Outdoorsmen and women are always concerned about protecting our electronic gear while we are in the field. With the improvement over the years in cell phone camera technology, more of us are relying on our cell phones to capture pictures of the outdoors or even better that trophy shot that you want to immortalize forever. Thanks to a company called LifeProof, we don’t have to worry about exposing our phones to the elements.
LifeProof is a maker of cases for our tech toys that we take out into the field. These things are almost bomb proof and designed to keep the outside world of water, snow, dust/dirt, and the occasional drop from damaging your electronics. Currently the make cases for Apple products as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4. I have been fortunate enough to be able to test the LifeProof frē for my iPhone 5 and have found a lot of positives about the case.
The LifeProof frē designed to protect every part of your phone from the outside elements that can turn a phone into a paperweight. The case seems to be built very well does a great job of protecting its contents. When putting the case together, there is an inner gasket that helps to seal the phone and prevent moisture from entering in. Both the ports for charging the phone and for connecting headphones are protected. In fact, the headphone port has a little screw with a gasket that is used to see the hole. With this case you get an adapter that is needed to use the headphone jack.
One feature of the phone that I have mixed feelings about is the built in screen protector. While this is a great idea and concept, I found that it bubbles up and can also show moisture that may be in the case. When you take the case out of the package, there is a microfiber cloth to wipe down the screen of your phone, but no matter how much I wiped it down it didn’t seem to help. No functionality was lost while using the case, so that is a plus however the screen wasn’t as clear or vibrant.
While the case is a little bulkier than other cases on the market, I didn’t find it to be much of a problem. There are covers over the speaker and microphone system on the phone and show little distortion when using the speaker phone function. The LifeProof frē has the following features:
- Submersible to 6.6 feet
- Survives drops up to 6.6 feet
- Complete access to all buttons, ports and controls
- Full screen protection
- Anti-reflective optical glass camera lens
- 1 year warranty
Spending a lot of time in the field, I often find myself taking pictures and using my phone to help pass the time. I have full confidence that the LifeProof frē case is going to allow me to do so without having to worry about the weather conditions. The LifeProof frē case retails for $79.99 and comes in various color options. We all pay a lot of money for our phones and the plans that go along with them. Why not spend a little money to protect that investment?