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H2O Audio XB1-BK Amphibx Fit Waterproof Armband for Smartphones (Black)
- Powered by H2O Audio, this armband holds your smartphone for swimming or other sports
- Blackberry, and most Android phones
- Light and breathable Velcro strap
- Waterproof and sweatproof, with ClearTouch pounch to access smartphone functions
- Floats in water for easy retrieval
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Powered by H20 Audio technology, the Amphibx Fit provides the protection you need and the functionality you want in an armband so light and streamlined, you'll barely know it's there. Precision engineering of the patented LatchTight locking closure and SealTight headphone connector provide a secure seal up to 12ft/3.6m underwater. A breathable Velcro strap and the StableFit buoy create a comfortable and secure fit in or out of the water. This case sits slightly off the arm with minimal skin contact, allowing for air circulation without compromising fit during activity. Quick and simple to load, the ClearTouch pouch allows for full function of touchscreen, camera and button features giving you functional protection in and around water. Even with the device inside and armband attached the Amphibx Fit will float, allowing for easy retrieval from the water.
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I was power walking after my warm up and boom! The band came off my arm and my iPhone went crashing down to the concrete. The glue on the rubber connecting band to the the plastic rectangular ring was either old or not applied heavily enough. Some heavy duty nylon thread would have done better instead of the glue - oh well...
No damage done to the iPhone; however, the band could not go back around my arm. I continued my run with the case and band in my hand (very uncomfortable). At lease the band did not become unglued while I was jogging on the beach the previous day. I might have seen my iPhone sucked into the Atlantic via rip-tide then float out towards Ireland; cac!
I have filled out the on-line warranty/return request and have contacted customer service for an RA to get a refund (return shipping is on me and I paid for Fed-Ex delivery - dang; lost $ on postage wasted). Great idea, poor execution.
I suggest you research and read reviews of other products before purchasing and not pay for expedited shipping as you'll pay to return it if dissatisfied.
UPDATE: I contacted Customer Care and they replaced the faulty case with a new one. I was very happy with the service and the new case seems to be working well.
Before going any further, let me emphasize that I would not advise anyone to use this with their primary phone. I only use it with my old smartphones, because I'm not willing to risk taking my primary phone underwater, and experience has shown that to be a wise choice.
I use this to listen to music while swimming laps. All my music is in Spotify, so I need a full-featured smart phone to play the music. This seems to be the only item that will enable me to listen to my iPhone while swimming, but it is somewhat inconsistent. The arm-strap doesn't work for me. I generally don't like those things, even when I'm running, and when I'm swimming my arms are moving so much that it is totally impractical to use an arm-strap. I also find that it cuts off the circulation to my arms a bit, so wearing that is out of the question. Instead, I just plug the thing in and then stuff it down the side of my jammer, which works quite well. The jammer is very elastic so it effectively holds the phone in place against my thigh. (This would not work with swimming shorts.) I also bought the waist strap to try that out. That certainly worked better than the arm strap, but it would move around a bit while swimming, so jammer was more effective. That's too bad because it is a little awkward to be shoving this thing down your pants (and might now work for women). If they could get this thing right it might actually make sense to sell a jammer with some kind of pocket to hold it.
When this works it's pretty great to be able to listen to Spotify while swimming. I've had it fail in two separate ways: (1) it does not play the music properly, and (2) the locking latch comes undone and water gets inside and damages the phone.
The first type of failure I experienced from fairly early-on. I'm not sure what causes it but it seems like the audio connection to the phone sends a "fast-forward" signal, and the music basically plays at about 4 times the speed at which it's meant to. It's sort of a bizarre error, and I don't really understand what could be causing it, but I've only ever had the problem while my iPhone is in this case, so it has something to do with this case. You'd think this would be easy solve by pausing the music and pressing play again, but that has generally not worked. Disconnecting the phone from the case and reconnecting works better, but that is very time consuming, especially given that you're in pool to swim, not fiddle around with electronics. It's also kind of dangerous to be trying to fix this thing while in (or around) the pool, given that if you drop it while the case is opened then your phone will get wet and no longer work.
The second type of failure seems to be associated with age. For the first year that I owned the case, I never had a problem with water getting inside. Over the last few months I've had the locking-latch come undone on 4 separate occasions and water has gotten inside and damaged my phone, so that I had to have the motherboard or battery replaced. Given that it had worked so well for me for so long, I thought that I must have done something wrong after the first two times. After four times (and a lot of effort to be very careful) I'm convinced that the locking-latch has deteriorated with time and the seal also seems to have deteriorated a bit. Clearly, this is a pretty serious problem. I'm glad I never use this with my primary phone.
It would be really easy to markedly improve this in several ways. 1) fix the issue described above, 2) Add some kind of secondary safety latch, to either reinforce the first one, or somehow provide a safety measure. One of the things that is nice about this is how much less of a hassel this latch is compared to some comparable products, but it should be easy to come up with something that is both more secure, and still easy to use. 3) This should have some sort of "remote" feature built in, for both volume control and for play/pause/next/back. Some underwater headphones have that built in, but most don't. The biggest frustration when this thing did work was not having anyway to skip to new songs, or adjust the volume (swimming turns out to be a louder activity than you would guess). I've tried some of the other headphones by this brand and others. I've generally been disappointed. They generally work fine underwater, but there seem to always be other critical design failures.
A final point about this is that the current picture attached to this product is misleading. The product did not look like this picture, but Amazon is telling me that this is product I bought. The product that I bought actually looks a lot more like the other X-1 product, than the picture here. I'm worried the seller is intentionally being misleading. The selection on Amazon, make's it seem like there is a newer model that is materially different. I've bought both the newer and older model and have them both in front of me right now. The differences I can see are in some of the logos. This is important because I knew that the older model was flawed, but bought the newer one expecting it to be different and better. It is neither different nor better.