LifeProof iPhone 4/4S Case Gen 2 Review
A big shout-out to LifeProof™ because they sent me an iPhone 4/4S Case Gen 2 for me to review.
Before I go directly into the review here are the quick specs:
- Protects against every-day hazards—full IP-68 rating against water and dust, and designed to Military Specifications
- High degree of shock and impact protection—tested to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5 (2 meters/6.6ft drop on all surfaces and edges. 26 tests)
- Fully sealed protection against minute dust particles
- Includes bonus General User Headphone Adaptor and Keeper for headphone jack cover
- Ability to swim and take underwater (2 meters/6.6ft depth). Optional Swimming Headphone Adapter allows use of waterproof headphones underwater
- Mil-Spec protection that allows you to go anywhere, anytime, and do anything with carefree freedom
- Ultra-slim and adds only 1/16” (1.5mm) when measured from the center of the phone
- Weighs less than an ounce (28g).
- Unique combination of materials that will not stick to your pocket
- Compatible with all iPhone 4′s and 4S’s (International, AT&T and Verizon).
- Full Functionality
- Double AR-coated optical glass lenses provide unprecedented crystal-clear photo and video quality
- All phone features are operational while maintaining a high level of protection
- Improves the bass and mid-frequency speaker response by utilizing the back of the case as a sub-woofer for a richer, fuller sound.
|Case Dimensions||2.6″ (W) x 5.08″ (L) x 0.42″ (D) inner, 0.52″(D) outter edge (66mm (W) x 129mm (L) x 10.8mm (D), 13.3mm (D) outer edge)|
|Case Weight||0.98 oz. (28g)|
|Operating Temperature iPhone||32°F (0°C) to 95°F (35°C)|
|Temperature range for LifeProof Case alone||-40°F (-40°C) to 140°F (+60°C)|
|Operational Depth||6.6 feet (2 meters) underwater maximum|
|Drop Height||6.6 feet (2 meters) maximum|
To start off, this is a very nice unobtrusive pocket friendly case with a nice high priced belt clip to boot and a good color selection, but it has some draw backs.
One of the biggest and most noticeable things that I did not like in the old model was how their was too much space in between the case and the phone’s actual screen. What the problem was, when your texting, you have to put more effort in pushing the screen, whereas the newer generation model doesn’t have that problem. Another improvement they made to Gen 2 Model was they more efficiently designed the touch screen. By “more efficiently designed” I mean, in the old version when you press the screen, you hear a tight plasticy popping sound, but in the Gen 2 model, it does not have that problem anymore.
Another issue that has been fixed in the new model is that their is no more echoing issues when making phone calls. Their was some minor changes to the Gen 2 case, one adding a ambient light feature for the iPhone 4S which I was unable to test since I have an iPhone 4. So in regards to how the ambient light sensors work in regards with the new case, I wont be able to review it in that aspect. The other change they made was the ridges on the left side of the case, one being above and below the sound buttons. Their was no direct reason given to what those are for, but I’m assuming that it’s to prevent the side of your leg from pressing the buttons while walking.
A big concern from the people was the charger and it not properly fitting. Granted, it was eventually able to go in and work, but it was an unneccesary hassle. I only had this issue with Non-OEM chargers. OEM chargers work flawlessly, as it should.
An issue I had when recording video was that the audio was very low. Upon experimenting I found out it was using the noise canceling mic on the top of the phone to pick up the audio, which I found really odd. I had the same issue with the phone memo app, but no problems were found with phone. I have used the Skype test call to listen to myself and the audio is superb, no issues at all, just the video. The audio output is much reduced, but can be fixed by opening the bottom flap.
In conclusion, the touch screen response on the iPhone is marvelous and has a great feel and doesn’t print up. As the case is very expensive and assuming that you have money to burn on a case, this would be the ideal one as it is resistant to every single element on earth. Like everything, their is definitely always room for improvement.