LifeProof iPhone 5 Cases: Protection At Its Best, But Still Affordable

In the world of iPhone accessories, especially that of iPhone 5, there are a handful of manufacturers who produce military-grade armor-type cases. Of course, these are not the usual cases that people buy a lot but these “specialist” cases are, as they cater to a very specific level of protection, quite meticulous about design and the spec.

Right from the top of my hat, there are two cases in this category; the one from Otterbox (Armor Series) and the one from LifeProof (frē).

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While we’ve seen the Otterbox Armor already, we take a closer look at LifeProof’s iPhone 5 case.

LifeProof iPhone 5 case comes with the acclaimed four-fold protection: water, snow, dirt and shock. Now, it took me about four seconds to type that but building cases of this type is an engineering feat of sorts. That’s why there are just a handful (or more precisely, two) leading iPhone 5 cases which offer this spec.

Lifeproof iPhone 5 Case

The Best Pro Ever
The reason I don’t much like the Otterbox is due to the bulkiness of the accessory. When Apple tries to make its products – notably the iPhone 5 – lighter and thinner, it makes sense for accessory-makers to aim for that particular spec because we like our iPhones thin and light. Yes, even with accessories. That’s why buyers prefer thinner iPhone 5 cases.

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With LifeProof frē, that’s precisely the deal. While getting intense about the four-fold protection, the team has also focused on keeping the case dimensions palm-friendly. And at 12.2mm (that’s a centimeter), it’s pretty thin. The Otterbox Armor, in comparison, stands at 17.8mm. At the case-level, an increase of 0.5cm actually changes the whole experience.

IP 68
This is a standard with most military-grade cases and LifeProof’s frē iPhone 5 case comes with Ingress Protection standard IP-68. This means: you’ve got a darn good case that protects your iPhone 5 from water. The spec sheet goes like this: 8 hours in dust (talcum powder-like), 2 meters deep water (30 minutes). LifeProof prides itself with the highest level of water protection.

Pricey? Nope.
So that means it’s pricey? Somewhere on the web, I found an article about LifeProof frē iPhone 5 case under the head that goes something like this: Waterproof iPhone Cases Under $100.

Well so is Otterbox Armor at $99.95. Under $100. But there’s a big difference in prices.

The LifeProof frē iPhone 5 costs $79.99. Sure, it’s under $100 but it’s a lot ‘under’ than the competition but for pretty much the same level of exception protection.

Add-ons
An interesting thing about LifeProof frē is that you can buy accessories for the case itself to improve the functionality of the case. These include a belt-clip, a bike-mount, car mount, lifejacket etc. You can check out the full list here.

The case itself is available in various color options.

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