Lifeproof iPhone cases - feedback?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shaggie, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

    Oct 12, 2005
    Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. SoCalJeff

    SoCalJeff In the wind

    Oct 16, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    I was really unhappy with my life proof case.

    I would urge you to save the money and buy an Otterbox Deffender. Similar quality and functionality with a substantial cost savings.
  3. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

    Jul 19, 2008
    Seattle area
    I have had my iPhone4 in an Otterbox Defender and it has worked great! Sure, it might be a little bulky, but it paid for itself the one time I dropped it on concrete and then bounced into gravel.
  4. derrickbwg

    derrickbwg Adventurer

    Jul 25, 2011
    Switched from an otterbox to the lifeproof....not really impressed. The lifeproof is waterproof and it's nice to take in the shower and listen to the news while getting ready but that's its' only endearing quality as far as I'm concerned. My backdoor that covers the charging outlet snapped within 2 months of use. Very, very flimsy/thin plastic that snapped without any excessive use or force. They'll warranty it if I go to best buy and get my receipt and send it all back with a warranty form but I think I'm just going back to the otterbox. The otterbox is tough to get out of your pocket due to the grippy nature of the cover, lifeproof is easy but it also slides around everywhere in my vehicles because of it's hard, slick casing. The earplugs are a hassle to get in and out because you have to screw an adapter into the waterproof housing. It is nice and slim but I don't get the feeling it would protect near as well as the otterbox and it's beefy covering. ymmv
  5. thetable

    thetable Long timer

    Jul 29, 2008
    Western Loudoun Co, VA
    I pre-ordered mine. Been using it heavily ever since with absolutely no problems.
    Most aftermarket charge cables don't fit, that's about all I have against it.
  6. hrolf

    hrolf neophyte

    May 26, 2010
    city on a hill
  7. Crystal Springs

    Crystal Springs n00b

    Feb 12, 2012
    This question has forced me from a long-term lurker to poster. But I have had a really negative experience with these, after initially thinking this was going to be the ultimate device for riding and my iphone.

    I pre-ordered and waited months while a network of people become devoted lovers of Lifeproof before any had actually been made (look at their Facebook page to see how frenetic people got prior to the 1st production). The company even started doing their own reviews and rated their own product 5/5 stars. Anyway finally got one and sent it back as it did not seal and the headphone adapter didn't work. Got a new one and i don't use it, because;

    1. Their claim of only 1.3mm thicker, false advertising IMO.

    2. The plastic covered screen is impossible to see through in daylight, and you must be better than me if you can use the touch screen effectively.

    3. It's not made to take on and off.

    4. Unless you use Apple headphones and USB charger it wont fit any aftermarket ones.

    It does however keep it water, dust and shock proof. For me it was just a case of promise so much and deliver so little. They made a really cheap case and are flogging them because they have some really good marketing and skills in the use of social media.
  8. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

    Mar 13, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Ditto on Otterrbox, used the Commuter series happily for years, after purchasing a 4S upgraded to the Defender, now the wife and I both use the Defender, very happy wit their product and customer support.
  9. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

    Feb 15, 2011
    huntington beach
    New company called liquiprel
    Just had my iPhone coated
    Supposed to make them water resistant
    We'll see
  10. theofam

    theofam Been here awhile

    Nov 12, 2009
    I preordered the Lifeproof and it works great. I even swam with it while shooting video - no leaks.

    Tough as nails after several drops. I did, however, stop using it a couple months ago due to it's bulk as well as its ring/vibrate nub constantly shifting to vibrate, which caused my wife to think I was screening her calls when I didn't hear incoming calls.:ddog
  11. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

    Oct 17, 2006
    Denver, more or less.
    Anyone have the Lifeproof for the iPhone 5?

