Eco NautiCase review

Concord Keystone’s Eco NautiCase is an IP54-certified case for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The IP54 designation indicates that the NautiCase protects against dust, allowing “limited ingress,” and it can protect against water spray from any direction. In short, it’s a rugged case that can protect your iPhone from the elements, but you oughtn’t drop your NautiCase-clad iPhone in the pool.

The case comes in plenty of colors (pink, white, purple, orange, black, and blue); I tested a blue one. Like its big brother, the MarineCase, the NautiCase cleverly employs a hinged design. The front and pack pieces of the case are hinged together at the bottom, with three clips – one on the top, and one on each side – that snap together to lock the case closed. Once the case is snapped shut, the NautiCase covers the entire phone.

OUR VERDICT

Your options are limited if you need to protect your iPhone from rain, snow, dust, and dirt. If you don’t need to remove and put on your case frequently, the even-more-element-resilient LifeProof case is a better option than the Eco Nauticase. (The LifeProof is rated for about 50 openings and closings before it loses its waterproof and dustproof qualities) If you’d like the luxury of being able to remove the case as often as you’d like, the NautiCase is a reasonable alternative although I like the aforementioned MarineCase a bit more unless you need to make phone calls in the elements (the NautiCase is far better there, as the Eco MarineCase requires you to almost shout).

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