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Well, at this price...
on February 15, 2013
Let me be clear: this is a 2 star product in design and quality. The ONLY reason I rated it at 3 stars is the price. If you are looking for a very cheap iPhone armband, then this is a reasonable choice for a little while. If you are looking for something that will perhaps be your last armband purchase, MOVE ON!
Shipped from China, I purchased two of these armbands - one each for my wife and I. At less than two dollars each (at the time of this writing) I knew I wasn't buying something to last. These were literally purchased as hold-overs to get us started on this year's fitness, while we researched some better choices.
These are made of a cheap mesh, and have a plastic front that allows you to use the touchscreen while your phone is inside. The good news is, they stay on while jogging and the touchscreen is reasonably easy to use while your phone is in the holder. Now for the (not unexpected) bad news:
1) The armband stays on, but BARELY. Not having any sort of non-slip material on the inside, these will slip if you're not wearing them over your t-shirt sleeve. With decent biceps, I can still get the armband to stay on, but at a height up my arm that makes it awkward to use.
2) The touchscreen is useable through the front plastic, but only just. It's a hair on the thick side, and often you have to really press down to get touches to register.
3) The snap/clasp mechanism is on the underside of the arm-band. This means that when the velcro is tight (to keep it on, refer to point one) you feel it digging in to you.
4) You cannot use this arm-band with even the thinnest of cases. It's a tight squeeze for an iPhone 4/4S even without one on.
For the price paid, these will do for now. I can't really recommend them because they simply have too many flaws. That said, if you're looking for cheap or temporary, this is a decent arm-band to go with, but I have a feeling the quality and design is only serving us to buy a better band ASAP.