My Christmas present to myself this year was an iPhone. I had a real love/hate relationship with my Blackberry and finally the poor sound quality tipped me over the edge.
The iPhone is sleek, attractive and the sound quality is superb. Since I use a cell phone as my business phone, the ability to talk to my clients while not sounding as if either I, or they, were underwater, is a real bonus.
But the iPhone looks so fragile! Every time I’m in the Apple store I see people with sad faces handing over iPhones with shattered screens. That image put me off buying an iPhone for months. My Blackberry was pretty rugged. I will even admit to dropping it once, while riding, onto a road. Other than the fact that the battery door opened, it was fine. It wasn’t even in a case.
As a rider, my concern is not just protection from impact. Let’s face it — everything I own has small bits of hay and other detritus in every possible space. When I opened up my Blackberry the battery case had an amazing amount of hay debris in it. I know that can’t be good.
My iPhone came with an Otterbox Commuter case, but it doesn’t seem like enough to me as it doesn’t have a front screen. I had an Otterbox Defender for the Blackberry and hated it as it added so much bulk, so I’m loathe to go that route for the Iphone. Right now I’ve got a Lifeproof case and an IvySkin Quattro. The Lifeproof is the more durable of the two but it does reduce the sound quality. The IvySkin is sleek and there’s no problem with sound . . . but it uses a glass panel over the screen and that just doesn’t seem like a good idea around horses.
So, I know lots of people enjoy their iPhones at the barn — tell me what you do?