. The good news is I feel like there's zero chance that things ever gonna get wet. And then while you're going for the Cadillac of cases there, I was so impressed with the little Honda Civic, the BeachBuoy-- -The BeachBuoy. -That I'm gonna take this out because the Hitcase wouldn't let me take any photos. -You put your own real phone in the big booty. -I put my own real phone in the big booty. -I like their hits Snoop John Booty. -Okay, all right. Round two. -All right, here go. -Serious business. -A big bad expensive case-- we dropped it. I took lots of pictures with it. -That seems like the best. But we need to get other and take those any-- -And we should take it out. -Moisture inside of there is. -Yeah. It's scary. -It's bad. -Oh, it looks pretty dry. -'Cause, you know, I'm not sure. -It looks pretty dry. Oh, my gosh. These are spectacular. -No way. He goes right into the-- -And what's [unk] of me. -It takes really good selfie. -It really does. -You went on back to the dive van and looked at our pictures and video. -I like to call is base camp. -I mean, I think we had a pretty good idea on the beach certainly in terms of underwater performance. -It's the most expensive when you get what you pay for. -You do. -But this is really designed for divers. And I feel like, if you're a diver-- the device is fine. I don't why you'd wanna bring your iPhone and turn your iPhone into a diving device. -Well, I will say that even in the BeachBuoy-- I got a text underwater. That was kinda awesome. -But you could response to it. -I know. That's true. Because I couldn't make any buttons work. -So the biggest bummer for me about both of the BeachBuoy and the Hitcase, maybe it's the salt water, the conduction of the touch interface 'cause it work quiet above but it didn't work underwater, it's not what it's kind of a letdown overall. -Yeah. I think the BeachBuoy is great if you're just looking for something to protect your phone in case you accidentally drop it in the water, you know, on a boat somewhere or whatever. But as far as like taking pictures underwater, it's not gonna do the job. -Hitcase video quality since that's all I could take was really good and the Hitcase has something going for, which is that is an all-around top case. So if [unk] any adventure, it's got a cool wide angle then on the back and you can take it underwater. So there's a lot to recommend this at 90 bucks. If I really had to choose between one of these 3 and the one I think you're most likely to buy, BeachBuoy, I think for most people who were just gonna use it once really wanna take that thing in the water, spend your 20 bucks wisely. -But if presses no object. Hot nice pictures.