1. eradicator2k14's Avatar
    Let me first say that this is my 10th (TENTH) iPhone since owning my first one in 2006. Some have been dropped, several ran over, one in a pool, several sent backdue to hardware issues...destruction.

    I put an Otterbox Defender on my 5S three weeks ago. The rubber outer layer is already starting to tear and this phone hasnt been through anything compared to its predecessors!

    Anyone have any suggestions for a sturdy 5S case for klutz like myself without making it look like I'm carrying military equipment around (read: I don't want a brick for a phone case).

    Any and all suggestions welcome!
    12-23-2013 10:59 PM
  2. jmendel33's Avatar
    Let me first say that this is my 10th (TENTH) iPhone since owning my first one in 2006. Some have been dropped, several ran over, one in a pool, several sent backdue to hardware issues...destruction.

    I put an Otterbox Defender on my 5S three weeks ago. The rubber outer layer is already starting to tear and this phone hasnt been through anything compared to its predecessors!

    Anyone have any suggestions for a sturdy 5S case for klutz like myself without making it look like I'm carrying military equipment around (read: I don't want a brick for a phone case).

    Any and all suggestions welcome!
    I purchased the lifeproof fre for my 5s and ive been very happy with it so far
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    12-23-2013 11:01 PM
  3. zerog46's Avatar
    Lifeproof all the way. Great, thin and waterproof.
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    12-23-2013 11:01 PM
  4. eradicator2k14's Avatar
    I looked into the LifeProof cases and they look very promising! One of my friends has one on his 4S and says he would go with no other case after that. Only downside is LifeProofs are 80 bucks. I guess you can't put a price on piece of mind.
    12-23-2013 11:08 PM
  5. Premium1's Avatar
    I looked into the LifeProof cases and they look very promising! One of my friends has one on his 4S and says he would go with no other case after that. Only downside is LifeProofs are 80 bucks. I guess you can't put a price on piece of mind.
    If you don't use the touch id you can get one of the versions for the iPhone 5 that works with the 5S for about half the normal price on amazon and sites like that.
    12-26-2013 06:29 PM
  6. dobermansrule's Avatar
    I use LifeProof on my iPhone 5 and I love it. LifeProof or nothin!
    12-26-2013 06:54 PM
  7. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    I use LifeProof on my iPhone 5 and I love it. LifeProof or nothin!
    I just bought a Lifeproof case for my 5S. I didn't get the new model that has the touch ID compatibility because I didn't like the way it feels. So I got the older one and I really like it. I bought one for my wife and she said that it was difficult to type on, but I'm not having any trouble with the screen protector so I'm going to keep it. So far so good. I didn't like the fact that you have to unscrew the nob to get to the headphone jack. But I guess the price you pay for having a fully protected device.


    Sent from my iPhone 5S. The "S" is for sexy.
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    12-27-2013 10:10 AM
  8. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    If you're looking for something that's similar to the Otterbox defender, give the Speck Tough Duo a try. It's a silicon outer layer and TPU-ish material on the inside. You can also use the inner layer as a stand alone case (granted it's pretty cheap). Were vacationing this week and flew a lot this past weekend. This case was great. Used the included belt clip, put my phone in screen side in and kept it in my carry on. Excellent case so far. Only drawback is you can't use the Touch ID feature. I also scooped up a UAG case for $10 last week on Amazon. Going to give that a try when we get back home.


