Lifeproof front. You have to get used to a little different feel of the touch screen but that is a small price to pay considering how much protection your expensive smartphone now enjoys courtesy of this case. Controls on the top and side remain fully functional and easy to use.
I can remember when I was the only guy in the movie theater with a mobile phone. Now everybody has one and they have become an integral part of everyday life. My cellular telephone is an important part of my outdoor kit too. In fact, I don’t even carry a separate camera anymore. My iPhone 4s does it all for me but it is not what I would call heavy duty. I needed a protective case that is highly water, dust, and shock resistant but isn’t too clunky and allows me to use all the functions with no trouble.
I was particularly concerned about the quality of the pictures and the ease of charging while the case is on. Complete water proofness isn’t a big deal to me although it should be able to survive the occasional inadvertent total submersion. I just have to be able to operate all the functions of the phone in the snow and rain free of worry or problems.
Lifeproof back. Note the camera lens and flash ports. This case has not affected the quality of my pictures at all as far as I can tell. Sound is somewhat diminished but still good and goes back to normal when you open the charging door.
I looked around at everything on the market and chose a couple different models to field test. The one I like best is made by and called Lifeproof.
It makes the overall form factor a little larger than stock but not enough for me to take it off when I am not in the field. I keep it on all the time and get along just fine day to day.
Lifeproof says that it is water proof (to 6 feet for 30 minutes), dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof (6 foot drop) but I wouldn’t go throwing it in the pool or up against any walls just to impress my friends. Lifeproof makes a number of accessories for their case including an arm band, belt clip, bike mount, and floating lifejacket. They also make a model for the iPad although I have not used it.
If you use an iPhone like I do, I recommend that you get yourself a Lifeproof case and protect it.
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