1. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I'm sorry to hear that you 3 feel that way. Both cases offer features not available naked.
    Sure they offer features that you can't get with regular cases or naked, but there are sacrifices that are made as well. Then it becomes an issue of how much you really need a case like the Otterbox or LifeProof. I drop my phone every once in a while. The Spigen case I have on it has protected my iPhone every time. I really don't have a need to use my phone when I'm in water. I rarely swim and if I do, I'm not really interested in using my phone while doing so. I don't even use a screen protector because I have really never needed to. So until I break a screen or severely scratch a screen, a protector is unnecessary. Actually, I have never broken a phone. And not that I'm overly careful with my devices, I mean I don't throw them around or anything, but I wouldn't say I'm crazy about it. I usually just get a simple case that looks good that covers the back and sides and that seems to be good enough.


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    08-08-2014 06:54 AM
  2. jkel777's Avatar
    Sure they offer features that you can't get with regular cases or naked, but there are sacrifices that are made as well. Then it becomes an issue of how much you really need a case like the Otterbox or LifeProof. I drop my phone every once in a while. The Spigen case I have on it has protected my iPhone every time. I really don't have a need to use my phone when I'm in water. I rarely swim and if I do, I'm not really interested in using my phone while doing so. I don't even use a screen protector because I have really never needed to. So until I break a screen or severely scratch a screen, a protector is unnecessary. Actually, I have never broken a phone. And not that I'm overly careful with my devices, I mean I don't throw them around or anything, but I wouldn't say I'm crazy about it. I usually just get a simple case that looks good that covers the back and sides and that seems to be good enough.


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    Very true. I had a Fre on for about 8 months before I realized this. I finally realized that I never really took it around water, and when I did, like at a pool, I was still extra careful with it. Now I'm rocking a CandyShell with a matte screen protector and I'm loving it. Don't have to worry about flash issues, screen glare, or sound issues. It feels good to use the phone the way it was meant to be used (although I suppose that would be going completely naked). I'm not saying that waterproof cases are bad by any means. They helped keep my iPhone safe from water and dust. I just never really found myself in situations where that would be a problem. But for some people, waterproof cases are an absolute must.
    08-08-2014 06:23 PM
  3. miketko's Avatar
    It's not even close. Life proof nuud. Less bulky and water proof


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    08-08-2014 11:02 PM
  4. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    I have the Lifeproof Nuud for my 5S and just bought the Otterbox Preserver. Amazon had the Preserver on their one day sale for 29.99.

    Oddly enough, even with the built in screen protector, I find the Preserver much better than the Nuud. It feels much more solid, better quality and the sound is much less muffled and more clear. I may have found my new permanent case here.
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    08-08-2014 11:43 PM
  5. rayz336's Avatar
    I have the Lifeproof Nuud for my 5S and just bought the Otterbox Preserver. Amazon had the Preserver on their one day sale for 29.99.

    Oddly enough, even with the built in screen protector, I find the Preserver much better than the Nuud. It feels much more solid, better quality and the sound is much less muffled and more clear. I may have found my new permanent case here.
    It was hard for me to not take the plunge on the Preserver case from Amazon
    08-08-2014 11:48 PM
  6. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    It was hard for me to not take the plunge on the Preserver case from Amazon
    I went back and forth before finally going for it. I am glad I did, it's slightly (and I mean slightly) thicker than the Nuud but almost unnoticeable. Pretty darn pleased!
    08-08-2014 11:54 PM
  7. jkel777's Avatar
    I have the Lifeproof Nuud for my 5S and just bought the Otterbox Preserver. Amazon had the Preserver on their one day sale for 29.99.

