Looking for the ultimate iPhone case? Tired of replacing the screen or losing your phone to water damage? Well LifeProof cases are the solution.
I recently obtained a LifeProof case for my iPhone 5, and so far, it’s held up to my standards of protecting those valuable and precious electronics.
LifeProof cases are said to have what they refer to as the “Four Proofs”, waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shock proof. Their cases are tested to military standards for shock resistance, with the military standard number to prove it, MIL STD 810 F. Yea that’s right, bask in its glory. The LifeProof website goes into detail about what the standard means exactly, but to sum it up, the case can withstand infrequent and non-repetitive drops and shocks. Basically, you can drop your phone from a normal height with no problem, just don’t do it a bunch.
One of LifeProof’s most magnificent features is the whole dust proof/waterproof aspect of it. Once again they have the little number to prove what their case can do. IP-68 has a specific meaning to it, where each letter/number stand for a different test it passed and the results of that test. If you want to know exactly what each number or letter means you can go to their website, if not, I’ll just give you the bottom line. You can bring your phone or tablet to the beach, bury it in the sand, and not have to worry any getting in it.
Don’t want to leave your phone on the beach while you’re in the water? You can freaking bring it in the water with you! If installed correctly, the LifeProof case can withstand immersion in water 6.6 feet deep for 30 minutes. With the use of waterproof headphones and the waterproof headphone adapter, you can listen to music while in the water as well. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the waterproof feature, but not under the usual circumstances. I pretty much never go swimming, but it’s great to see people’s faces when you act like you hate your phone and just dump it into a glass of water. Priceless.
LifeProof makes an abundance of accessories for you case. Waterproof headphones, bike mounts, armbands, speedometer sensors, and those waterproof headphone adapters mentioned earlier.
There are a couple of drawbacks to the case, not necessarily drawbacks, but little annoyances for me at least. First off is the headphone adapter. The adapter pretty much must be used in order to listen to music over headphones or speakers. The Apple EarPods are practically the only headphones that fit into the headphone access opening, barely. So if you use other headphones or like to plug your phone into speakers, you’re going to have to constantly take the phone in and out of the case. The second little annoyance is the plastic cover over the face of the phone. The plastic is not exactly flush with the screen, and feels unusual to press through to get to the screen. There aren’t any problems with pressing through the screen protector, it just takes some getting used to after having a normal screen protector that sticks on. The third is that the speakers are a little bit muffled because of the waterproofing. It’s not that much of a hindrance, it’s just…noticeable.
Even with the drawbacks, LifeProof is by far one of the best cases on the market. Its abundance of proofness makes it superior to the Otterbox in certain ways, but the sleekness of the case is not even comparable. The LifeProof case looks waaaay better. If you’re looking for a phone case that will allow you to drop your phone from a three-story window, go with the Otterbox. If you need a phone case that can withstand your everyday lifestyle, occasional clumsiness, and still look great while doing it, LifeProof is the case that you must have.
G.I.A. Rating: 9/10
More information on LifeProof cases can be found at www.LifeProof.com