LifeProof Phone Case Review

LifeProof waterproof smartphone case with iphone 8
iPhone 8 in LifeProof Fre 360 waterproof case

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve actually lost a couple of phones to damage during adventures over the years. Mostly, it’s about water getting into the phone from rain, when the old ziplock bag trick failed and then I also blame the Colo River once. OK, maybe that was me… but when we rely on our phones for emergency communications in wild places (or for navigation tools), it’s essential that we protect our smartphones from damage. After a couple of failures, I now reckon that the best smartphone case for protecting your phone in the bush, is a LifeProof.

Colo River Animals
I blame the Colo River… OK, maybe I had something to do with it!

They make a bunch of different models and don’t worry Samsungers… there’s stuff for you too.

Here’s what I like about it:

  • Tough – the manufacturers say they’ll survive a drop from 2m
  • Waterproof – they also say that they’re submersible to 2m for up to 1 hour (in fact, I know some people who have taken their phone snorkelling!)
  • Sealed – all shut up from dust, ice, snow, dirt
  • Thumbprint – Yep… fingerprint technology still works through it
  • Colour – If you have ever left something behind in the bush, having a bright colour helps prevent this.
  • Charger Cables (both Apple and generic) fit in the access door
Apple iPhone lightning charger in Lifeproof case
Apple cable fits!
Apple iPhone lightning charger in Lifeproof case
Generic charger cable fits too!

In terms of negatives, the only one I’ve encountered is really just to do with the size. As nice and slimline as my iPhone is, the fact is if I want to protect it with a LifeProof, it adds bulk and ‘robustness’ to the design. Just as well I’m not interested in sexy, slimline, pretty design and more excited by strength, toughness and all round protection for my phone!

Thumb on Lifeproof thumbprint
Yes! Fingerprint technology works through the case

As I’ve been through different phones over the years and updated my LifeProof along the way, I’ve been impressed that their designers have heeded the feedback and made changes to fix niggly little things that used to annoy me. For one, on some of the older cases, opening the door for the charger cable was difficult and resulted in damaging the rubber seal at one stage. With their new case for an iPhone 8 that I’m currently using LifeProof Fre 360, this has been fixed.

thumb touches door of waterproof Lifeproof smart phone case
Now much easier to open the door with fingernail.
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Writer, producer and content creator by trade, search and rescue volunteer by passion, Caro Ryan started to inspire, teach and encourage people to get into hiking and the outdoors safely.

It’s all about connecting people to wild places in meaningful ways, so they can look after themselves, their mates and these precious places we visit.

She teaches wilderness navigation, authored the book, ‘How to Navigate’ and hosts, ‘Rescued - an Outdoor Podcast for Hikers and Adventurers.

In the bottom of her pack you'll find coffee grounds, instant noodles past their used by date and an insatiable curiosity.

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