The iPhone has become an essential tool for the overland traveller due to the wide variety of it’s features and capabilities. The iPhone isn’t always known for durability and overland travel can be quite taxing. Dust, water, and drops can make quick work of the iPhone - or any phone for that matter.The Lifeproof case aims to make your iPhone indestructible. The box claims to make Apple’s popular smartphone dirt, water, snow and shock proof. I’ve been testing this case over the last couple weeks with these claims in mind.
The Lifeproof case is an iPhone coffin. It consists of two parts: a larger front piece that the iPhone rests in and a snap on back. This adds a significant amount of (reassuring) bulk to the phone. This design is what prevents moisture and dust from entering the case and damaging the device stored within. The headphone port is secured by a plastic screw-in plug. The Lifeproof case also comes with a screw-in headphone adaptor.
To test the waterproof claim, I submerged the case (phone inside) underwater for over 2 minutes. The phone functioned perfectly afterwards and there was zero moisture inside the case.
This is a fantastic case and is perfect for any type of adventure. The Lifeproof case is extremely durable and lives up to the waterproof claim. I have one caveat: heavy headphone users will find the adaptor annoying to deal with. My iPhone sees extensive music use and the Lifeproof case headphone plug can be an annoyance.
Charles Nordstrom is a veteran overland traveller and completed the 2010 Mongol Rally. He is also owner and proprietor of ExpeditionApparel.