I had never heard of LifeProof until someone posted a picture on Instagram, and I spent a bunch of time on their website. A little looking, and I was hooked!
The hubs and I both had iPhone 3s in Otterbox cases, and when my hubby was in Atlantic City on business (same day we had an earthquake, which we never have here!) he dropped the phone, and it landed just right to crack the screen. I managed to find him a kit on Ebay to replace it, and it broke again shortly after. I really didn’t want him to be without a phone going back & forth to work until we tried to fix it again, so we ended up upgrading to the 4S and again, bought Otterbox cases. He managed to fix the old phone (sorta) and we gave our old phones to the kiddos to play games. All went well until I scooped one up with bedding & threw it in the washing machine. We realized it almost immediately, but the damage was done.
The Otterbox Commuter cases were OK, and their customer service was great in replacing both of our cases when they cracked in the same place. I didn’t open my replacement, figuring I’d wait until I really had to replace it, since I was coming to the end of the warranty. The Lifeproof cases were a lot more expensive than the Otterbox, but I thought about how much money we spent on replacement screens (and the paperweight that was our drowned iPhone3) and figured it was worth it.
Side note, apparently counterfeit Lifeproof cases are rampant, so make sure you buy directly from Lifeproof. When we got the cases, hubby put his on right away (I waited until I could read the instructions, hee-hee.)
They are pretty similar in size and thickness, though the Lifeproof is a bit longer since it has a bigger area at the bottom.
The Lifeproof cases really are “life Proof” (and toddler proof) since they are actually designed to (intentionally) go under water!! (Read all the instructions!!)
The fact that they come in pretty colors doesn’t hurt.
The cases come with a 90 day warranty, and if you register your case, it’s extended to 1 year. Make sure you register your case FIRST before you install it. You will need serial #s on both sides of the case. You have to complete a quiz (which proves you read the instructions) and enter these #s. We didn’t do this first, and still haven’t brought ourselves to take them apart & get the #s. So save yourself the time and do it first!!
The cases are designed to be completely water-tight if installed correctly, and have a built in screen protector.
The case comes with a plug for the headphone jack, as well as an extender and an extra plug (hooks to the extender for safe keeping) which I didn’t immediately realize when I was looking at the site.
After you follow all of the instructions, including performing the water test (without the phone), you are ready to install. It’s super easy.
The case has tons of extra features that you may not notice at first, like protecting the volume buttons.
It’s pretty slick looking when it’s on, and the edge has just enough grip, while the rest of the case slides in & out of pockets easily.
The iPhone headphones work fine, while you might need to use the extender for thicker headphone jacks. The standard iPhone charger works perfectly as well (there is a flap to make it waterproof when not being charged.) There is an optional extender to make the case work with speaker docking stations etc.
The phone works perfectly, with no change to the touch screen or sound.
Bonus, we put the cardboard iPhone screen in our old Otterbox cases and our kids are having a blast playing with them!
Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Have you had any close calls? LOL
I purchased the pictured items myself. Post contains affiliate links however, I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.