Joy Factory BubbleShield Review: Waterproof iPhone Sleeve Proves Perfect for Summer Fun
Keeping the iPhone dry while at the beach or in the hot tub is a challenge, especially if you don’t want to buy a bulky waterproof iPhone case that will get limited use.
Thankfully, the Joy Factory Bubbleshield waterproof sleeve offers a better way to temporarily protect your iPhone from water.
It’s perfect for a day at the beach or to keep the iPhone dry while you use it in your hot tub.
The BubbleShield is a re-usable waterproof sleeve that protects the iPhone from water without getting in the way of using the screen.
Unlike waterproof cases that add a lot of bulk, the BubbleShield is as thin as a piece of paper and rolls up to fit in your purse, backpack or car. The sleeves come in a pack of five, so it’s easy to keep one handy or share with a group of friends.
Using the iPhone in a BubbleShield
In order to test the BubbleShield I forced myself to read my morning tech news and drink coffee in a hot tub. Normally I wouldn’t put my iPhone this close to so much water, especially before I am fully awake, but with the iPhone in the BubbleShield I wasn’t worried.
The sleeve slipped on easily and sealed up tight.
Once the phone was in the shield I was able to use it to catch up on tech news from overnight. In all I used the iPhone inside the BubbleShield for about 30 minutes in a hot tub. During this time, the iPhone case got wet, but the iPhone was dry.
The screen responded well inside the BubbleShield, though I probably wouldn’t want to play a lot of games with it on.
It is easy to see the screen while in the case, but crinkles and bright sunlight force me to be pickier than with a bare iPhone.
Using the Camera in a BubbleShield
Joy Factory boasts that you can still use the camera while the sleeve is on. This is true, but be prepared for loss in quality.
Photos taken with the BubbleShield on are blurry and very soft around the edges. Check out the sample images below to see what photos taken with the BubbleShield on look like.
The photos aren’t ruined, but I recommend sliding the phone out of the sleeve before taking a group shot to remember the day by.
Music and Calls in a BubbleShield
It is possible to listen to music over the iPhone speakers while inside the BubbleShield, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The audio is muffled and not pleasant to listen to. There is no way to use a headphone with this case.
Calls are ok in a pinch, but I’d recommend taking it out for any call longer than a minute. If you must listen to music, I suggest a good pair of Bluetooth headphones.
If you find your iPhone near water on a regular basis, but don’t want to invest in a bulky waterproof iPhone case the BubbleShield is a great option. The Joy Factory also offers a BubbleShield for the iPad, tablets and the Kindle.