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Old 02-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Lifeproof iPhone cases - feedback?

hi all

anyone have any experience with these:

Have just got a 4S and want to try and prolong it's life!



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Old 02-11-2012, 11:48 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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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
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:33 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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at least their ads are good ..

slapshot an iphone into a goal at 80mph.
the leader must not fall.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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New company called liquiprel
Just had my iPhone coated
Supposed to make them water resistant
We'll see
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:26 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #11
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Anyone have the Lifeproof for the iPhone 5?

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #13
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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 ..
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #14
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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.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:54 PM   #15
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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.
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