Well, first let me answer the question in the first sentence, right here, instead of our last sentence; yes, the LifeProof Nuud Apple iPad Case performed miraculously! So, now that we know the LifeProof Nuud Apple iPad Case is a product that absolutely does what it claims let’s define our goals for this test and review.
- How does the iPad add value to my fly fishing experience?
- What iPad technology, specifically, do we find useful while fly fishing?
- We’ve decided to carry the iPad with us while fly fishing, how does the LifeProof Nuud Apple iPad Case protect our iPad?
Have you ever gone to the same river, creek or lake and fished the same piece of water every time? We fish the same spots because they are familiar, because they are comfortable, because we know them, right? Well when you carry your iPad with you it gives you the opportunity to learn new pieces of the same, familiar water, that is what the iPad has done for us. I go to the same river weekend after weekend and fish the same spots. Since I fish so much I know spots that are “Out of the way,” I know the spots people always ask their guides for, that’s where I fish. But, with the iPad I am finding new “Out of the way spots” the jewels of the river, the ones nobody knows about. The first time I went to the river with my iPad I went to my same old spots and sat on the side of the river, opened my iPad, keep in mind that my iPad was not in a LifeProof Case, I just opened the included maps application to determine where on the map I had been fishing and catching so many fish for so long.Then I asked myself while don’t I fish a mile south or two miles north? I could see my treasured, secret spots in context and I began to explore. Today, I have 8 secret spots and I am still gaining. I know the river better and I am catching more fish because I understand, through technology, my environment more completely.
I like to use my iPad while I am fly fishing instead of my iPhone. I can see the iPad better than the iPhone. My eye site is not bad but it isn’t the best either and my iPad just gives me a much better view of the applications I use while I am fly fishing.
So, to answer objective #2, “What iPad technology, specifically, do we find useful while fly fishing?” I am going to attempt to answer this as specifically as possible but please understand we are testing and reviewing several iPad applications so at this point we do not endorse any of these applications. We will, however, let you know how they perform on the water very soon.
First, we use the Apple included maps application, it is great. The new and improved version (Make sure your iPad has the latest software version) of the maps application gives you more and updated functionality that we have found very useful like 3D maps. Then, the Orvis application is very useful, you can get up to date fishing reports from Orvis Guides who are on the river everyday, that is worth a great deal, we used to have make a lot of phone calls to get information like this and sort through several shops to find the most knowledgable, today, the most up to date information is at the tip of my fingers, 24 hours per day. In our pre-trip planning and on the river navigation we frequently use an application named, Topo Maps. Topo Maps gives me the information I need to understand the terrain I will be crossing to move from one section of the river to another section and the best way to move from point A to point B. On occasion I will need a new knot on the river or some help tying a knot that I don’t frequently tie. That is where Grog Knots, Knot Guide HD or KnotsGuide help me. I don’t care who you are, you don’t know how to tie every knot, these knots applications are helpful, they’ll save you valuable fishing time on the river and get you back in the water quickly. Gear Aid is another application that can prove useful; need to know how to fix a zipper, patch a pair of waders, restore warmth to a sleeping bag or reinforce a tent? If that information can be helpful to you in the field get the Gear Aid application. Now to the internet. You’ve got your iPad on the river, so, you’ve got the internet. Know, I spend enough time on the internet during the week so when I am on the river that is exactly what I am trying to escape, the internet, a computer. So, what I do is save the website I need as a bookmark on my iPad’s home screen. Then I do not have to look around online to find what I need, I just click one button and I am there. You can find hatch charts online for the river you are fishing. Hatch charts can prove very helpful when you are on the river. Armed with the hatch charts you know all of the flies you need and as the day moves forward and conditions change you know exactly which fly to fish with. Prior to the iPad I just printed this out and carried paper with me. If I was going to print everything out that I use on my iPad I would have to carry a case of paper to the river with me, 5,000 sheets of paper is a case and a case of paper weighs 55 pounds. That’s an extreme example but you get the point. I have seen a lot of guys carrying their GoPro Camera on the river, I have started doing it. The videos you get while fishing are cool, there is no doubt they are cool, that is the only way to explain it, I really like the fishing videos. You can control your GoPro Camera, completely, from your iPad using the GoPro application.
But none of this is the focus of this article. None of the preceding text is really the goal of this article. The focus of the article was to answer the question, “Does the $129 LifeProof Nuud Apple iPad Case protect my $829 Apple iPad?” The answer to the question is without a doubt, Yes! The LifeProof Nuud Apple iPad Case consistently protects my iPad from water, like the rain or when I drop it in the river. The LifeProof Case protects my iPad from snow and dirt. It is also shockproof, so, when I drop my iPad because my hands are wet or because I am focused on my very expensive fly rod and reel it is no problem, the LifeProof Case protects my iPad.
As we considered how to convey this to you, how to convey the worth of the LifeProof we thought, you know, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, it is probably best to stop the words and ask that you watch the video below. In the video I hold my iPad underwater as well as throwing it into my pool. When you see me hold my iPad underwater, an independent third party who receives no compensation from LifeProof you’ll see that the LifeProof Case truly is worth $129.
If you have any questions make sure and post them here and we’ll get back with you. We’ll keep fishing with the iPad in it’s LifeProof Case as part of our standard gear. As this story develops and we find useful tips and tricks we’ll bring them to you here. Stay tuned, this was fun!