Outdoor Tech’s Safe5 Is The Cheapest Waterproof iPhone 5 Case We’ve Seen Yet

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The success of the LifeProof cases are really nothing short of a marketing phenomenon — one that’s predictably spawned a parade of imitators. This isn’t a bad thing though, as most of the newcomers are priced more competitively than the $80 and $90 LifeProof pair.

But the latest challenger — Outdoor Tech’s rubberized Safe5 — is just $50, miles below pretty much anyone else.

It’s got an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means it’s fully submersible to one meter underwater; that’s not quite as good as the LifeProof cases (2m) or the $70 Griffin Survivor + Cataylst (3m) — but what are you anyway, a Navy SEAL? Also, you’re not going to get the accessory compatibility that comes with a LifeProof setup.

Still, if you’re not into all the fancy extras, aren’t a dolphin and just need a waterproof iPhone 5 case, the Safe5 definitely makes a compelling, $20-$40 argument.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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