Protecting your tech when out and about

Protecting your tech when out and about

Summary: If I don't go to great lengths to protect my gear then it's not going to last that long. And I'm not alone here. More and more people are taking delicate electronics in the form of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and cameras, out into the elements and expecting them to work, day in, day out. Here's the kit to help you do this safely.

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    Introduction

    Most people who know me personally quickly learn how hard I am on my electronic gear. Pretty much everything I own — iPhone, iPad, notebooks, cameras, and so on — usually ends up running the risk of being rained on, washed away, blown away, eroded by Mother Nature, or otherwise trodden on or driven over by careless humans.

    Bottom line, if I don't go to great lengths to protect my gear, it's not going to last that long. And I'm not alone here. Increasingly, people are taking delicate electronics in the form of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and cameras, out into the elements and expecting them to work, day in, day out.

    Since I've got a lot of experience taking my equipment out into the elements, I thought I'd share with you the kit I use to make sure my electronics live to see another day. And just so there's no ambiguity, this is the gear that I actually use (and trust) to protect my stuff. 

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    iPhone: G-Form Xtreme

    While I think that the iPhone is a thing of beauty, it's far too fragile to be allowed out naked into the world I inhabit.

    To give my iPhone a fighting chance, I've put mine into a G-Form Xtreme case. This is manufactured from Reactive Protection Technology, a material that stiffens on impact in order to absorb over 90 percent of the force. The case also adds significant grip to the otherwise slippery handset.

    So far, despite a number of close calls with gravity, my iPhone lives on!

    Link: G-Form

    Price: $39.99

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    iPhone: Nutshell leather case

    Since I usually have too much junk in my pockets to fit a phone, I carry my iPhone on a belt pouch. Not the sexiest of things, or so I'm told, but it means that I always have the phone with me, and the leather case adds a great deal of much needed extra protection.

    The leather case I chose is from Nutshell. This company makes cases for all sorts of devices. I've bought one for pretty much every smartphone I've owned for over a decade and they've never let me down.

    My case is oversized in order to fit the iPhone 5 inside the G-Form Xtreme case.

    Link: Nutshell

    Price: $70

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • No write-up about that armored luggage?

    Looks like a format glitch. I'd be interested in details about it.
    I2k4
  • be prepared

    don’t be surprised if you don’t get looked at funny or harassed, some of these look a little threatening to some people I’m sure. They don’t know its only camera lenses in that bag or laptop in that black case.“
    djohn017