Four. That’s the number of times I’ve stood in line at the Apple store to replace my iPhone. I’ve sealed up my fifth replacement in the waterproof escapeCapsule from Catalyst in hopes of saving another trip to Apple. The slim case can be submerged up to two meters and gives you complete access to all your controls. The clear polycarbonate housing allows for vivid underwater photos and the ability to do a quick check that the case is sealed before a swim. The touch screen works only above water, but you can use the volume button to snap photos underwater. After weeks of surfing, swimming and boating, my phone is still taking calls. It looks like a device that does everything has just learned to swim. $89.99. CatalystLifestyle.com
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What’s in a watch? You’d be surprised, or at least I am with the Sprout ST5500. The band is made from Tyvek, an eco-friendly fiber, so it’s biodegradable. But I wouldn’t dare compost it.
“Free" is a rare modifier at Atlantis. So when my friend boasted of a hotel that offered free breakfasts, free Internet, and free entry to Atlantis, I knew a kicker was closing fast. "The hotel isn’t on the property," she admitted. Yep, I knew there was a catch. "It’s right there," she said. She pointed to a pink building just down the driveway from Atlantis’ Coral Reef Towers. Between me and it, a sidewalk. No major intersections. “The hotel isn’t advertised on the Atlantis website,” she beamed. “You know, because it’s the Comfort Suites.”