Pouch helps prevent against elements, but isn’t foolproof.
Several years ago, my friends introduced me to canoeing and kayaking. The first time I went kayaking, it was on a lake that used to be an old strip mine. The lake was deep and impossible to see the bottom. When we decided to venture out on it, we took a cooler in the canoe with the intention of being out on the water for a while. Unfortunately, the canoe capsized and the contents of the cooler fell to the bottom. This experience proved how important it is to protect things you take out on the water. I was offered the opportunity to test out a waterproof pouch for my cell phone recently and I thought for adventures like this, it would be a great idea.
The Universal Waterproof Case from 3CFashion is made to work with many different types of phones and mobile devices. It will fit smartphones up to 5.5-inch screen sizes (iPhone 6 Plus) and will even accommodate some mobile phone cases like Otterboxes. The pouch has a clear window for screen viewing and allows you to still have full touch screen functionality. The description from the product designer states that you can also take pictures through the window using your front-facing camera, but I believe that photos would be distorted. There is also a built-in headphone jack for you to be able to continue to use your smartphone’s media player with. The pouch comes with a neck lanyard and adjustable arm strap for portability.
The pouch features a snap lock for additional protection against the elements. I was stumped at first about how to open the pouch because it looks like you can just slide the lock from side-to-side to open it, but the lock is in fact something you have to flip open. Once I was able to open it, I placed a paper towel inside and then dunked it several times in my pool. There was a little air that escaped from the lock area, but the paper towel was completely dry when I finished my test.
Even though the case helps prevent damage agains the elements, it is not fool proof. There is a warning on the manufacturer’s label that states, “They are strong, but of course, they can still be punctured.” So, even though a case like this is great for the outdoor adventurer, you must still be cautious about what you decide to take with you on your boating tours.