I have dropped various mobile phones into lakes, rivers, oceans and toilets. An iPhone has been smashed into concrete floors and dropped from multiple story ledges. Smartphones are not meant to go sledding with a two year-old, but mine did and decided to jump halfway down the hill. I have jumped into a pool with my iPhone in my pocket (just days before the iPhone 4 was released) and been soaked to the skin in the pouring rain while shielding my phone from the torrential downpour. The bottom line is that technology power-users push devices to their limits (both functionally and physically) and it’s the physical part that can be deadly for the electronic marvels.
I have never written about a smartphone case (not even my beloved Mophie JuicePak), until now. A simple and handsome case for the iPhone 4/4S that hides something special: it is waterproof. Not water resistant, but actually submersible with gasketed seams all the way around (including the dock connector and earphone jack) — that is ingenious engineering #1. LifeProof has created cases for iPhone and iPad that will protect from what LifeProof calls the “four proofs”: water (swim, surf, rain, drinks), dirt (dust, sand, grit, mud), snow (ice, snow, sleet, cold) and shock (drops, knocks, tumbles). The LifeProof case is very slim — adding no more bulk to an iPhone than most “regular” cases and currently available in six colors (black, white, pink, blue, red and purple).
But wait, there’s more… Ingenious engineering #2: LifeProof recently announced the LifeJacket, a bumper for the LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case that floats in water and provides enhanced shock and scratch protection.
LifeProof encourages people to live life – to swim, surf, ski, hike, bike or play with the kids, all while staying connected. Boaters, fisherman and swimmers have been clamoring for a way to keep their iPhone close in the water to use apps and stay in touch. The LifeJacket not only floats, but it will protect your iPhone from bump and impacts while rock climbing or accidental drops from great heights.
Gary Rayner, CEO of LifeProof
Ingenious engineering #3 and #4: The gasketed headphone jack is sealed with a small threaded plug, which would certainly get misplaced quickly. It would, except for the “keeper” that is attached to the included general-user headphone adapter, which keeps the case sealed even when you are using headphones. Of course there is the optional swimming headphone adapter that allows you to use waterproof headphones while underwater (2 meters/6.6ft depth).
One final personal note about my own iPhone and my time with the LifeProof case. I personally tested the water-tight seal twice; once in a bowl of water before installing my iPhone and once when I knocked it off the vanity into my twins’ bubble-bath.
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