Hiking the trails, biking the streets, or running the track, nothing should keep and your iPhone SE apart. That's what makes armband cases so great. Simply insert your phone, strap the case on, and you're good to walk, run, cycle... even in the rain! Yes, way!
- Incase sports armband
- Tune Belt armband
- Quad Lock Running Kit
- Mediabridge armband
- JOTO Sport armband
- 3iART floatable waterproof armband
- MoKo protective armband
- Lifeproof LifeActiv armband
Incase sports armband
The Incase sports armband is perforated, so it's breathable and won't slip when the sweat starts the drip. The band is also adjustable, so slim arms or massive muscles alike will fit comfortably and snugly. The touch-sensitive screen cover is sweat-proof, so you won't find yourself cleaning your screen when the workout is over.
If you're an early morning or late night runner, the reflective details will give you some extra security and visibility. There's also a single pocket that will hold ID, a credit card, or a single key.
Tune Belt armband
If you prefer to wear your armband on your forearm instead (or if you have smaller upper arms), Tune Belt's band will work well for you. You can also buy an extender to increase the diameter. The soft neoprene band is incredibly comfortable and sweat-resistant.
The hook and loop feature is a good place to wrap the cord from your earbuds if you want to shorten it, or keep them attached to the armband when you're not using it. It's distracting to have a long cord dragging down your arm, and earbuds are easily misplaced, so this is a handy solution.
Quad Lock Running Kit
For a little extra money, you can get a unique two-for-one: a case and armband. The Quad Lock Running Kit is a combination of polycarbonate and TPU, so it's designed for protection. The armband is fully adjustable Nylon Lycra, and fits all arm sizes.
The phone case snaps onto the armband with a dual locking system. This is a good alternative if you're not a fan of constantly slipping your phone in and out of plastic pockets. Just snap it on, lock it, and it won't budge, no matter how intense the workout gets. This combination case and band is perfect for those who constantly need access to their phone, but don't want to stop to pull it out of a sleeve or tuck it back in.
To completely weather-proof this system, we recommend also buying the clear Poncho that locks inside the phone case.
If your workout typically takes place on a treadmill or indoor track, the armband from Mediabridge was designed for you. The adjustable elastic and velcro strap will fit anyone, and won't move when you do.
The silicone rubber skin for the phone adds zero bulk, but just a bit of extra security if your phone gets jostled. There's no screen cover, so you'll always have access to all your apps. It's easy to get your phone in and out, so you can go from gym mode to office ready in no time.
JOTO sport armband
You're not limited to using an armband for workouts. If you want one that would also carry some cards or cash for a quick walk to the store or bank, the JOTO sport armband is it. The neoprene band is light and comfortable. Tucked securely against your arm are pockets for a key, your ID, credit cards, and cash.
The screen is fully protected, and responds to touch as though there's cover at all. Plug in your earbuds, strap the armband on, and get your steps in while you catch up over the phone.
3iART floatable waterproof armband
The name says it all. If your workout is unpredictable, 3iART floatable waterproof armband case is exactly what you need. You can wear it with a slim, adjustable armband, or with a lanyard around your neck. Every element is thin, lightweight, and made to take all that Mother Nature will throw at you. Now there's no excuse for skipping a run or bike. It also comes in a variety of vibrant colors, which is both fashionable and helpful for visibility.
Dirt, snow, dust, water...none of it is getting in to damage your phone. Unlike other waterproof cases, you can use the audiojack to take your music with you so the motivational soundtrack never stops. The touchscreen stays functional and sensitive, and the whole thing is submersible to 100 feet. It even arrives with test paper so that you can see for yourself how dry your phone will stay.
MoKo protective sports armband
MoKo's armband comes in a variety of colors, from basic black to vibrant blue or pink. The large reflective strip is a safety feature that also looks great. A comfortable velcro band holds your phone securely and won't move an inch, whatever the workout may bring.
It's water resistant, sweat-proof, and well-reviewed by fans of the brand. Secure spots for a key and cards or money mean that you can lock up the house, head out for a run, and treat yourself to some ice cream (don't worry, you'll run it off on the way back home).
Lifeproof LifeActiv armband
Fans of the Lifeproof band will appreciate the compatibility factor built into this armband. If you have other mounts from Lifeproof, the adapter is universal, so you can clip your phone in right away. The mount swivels from landscape to portrait, and holds your phone away from your arm.
The adapter and mount click when your phone is secure, so as soon as you hear the sound, you can get running. A simple twist removes your phone, and the release latch is easy to access. The band itself is fully adjustable to any arm size, and lives up to the name Lifeproof, as it won't show wear and tear, or lose any tension.
The bottom line
The iPhone SE fits perfectly into each of the armbands we've featured. It's just a matter of deciding which armband is best suited to your workout. For an indoor workout, the armband from Mediabridge is a low-cost, high quality option that users like. If your gym is the unpredictable great outdoors, invest in 3iART's offering and know that your phone will stay safe and dry.
If you've already got an armband, or if we missed your top pick, tell us all about it in the comments!
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
32 Apple stores reopen in China as special business hours come to an end
Apple has reopened 32 of its stores in China following a period of extended closures in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
2021 MacBook may come with Apple-designed processor
A report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple might release a MacBook Pro in 2021 with a processor designed by Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs on his birthday
Today would have been the birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He would have been 65.
Get the Apple Watch sport band look for less
Sport Bands look amazing on your Apple Watch, whether you’re at the gym, the office, or out on the town — and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, either.