Underwater iPhone Case Only Lets You Use the Camera App

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It might be waterproof to 100 feet, but TAT7's iPhone Scuba Case only includes three strategically-placed mechanical buttons for launching and operating the default camera app. So updating your Facebook profile from Davy Jones' locker isn't going to happen.

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The $85 case can be installed in just seconds—you literally just slide your phone in and close the door. And it includes a wrist lanyard so you won't need James Cameron's help if you drop it. Its three waterproof mechanical buttons look like they're positioned to operate the home button, launch apps located in the lower right corner of the screen, and operate the camera app's shutter button and photo/video switch. But that's it.

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Illustration for article titled Underwater iPhone Case Only Lets You Use the Camera App

There's no way to access or use the iPhone's keyboard, or even swipe to unlock the lock screen. So before you head out into the deep blue sea you'll want to make sure you've turned off any automatic lock timers otherwise you'll be carrying nothing but an expensive dive weight. [TAT7 via The Fancy]

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The best you're going to be able to do with this is taking pictures of your girlfriend 5 feet underwater in a swimming pool just for fun. Get much deeper than that (say when snorkeling a reef) and you're going to need a proper underwater camera with a serious underwater flash to get any decent shots. The flash is the important part. Water absorbs light in a major way.

During my last trip to Hawaii, I got one of those inexpensive waterproof bags to put my iPhone in. Not to use it underwater, but just so I didn't have to leave my phone on the shore and fear it getting stolen. Worked great.