Would you ever let a 4 ½ year old child throw your iPhone on the ground and jump on it? Or take it into the water when it is bath time? That’s exactly what I let my son do after I received a LifeProof case for my wife’s iPhone 4s. I should admit up front that the bathtub incident did happen, just without the phone in the case – at my wife, Karen’s, request. Good thing she reads instructions, because the first thing to do when you get a LifeProof case is test it first. Although the case is amazingly light and fits the phone like a glove, they do not guarantee your phones safety if the instructions are not followed properly. So we put a piece of paper in the case, closed it tightly and let our son submerge it, throw it against the wall and keep it underwater for roughly 20 minutes. After bath time was over, the paper was bone dry – now onto real world testing.
Karen used the case for a couple of weeks before I could get my hands on it. She loves it! Weighing in at 1.05 oz, you don’t even realize there is a case on your iPhone. With all the business calls and texting she does with her phone (to be honest I think she is just on reddit most of the time) she never notices any lag time when working with the touchscreen and the case somehow works with all of the phone’s buttons flawlessly. But to really test out this $79 case and to make sure it is worth the money, I needed to take it with me on one of my fly fishing outings to see if it can withstand some real abuse.
I brought the case along with me on a hike to a lake that sits at roughly 12,000 feet above sea level. It was going to be hit or miss whether the lake in question was actually fishable, or if it would still be covered in ice. To my luck it was fishable, somewhat. There was a sliver of open water on the western shoreline so my friends and I did our best to catch some fish, but in the end only one was caught. However, the fishing isn’t what is in question here, it’s the LifeProof case and if it is worth the money.
Since there was still ice on the lake I decided to try and punch a hole in it with the LifeProof protected phone – the ice was too thick so the phone just bounced. Then I took it to the outlet stream and tossed it into a shallow area and let it sit at the bottom for a bit while filming some video. Then I “accidentally” dropped it on the rocky shore as I was eating my lunch. Then my friend Tom picked it up, took a picture and updated his Facebook profile. (Even at 12,000 feet, we still can’t escape technology.) That’s a lot to put a phone through and have it still working perfectly, so I was impressed to say the least.
At the end of the day, the LifeProof cases are definitely worth the money. For everyday use, and the occasional dropping of the phone in water or snow or the floor, you really can’t go wrong. And for the days at the pool photos and the photo shoot on top of the mountain while skiing or hiking, this case is perfect!
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