LifeProof is a young vibrant company based in San Diego that designs, manufactures and markets LifeProof cases for all-environmental protection, functionality and interactivity to SmartPhones and Tablet PCs.
The registered brand name 'LifeProof' is inspired by the protection and fully functional convenient operation of the device in rain, in water while swimming or surfing, in mud, sand, dust, snow or ice. The company mantra is 'Freedom' - freedom to be connected anywhere with your mobile device; freedom to build relationships, gain knowledge, exercise, and juggle work; freedom for all people anywhere to go everywhere.
My husband is a Tow Truck Driver who relies on his IPhone at times to take photos of accidents, or just cool things he tows. As Fall came he started mentioning needing to get a cover for his phone to help protect it around his job. In December I got approved for a review of a LifeProof IPhone cover and it couldn't have come at a better time!
While the cover was shipping in the mail my husband was on an accident scene for eight hours with high winds, rain, and freezing temperatures. The next day he mentioned that he was unable to take pictures of the scene because he was worried about his phone in the weather conditions and LifeProof popped in to my head. A couple days later the case came and I wrapped it as a Christmas present for fun and couldn't wait to see how he liked it.
The seven layers of protection, as shown above, is ultimately why I contacted LifeProof. Since my husband works outside his phone has the chance to be dropped in snow, water puddles, grease, and then the normal wear and tear of a fall from several feet above.
My favorite thing about these covers is that they're waterproof! His phone would stay in the cup-holder of his truck at all times because of the unknown and all the "what if" possibilities so after he got the case I found him taking more photos of his job and really boasting about how well he likes this cover.
The first thing you want do to after receiving your LifeProof case in the mail is a water test. Doing a water test before using this product with your phone ensures that the covers lock together, there's no defects, and the inside will truly stay dry. I put our's in the sink with a cup on top to make it stay down since it's so light weight and waited the ten suggested minutes to take it apart and see if water was inside.
Happily there was no water inside the case so we put my husband's white IPhone 4S phone inside and the review began!
After putting the case on and making sure the whole thing was sealed, it felt weird at first. While it doesn't add much to the phone size wise, its something to get used to. I immediately noticed that it is a little tougher to use the touch screen because of the clear plastic over the front but my husband hasn't had too many issues with it.
This case has saved his phone several times from drops where it could otherwise potentially shatter the screen. I know he's dropped it outside during rain and snow and has no issues with leaks and after a quick wipe off, he's good to go.
My husband has one issue with this LifeProof case and that is the charging port above. As you can see there is a little door that locks in place when not charging and then you simply flip it down to use without it really being in the way. My husband has an AT&T car charger for his phone and it does not fit with this case. It's just BARELY too small of an opening for this case and there have been times where he's worked long hours or went out of town and had to take the cover off to charge his phone while in his truck at work.
Something else we've noticed with this little charging door is if you open it when you have someone on speaker phone or music playing, its louder. The sound if muffled a bit by this case but that's because the whole phone is covered and being protected from unsafe aspects that could other wise destroy the phone.
- This phone case comes in 11 different colors
- Retails for $79.99 on the LifeProof website.
- Cases withstand immersion in water to a depth of 6.6 feet for 30 minutes.
- Weighs less than 1.05 oz
- Designed to Military Specifications
- Total dimensions are 5.1” x 2.6” x 0.5”
Overall, my husband likes this case and has saved us from possibly needing to purchase a new phone. $79.99 can seem pricey for a case but when you think about the possibility of spending several hundred dollars to buy a new phone, the price speaks for itself.
With the protection from dirt, water, snow, and shock from drops, this is a no brainer item to purchase and you'll be glad you did once something happens!
LifeProof offers cases for IPhone 4/4s as well as IPhone 5, IPads, IPods, and soon SamSung Galaxy phones. You can also buy accessories for your phone like belt clips, bike mounts, and even an arm holder for the joggers out there!