Product Review: FRIEQ® Universal Waterproof Case for Mobile Devices
I bought this product skeptically. It was meant to be used for my Galaxy Nexus 4 during my Hawaii vacations. You know, a $10 product to be used to waterproof my $350 cellphone.
Lets start with the review.
Shipping – The item was delivered faster than expected and arrived in excellent condition
First Impression – When opened the package, saw a good quality product. First thing I made was to check the plastic quality, the locking system and the neck strap. The clear plastic looked clear enough and the locking system convincible.
Tests – Well, before sending my phone in to the snorkeling trip, I decided to give the case a simple test. I inserted a few napkins inside of it and submerged on a bath tub. The result? Napkins came out completely dry. But as you may be thinking, that’s not comparable to an open sea snorkeling day. So I tried the same napkin test in a beach near my house. Again, napkins came out dry.
Snorkeling Trip – So came the day. I was on a Snorkeling trip in Molokini Crater, Maui. Still worried, inserted my phone into the case and jumped into the water. The phone still looked dry. After 3 hours of snorkeling, in/out sea water, the phone was still dry. So after all, the $10 case delivered.
Usage Tips – First of all, be sure that you put the phone in Camera mode before entering the water. Sometimes handling the phone underwater turns funny. Also remember your phone buttons, you dont want to spend the whole trip looking for the camera button in the screen. Also make sure that you lock the case while getting most of the air outside of it. If the case is locked and there’s air inside, handling the phone is not easy. Also those air bubbles seemed to affect the phone focusing while underwater.
Cons – My only cons of the product is the neck strap. The lower part of it is made of a really thin cord that I decided to remove before jumping into the water. It did not looked confident or break proof, even proving that my device floated with the case.
To recap: even when I faced a few issues with air bubbles, out of focus videos/pictures, I managed to notice them and “fix it”. So after the first real try the pictures and video got really good. My pictures were so good that friends thought they came from a camera with a hard case.
Believe me, dont get fooled by the price. My unit exceeded my expectations.