Which is the BEST Waterproof iPhone 5 case?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Coxy, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Coxy macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2013
    So I'm looking to get a waterproof case for my iPhone 5. Nothing too serious, just the usual 6 foot(ish) depth rating.

    I've been looking at forums (here specifically) and review sites and cannot see a clear winner. What the reviewers like real world users seem to have issues with. People seem to get one case only to swap it for another.

    So can anyone give a definitive answer? And also WHY? These are the cases I am looking at.

    Incipio Atlas
    Lifeproof Fre
    Lifeproof Nuud
    Griffin & Catalyst

  2. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    There are threads on these cases on the first page of this forum. :rolleyes:

    Oh, and none of them are waterproof to '6 foot(ish)'.
  3. Coxy thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Thanks for your useless post.:rolleyes:

    The threads that you refer to have 10s of pages of posts related to all aspects and take an age to read through. The people who have tested various cases could quite easily chip into here to give their overall opinion.

    As for your other useless comment.

    Atlas - 6.6 foot
    Lifeproof Fre - 6.6 foot
    Lifeproof Nuud - 6.6 foot
    Griffin & Catalyst - 10 foot

  4. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I agree - Reading is hard as is actually defining the useless term '6 foot(ish)'.
  5. rev98 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2013
    I have learned that when it comes to stuff like this (phone cases) there will never be a clear winner. Everyone's wants and needs are so different. For me, I just don't like the built in screen protectors so the LP Nuud wins for me.

    Sometimes it really does help to just read the threads that already exist.
  6. gtelware macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2013
    I heard that now a days this iphone cases are designed in such a way that helps to stop radiations of the phone that emits by cell which is harmful for human bodies. So i suggest you to go with this type of case that are waterp proof as well as radiation proof.
  7. HiRisk, Jul 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2013

    HiRisk macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2013
    I've tried a bunch of these waterproof cases and here's how I rank them. I have also included the pros and cons from my actual time owning and using the cases :

    1. Incipio Atlas
    Pros: Not that bulky, glass screen protector, no pillow effect, responsive buttons, 1-year phone/case replacement in case of accidental water damage, touch sensitivity and accuracy not affected

    Cons: Not a lot of grip (slippery like a Otterbox Commuter), earpiece volume slightly soft, speaker volume slightly muffled, difficult to take case apart when wanting to remove phone from case, lack of additional accessories available for purchase

    2. Otterbox Armor
    Pros: Solid build, clear earpiece audio, speaker audio clear, screen protected with similar protector as Otterbox Defender (slight pillow effect), easy to remove phone from case, slot for a lanyard or wrist strap, great customer service from Otterbox, holster available for purchase

    Cons: Bulky, heavy, screen prone to minor scratches (just like the Otterbox Defender), port covers may be difficult for some to remove

    3. Lifeproof Fre
    Pros: Not bulky, light, responsive buttons, separate port covers for headphone and lightning connector, additional accessories available for purchase, lanyard or wrist strap slot, slightly more grip than Incipio Atlas, easy to remove phone from case, 1-year phone/case replacement in case of accidental water damage, replacement o-rings can be purchased directly from LifeProof

    Cons: Screen protector isn't the greatest, pillow effect, touchscreen sensitivity is s what compromised, muffled audio from speaker, many revisions of the case means there is no guarantee that you will get the latest version at your local retail store or online store, earpiece clarity slightly compromised, o-ring wears out after multiple times of installing and uninstalling phone for case

    4. Seidio OBEX
    Pros: Extremely light, easy to remove phone from case, touch sensitivity not compromised, no pillow effect on screen due to dots on inside of screen protector, audio is perfectly clear on earpiece and speakerphone, holster available for purchase

    Cons: Not a good case to take phone to take in and out of case periodically (may be limited to less than a handful of times removing phone from case), dots from screen protector fall off after a certain amount of time (which means oil slicks will happen), very flimsy mute button cover, not the most durable case due to it being very thin

    **I haven't tried Griffin's new case or the Lifeproof Nuud. I'll give the Nuud case a try whenever my Atlas case needs to be replaced (from normal wear and tear).
  8. ben1290 macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2013
    Better Waterproof Cases cheap

    Hi guys I have found this really good case from OveBoard Waterproof and I have had it on my phone for a month and it is excellent as I can go swimming with it and take underwater pictures. It really is as good as Lifeproof cases but has an amazing price tag for as little as $15. If you want to check it out visit

  9. ngocnguyen macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    I imagine iPhone6 will be waterproof like Samsung S4 Activ and Sony Xperia..then what need will be waterproof cases?
  10. Premium1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2013
    That won't happen unless apple can find a way to make it look sleek and be waterproof. Plus that would eliminate a huge market for cases and I am sure apple makes their phones how they are so that people buy cases for their phones. Heres to hoping the iPhone 6 is waterproof, shatterproof, and scratch proof, all in the nice slim shell we have come to expect from apple :D:D
  11. KimJonNumberUn macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2013
  12. nwmtnbiker macrumors 68000


    Apr 5, 2011
    Fidalgo Island
    Tried them all except the Preserver and I choose the Lifeproof Nuud. Excellent case and they had a sweet deal on black friday with 75% off all accessories.

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