BlackBerry Waterproof Cases Head-to-Head: Overboard vs Aquapac

By DJ Reyes on 2 Aug 2011 01:30 pm EDT

I am quite lucky with my currently living situation in that I live by the coast. This means that during the summer I’ll be a regular at the beach. It’s not the most glamorous of beaches but it will do (it’s a small village after all). It does however, mean that I needed to get myself some waterproof accessories to keep my BlackBerry addiction intact as well as keep the device itself dry and sand free. In come the Overboard and Aquapac waterproof cases. Both cases do a great job at keeping your BlackBerry dry and my BlackBerry Torch was quite usable when in the case, scrolling was good, typing and selecting were responsive, the only thing I could not do was use the trackpad. It proved quite difficult to use. When I tried using a non-touchscreen BlackBerry things proved to be a little bit more difficult. I used an old favorite, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the trackball was as unusable as the trackpad. I have Homescreen Dialing turned off so I could launch apps by using the different keys associated with the app and of course typing was not a problem but it became hard to use especially if I needed to scroll, though there are ways around that, it just takes a little longer.

As I already mentioned, both cases do a fine job at what they do. If I had to choose one it would be the Overboard case, only because my Torch fits in there quite snugly without too much movement, though sometimes the bottom part of the case hides the buttons along the bottom of the handset. If I got the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the future then I’d probably use the Aquapac case.

If you haven’t already, check out the video above for device usability demonstration and video footage underwater.

More information or to purchase the Overboard Waterproof Case
More information or to purchase the Aquapac Waterproof Case

Reader comments

BlackBerry Waterproof Cases Head-to-Head: Overboard vs Aquapac


can't see why anyone want to use them under water! Cases themselves look like glorified vacuum bags. Sorry, If i sound harsh!

I just use the mini-zip drug baggies when at the beach - trackpad works fine - Bold 9650 with Otterbox Commuter. I would not submerge it but it works in a pinch.

nice work, I can't help but notice both of those cases are useless.

its 2011 are those seriously the choices for water-proofing your blackberry?

i have taken my blackberry to the beach for the past 6 years without a case and have never had a single problem. Then again, I have never tried to make a call underwater, buried it in the sand, or thrown it at the lifeguards.

i threw my blackberry at a lifeguard once...he then looked at me, picked up my blackberry and chucked it in the ocean...

I would be screaming after that. I love my blackberry. I take it to our local beach but I can't stand it because of all the sand. It's amazing how sand seems to reach everything despite trying to keep it from happening.

But if I may, why did you throw your precious blackberry at the lifeguard?