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LifeProof iPhone Case Offers Protection Against Water and Shock Damage

One of the most frequent reasons for an iPhone to go on a trip to the Apple Store's Genius Bar is because of water damage. Typically, a water damaged iPhone can be replaced for a flat $199 fee, though with the recently launched AppleCare+, that price can be reduced to $49.

Most ultra-durable iPhone cases, like Otterbox's Defender or Case Mate's TANK, are merely water-resistant -- not actually water proof. They might protect an iPhone during a rainstorm, but they can't handle a dunk in the pool or -- perhaps more likely -- a drop in the toilet.


LifeProof's iPhone case, however, promises otherwise. The manufacturer claims the case is Waterproof, Dirtproof, Snowproof, and Shockproof -- the video below demonstrates the waterproof claim. The case completely covers the iPhone, using rubber gaskets around each seal to ensure a tight fit. There is an removable screw that plugs the headphone jack, allowing easy access to that port when necessary. LifeProof also sells an adapter that allows waterproof headphones to be hooked up for use while swimming.

It's not for those who like to switch cases frequently, however. The installation manual warns that the gaskets have a limited lifespan and the case shouldn't be removed and reinstalled more than a few dozen times. Further, the installation process is a bit of a pain -- before it is installed, LifeProof recommends that the case be put underwater for an hour, to ensure that there are no leaks in the gaskets.


The $79 LifeProof case comes in black, white, pink and purple. It is available from LifeProof's online store.

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Posted: 29 months ago

I wonder how cell reception is 10 feet under water.... I would assume that the water kills the radio signals big time.


AT&T's underwater coverage sucks...
Rating: 10 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago
My friend has a LifeProof case and drops in the the hot tub all the time just to freak people out.
Rating: 9 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago
Never again will I fear a game of Plants vs. Zombies on the pooper.
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago

My friend has a LifeProof case and drops in the the hot tub all the time just to freak people out.


Reminds me of when I got the original iPhone and would take people's car keys and try to scratch the screen
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago

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I'd still worry.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago

I wonder how cell reception is 10 feet under water.... I would assume that the water kills the radio signals big time.


The water in your body kills the signal the iPhone gets if you hold it "wrong". Given submerging it in water is like holding it in every way possible all at once, it'll probably "death grip" it in dozens of ways at once. You'll get no signal at all.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago
I wonder how the mic and speaker function through a case thick and durable enough to be waterproof. If they work well, this could make for a great underwater HD camera!
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago

The water in your body kills the signal the iPhone gets if you hold it "wrong". Given submerging it in water is like holding it in every way possible all at once, it'll probably "death grip" it in dozens of ways at once. You'll get no signal at all.


I... don't think that's right. Water doesn't interfere with cell signals. It's water. The death grip is because your body is somewhat conductive and you "bridge the gap" between the two antennas if you touch it in a certain way. With this case, the phone will not come in contact with the water (which may or may not be conductive anyway), and therefore shouldn't be affected.

EDIT: I am incorrect.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago
Should note that the multitouch doesn't work underwater.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 29 months ago
Good to know that if I'm strolling through a power substation and get fried, my apps will be safe.
Rating: 4 Positives

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