Published on August 21st, 2012 | by Kira0
LifeProof: Extreme Wear for an Extreme Phone
How rough are you on your phone? Do you like to take it everywhere with you, literally? Hiking, biking, and rock climbing? Through waterfalls? We’ve done all of these, sometimes to the detriment of our smartphones. And while some people prefer to keep their iPhones sleek and vulnerable, we recommend a bit of protection against the rough and tumble lifestyle.
There are a few heavy duty protective cases out on the market, but if you are an iPhone 4 user, you are in luck: the LifeProof iPhone 4 case seems to be very sturdy and also one of the thinnest available (only adds an extra 1/16” to each side of the phone). This case can withstand being dropped two meters – 6.6ft- as well as being submerged underwater for the same distance, plus holds up against shock, snow, and dirt!
Since it is the summer, I figured the most important test I should do is the water test. LifeProof recommends that you test the case before putting your phone in it. So, I set up the case and dropped it in a bowl of water. It floats, so, I put a cup on it and waited. After about an hour I took it out to see the damage, and it looked dry inside. I do not have a iPhone 4, but Greg does, so I got to test this next step on his phone, which was much better for my nerves than his (editor’s note- we don’t recommend trying this, and I’ve learned never to loan out my phone).
I put his phone in the case and screwed it into place. With held breath, I dropped his phone into the bowl, and it sank. I found the case did not seem to effect the use of the screen on the phone while it was out of water; although, it does bubble a little where the screen is. So, I wanted to see if I would be able to use Greg’s phone in the water, no luck. I’m not sure what the effect the water has, but the screen no longer recognized my touch. Thankfully, soon as I took it out of the water the phone worked fine again. So, I managed not to destroy Greg’s phone!
We did not just get the case from LifeProof, we also got the LifeProof Lifejacket Floating Accessory for your phone. This bright orange and amusing-looking floaty goes over the LifeProof iPhone 4 case, and is as likely to be seen by lifeguards as you are. Since this case is ideal for water sports or more extreme situations, it can be easily be put on and taken off. It does add a bit to the size of the phone and, like I said, it draws a lot of attention to itself. So, I slapped it on in all its garish glory, put Greg’s phone in for another bath, and it floated! The life jacket is great if you like to take your phone to the beach or out while boating. It is also supposed to protect the phone for up to a 20 foot drop, but I think one is more likely to plan and to be wearing the extra case for the use while sailing or jet-skiing. The main case can handle small falls; so, depending on what you are doing, you can plan accordingly.
Other than the cost, the only major issue that we had was that the screw at the top has to be fastened really tight and can be hard to unscrew once it is in place. Otherwise, your phone is getting that much closer to being bullet proof! While the $54.50 price tag for the LifeProof case and $39 price tag for the life jacket aren’t low, your phone will cost a lot more money and mental stress to replace if something goes wrong.