Up for review today is the Lifeproof iPhone 4/4S case. The case is touted as being water, dirt, snow and shock proof. Read our review and find out if the Lifeproof case really is life proof.
Disclaimer: This Lifeproof iPhone 4/4S case was provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.
While specs are not something that we tend to look for with a mobile phone case — in this instance, we suspect they will apply. For example, the case has been tested to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5 for shock and impact protection and it also has a full IP-68 rating against water and dust. Also worth noting, the case weighs 28 grams (less than one ounce). Some additional specs include the following;
Operational depth to 6.6 feet.
Drop height to 6.6 feet.
Temperature range of -40 degrees F to 140 degrees F.
Probably a bit more specific to a persons daily use and needs, the Lifeproof case will protect you against just about anything from minute dust particles to a fully submerged device. For me this means that I can go to the beach or go camping or out running without having to worry about my phone getting stuck in the sand or getting caught in the rain.
And in addition to the case being fully sealed, it also ships with a headphone adapter for the times when you need and/or want headphones.
Moving past the specs and into what I think after spending a few weeks using the case. Well, as I touched on in the specs portion — this case has helped me on the beach, while camping and also while in the rain. And trust me as a runner that lives in Florida — there are times when it can RAIN. I will say that despite worrying a little bit, hey, who wouldn’t when they are carrying an expensive phone with no insurance — this case can and will protect your iPhone against water. Short of actually dropping the phone in a bucket of water, I would say that without doubt — assuming your Lifeproof case is properly sealed, it will offer adequate protection against damage.
In terms of the drops as that is something that is bound to happen from time to time and as much as I hate saying this because it probably means it will happen soon, but I have not dropped my iPhone since I have begun using the Lifeproof. In this respect, I am going to have to trust the specs and take the word that it can handle a drop up to 6.6 feet.
Aside from my running, camping and beach experience, a few other situations that I can think of the Lifeproof case coming in handy includes work related (construction sites), snowboarding, skiing and maybe off-roading. The folks at Life Proof also note that the case would be good for other items such as surfing and singing in the shower.
I have been using the Lifeproof case in black. Nothing all that exciting about that color, however there are other options available such as pink, purple and white. And for those wondering what you can expect to pay for this kind of protection, $79.99.
Otherwise, I can say that the case is easy to put on and also, easy to take off. One word of caution, make sure the case is sealed well to make sure you have the proper protection. The case has a good feel, and by that it means that it doesn’t seem to get sticky or slippery when in your pocket or hand or even when it is wet. The case also does not seem to add lots of extra bulk or weight (thanks to that 28 gram weight).
The bottom line
I live in Florida and I spend more than an average amount of time outside and on foot. Needless to say, sweat and rain are inevitable for me and for that I am more than happy to have a Lifeproof case. And because I have been so happy I am more than happy to offer this as a suggestion to anyone that may be looking for similar protection for their iPhone.