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3.0 out of 5 stars It is comfortable but not sure about long-term durability, October 24, 2011
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This review is from: Belkin Dual-Fit Armband for Apple iPhone (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Length:: 4:57 Mins

I've been searching for an armband to hold my iPhone 4 for quite a while. Nothing out there seems perfect. There is quite an assortment of stuff out there; some are only a couple dollars while others are pushing 50 bucks. I didn't want to spend that little or that much so I settled on this Belkin Dualfit armband.

It's made of a very light-weight neoprene and is quite flexible. It does not get stiff in cold weather. The case is very form-fitting and will not fit an iPhone with a case. You'll have to remove your iPhone case first before putting it in the armband. You could force it in with the case on but you'll likely rip the neoprene which would destroy the armband essentially. As you slide the iPhone into the case, you may experience the plastic window of the armband sticking to the iPhone screen which means you have to finesse it into the case since it sticks as it's going in. The same stickiness is present when you remove the iPhone from the case.

The armband has two slots that the velcro band fits through. You pick the slot that gives you the best fit, the closest slot is for thin arms, the second slot is for larger arms. You don't put the strap through both slots, choose one or the other.

There is a little pouch on the armband that I suspect is for holding a key or maybe for jamming excess headphone cable into to prevent the cable from flopping around. Since the Belkin website and description on Amazon makes no mention of this, you'll have to decide for yourself what its purpose is.

It's an OK armband for the iPhone. It does offer a small amount of water repellency although it is by no means waterproof. Rain can easily get in through either the heaphone opening or the top sides of the case. It will afford some degree of rain protection but it's definitely not waterproof.

I don't feel that this is the "ultimate" iPhone armband case for the iPhone but it is reasonably priced, carries a 1-year warranty and is made by a reputable manufacturer unlike the couple of dollar cases that are also available on Amazon. So for me, it works OK but I'm still keeping my eyes open for something a little better.

My wife did mention that when running with mittens or gloves, the iPhone may not register your touch through the armband window. I had no problems with that with bare hands however. It was easy to use screen gestures to use the iPhone for me.

One other point is that the speakers on the iPhone are fully covered by the armband case so if you are not a headphone user but use apps like "Couch to 5k" or some other app that is giving you voice prompts and/or playing music, you will find the volume greatly diminished because of the armband case. Of course if you're wearing headphones it's not an issue.

PROS:
It's very lightweight and flexible. Feels comfortable on the arm.
You are able to control the screen with gestures with your finger.
CONS:
Won't fit over an iPhone in a case.
Is definitely not waterproof just water resistant.
The button is stiff and the iPhone doesn't always recognize that you've pushed it.

UPDATE: 4/9/2012 - I have not been using this armband quite as much as I thought I would but even with that in mind I have noticed that the window has become quite cloudy. It is no longer perfectly clear but now has a somewhat milky, cloudiness to it. I presume this is due to sliding the iPhone in and out of the case. IT's still useable but the clarity of the window is somewhat diminished.

UPDATE: 5/27/2012 - I have posted two images in the customer gallery showing the cloudiness.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:14 AM PDT
Little Mom says:
Awesome review - very thorough. Thank you for taking the time to make the video - it really helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 11:37:31 AM PDT
M. Erb says:
@Little Mom Thank you. If you end up ordering the armband, leave a comment once you've used it to let us know how you like it,

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 9:58:44 PM PST
R. Lee says:
The extra bit about the pouch was great--thanks. Looks like an ideal place to stash a key.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 5:43:10 AM PST
M. Erb says:
@Ralph Thanks. Yeah, I've sort of concluded that it was probably meant for a key. But my car key won't fit in there that's for sure.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 1:11:30 PM PST
KAREN KUHN says:
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this it was extremely helpful!

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 8:02:06 PM PST
Lauren Overy says:
Thanks! Is there any case you've found that will fit an Iphone4 with a case on it?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 5:45:05 AM PST
M. Erb says:
@Lauren I can't answer your question because I have not actually looked for any other cases that would fit over an iPhone with a case. There is such diversity in the types of cases available for iPhones-different thicknesses and widths-that it might be difficult to even make a case with universal appeal that would accommodate an iPhone with a case. Maybe there are some "generic" cases with more room in them. Wish I could be of more help.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 9:19:25 AM PST
A. Melendez says:
Very helpful comment. Does the ipod touch still gives you accurate running and/or workout information with the armband?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 9:39:06 AM PST
M. Erb says:
The case does not affect the iPhones ability to display information or the accuracy of displaying information.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2012 11:56:11 AM PST
A. Melendez says:
Thank you very much for your information. It is informative and the video is very helpful.
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