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jmp316

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Hey everyone!

My family just booked a summer trip to Wisconsin Dells. Needless to say, we will be doing a lot of water activities during the week. I have an iPhone 5 and want to use it to capture pictures of the family in the water. I don't have a Lifeproof case, nor do I want to spend that much money for a case I'll only use for 5 days. Any one have any advice for a cheap, temporary solution? I've seen some cheaper cases on eBay and Amazon, but don't think I can trust them. Thanks in advance!
 

acosmichippo

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I know this isn't what you asked, but I'll throw it out there: have you considered just getting a cheap water-resistant camera? they can be had for $80-$100 new, even less if you get a used one on ebay. Then you're not risking a $600+ iPhone at a water park with a cheap "waterproof" case...
 

Kadelic

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You might* consider something like this:

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Europa

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I haven't been to a waterpark in years, but I'm pretty sure they don't let you take phones and cameras down the slides. If I was going, I'd leave my phone at the hotel and just enjoy the park with my family for a few hours. I wouldn't want to worry about finding (and inconveniencing) someone to hold it every time I wanted to stand in line for a slide. Some of those lines are long. If anything, I'd do what accosmichipo suggested and get a cheap water-proof/water-resistant camera.
 

jmp316

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Thanks everyone. I'm going to look into those pouch cases that Europa posted. I'm not sure I'll have the phone on me the entire time and on every ride, but it would be nice to get a few pictures of the family now and then. I'll look into a waterproof camera as well...

You guys rock, thanks for all the replies
 

Europa

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I don't think I posted any pouches/cases. I was the one who suggested not taking an iPhone to a waterpark. ;)

I noticed you said you don't think you'll take it on every ride.I don't think they allow phones on any rides/slides at waterparks. It's a safety hazard.
 

liberated

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Hey everyone!

My family just booked a summer trip to Wisconsin Dells. Needless to say, we will be doing a lot of water activities during the week. I have an iPhone 5 and want to use it to capture pictures of the family in the water. I don't have a Lifeproof case, nor do I want to spend that much money for a case I'll only use for 5 days. Any one have any advice for a cheap, temporary solution? I've seen some cheaper cases on eBay and Amazon, but don't think I can trust them. Thanks in advance!
Don't waste money! A simple ziplock bag will do the trick!
 

Europa

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Have any of you guys who are suggesting waterproof containers, cases and baggies ever taken an iPhone down a waterpark slide? I haven't been to one since before I had a cell phone, but they had a strict policy of no personal belongings, including cameras, allowed down the slides every time I went in the '90s. I do remember wearing a watch to one in the '80s and somehow the band broke when I was going down a slide and the watch was gone for good even though I notified the lost and found department. They didn't even allow loose-fitting t-shirts, IIRC. It was swim attire only.

I'm attached to my iPhone, but I could enjoy a day a waterpark slide with my family without it.
 

Kadelic

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Have any of you guys who are suggesting waterproof containers, cases and baggies ever taken an iPhone down a waterpark slide? I haven't been to one since before I had a cell phone, but they had a strict policy of no personal belongings, including cameras, allowed down the slides every time I went in the '90s. I do remember wearing a watch to one in the '80s and somehow the band broke when I was going down a slide and the watch was gone for good even though I notified the lost and found department. They didn't even allow loose-fitting t-shirts, IIRC. It was swim attire only.

I'm attached to my iPhone, but I could enjoy a day a waterpark slide with my family without it.

I haven't been since well before I owned a cell phone either. That's why I put an asterisk when suggesting he might* try my suggestion. It didn't occur to me that the park wouldn't allow them on the slides themselves. One might* be able to wait in the pool at the bottom to take pics/video though.
 

Europa

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I haven't been since well before I owned a cell phone either. That's why I put an asterisk when suggesting he might* try my suggestion. It didn't occur to me that the park wouldn't allow them on the slides themselves. One might* be able to wait in the pool at the bottom to take pics/video though.
But like I said earlier, then you have to inconvenience someone to phone-watch while you're gone for an hour. The lines are pretty long in July, in my experience.
 

liberated

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Have any of you guys who are suggesting waterproof containers, cases and baggies ever taken an iPhone down a waterpark slide? I haven't been to one since before I had a cell phone, but they had a strict policy of no personal belongings, including cameras, allowed down the slides every time I went in the '90s. I do remember wearing a watch to one in the '80s and somehow the band broke when I was going down a slide and the watch was gone for good even though I notified the lost and found department. They didn't even allow loose-fitting t-shirts, IIRC. It was swim attire only.

I'm attached to my iPhone, but I could enjoy a day a waterpark slide with my family without it.
That was not the question he asked though...just saying....:D