LifeProof iPhone Case Offers Protection Against Water and Shock Damage

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the most frequent reasons for an iPhone to go on a trip to the Apple Store's Genius Bar is because of water damage. Typically, a water damaged iPhone can be replaced for a flat $199 fee, though with the recently launched AppleCare+, that price can be reduced to $49.

    Most ultra-durable iPhone cases, like Otterbox's Defender or Case Mate's TANK, are merely water-resistant -- not actually water proof. They might protect an iPhone during a rainstorm, but they can't handle a dunk in the pool or -- perhaps more likely -- a drop in the toilet.


    LifeProof's iPhone case, however, promises otherwise. The manufacturer claims the case is Waterproof, Dirtproof, Snowproof, and Shockproof -- the video below demonstrates the waterproof claim. The case completely covers the iPhone, using rubber gaskets around each seal to ensure a tight fit. There is an removable screw that plugs the headphone jack, allowing easy access to that port when necessary. LifeProof also sells an adapter that allows waterproof headphones to be hooked up for use while swimming.

    It's not for those who like to switch cases frequently, however. The installation manual warns that the gaskets have a limited lifespan and the case shouldn't be removed and reinstalled more than a few dozen times. Further, the installation process is a bit of a pain -- before it is installed, LifeProof recommends that the case be put underwater for an hour, to ensure that there are no leaks in the gaskets.

    The $79 LifeProof case comes in black, white, pink and purple. It is available from LifeProof's online store.

    Article Link: LifeProof iPhone Case Offers Protection Against Water and Shock Damage
  2. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Never again will I fear a game of Plants vs. Zombies on the pooper.
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
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    I wonder how the mic and speaker function through a case thick and durable enough to be waterproof. If they work well, this could make for a great underwater HD camera!
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011

    It actually works quite well. I have the case in white for my 4s. I used it when we went out playing in the snow. The video looks great with good sound. I was able to take a phone call without any trouble hearing the person on the other end, and didnt get any comments about sounding muffled. You have to push a little more firmly on the touch screen, but thats a small price to pay. The external speakers still work great, and although I had to turn it up a bit louder than normal, everything could be heard clearly. The sound seems to resonate off of the back of the case a little bit. Overall, best case I ever had.
  5. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I'd still worry.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Good to know that if I'm strolling through a power substation and get fried, my apps will be safe.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2003
    Vancouver, Canada
    My friend has a LifeProof case and drops in the the hot tub all the time just to freak people out.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Reminds me of when I got the original iPhone and would take people's car keys and try to scratch the screen
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
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    This is pretty old news
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    I wonder how cell reception is 10 feet under water.... I would assume that the water kills the radio signals big time.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2007
    I'd be interested to hear views on this or any competing cases from owners - I'm hoping to use my 4S as an underwater camera on a holiday soon and am looking for the best case. This lifeproof one looks pretty good.
  12. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    The water in your body kills the signal the iPhone gets if you hold it "wrong". Given submerging it in water is like holding it in every way possible all at once, it'll probably "death grip" it in dozens of ways at once. You'll get no signal at all.
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2011
    I have LifeProof cases on my iPhone and my wifes. Works as well as you'd expect for the phone being actually 'encased' in plastic.

    People dont have a problem hearing me, but opening up the port where the charger goes greatly improves mic quality. Also doing so greatly increases the speakers. The touch screen is a bit laggy on the edges as the plastic film above it doesn't hug the screen but just sits slightly above it. To me, worth the $80, but I dont see myself submerging it anytime soon but its worth the protection just in case.

    also the edges of the case is rubber so it does protect it from drops decently as I have dropped my phone several times from about hip or jacket pocket level and no damage.
  14. AriX, Feb 9, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
    I... don't think that's right. Water doesn't interfere with cell signals. It's water. The death grip is because your body is somewhat conductive and you "bridge the gap" between the two antennas if you touch it in a certain way. With this case, the phone will not come in contact with the water (which may or may not be conductive anyway), and therefore shouldn't be affected.

    EDIT: I am incorrect.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
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    Dude, watch the video clip. Pretty cool stuff. I think I see this case arriving in my future or at least before my Jamaica trip.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Should note that the multitouch doesn't work underwater.
  17. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    And now I have a new reason to baby my original phone, and opt out of Apple's refurb offers. O_O

    PEOPLE, when taking a $h1t put the phones AWAY!
  18. bedifferent, Feb 9, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    It is recommended to place the device in water for approximately one hour to ensure proper case installation? Hmmm, that's a pretty big risk as any number of issues may arise, such as a slight defect in a particular case that went unnoticed. As their company policy states they take no responsibility if something should occur (understandable), I'd pass. I'm sure it would be a very minimal possibility, but one none the less. :)

    EDIT: Stand corrected, as someone pointed out, the CASE should be tested WITHOUT the iPhone. Next time I'll read more thoroughly lol :eek:
  19. macrumors 68030

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    AT&T's underwater coverage sucks...
  20. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    It's recommended to place the CASE underwater for one hour to ensure the gaskets aren't leaking BEFORE putting the iPhone in it.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    It does (kinda) if you leave a bit of an "air bubble" between the screen and the plastic. But being able to use the Vol Up button to snap a picture is way easier to do than fumble with the screen.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    But then there's Liquipel, that also waterproofs the iPhone without a case! I hope that Apple uses the technology in future products, that would be pretty cool!
  23. macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    I have this case, and it works great. The only negative is that the front screen feels a little bit apart from the screen. I wish they would have had one that stuck onto the screen like a screen protector. And I think the Pelican case method of accessing the sync port is a little more secure. You can open up the bottom door to plug it in to sync and charge, and you can get a screw-in headphone adapter to listen to music where it might get wet. The big problem is if the bottom door came open when underwater...

    I will try it out when I get to a beach to see how well it takes pictures underwater.

    And they need to get some more armbands in stock, but I would definitely purchase this case again. It is nice that it is a good size and all the buttons work.

    I would like to see them add an optional floating strap for when I am kayaking to clip it in and protect it from sinking. I might be able to modify it to add that however. They do have a good bike mount.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have been using one of these cases for quite a few months and overall it's great. Downsides are slightly added bulk, having to screw in the special headphone adapter, and horrible results trying to use the speakerphone. I bought this because I accidentally killed my 3Gs when I was riding a motorcycle in the rain and had the phone in a supposedly waterproof pocket. I got home and the phone was soaked and very dead. Now there are no issues here in rainy Seattle. I use the phone outdoors in the rain and never have to worry about water damage, so for me this case is fantastic despite the few small issues.
  25. macrumors regular


    May 30, 2010
    I'm everywhere & you're never there
    My coworker bought this months ago, and I don't see the point, i mean even the otter box (which he had before this) and tank add significant water resistance, but I have to say that the iPhone 4/4s is pretty damn water "resistant" on it's own

    I had mine in my front shirt pocket (with no case or screen protector) and bent down to kiss my wife (who was taking a bubble bath) goodbye. Phone slipped out of my pocket and into the tub behind her and we spent quite a few seconds getting her up and out of the way then trying to find and grab onto the phone under the soapy water. Pulled phone out and it was still on and working perfectly. The only thing that happened was there was a small bubble or something on the camera lens for about a week but it finally went away.

    6 months later I screwed up the phone by unplugging it during an itunes restore and the phone would not connect to iTunes properly again so the Apple store checked it out and replaced it for free. They apparently could not tell it had been submerged in water at all.

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