For navigation at sea, I mainly use an iPad. Better make sure it’s well protected. I decided to go with a LifeEdge product. Whilst it protects the iPad to high standards (IP68 even), it has two major downsides.
Next time, I will buy a different product.
The Life Edge case provides superb impact resistance. All buttons are accessible, the cameras have clean sight and it can be charged without being removed from the case. Most importantly, its water protection is very good – at least at the beginning.
At the beginning? One of the downsides of the case is that I won’t let go of the iPad anymore. The case consists of an upper and lower shell that are “clicked” together. The cohesion of the shells is very strong. Whilst this is a big advantage for the time your iPad is supposed to be protected, its as big a disadvantage when trying to take it apart; or should I say break it apart?
After a few times, little bits a pieces start to come off the shells probably jeopardizing the water proof sealing.
Secondly, the touch screen cover is sunshine and rain at the same time. It seals the screen from getting in touch with salt-water. I haven’t tried yet but can image that salt water will leave its marks at some point. For the rainy part … sensitivity goes down a lot. In comparison to a condom … it’s even worse 😉
Next time I will go for a nüüd case from Life Proof. The main difference is that the screen is not covered – as it is water resistant in itself. A rubber lib surrounding the touch screen protects the rest of the iPad from taking water. More like the anti-baby-pill, to stay within the comparison.