An iPhone Case for The Outdoors

If you're looking to take your iPhone 4 into the bush, this may just be the thing for you. The new Morphie Juice Pack Plus Outdoors Edition seems as durable as it is tough to say. It has an extra battery built in, so using the dedicated GPS app won't kill your battery (as fast). The company claims it allows for 150 percent battery life, and the case's durability is said to "exceed military specifications". 

What seems most promising is the proprietary GPS application which works with or without cellphone coverage (so far US only). There's also a standby mode and the option to charge/sync without removing the case. Both of which seem pretty handy. If you're a numbers guy like me, here's the break down on battery life, according to their website:
  • Talk Time: Up to 8 hours on 3G | Up to 16 hours on 2G
  • Internet Use: Up to 7 hours on 3G | Up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Audio Playback: Up to 44 hours
  • Video Playback: Up to 11 hour

What's your view on taking smartphones outdoors? Let me know in a comment below.
Also, if you're looking to get out there, check out my book on KICKSTARTER, The Hitchhiker's Guide to: Earth.

Source: Morphie The Verge

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  1. Anonymous8/6/12 12:24

    First and foremost, I worry about making sure the phone is protected. (i.e. fully waterproof and impact resistant)There is little indication that this case does this. I use a drisuit case for this purpose, though there are other waterproof cases out there too. If you are childish enough to use your phone as your primary navigation device, everytrail pro does this; it allows you to download maps beforehand and therefore functions without internet coverage.

    I don't worry about battery life. Shutting down all but the GPS and analog does wonders for the battery life.

    I spend a lot of time in the backcountry and I only bring my phone with me to
    a) track my location for at-home mapping afterwards (meaning I don't use it for navigation, I use a paper map and compass)
    b) take photos when I do not want to lug my SLR camera around with me

    1. Well I guess this case isn't for you then. I would suggest that you look up MIL-STD910G. I didn't go into the specifics of "exceeds military specifications", but for most, the implied understanding is the water, sand, and short resistance that the military cares to measure.
      Also, I would get that narcolepsy looked at.


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