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These cases are designed to protect your smartphone while birding in the field.
LifeProof Cases are advertised as being waterproof to several feet. This is the case I use with my iPhone 4S and I love it. I bought it myself, so this isn't a paid promotion, just my opinion. Although I don't intentionally submerge my phone in water, I love the fact that I don't need to worry about rain or an accidental coffee spill. I also like that it is much less bulky than some other cases. It is presumably much less resistant to physical shocks than the OtterBox cases, but still much more rugged than your typical case. The case does make the phone somewhat harder to see, use and hear, but I found that I became accustomed to these minor irritations and don't notice them anymore. The main drawback is that when I'm trying to play or record bird sounds the volume is really attenuated. Overall: Highly recommended
Otterbox Defender Series for the iPhone are the most rugged cases around. Although not as weather proof as the LifeProof cases, Otter box is has a great reputation for gear that willl protect your smartphone from drops and general abuse. Note that the Otter series is generally bulkier than the LifeProof products.
Here are the classic birding field guides. You may want to round out your library or send one as a gift to a birding friend.
We have a special fondness for Kenn Kaufman Guides & Books. Ken is a big BirdsEye supporter and author of its descriptive text.
Battery Packs for iPhone and Android
Solar Power & Alternative Chargers for iPhone and Android