Water protection was recently discussed in this BROL thread. I’ve extracted some of the comments and place them below. Please see the thread for other comments. Thanks!
I do not see anywhere in the iPhone spec for water resistance. So that means the phone would die in your 1st rain storm. If I had one, I’d likely sweat the thing to death!
At SureFire we build our lights toIPX7 normally. Which is typically good enough for most outdoor use. ~ Willie It is not water resistant, but there are boxes & bags that can be used. –jim3) Fragility – Not too big a deal but I need waterproof! ~ Aqua If I were to use the iPhone as my sole cyclometer, I would want to find a weatherproof case that could fit an iPhone 3g with an extended battery. Something like this. Of course, then you have to find a handlebar/stem mount that can hold that case. ~ GVDubWillie, though I do not consider my iPhone to be waterproof, nor even water-resistant, I have ridden in the rain several times with it and it is still quite alive. I use just a simple neoprene cover for it (bought it the same day I bought the phone and never carry the phone without it). I wouldn’t go out in a tropical storm to test it, but the few times I’ve been caught in the rain it has fared OK. ~ColoradoDennisConsider yourself lucky. I design electronics for a living and everything that can get water into it, WILL get water into it; it is just a matter of time. Every piece of electronic gear I’ve owned that I use outside eventually gets destroyed by water unless it’s designed with full factory environmental seals and or fully conformal coated PCB’s. OK, I have to admit that I’m VERY hard on gear and although I do not dive, I take stuff to places that maximize the chances of equipment failure. ~ WillieCheck out the Otter Box Defender for a nice, durable case. My iPhone’s been in one since new. They say it’s not waterproof, but it does have a hard shell covered by a silicone shell and a membrane over the screen. I’ve had mine in lots of downpours with no ill effects (knock wood). ~bigflaxVery familiar with the OtterBox Defender, but discounted it because of their water resistant disclaimer. It is good to know that it worked for you in rain. –jim
From the Catrike Board REI is selling some tough little (and big) Mylar food bags guaranteed waterproof and smell-proof. Put your phone in one of them and the bear will never smell that pizza flavor still lingering from lunch. ~ ElSobranteI’m liking the rigidity of my no-cost [except for the contents] bottle solution. Actually, bags will not adapt as easily as the bottle to my mount and from experience will keep the phone dry and available for whatever purpose. Of course, the REI Mylar food bags may work well for you and your iPhone mount. –jim
Today, as it rains in North Carolina, and I look for a bag or other low-cost rain protection it dawns upon me that a drink/pop/soda bottle will likely give as much protection as a bag, although it is not sealed. I cut the bottle to work on my Trek Project One, my RANS Citi Crank Forward, and my Catrike 700. Water from the open end could be problematic. If so, this is when I put the phone in a waterproof bag and into my pocket. I have a taller bottle that I’ll use for added protection. This is essentially a no-cost solution. Please, tell me what you think. Thanks!
I shot a few pictures and uploaded 6 of them to my flickr iPhone Set. Below is a sampling for the uploaded photographs.