LifeProof iPhone 4/4S Case
This case is backed by a warranty that stands behind…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
This case is backed by a warranty that stands behind the superior quality of the product. A perfect way to protect your communications when on the trail, this iPhone case will end your hunt for the search for the BEST. Great for daily use too, if your a klutz.
- Extremely tough
- Highly impact resistant
- On the expensive side
- Can be a hassle having to use the headphone adaptor
- Several small parts that can be lost
- Difficult to clean dust
I will have to admit, I thought I was crazy after spending $80 on a case for a phone. This is THE product, though. When people use the term 'bulletproof', this case will fall into that criteria.
I purchased this case over a year ago when preparing for a big trip into the Cranberry Wilderness of Monongahela National Forest. It has held up to its claims up until now, and people should really know about how excellent this product really is.
LifeProof stands behind their product with a 90 day/365 day warranty, although I have never had a reason to make any type of claim. They state that they water test each case manufactured, and it meets the specifications for the Military Standard 810F-516 and IP-68 classifications.
They boast a temperature range from -40°F to 140°F, far above and below the temperatures an iPhone can even function. Its operational depth maximum for water is 6.6 feet (2 meters), and has Gore-Tex linings covering the microphone and speaker openings. There is a nice gasket sealing the two main pieces. There is an additional gasket at the charging port.
Its drop height is spec'd at 6.6 feet (2 meters) and passes 26 separate drop tests. The lens over the camera is double AR coated optical glass, which does really keep the photo and video quality up to a high standard. There is an optional swimming headphone adaptor to allow use of waterproof headphones (In case Michael Phelps wants to jam??). The speakerphone quality is actually enhanced by the design of using the back of the case as a subwoofer. It actually works!
The design has two little bumpers to protect the volume buttons, and the ringer enable switch, which really shows the attention to detail with the design.
Included with the case is a cleaning cloth, one extra headphone adaptor plug if you lose the first one, and the headphone adaptor itself. The plug has a silicone o-ring gasket that sufficiently does the job; there is one on the adaptor as well. You will see that the adaptor has an attached spot for you to store your headphone plug when you are using the adaptor, ingenious!
The case is not too much bigger than the phone itself, and also does not add much weight.
I have found this case to fully protect the phone in all drops, all accidental. You can see the plastic is somewhat marred from some of its life, character from doing its job. The speakers do not sound bad on either end of the phone in use, nor does the speakerphone function.
The only minus is that it picks up pocket lint. Compressed air helps a little, so do Q-tips. I find washing it helps the most.
The camera takes great pictures in the case, lessened picture quality could definitely be a deal-breaker. Here's a sample shot at Monongahela's North Fork Trailhead.
There are a few small parts that can be lost, and some are not easily replaceable, like the charging port silicone gasket. A little dab of RTV or silicone adhesive can easily rectify that. One of the only other gripes I can even come up with after a year of ownership, the headphone adaptor pig-tail can be a pain. You never ALWAYS have it with you when you are listening to music at home, in the car, etc. I do not have personal experience shooting video underwater, I never bought it for that intent. There are available videos online for your viewing pleasure if this is a needed perk for you.
Overall, this is the best mobile phone/music player case I have ever owned for any device. I couldn't ask for more. One may never justify spending this much dough for plastic and silicone, but that's a drop in a bucket compared to replacing an iPhone!!!