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By Diane Spicer
You know that saying "snug as a bug in a rug"?
This Joto phone case review will explain why a smart phone might be described that way on a rainy hike!
This review focuses on the Joto Universal Waterproof Case.
No one asked me to write this review.
Instead, I'm motivated to share my opinion of this nifty little piece of technology with hikers who are a bit reluctant to take out their smart phones on wet, gritty trails.
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Now let's get to
the nitty gritty protection from the nitty gritty.
The word "universal" refers to the fact that this waterproof case accommodates a wide variety of smart phones:
Basically, any phone up to 6.0" (100mm x 170mm)
It's certified as waterproof to 100 feet.
It's literally a snap to use, as you'll learn in a moment.
And the sweetest spec of all:
My iPhone 5 slid in quite easily, with room to spare.
A slightly longer and slimmer phone had to be coaxed with this procedure:
Pay close attention to the "lock and click" tabs at the top, to be sure the case is sealed up properly.
You know, when you stumble upon an elegant solution to a vexxing problem, you just wanna tell everyone!
That's how I feel about this Joto case.
It protects my aging phone but still allows me to use all of the buttons, and to take decent photos without risking moisture damage.
I don't have to whip out my pack rain cover at the very first hint of raindrops anymore, because I know that my phone is well protected.
So as far as trail performance goes: A+
After spending all that money on your phone, you should do a simple test to verify that your particular Joto case is indeed waterproof.
If the paper stays dry, so will your phone!
And for the more cautious among us, perhaps keep an eye on the case and be ready to pull it out of its watery surroundings well before the five minute mark.
Just a few things I decided NOT to do with my Joto case:
I was always reluctant to take out my phone and snap pictures when the weather was anything other than blue skies.
And I missed out on a lot of opportunities to capture animal encounters, beautiful plants, and funny events on the trail (like my hiking buddy falling into a mud hole).
Now, no worries about moisture or grit.
The complete functionality of the phone in the Joto case is great!
And if you wear gloves with touch screen compatibility, like these, you'll be able to use your phone year round.
The price point is ridiculously low, and the high quality of the case really surprised me.
This inexpensive, lightweight and well designed case has changed my hiking rhythms, and it can help you out on the trail, too.
P.S. Comes with a neck strap for hands free carrying, and in other colors, too!
Joto Phone Case Review