Seven waterproof cases for smartphones – how deep can you take them?

Great for outdoor trips – especially if your phone is your main camera – most cases offer protection against drops. Some are merely splash-proof, while others can be used with confidence while skiing, fishing and swimming

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 1:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2016, 1:32pm

Thule Atmos X5

If your adventures include total water submersion, you can’t go far wrong with this snap-on, Swedish-designed tough case (HK$598), which also boasts screen impact protection. It’s available for the iPhone 6/6S or 6 Plus/6S Plus. Available at Ideal Digital, Sim City, Shan Tung Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2332 4222.

Lifeproof nüüd

This case for all models of iPhone (HK$748) is submersible to two metres and uses an anti-reflective, optical-glass lens cover to prevent any loss of detail in photos. The phone’s Touch ID button remains usable, as does the touch-screen itself. Find it at the Apple Store, Causeway Bay, 500 Hennessy Road, tel: 3979 3100

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OverBoard Waterproof Phone Case

Great for swimming, fishing and sailing, this simple plastic-bag-style case (HK$143.49) uses a fold-over fastener and works at depths of up to 6 metres. Fits all phones measuring 6.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Sold by

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Tech21 Patriot Case

While its BulletShield screen protector is handy when using the phone outdoors, this tough case for the iPhone 5/5s/SE (HK$398) also has energy-absorbing material around the entire case to protect against drops, which makes it splashproof. Comes with a belt holster. Available at

Ghostek Atomic 2.0

Available in pink, red or silver, this durable case (HK$422.49) designed for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is waterproof down to a depth of one metre for up to 10 minutes. Also includes a built-in screen protector. Available it at

Lifeproof FRĒ

Created for the LG G5, this case (HK$620) protects against dirt, snow, drops and, of course, water, with a screen cover and cut-outs for all buttons and the phone’s camera. Find it at

Incase Sports Armband

Ideal for joggers and cyclists, this simple armband (HK$298) for the iPhone 6/6S or 6 Plus/6S Plus is sweatproof and still allows the touch-sensitive screen to be navigated. Also includes a reflective detail for safety in low light. Sold by the Apple Store, Causeway Bay, 500 Hennessy Road, tel: 3979 3100.