Magellan ToughCase Review



  • Makes iPhone waterproof and shock resistant
  • Built-in power cells double iPhone battery life
  • Built-in high accuracy GPS chipset


  • iPhone 3 generation only
  • Expensive
  • No software included

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £175.00
  • Rugged shockproof chassis
  • Waterproof to IPX7 standard
  • Built-in SiRFstarIII GPS chipset
  • Built-in 1,840mAh battery
  • Belt clip supplied

A dedicated hiking GPS is a special breed of device – rugged and functional, but not necessary that user friendly. Compared to a top-grade smartphone, it can be a pretty clunky experience. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the best of both worlds? If you’re an iPhone owner, Magellan has a solution for you. It’s called the ToughCase, and it has everything you need to take your phone out in the elements.

Well, that is, if it’s an iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, or an iPod Touch. If you have any of these, the ToughCase will totally encase your device and protect it. The phone slots in and connects at the bottom. You then close the glass-fronted door and secure the catches. A rubber washer seals the door shut, and Magellan has thoughtfully provided an extra in the box. Once closed, the ToughCase meets the IPX 7 standard. This means it will resist being submerged in up to 1m of water for half an hour. It’s also shock resistant, although in this case Magellan doesn’t quote a particular international standard. So if you accidentally drop it in a puddle, or get caught in a rainstorm, your phone should be just fine.

The phone will mostly be usable as normal, as virtually all ports and switches have been passed through to the ToughCase exterior. There are power buttons positioned on the top, one for the iPhone and one for the iPod Touch. Volume controls are available on the side. The ear speaker at the top and the microphone and main speaker on the bottom are covered by rubber membranes which let the audio out, so you can still use the iPhone as a phone. The camera also has a window cut out on the rear of the ToughCase, so you can continue to take snaps of your location when out hiking.

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