  12. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

    Oct 29, 2005
    Providence, RI
    Loved mine for my iPhone. I've switched to a Samsung Galaxy S3 and wish I could get one for it. The otterbox was way too huge and clunky to me. YMMV.
  13. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

    Aug 30, 2012
    meadow lakes
    i just was forced to upgrade phones after dropping my i4 in the commuter otterbox case and all it did was hold in the glass from falling on the floor it was shattered seeing contract was ending in a month i upgraded to the i4s and purchesed the lifeproof case ..

    while it is waterproof its also pain to use because of this feature .. any plug other than true apple cords wont fit without modifications .

    to use head sets you have to use screw in adapteri loose adapter in my jacket all the time ... because regular plug wont reach or fit . also comes with a tiny plug for ear plug hole (comes with spare ) lost 1st one first time out .

    you cant plug phone into any mp3 player system while in its case and its not easy to remove .

    cover easily scratches so makes seeing through hard in any light

    also while in case your volume is severly muted on both speaker and ring tone unless bottom port is open .

    the commuter was alround easier to use and carry but in the end it didnt protect it from a 2 ft high fall in my shop land on its corner and shattered the screen .. the plastic lense cover just held in the glass ..
  14. Davi5678

    Davi5678 Been here awhile

    Jul 4, 2008
    Melbourne Australia
    No complaints about the lifeproof case from me. Really happy with mine.
    It's saved my phone from falls about five times now. Keeps my dirty kitchen hands from gunking up my phone. I haven't tested it's waterproof claims yet, and I won't be deliberately trying. Besides I never put the plug in the audio jack. Must get in the habit.
    Biggest downside is the problems docking the phone, I have a dock extension in the mail from ebay, see if it helps.

    Update: Dock extender arrived, it barely fits the lifeproof case, pushing the door that covers the dock back. I don't want to risk breaking the hinge.
  15. Flounder

    Flounder Adventurer

    Nov 11, 2012
    My store sold roughly 35 Otter Box Defenders and 25 Lifeproof cases. People seldom realize these two cases are WAY different. The defender is dust and shock resistant. The lifeproof is WATERPROOF.

    Read that again. WATERPROOF.

    Along with that, there are some drawbacks, but the Lifeproof does what it says it will do with aplomb.

    By the way, I let my iPhone 4s hang out at the bottom of our patio fountain for an hour. No problem. Try that with a Defender.
  16. Bazgab

    Bazgab Been here awhile

    Sep 4, 2012
    Raleigh, NC
    Have had both an Otterbox Defender and a Lifeproof case. I like the Lifeproof a good deal more but it does have some drawbacks.

    My issues with the Otterbox Defender:
    1) Bulky for carrying in pocket
    2) Rubberized exterior makes pulling the phone out of pockets a hassle
    3) Rubber exterior degrades very quickly, the flaps covering the mic jack and the charging port starting ripping off within a few months.
    4) Looked dirty most of the time, screen protector looked more smudged than the Lifeproof given similar situations and usage.
    4) Everyone has one, pretty sure 90% I know with an iPhone have an Otterbox Defender.

    My issues with the Lifeproof:
    1) I have to use the screw-in 3.5mm headphone adapter to plug in any kind of ear buds, kind of a hassle.
    2) The speakers are muffled by the case if you are playing music out loud or using speaker phone, opening the bottom port fixes this though. I have never had people tell me I sound muffled though, but I have heard some people have that issue with the Lifeproof.
    3) A lot of docks and some interface cables do not function with the Lifeproof due to the smaller opening on the bottom, but there are adapters.

    To me the cost was not an issue as I got a black Lifeproof case on sale on Amazon for roughly the same price as an Otterbox Defender. If I had to pay the normal price I would probably not think so highly of it. I much prefer the feel of the Lifeproof screen protector, it is weird at first but it has a slight tactile feel that I have grown to like. I think it is similar to how I prefer a mechanical keyboard with its light, positive feedback.
  17. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

    Apr 26, 2007
    San Diego
    Lifeproof is exactly what they say. It makes your iPhone waterproof, dirt proof and . . . well whatever the rest is. My phone has been in a Lifeproof case (well, 2 of them) for a couple of years now. I think it's that long, I was one of the first to get one, so since then.

