Will Otterbox/Life Proof cases be obsolete soon?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by ngocnguyen, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. ngocnguyen macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    All this talk and new development in nanocoating and water proofing mobile electronics....

    Rustoleum has a two-part paint coating that has been shown waterproofing iPhones.


    Underwater Audio

    The new Sony Xperia smart phone is completely water and dust proof.

    Samsung S4 is water proof

    I'm sure the new iPhone will be.

    Once all smart phones are water proofed, what lies in the future for Otterbox? Everyone knows they can't design an attractive case. What advantage will they have other than maybe providing additional water proofing and ruggedness? Any case you put on one of these water proof phones will pretty much do what Otterbox does...but will look better.

    Otterbox/Lifeproof must've seen this coating technology coming...it's going to make them obsolete unless they really change their business model around. Probably a really good thing Lifeproof accepted the buy out.
  2. scott99 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2007
    You would still need shockproofing and protection for the easily cracked iphone screen.
  3. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I was thinking about this the other day briefly.

    Prior to the first iPhone I had a treo 700wx and many nextels before that. I did spend a lot on belt clips/ swivel holsters.

    Seidio spring-clip is still my favorite holster and lifeproof makes the best looking holster in my opinion. Too bad it only works with their case.

    I think holsters and carriers will always be popular as phones seldom come with one, but as devices before more rugged. Cases won't be used as much.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I'm just as sure the new iPhone won't be
  5. ngocnguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    right...no doubt about that...but now what is going to separate Otterbox from any other case other than levels of shock protection..their cases are still hideous. So many other cases can provide adequate shock protection AND be stylish.


    very interesting thought....even more minimalist with no case but an accessory such as holsters...maybe sleeves? (that's kinda cumbersome though and restricts getting to your phone when and incoming call comes)
  6. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Not everyone shares your taste. I used a black Commuter and thought it looked great on my 4S.
  7. ngocnguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    I know..just my opinion...design and aesthetics can be subjective
  8. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Wrong! only the S4 Active is water resistant not the S4.
  9. scott99 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2007

    I'm with ya, Seidio's holsters are the best. I had several Seidio cases for my prior iPhones (iPhone, iPhone 3G & iPhone 4), and the holsters were amazing. I even have the Seidio Obex case for my iPhone 5, and spent the extra $10 for the holster combo. IF I didn't have a problem with the Obex's call quality, I'd still be rockin that case and holster.
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Adequate's subjective for one thing. Our guys that work in the field would consider an Otterbox's shock protection to be a minimum requirement. There will always be those that prioritize impact protection over all else. Don't just assume that your priorities are universal no matter what the topic.

    Not "can be". They are. And if it's just your opinion, don't use "everyone knows X".
  11. afinch1992 macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    As long as there are mobile phones being used, people will find ways to damage them and in turn place them in large, generic, but ultimately effective protective cases.

    I don't care for them, but for some people their ratio of risk is too high to not use one
  12. davidra macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
  13. afinch1992 macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    wow. talk about false advertising!
  14. jmlee111 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2013
    Otterbox and Lifeproof are great for mobile workforce who need a rugged solution.

    Still looking forward to seeing more leather case selections for business profiessionals, great leather cases are hard to come by, especially ones that match well with suits and tie. Any suggestions?
  15. rrcompton macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    You aren't lying! I would be pi**ed if it was damaged by water and they didn't honor the warranty. So much for "whatever-proof". Guess you have to read the fine print in their warranty;

    What is not covered?
    "This Limited Warranty is conditioned upon proper use of the Product. This Limited Warranty does not cover:
    (a) defects or damage resulting from accident, misuse, abnormal use, abnormal conditions, improper storage, exposure to liquid, moisture, dampness, sand or dirt"


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