Now that we’re always hooked online through our phones as we virtually work and go social while staying home, our devices have become attached to our hip. They’re pretty much the item our hands touch, grab, swipe, and tap all day, and because of our need to often multitask, these devices are often the casualty of slips, drops, and splashes. I myself fall victim frequently to the phone-drop to the face, when I browse sleepily in bed late at night. But more heartbreaking is the cracked screen—something my old iPhone went through one morning when it fell from a marble counter, landing screen-first on the floor.
Thank goodness for phone cases—our smartphone’s coat of armor to protect itself from different wear and tear situations. But oftentimes it’s to make our phone look cute, not ‘sturdy.’ While there are many options for stylish cases and even a handful offering relatively effective shock-proof features, it’s not often you find a phone case that is multi-proof. I’m talking about a case built to last for all sorts of environments and situations. This is LifeProof’s promise with their popular line of WaterProof, DropProof, DirtProof, SnowProof products.
Worry less, thrive more
US brand LifeProof is made for bouncing back, whether it’s while you hit the beach, have your gadgets splashing by the pool, or when your phone accidentally drops when slipping from a table or your own hands. Whether you live an active lifestyle involving a lot of snow, dirt, or water, or just want to make sure your precious smartphone will remain pristine despite drops and accidental slips, there is a case for you.
There are different LifeProof phone case series that cater to specific protection, such as the drop-proof SLAM and SEE; the drop-proof NËXT with added dirt and snow resistant features; and WĀKE, their eco-friendly drop-proof case composed of 85% ocean-based recycled plastic. The most multi-proof case of LifeProof is the FRĒ: it is water-proof, dirt-proof, snow-proof, and drop-proof. It promises the ultimate protection for your phone!
LifeProof FRĒ Highlights
The LifeProof FRĒ gives your phone 360° protection as its front and back cover snaps to your device and seals it well, plus it also has a built-in screen cover. I am not quite sure how the case is able to completely protect the device from water (it’s submersible 2 meters deep for 1 hour), yet maintains the sound from the phone speakers, the audio never muffled. With FRĒ, your phone can survive drops from 2 meters high.
The box comes with a pamphlet for instructions, the case, and a cleaning cloth. While in the pamphlet LifeProof mentions the case has been water tested, it’s a must to also water-test it before you install it on your phone. The instructions on how to water test is also printed out, as well as how to open and snap shut the case. For my iPhone XS LifeProof FRĒ case, opening it requires a small coin you use on the edges to twist it loose for opening.
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After doing the water-test where I submerged the case underwater for 30 minutes (the inside was completely dry, check!), it was time to install it on my phone. The case is considerably thick because of its shockproof properties, so it made my phone grip a little more wider and took some time getting used to. The built-in screen cover doesn’t have much glare, which is good, but there’s a slight gap between it and the phone screen itself, so when you type or swipe, you may encounter some touch screen lag, but it’s negligible.
I have to admit, I had some trust issues when I had to experience for myself whether or not LifeProof’s claims of water and drop resistance were true. This was the first time I was deliberately ‘careless’ about a gadget and I felt a little guilty—yet satisfied! Ultimately, it was a total relief to see for myself my phone surviving several faucet runs and floor drops. It felt so freeing!
Prices, where to buy
LifeProof cases are available for select Apple devices, and phone case prices differ with every device model. Price range for the cases is P1,990 to P4,790.
LifeProof recently launched its Lazada Flagship Store and is offering its customers a store opening promo, running from June 26 to July 3, 2021. During this period, LifeProof Flagship Store is offering free shipping with no minimum purchase required (capped at P50), and including a free LifeProof Metal straw kit for every purchase (until supplies last). In addition to the free shipping and freebies, they are also offering select LifeProof items at 20% off until July 3. You can also shop for LifeProof cases online through TenkieBox.