Phone Armband Review

Tune Belt AB89 Phone Armband Review

On the run and considering a phone armband? Recently I updated to an iPhone XS and outgrew my previous phone armband. So, the hunt began for a new one. My wife and I and our dog walk almost every day and like to listen to music. Sometimes in the rain. I also run periodically. Therefore, my criteria for a new armband:

  1. One I can wear to walk or run
  2. Can get wet
  3. Washable – because they can get smelly
  4. Fits an OtterBox

A note here, one item I forgot to consider is facial recognition.

Phone Armband Research

I spent about 3 hours reading reviews, sorting by stars and looking at other review sites. Most of the brands I am familiar with having other armbands over the years. I liked my previous LifeProof clip-in case for the iPhone 5. If you are in the market for this one it a solid choice. The band needed replacement after a couple of years as the Velcro wore out.

My wife and I had three waterproof LifeProof cases for our iPhone 5’s and 8. LifeProof cases are solid choices. There are a couple of knocks on the plastic preventing direct contact with the phone. But overall an 8 on a score of 10.

My ultimate choice is the Tune Belt model number AB89 as it mostly met the criteria.

Tune Belt AB89 Phone Armband

Tune Belt AB89 Phone Armband

Tune Belt AB89 Phone Armband

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There are 6 model numbers for the Tune Belts for the variety of devices and case styles. See the Tune Belt Armband Fit Guide to make sure you are getting the correct model number.

My wife and I had three waterproof LifeProof cases for our iPhone 5’s and 8. LifeProof cases are solid choices. There are a couple of knocks on the plastic preventing direct contact with the phone. But overall an 8 on a score of 10.

Specifications

The dimensions are 7.6 X 6.2 X 1.4 inches weighing in at 2.08 ounces. It fits the OtterBox and LifeProof cases and fits:

Phone Models:

iPhone: 6 6s 7 8 Xs X

Galaxy: S6 S7 S8 S9 S10

Google: Pixel

Cases:

OtterBox Defender

Commuter

LifeProof

Testing

Our tests included the iPhone 8 with LifeProof and iPhone Xs with the OtterBox Defender. The test included walking, mowing and running. Weather conditions included sun and light rain.

Performance

It does hold the iPhone Xs and OtterBox Defender case, but it is a snug fit to get it in and out.

I am unable to get the facial recognition to work without some sort of Cirqu du Soleil move with my body. So, I need to access the phone screen by touch. This is not easy or efficient. Most of the time I must take it off my arm and work it.

I can hit the screen through the plastic, but it is not efficient. The tested iPhone Xs has a plastic cover over the screen. The advertising includes this being “sweat-resistant”. Is anything resistant to sweat? Sure, I guess, why not. Throw it in the wash if you need to, I did, and it came out fine.

This thing is a beast with the iPhone Xs, OtterBox Defender and Tune Belt all packaged and on your arm. It does do the trick of holding the phone in place and does not slide on my arm very much. Although, it’s so huge there really isn’t anywhere for it to go. Also, it rides high enough to push a typical tee-shirt sleeve up.

Conclusion

After a few months of almost daily use for 2 hours a day, it does hold the phone on my arm. I gave up on trying to use the phone while in the case. If it was waterproof, I may have a higher recommendation. Since it isn’t, this case will only fit a few users due to the limitations.

7.2 Total Score
Get tuned in

I tested the AB89 model phone armband by Tune Belt for over 100 hours. See my full review for the good, the bad and the ugly.

Quality
6
Performance
7
Versatility
8.5
PROS
  • Fits a lot of models with cases
  • Washable
  • Stays put
  • Will shed some water, but not waterproof
CONS
  • Accessing the screen is just OK
  • Tight in-an-out on larger phones
  • Will slide down the arm
  • Larger biceps may need strap extender
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