    Oddly enough, even with the built in screen protector, I find the Preserver much better than the Nuud. It feels much more solid, better quality and the sound is much less muffled and more clear. I may have found my new permanent case here.
    Just bought it for $40 on Amazon. Basically going back on my previous post haha. But for that cheap, how could you not?? Looks much better than LifeProof.
    08-09-2014 01:03 AM
  8. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I'm sorry to hear that you 3 feel that way. Both cases offer features not available naked.
    This is such a weird response. Do you have some deeper connection to Lifeproof or something? It's almost like it hurts you personally when people don't praise the thing, lol!
    08-09-2014 01:51 AM
  9. ajl's Avatar
    This is such a weird response. Do you have some deeper connection to Lifeproof or something? It's almost like it hurts you personally when people don't praise the thing, lol!
    I apologize? I don't understand what's wrong with that, but ok.
    08-09-2014 01:53 AM
  10. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I apologize? I don't understand what's wrong with that, but ok.
    No need for an apology, I was just making an observation...I just don't quite get what bugs you so much when people feel the Lifeproof case is junk or unworthy of consideration. To me, I wouldn't even think of buying another one...I'm just one representation though, one opinion. I guess I was just confused why you felt the need to debate opinions of it so much...I mean I presented some hard evidence before, and then you say "I couldn't agree with the complaints anymore...", that's just weird...who said you had to? LOL! I disagree with opinions all the time, and it feels fantastic! Parading it around though is odd.
    08-09-2014 01:58 AM
  11. jkel777's Avatar
    Received the Preserver in the mail today. Played around with it for a few hours and it's not bad. Feels kind of rigid and stiff, but solid.

    EDIT: Well, I just went back to my replacement Fre. The Preserver made a "sticky" sound from the plastic membrane every time I touched the screen. Tried putting the case back on a second time, but it didn't help. The air gap was causing slight sensitivity issues and was forcing air to the plastic membrane, which caused that "sticky" noise. This kind of made me concerned for the longevity of the plastic membrane over the speaker, as it could possibly burst over time and use. Also, the Preserver just felt really rigid and stiff. The Fre is much more lightweight and compact, which I actually like. Only slight issue I have with the new replacement Fre is that it fits extremely tight. Like, it was really hard to snap on. And it wasn't just my 5s with a matte screen protector; my brother's 5 without a screen protector fit snugly too. Might just be the new revision of the cases, since the flash opening is way bigger for the TrueTone flash of the 5s.

    Either way, I'm gonna be sticking with the Fre for now. Audio sounds better through both the earpiece and speaker, and the screen sensitivity is much better in my experience. I'm thinking I might just keep the Preserver (since it was only $40), but I also might return it to Amazon if I don't end up using it much.
    08-10-2014 05:51 PM
  12. LockOnTech's Avatar
    I prefer otterbox, i know some people who use lifeproof; To me lifeproof looks out of place. Holding the phone with lifeproof I was definitely afraid of dropping the phone.
    08-10-2014 11:19 PM
  13. alex.shimp's Avatar
    I have had several iterations of the LifeProof case as well as a couple of OtterBoxes and by far I prefer the LifeProof. For those that had issues with water or moisture getting into the LifeProof case either had a defective case, or one that was not sealed properly. As the case as designed as WATERPROOF not water resistant. When you have a LifeProof you need to first water test the case periodically with out the phone installed, and 2 check the integrity of the seals (no dust, damage etc) I only wish the Mophie and LifeProof would team up and make a LifeProof charging case for the iPhone :-)
    08-11-2014 12:09 AM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    If you have a problem with an Otterbox case, they will send a replacement free, regardless if where you bought it. There's always a small % of cases that will have issues. Doesn't mean they all do. I had to return my wife's 5c Otterbox Defender to Verizon. Otter sent her a new one free that works great. Great customer service.
    08-11-2014 12:55 AM
  15. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I have had several iterations of the LifeProof case as well as a couple of OtterBoxes and by far I prefer the LifeProof. For those that had issues with water or moisture getting into the LifeProof case either had a defective case, or one that was not sealed properly. As the case as designed as WATERPROOF not water resistant. When you have a LifeProof you need to first water test the case periodically with out the phone installed, and 2 check the integrity of the seals (no dust, damage etc) I only wish the Mophie and LifeProof would team up and make a LifeProof charging case for the iPhone :-)
    This is just not true...the case I had was not defective, and was sealed exactly as it was instructed to be by Lifeproof themselves...my experience with moisture getting into the case and causing fogging was not a singular reflection either, it seemed to be a pretty common one in fact for the LifeProof Fre case, and was mostly attributed to humidity from trace amounts of moisture within the case.

    Our rafting guide had the same exact case that he used regularly on the river, and he said the hazy picture thing was something he just got used to.

    Again, the case definitely protected the phone from water damage, so in terms of protection, I have no complaints...I do have an issue when you can't use the phone at basic levels like taking a normal picture, so I can't vouch for them because of such.
    08-11-2014 12:56 AM
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