The guys at TAT7 sent us a TAT7 iPhone case for review and we’ve had a lot of fun with it. We haven’t embarked on any deep sea adventures, but we did put it through some fun tests. Below is our review of the TAT7 iPhone Underwater Case
First impressions of the case are good. It has a very simple and elegant design. When dealing with electronics and water, I like simple designs. The less to go wrong the better. Getting the phone into the case and ready to take photos and videos takes only a few seconds and once inside the case, the phone feels very safe and secure. The buttons and seals looks and feel sturdy and it feels like a quality product.
The case is made of hard thick plastic (aka
high density polycarbonate) with three control buttons. The buttons are constructed using corrosion resistant stainless steel, sealed with rubber and have a heavy spring return. The lid – the most important part of the case to keep water away from your phone – has two O-rings separating the ocean from your dear smart phone. Once the lid is closed it is locked and secured with a pin and clip (smart).
The case is designed to withstand pressure down to 30m. 30 meters was chosen as it is greater than the depth of most recreational dives and any deeper and you’d need additional lighting for your video. In other words, most people probably won’t be going deeper than this, and if you are, you’ll probably be taking along a full DSLR rig with lights.
Because the case is made out of plastic, it’s susceptible to scratching. Any hard object (keys, coins, tripods, pirate treasure) can easily create deep scratch lines in the case. Having the odd scratch on the back of the case isn’t a big problem but you’ll need to watch out for scratches over the area of the camera lens. The lens part of the case is recessed a millimeter or so, which should help some, but you’ll want to be careful.
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Poor, poor TAT7. Apple keeps changing their UI and messing third party accessories like this underwater case. When iOS 5 was first released you could activate your camera by double pressing the home button then pressing the camera icon which appeared. TAT7 worked perfectly with this UI and allowed your phone to go into sleep mode when not in use. With the iOS 5.1 update Apple requires you to slide a camera icon to the top of the screen to unlock the camera, making a ‘wake from sleep’ impossible once your phone is inside the case TAT7 case. The only workaround is to never put your camera to sleep, which is a shame as this will have a serious impact on battery life.
- Rated to 30m (100 feet)
- Simple Design
- Tough Build Quality
- Can’t use touch screen other than camera shutter and video/stills swap button.
- Your phone must be unlocked and on while inside the case
- Case can easily be scratched.
Overall, a great case. They have kept the design simple and the locking mechanism with the wrist strap is a great idea and makes for a very secure lock. The plastic is quite prone to scratching so be careful where you store the case. When using the case, I feel very confident having the phone in the water with me, it’s just a shame I can’t lock the phone when not in use.