I’ve always been on the lookout for fun, useful cases for my iPhone 4. I’ve gone through a few that look good, but don’t do much for protection, and some that really protect the phone but detract from the sleek looks. I didn’t buy a compact cool looking phone to slap a 3 lb bulky plastic case on it that makes it uncomfortable in my pocket. For a while, my favorite phone protection was the Zagg full body InvisibleSHIELD iPhone scratch protection. It looked great and still preserved the looks of my phone, but of course it provided almost zero protection if I dropped it, which I did, and luckily it only took a small chip out of the corner of the glass. So I went on the lookout for a good looking protective iPhone case.
During the summers here in Michigan, we spend a lot of time on the water, kayaking, boating, fishing, etc. So I did a little searching for a waterproof case, but couldn’t find anything that I really liked. Until one day walking through Best Buy, I stumbled across this LifeProof-Gen 2 case advertising it was waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, and shockproof. Best of all, it wasn’t big and bulky! I had to have it, so I brought it home.
It does not come with instructions, instead a link to their website where they have instructional videos here. Before you put your phone into the case, they instruct you to test the case first by assembling it without your phone inside, and then submerging it into water (I put mine into the bathroom sink) with a weight on top so it doesn’t float to the top, and leave it there for 1 hour. Then take the case back apart to see if there is any water inside the case. It passed the test with flying colors, so I then followed the instructional videos to take it apart and put my phone inside.
- Waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, shockproof
- Compact and light
- All features/buttons/camera still functional
- You can play Words with Friends in the shower
- A little pricey at $79 (but much cheaper than repairing or buying a new phone)
- Easy to lose the headphone plug
- Not shark proof
You can purchase the case and accessories at LifeproofFeatures:Your LifeProof™ everyday case for iPhone 4 or 4S is sleek, refined, convenient and unobtrusive.
- 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 and 4S models (International carriers, AT&T, Sprint 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.