    Sent from my iPhone 5 using Tapatalk
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    12-29-2013 10:13 AM
  9. Garz's Avatar
    I bought the Lifeproof Fre from Best Buy and the touch ID is very inconsistent. Read reviews after my purchase and many say the same thing. I'll return it today.
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    12-29-2013 01:32 PM
  10. Premium1's Avatar
    I bought the Lifeproof Fre from Best Buy and the touch ID is very inconsistent. Read reviews after my purchase and many say the same thing. I'll return it today.
    I feel like any waterproof case that has something covering the home button isn't going to be very consistent. I mean I guess you have to choose, either waterproof, or ability to use Touch ID. I mean it wouldn't work under water anyway, same way the screen doesn't.
    12-29-2013 02:01 PM
  11. nabans's Avatar
    This might sound stupid, but I never had any reason to get an Otterbox Alternative. I have a LifeProof and its awesome. Give it a shot and make sure you purchase it through Amazon so that you would be able to return it if not satisfied.
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    12-30-2013 02:33 AM
  12. dobermansrule's Avatar
    This might sound stupid, but I never had any reason to get an Otterbox Alternative. I have a LifeProof and its awesome. Give it a shot and make sure you purchase it through Amazon so that you would be able to return it if not satisfied.
    I personally wouldn't purchase a LifeProof through Amazon because of the risk of it being fake.
    12-30-2013 11:50 AM
  13. Premium1's Avatar
    I personally wouldn't purchase a LifeProof through Amazon because of the risk of it being fake.
    Agree. More likely and safer to buy from a retailer (like best buy, target, walmart) that way if you have any issues you can return it, and also know that it will be authentic and not a fake.
    12-30-2013 12:02 PM
  14. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I took a look at the Lifeproof cases, Nice ...Very NICE.
    12-30-2013 02:32 PM
  15. dcharleyultra's Avatar
    I bought the Lifeproof Fre from Best Buy and the touch ID is very inconsistent. Read reviews after my purchase and many say the same thing. I'll return it today.
    Touch ID on my nuud is pretty consistent.

    However, bringing up the Control Center isn't - even when touching the case just over the Home button first.


    Sent from my iPhone/iPad using Tapatalk - now Free
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    12-31-2013 10:03 AM
  16. eradicator2k14's Avatar
    Ordered my Lifeproof Fre! Thanks for all the input; very much appreciated.
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    01-02-2014 08:29 PM
  17. zerog46's Avatar
    Ordered my Lifeproof Fre! Thanks for all the input; very much appreciated.
    Good choice. I have 4 different Colors.
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    01-02-2014 09:11 PM
  18. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    For you, LifeProof is the way to go. Guarantee it'll last you until it's time to buy a new iPhone.


    Sent from my [Gold] iPhone 5S
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    01-02-2014 11:10 PM
  19. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    Ordered my Lifeproof Fre! Thanks for all the input; very much appreciated.
    Great! Did you also check out their Nd case?


    Sent from my [Gold] iPhone 5S
    01-02-2014 11:11 PM
  20. eradicator2k14's Avatar
    I did check out the Nd series; figured I needed the full blown Fre haha
    01-04-2014 08:21 PM
  21. svfd757's Avatar
    I did check out the Nd series; figured I needed the full blown Fre haha
    The nuud is soooo much better than the fre. I'd even go as far to say the nuud is more protective even without the screen protector. The screen protector on the fre is Horra-awful. My daily driver has been the LP nuud but I just went back to the Otterbox Armor series.
    01-04-2014 09:05 PM
  22. Premium1's Avatar
    FYI, best buy (or at least the ones around me) finally got the nuud case in for the 5s. I know for awhile they did not have them in store so if you are unsure you can go check them out.
    01-05-2014 08:11 PM
  23. 0pusX's Avatar
    I like the fr with the exception of how bad it ruins the speaker audio. I listen to music often through my speakers and it really diminishes the quality.

    Had some complaints from callers about not hearing me real well, as well.


    Sent from my iPhone using iMore Forums mobile app
    01-25-2014 06:36 AM
  24. LuckRocks's Avatar
    The Lifeprood nuud works awesome, touch ID works great. The screen protector that came with it didn't work out to well with me, so I put on a full screen protector then put the lifeproof back together and it still is water tight! Haven't had anyone complain about call quality when I'm talking.
    01-26-2014 07:51 PM

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