Lifeproof iPhone cases - feedback?

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

  1. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    Had a Ballistic case. Dropped the phone down the bleacher stairs at the WSB race at Miller. Phone was fine. I'm thinking aqua-tek s if I need something waterproof. Also has an extra bat and a solar charger.
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  2. AdventureDave

    AdventureDave MMMMM Bundy!

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    Another (dear) alternative is the msc/rallemoto billet iphone case. Not waterproof, but the video is pretty funny if you want to see how strong they are, dropping from a speeding car etc.

    http://rallemoto.com/contents/en-us/d60.html


    Cheers

    David
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  3. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Do you have one of the earlier cases? My first one did that but Life Proof said they fixed it. My current case has zero issues.
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  4. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    My 4S is less than a year old and I have gone through 2 Otterbox Defenders. I have now switched to the Lifeproof box and so far I am very happy. I rarely use the speaker phone or use it as a music source so the whole headphone doesnt bother me. Best thing is that its thinner for carry in my pocket, not sticky/dirty rubber, screen doesnt seem to get as nasty, its water proof AND shock proof. Which I would have switched earlier!!!
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  5. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Bought a Lifeproof case for the iPhone 5 today before I even had the phone.

    So far in just a few hours the case has made me very unhappy. :bluduh

    My first impression on opening the package is that the case is rather flimsy. No matter, there have been numerous positive reviews of the case, perhaps that's just my perception.

    The instructions direct you to perform a water test before using the case. Without the phone, you assemble the case and submerge it for one hour. I noticed after just a few minutes under water that my case had water in it.

    Further inspection revealed that the seal which is supposed to cover the charging port on the iPhone was missing. My first thought was that it wasn't a big deal. I can exchange the case tomorrow since I purchased it locally.

    In the meantime, I figured I might as well use the case, even if it isn't water proof. The screen cover doesn't seem to fit very well. There's a tiny bit of airspace between the cover and the glass itself requiring a little more pressure when using the phone. I guess I could get used to it, but I did quickly notice that icons near the edges and corners required noticeably more pressure. The difference on such a sensitive device is very small, but it's noticeable.

    And then I made a phone call. The person on the other end kept complaining that I sounded muffled and could barely hear me. I removed the phone from the case, and that fixed the problem. I thought maybe the ports for the microphone were still wet, so I blew them out even though they appeared clear and let the case sit idle to dry out completely. A few hours later I made another phone call with the same result. "What? I can't hear you. You sound like you're in a barrel. What's wrong with your phone?" Again, taking the case off the phone fixed the problem.

    Perhaps I got a defective case (aside from the missing seal), but this thing thing has not impressed me.

    I've used an Otterbox Defender on my 3GS for the past couple of years. It's rather bulky, but I've had not complaints about its performance. I think tomorrow when I return this Lifeproof, I'm going to trade it for an Otterbox. The iPhone 5 Defender is quite a bit less bulky than that for the 3GS, so it should be an improvement as far as slipping it into a pocket.

    And the headphone jack is almost a dealbreaker. I have a set of headphones that have a very slim jack, and even they are too big to fit. Looks like it's Apple headphones or nothing unless you want to use that silly extension.

    Jamie
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  6. Bazgab

    Bazgab Been here awhile

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    This is a known defect with some of the cases, usually have to return it for a new one, luck of the draw I guess.

    I know it is personal preference and others have voiced their displeasure with it, but I like the airspace between the screen protector and the screen. Took me a few days to get used to it but I swear once I did it was more sensitive than the protector on the Otterbox. I do not notice any extra pressure needed to hit icons closer to the corner either, again looks like the QC department screwed up on catching your case, bummer.
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  7. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Today I returned the Lifeproof and got an Otterbox Defender. I already like it much, much more. The build quality feels like a higher standard. It seems to fit the phone better. The Lifeproof has somewhat of a flimsy feel and the screen protector was bowed out. The buttons on the Defender are more precise. My only nitpick about the Defender is that the Silence button is hidden behind a rubber door which you must open and poke your finger to move the switch. It's not something I use frequently though, so I don't foresee too much inconvenience.

    Perhaps as Bazgab suggested, I just got a defective Lifeproof, but even that makes me a little nervous about using it.

    The Defender is a little more bulky than the Lifeproof, but my feeling is that it better protects the phone from impact. of course, it's not waterproof, but so far that hasn't been an issue for me.

    Not only that, but the Defender is more than $30 cheaper.

    Jamie
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  8. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Really tested mine last night. My wife was putting the turkey in a 5 gallon bucket of brine. I left my phone sitting on the counter next to the bucket while I went to grab the lid for the bucket. Wife knocked the bucket of brine over, right onto my phone and then sent it flying across the room when she tried to grab it out of the way! :lol3 :lol3 Phone was soaked and flew about 15' but is still fine!! :D
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