Let’s face it: all smartphones are not as tough and durable as we’d like. That’s just the nature of the beast. And we’re talking everyday wear and tear, not even anything too extreme. Which makes it even harder for the people who DO “extreme,” and want their iPhone along for the ride.
In the past, we’ve looked at several waterproof iPhone cases from the likes of RainBallet and Liquid Shield. Now comes LifeProof, who advertise their iPhone (and iPad) cases as protecting against the “four proofs:” water, dirt, snow, and shock. The US$69.99 case brags of a full IP-68 rating against water and dust, and drop test adherence to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5 (i.e. a series of 2-meter drop tests on all surfaces and edges). The LifeProof case also promises double AR-coated optical glass lenses (so as not to impede your deep-see photography and videography) and material construction that won’t stick to your pockets — all while adding only 1/16″ and an extra ounce to your iPhone’s dimensions and weight.
We were impressed by the LifeProof’s easy installation, as well as a screw-on seal for the headphone jack that can be swapped out for an equally watertight jack extender — and yes, LifeProof also offers underwater headphones if you’re so inclined. As always, test the actual waterproofing of any case like this while you’re still on dry land BEFORE taking that deep see excursion. Another plus: it holds any flavor of iPhone 4 (AT&T, Verizon, or international version).
Check out our hands-on review below: