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Published on August 21st, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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