As an Android Smartphone owner the last thing on my mind was buying an iPhone or the thought of a waterproof case for that matter.
That was until I saw a display with a working iPhone sitting at the bottom of a fish tank. Immediately I asked the sales rep if they had phone cases like the one in the display for Android phones. Sadly they did not, so I walked away.
But the thought of this phone, playing music under water, kept dancing around my mind for the rest of the day. So I decided to delve a little deeper into the technology to see what I could find.
What I was expecting to find was the typical waterproof scam notices or the usual fraud alerts that I have seen over the years.
Instead what I found was something called a Lifeproof case with a pretty decent reputation. The claim was water, dirt, snow and shock resistance and there were videos like the one above in support of their claim.
It was becoming more and more obvious to me that this is no average phone case.
Truly Water Resistant
Being that we are on an island, having a phone case that is truly water resistant can be a vital asset to our technical arsenal. As I watched the videos I thought initially that they were edited with Adobe or Final Cut or some type of camera trick because I didn’t have the volume turned up. Then I played it again with the volume on and thought “Amazing. How can I get this type of protection for my phone?” (By the way, I owned an ancient HTC Google G2 at the time).
If you have ever had this happen, then you are a little like me, interested but still a little skeptical. Unable to satisfy my insatiable sense of curiosity about this case, I still had to “read-up” a little more about it online. With the plan being to buy it through Amazon if I could find one for my phone and all seemed okay, I began reading the through the reviews.
Time and again their positive reviews overwhelmed their negative ones and the pluses outweighed the minuses. You can Click Here to read some of the reviews for yourself.
Thinking I was ahead of the game I asked my brother who is a roofer carpenter, if he had heard about this type of case. To my surprise he laughed and said he already has a black Lifeproof case on his iPhone and had accidentally put it through the washer once. Showing me that his phone is still working.
To help give you a better perspective of the type of mobile phone user my brother is, he is the type of person who goes through two or three cell phones a year.
My brother has dropped a phone in the toilet, in the shower, in a puddle near a job site. He has also dropped his phone off of a roof he was working on (evidently many roofers have done this quite often).
But the classic all time best I have ever heard of was the time he put his phone down next to my baby nephew while he was changing his diaper and my nephew had an extra burst squirt out of the diaper right on to my his phone. That was probably the funniest.
In any event, this is a really good option I’m considering, but for me the end result seems a little compounded by the fact that no matter how hard I have tried to find this case for my current phone, it does not seem to exist.
Probably because as great as this case is, unfortunately it is currently not available for anything but iPhones at the moment (there will soon be covers for iPad Tablets though). As a result, I have to go without one or finally use it as a great excuse to go out and get myself an iPhone once and for all.
Status Update 12-21-12…
Went ahead and got an iPhone after all these years cutting corners on cheap phones and low grade telephone services. Now I am going to go ahead and purchase the case. I was going to go to BestBuy and buy the LifeProof case locally, but they charge a whopping $79 full price with a “discounted” price of $69. Meanwhile, Amazon and eBay are pricing it at a steady $43 to $45 depending on the color. If you include a few dollars for shipping, that is still cheaper than getting it from a retailor. I’ll add another update once I get my case.
2013 STATUS UPDATE:
So… I finally went ahead and got an iPhone 4s. Although I got it brand new at a pretty decent price, I am not too happy about having to sign up for a two year contract.
But it was a toss up between a two year contract or a life of dropped calls, missed calls, and having to go outside my house whenever I needed to use the phone at Home. That is what the $40 a month plan I was on had me doing. Not fun at all.
Once I purchased my iPhone, I went to Amazon.com and purchased the Lifeproof case. I have no room to complain about the fact that the two cases I ordered arrived on different days, reason being it was my fault that I didn’t notice I was purchasing from two different Amazon Sellers.
In any event, here is a video of me un-boxing my Lifeproof case shortly after it arrived…
Once I finished un-boxing it, I read the instructions which were pretty good I must say. They recommend testing your case for water resistance prior to putting it on your phone. As well as not testing your case by throwing it or subjecting it to unnecessary force.
Follow The Instruction Manual
Had I not followed the instructions, I would have immediately put the case on and began dunking it in water and throwing my phone around. Just to see it if was truly “Lifeproof.” I was that kid who attempted to break his Toy just because my mom would say it was supposed to be indestructible, go figure.
The next thing I will do now that I have tested my case and installed my phone in it is go out and take some the pictures I’ve always wanted to take. At the beach, hiking, in the stream, in the rain et cetra. Ill be sure to post them here once I do.
Status Update 02/09/2013 - Just returned from the beach. As promised, here is the video I took in the water with my Lifeproof case on. Needless to say I am really happy with it. Apologies for the slim image, I always forget to turn my iPhone sideways when shooting video.
I Stumbled Across One Negative Attribute
I have recently found the only negative attribute that I don’t like about this case. It has substantially limited charging capabilities.
I first noticed this when my battery was running low and I was at a family members house. The only device that they had with an iPhone adapter was a iPod docking station. To charge my phone I would have had to take apart my case and place the phone on the dock.
I did not want to remove my case, because it is not recommended by Lifeproof. Sort of like if you keep opening and closing a door, eventually the hinges get warn out. So, I just sucked it up and waited until I got home to recharge my phone.
The second time I ran into a charging issue was when I only had access to a third party 32 pin cable. It would not fit in my case let alone the charging slot. Here are a few photos of the two different size in adapters.
Have you had any experiences with this waterproof phone case yourself? If so let me know, I would like to hear about it.