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Old 05-13-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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Waterproof Case and Mount for Galaxy S4?

I'm looking for the best way to mount my Galaxy S4 as a navigator. Options I'm looking at include the Ram Aqua Box and mount and the Otterbox Defender. Looks like the Defender clip could be altered to attach a Ram ball. Any experience or suggestions, either these 2 options, or any others? Looks like the Otterbox offers the option of plugging it in while in the case (would no longer be WP of course)...does the Aquabox?
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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I'm looking for the best way to mount my Galaxy S4 as a navigator. Options I'm looking at include the Ram Aqua Box and mount and the Otterbox Defender. Looks like the Defender clip could be altered to attach a Ram ball. Any experience or suggestions, either these 2 options, or any others? Looks like the Otterbox offers the option of plugging it in while in the case (would no longer be WP of course)...does the Aquabox?
Seidio Obex

http://www.seidioonline.com/samsung-...swssgs4-br.htm

Have one on my wife's S4. Like it alot.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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I'm looking for the best way to mount my Galaxy S4 as a navigator. Options I'm looking at include the Ram Aqua Box and mount and the Otterbox Defender. Looks like the Defender clip could be altered to attach a Ram ball. Any experience or suggestions, either these 2 options, or any others? Looks like the Otterbox offers the option of plugging it in while in the case (would no longer be WP of course)...does the Aquabox?
I got an Aquabox large enough to let me plug in the charger to my S4. It is so big you could put a small tablet in it. Plus the phone overheats when trapped inside and charging. Touch screen doesn't work very well in it. And the screen is blurry through the rubber front cover.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:19 PM   #4
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I have the Otterbox Preserver for my S4 and it seems quite robust. I have dropped the phone (like a moran) on hard surfaces like concrete a couple of times and it has been fine. Have not tested the waterproofness, but with o-rings on the ports and whatnot, it looks pretty good.

Mine lives in my pocket while riding.

http://www.otterbox.com/Preserver-Se...efault,pd.html Wally World sells them for about $20 under MSRP.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:51 PM   #5
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Look at buybits products water proof cases that hook up to a 1in ram ball
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #6
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http://www.buybits.com/Product/18946...sku-18946.aspx


You can find it on amazon. I have one for the iPhone 5 best case I've ever used
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:22 PM   #7
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Stumbled across the iMountZ productline today. IP68, wearable, mountable, very interesting...Ordered one for an S3. We'll see how it goes.

http://www.imountz.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Sports...rds=imountz+s4

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S3-bec...rds=imountz+s3



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Old 05-20-2014, 04:30 PM   #8
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Stumbled across the iMountZ productline today. IP68, wearable, mountable, very interesting...Ordered one for an S3. We'll see how it goes.

http://www.imountz.com/
Doesn't look like you can charge while it is in that box. Not real sure you can even access the touch screen.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #9
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Take a look at LifeProof cases. I have tested them on iPhones and know a lot of people with them on the Samsungs.

http://www.lifeproof.com/en/galaxy-s4/?path=TopNav
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:02 PM   #10
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Doesn't look like you can charge while it is in that box. Not real sure you can even access the touch screen.
An extra battery should do fine. I'll find out Thursday about it's usability.

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Old 05-23-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for the recommendations. I ended up going with the Seidio Obex case that Cataract recommended, got it yesterday. Looks to be decently made, with openable covers over the charging port and headphone jack. There is an available "belt holster" is pretty solidly made, it's a formed, "snap in" mount like a unit-specific Ram mount. Took about 5 minutes to pop the belt clip off and drill a couple holes for a Ram ball. Looks like it will be a piece of cake to use on the bike.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:38 AM   #12
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When you have a few miles on it, please post your impressions.
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As the owner of an S4, I will be interested in how its battery life holds up when used as a navigator. Other threads not specifically about the S4 seem to indicate that keeping a phone charged while navigating can be problematic. Will be interested to see how it works for you.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:52 PM   #14
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Sample videos with a Samsung Galaxy S3 and iMountZ case, chest mount.

Haven't tweaked the angle yet on the chest mount, but will tonight with some foam.

I ordered a couple replacement batteries on Amazon.

I hope to find a telescopic lens to fit the same thread as the fish eye lens.

Not certain if the GoPro mounts will match up but I should know soon.

Haven't explored if a bluetooth mic will give me voice-over on the video yet.

Obviously can't see the GPS map but bluetooth ear phones will give me turn by turn. A tolerable comprimise.

I will be commuting tonight with video, OsmAnd and Pandora running simultaneous. Probably melt the phone into a blob, inside the IP68 case. .

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Old 05-27-2014, 05:18 PM   #15
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Sample videos with a Samsung Galaxy S3 and iMountZ case, chest mount.

Haven't tweaked the angle yet on the chest mount, but will tonight with some foam.

I ordered a couple replacement batteries on Amazon.

I hope to find a telescopic lens to fit the same thread as the fish eye lens.

Not certain if the GoPro mounts will match up but I should know soon.

Haven't explored if a bluetooth mic will give me voice-over on the video yet.

Obviously can't see the GPS map but bluetooth ear phones will give me turn by turn. A tolerable comprimise.

I will be commuting tonight with video, OsmAnd and Pandora running simultaneous. Probably melt the phone into a blob, inside the IP68 case. .

Triumph 2010 Street Triple R - Fish Eye Lens

http://youtu.be/PrMh7iQOjQQ


BMW 2006 F650GSA - Regular Lens

http://youtu.be/oUeJQGXNT9I


nlp
No fish eye please. Looks great !
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