    Yes, there are compromises to be had. The speakerphone doesn't work quite as well, but it works fine for me. You have to choose your charging cables carefully, it only works with short body chargers. That said, I was able to find one that worked fine when I was in an airport and realized I left my charger at the hotel. If you don't use Apple ear buds (or other ones with slim plugs) you need to use the adapter. I use the Apple ear buds so no issues.

    But, there is a HUGE upside. My phone is waterPROOF. I frequently drop it in my beer to get free drinks at bars. I take pictures underwater. When I'm riding and it starts pouring rain, I laugh. When I ride in horribly dusty conditions, I laugh. (Honestly though, when I dropped my phone with the charger cover open in the dirt I was pissed. :baldy) And the case truly is slim. Especially compared to the Otterbox, which I had until this one came out.

    I have zero issues with visibility of the screen. Sunlight, dust, etc. The screen is just as visible as without the Lifeproof case. I have zero issues using my phone either. It works just as well outside the case as in it. I'm on my second cover (I had to replace the original because I managed to rip one of the GoreTex speaker covers) and don't understand why people say they scratch easily. I routinely drop my phone in the dirt, crash and fill my pockets with sand, and mine is not scratched at all. :dunno

    The only drawback I've encountered is that the sound/mute switch does have a tendancy to turn to "Off" without me wanting it to. I've gotten over that. I do not use docking stations, etc. but I can see how that would be an issue.

    And no, I do not work for Lifeproof. I have paid full price for my case(s). I just really like the product. :thumb
  18. Wargasm

    Wargasm Been here awhile

    Aug 24, 2012
    Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
    I've had Otterboxes for blackberries and iphones, while they are good they suck trying to get them out of your pocket, and the little rubber flaps tear off easily. The Lifeproof case is a harder plastic so it slides in and out of pockets easier, but there is the port problems. The adaptor for the earphones is cumbersome, and the charging port hole is just big enough for the stock apple charger, or one the exact same size. The earphone plug hole has a little screw to seal it, you get two, but they are small and easy to lose. The thing that bugs me most is that when bending over or squatting with the phone in my front pocket causes the home button to depress, which after a bit causes the voice control to activate, which means the phone tries to do whatever random interperatation of the surronding noise it hears, which could be anything. I've discovered my phone playing music, called a random number from my phone book or done some other weird thing. This is really annoying, but for the protection it provides not bad, I just have to change my habit of putting my phone in my pocket face in. It's protected it from quite a few drops, and a complet submersion after dumping my big in a deep rutted river crossing.
  19. Jamm

    Jamm Old man on 2 wheels

    Oct 17, 2010
    I've never had the lifeproof but have used the Defender for my iphone for well over a year with zero issues. I use the phone pretty hard each day so at a minimum the the charging flap is flexed daily sometime more. The headphone flap propbably get messed with twice a day. They both fit back into position snuggly with no tears.

    I've dropped my phone more times than I can count, several from distances +15' with no issues. YMMV but for me the Defender has paid for itself over and over. It's not a pretty case and won't stay shiney since it's made of a rubber compound. Think of you car tires as the wear, maybe if you used Armor All it would look pretty but it's not my bag of tea. The rubber does make it harder to get in and out of the pockets but if you don't wear the "skin tight look at my ass" type of jeans it's not an issue. Those that worry about it's looks and how fast they can speed draw it out of their pants should probably be looking into getting a murse. :D

    I'm a big bone'd type of construction guy so I wear carpenter jeans a lot. The Defender fits perfect in the tool pocket and is easy to get to without the worry of dumping all the change out of the normal pocket.

    To each his own, you just have to decide what criteria fits your lifestyle the best.
  20. Britome

    Britome Get Free

    Nov 7, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I love my lifeproof cad on my 4s and the mount which I put on the stem of my mirror. The beat system by far, IMHO.

    I'm not going to the 5 yet because I don't want to be bent over on the price for lifeproof 5 cases. Crazy ass! I'll wait a bit because I won't have an iPhone without the lifeproof.

    The big watch out is the chord. It is the weak link. Put an extra one in your tank bag and always screw the phone onto the chord and not vice versa. The twisting breaks connections.