I’ve been using the the LifeProof Fre case for almost 2 weeks now and it’s been eye opening. I had high hopes that I would be able to review it and compare it to an OtterBox case and an Incipio rugged case.
Well, no need, I really like the Incipio but I don’t think the screen protector is good up to snuff, the screen doesn’t always recognize my touches. Though it’s a nice looking case and rugged feeling it’s just not for me.
Next up was the OtterBox, it’s their biggest most rugged case and as nice as it is, it’s not for me either. You want to know why? I’ll tell you. I can’t open the darn thing. I can’t for the life of me get the metal hinges open to put my phone in. So the big and VERY popular OtterBox is sadly out of the running. Maybe if I had a little less rugged version I could try it out.
That brings us to the Fre LifeProof case. For starters I believe it costs $70 which seems utterly ridiculous but what do I know, I think a scoop of ice cream from Rite Aid (used to be Thrifty Drug Store) should still be a quarter. Moving past the cost, I absolutely LOVE this case. It was a cinch to open and put my phone in and I only need a coin, like that quarter for the cone to pry the case open when I want to remove my phone. I really like the way my iPhone 5s looks in the case as well, it’s not ugly and bulky but semi classy and it turns my black iPhone white.
Supposedly the case is waterproof but I’m not going to test that out, I’ll trust what the outside of the box says, water proof, dust proof, snow proof and drop proof. For that matter I’m not going to drop my phone in the case either, though it’s supposed to be safe from a 6 foot fall.
There’s a cover for the power port and audio jack cover and one of my concerns was if my iPhone earbuds would work and they do without any problem. My only issue is my noise canceling headphones don’t fit in the whole so LifeProof was nice enough to include an adapter.
All in all I highly recommend the LifeProof case for anyone who wants the best, nicest looking and thinnest protection for their phone.