LifeProof makes some of the best waterproof cases for iOS devices in the world. The company’sNd cases for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5swere positively reviewed at AppAdvice in 2013 and 2014, respectively. When the iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September, we waited patiently for LifeProof to release their newest case.That wait ended earlier this month when the LifeProofNd case for the iPhone 6 Plus was finally released.
Was the wait worth it? It’s time to find out.
Company Name: LifeProof, which is owned by OtterBox
Product Name: iPhone 6 PlusLifeProof Nd case
Compatibility: iPhone 6 Plus; also available for iPhone 6
The LifeProof Nd offers full iPhone protection without a lot of bulk. Unlike the LifeProof Fr, this one doesnt come with an attached screen protector. Hence its name, LifeProof Nd.An optional scratch protector is included in the box at no extra charge.
Note: TheLifeProof Fr isn’t available for the iPhone 6 Plus. An iPhone 6 model does exist, however.
Integration With The Device
Buttons and other controls are covered by durable plastic. The only part that remains uncovered is the iPhones display screen.
The LifeProof Nd protects thehome button on the iPhone 6 Plus using a thin layer of plastic.Even with this, the phones Touch ID function works as intended.
Ive never been thrilled with using cases that cover volume control buttons. Most times, the snug fit makes using the buttons with success next to impossible.
With the LifeProof Nd, things are greatly improved. Yes, the buttons do tend to stick. However, a short break-in period eliminates this problem after a few tries.The mute button also works as intended, although it too may stick at first.
With the LifeProof Nd, a plastic screw cap protects the headphone jack when not in use. This piece is connected to the case.
No worries here. The sensor works just fine.
Camera And Flash
The LifeProof Nd adds a very thin layer of protection over the iPhones camera and flash. This doesnt affect the quality of the photos or videos taken.
The LifeProof Nd ships with a microfiber cloth, weatherproof headphone adapter, and screen protector. It also includes an iPhone test unit so that you can do your own water test prior to installation. This test isnt necessary since each LifeProof Nd shipped has already been water tested.
Use and feel
The case weighs just 1.89 oz.. This light weight doesnt mean that the LifeProof Nd blends away into obscurity, however. This case is solid and stands out. Just be patient when putting it on your iPhone, as it takes someeffort.
There has been some debate about LifeProof cases causing a reduction in call quality. I didn’t experience this with the LifeProof Nd. Additionally, some have complained that the necessary headphone adapter for some LifeProof cases caused audio problems. Again, I didn’t experience this.
One area of concern isthat sound emitting from the iPhone (without a headphone) tends to be muffled with the case installed. This is most apparent when receiving notifications. Turning up the volume corrects this.
How Long Will It Last?
Scratches, Scuffs, and Dirt
The LifeProof Nd may be lightweight, but it feels tough enough to last a long time. This has been my experience with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models. Both cases were given to others when I upgraded my device; both are still in use.
TheLifeProof Nd offersU.S.Military Standard 810G-516.6 for drop and shock protection. It has also been rated IP-68 forIngressProtection (IP). This means that the case can withstandcirculating talc for 8 hoursand water immersion to 6.6feet, or 2 meters for up to one hour.My tests confirm this to be correct.
Access to buttons and plugs
Offers full protection
Only available inone color for now, black
Difficult to put on, and to take off
How Does It Stack Up?
For active users, owning an iPhone case that offers full protection is important. The nearly perfect LifeProof Nd is one of those cases, and one that holds up verywell.It comes highly recommended, even at its price.
The iPhone 6 PlusLifeProof NdOverall Scores:
Buy now: The iPhone 6 PlusLifeProof Nd is available through the LifeProof website and at U.S.retailers. It is priced at $99.99.