I think the Dry Case may make the best waterproof iPhone case as well as the best waterproof iPad case. If you don't worry about taking your iPhone or iPad to the pool, you should. A single soaking can get into the connector openings and void the warranty on your phone. Sand can scratch the screens and get into openings.
Our smartphones and tablets have become part of our lifestyle. They are our music players, our cameras, our ebook readers, our magazines. We want to take all of them to the pool, the beach, or boating. But they are also highly susceptible to damage if we do bring them.
There are a number of waterproof options and cases. Most make it hard to take a photo through the bag/casing. Some are not reactive to touch. And while most are water resistant few suggest you actually swim or dive with them.
But the biggest problem with most waterproof cases is that uneasy feeling about whether or not you can trust them to keep out every drop of water. As a man watched me descend into the pool, my iPad in a Dry Case, he called out to me "You are a brave and trusting soul. I would never do that with my iPad!" Dry Case makes it easier to have confidence that your iPhone, iPad (or other smartphone or tablet that fits in the bag) will be kept absolutely dry.
What's unique about the Dry Case is that when properly used, it is vacuum sealed. After closing the tight double latches (found on many waterproof cases), you remove all air from the case using its air valve. A squeeze ball is included to remove the air, but you can suck the air out if you don't have it with you.
Vacuum sealing is the solution for all a waterproof bag's problems. It seals against the screen for easy touch control. It seals against the camera lens so it becomes invisible in photos. And it gives you the confidence to dive into the water with your device.
"The Dry Case allows the user to 'Self Test' the product before every use. The physics behind our patented vacuum sealed technology say that in order for a liquid (water) to enter, then a gas (air) must be able to escape in exchange. If the Dry Case is vacuum sealed (no air is getting in) then it is impossible by the laws of physics for water to enter. Simply vacuum seal the product with your device in it before each use and observe it for a few minutes. If there is no air getting in, then no water can get in."
—Corey Heim, Chief Operating Officer, Dry Corps, LLC
Testing the Dry Case
I had the Dry Case for both my iPhone and iPad. After trying it in the shower, I dipped it in the water alongside a boat, and finally was brave enough to take the plunge in a pool. Inside the bag is a headphone connector that plugs into your iPhone and creates a waterproof connection to outside headphones. I used the Dry Case accompanying Dry Buds sports headphones that stayed in my ears even while swimming around in the pool. I was able to call a friend from the pool and listen to music while my head was submerged.
Photos taken from my iPhone and iPad looked as good as those shot outside the case. And while there was too much reflection and glare to read in the pool, lounging under an umbrella, I could "flip" through the virtual pages of the Zinio Oprah magazine.
Tips for Using the DryCase
I had one issue while using the Dry Case. The plastic vacuum sealed Dry Case stuck to the plastic screen protector on my iPhone and ended up peeling it off. Also, the iPad Dry Case may develop wrinkles over the screen area when you suck out all the air at once. If this happens, smooth out the case a little, suck out some air and smooth again, moving the wrinkles off the screen area. After a few uses, the case will have memory and be smoother on the screen
Do not skip the step of checking for air leakage. While I have become confident in using the Dry Case with my tech, you'll have to decide for yourself. Perhaps you can start in the shallow end of the pool.