Lifeproof got a lot of attention when people all over the world started posting videos of themselves throwing their phones (in a Lifeproof case, of course) into toilets, tubs, etc. full of water without any damage to their phones. There is one thing you can’t deny this company: They make a great waterproof, dropproof, snowproof case. But I had a few problems with their iPhone 4/4S case that also could not be denied. The plastic covering the touchscreen was unresponsive, the plug for the headphone jack was easily lost, and the design was a bit too militaristic for my tastes.
It normally takes a few versions of a product to get EVERYTHING I want fixed…but not in this case. Lifeproof has nailed it! They took their iPhone case from something I would only have on my phone during a beach vacation, to something that I’d use as my every day case. That’s HUGE!
Here’s my TSO breakdown:
The claims are all true with this air-tight blessing to all klutzes. Without increasing the size of your iPhone to epic proportions, this case will save you hundreds of dollars when you accidentally drop your phone in the pool, in the sand, on the slopes, or just the old-school toilet drop. This is my go-to case for days on the beach.
While the look of this hard plastic case is still a bit militaristic, the slimmed down profile and clear back showcase more of your iPhone’s design than it’s predecessor.
I’m nuts about Lifeproof’s Nuud line. This is the only waterproof iPhone case you’ll find that let’s you touch your actual screen! I’ll repeat…you touch your actual screen! They realized that as long as they created an air tight “O” ring around the screen, no water could penetrate the phone. Brilliant. Keep in mind that with ANY waterproof case, hearing the sounds of your phone will be slightly muffled. If you are particularly hard of hearing, sometimes it might be difficult to hear the person on the other end if your ear isn’t positioned exactly right. But like I said, it’s one of the trade-offs that happens for any waterproof case you buy.
All in all, Lifeproof has made a travel friendly case that I’d be happy to make my every day iPhone 5 case!
My name is Spencer Howard, and I’m an Concierge/Host/Drunk who has spent the majority of the past 9 years on the road, hopping from hotel to hotel for months at a time. Through trial and mostly error, I’ve become what the airport security line calls an “Expert Traveler.” (It makes my Mother proud)
But for those of us who go beyond occasional puddle jumper and enter the world of Hotel Homebody, it takes more than a complimentary mint and a flat screen TV to warm the cockles of our hearts.
I hope you have insurance, because I'm gonna be throwing some knowledge bombs at your face.
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