LifeProof have become an authority in the iPhone accessory industry since they unveiled their first super-protective case back in 2011. The company has constantly improved along with new iPhone models, and each new version was better than the last.
When the iPhone 5 was released, LifeProof introduced their Nüüd series that offers Quad-Proof protection – waterproof, shock proof, dirt proof, and even snow proof.
You would think that for this to be achieved, the company had to sacrifice the thing that makes iPhone 6 so desired – as in adding more weight, making it chubby, and reducing the phone’s touchscreen functionality.
This is not the case. Pun intended.
Indeed, it is a little bit bulkier than your average no-case-equipped iPhone 6, but not by much. The thing that surprises us the most is the fact that it offers so much protection while still exposing the device’s display.
The LifeProof Nüüd Waterproof iPhone 5, and 5s case retails at the price of $48.
With the release of the iPhone 6, Apple’s new device presented LifeProof with a brand new challenge. Is the case-maker up for it? Or are they a one-hit wonder? Check our review. LifeProof Nüüd Waterproof iPhone 6 Review
Apple’s new iPhone had to maintain its sleek form. This meant that LifeProof had to find a way to envelope the fragile device within the waterproof case without affecting the smart-phone’s design. All of this had to be achieved while also ensuring the case’s Quad-proof status.
Measuring 11.7mm, it features an ultra-thin design in order to please device-slim fanatics. Considering that Apple’s naked device measures 6.9mm, the case will indeed make it a little bit chubbier than your average iPhone 6, but not by much. It doesn’t sound bad at all considering that the trade-off entails that your device will be protected from the majority of accidents which can occur naturally in your daily life.
The LifeProof Nüüd case is 148.3mm tall, thus making it slightly taller than the iPhone 6, but just by 10mm.
The iPhone 6 plus the Nüüd case weighs just about 5.78 ounces. This makes it 1.23 ounces heavier than a bare naked iPhone 6. It’s something unperceivable, and the device’s presence will feel the same in your pocket.
However, using your device with just one hand is harder than before – a general complaint about the iPhone 6 even before LifeProof made its way through.
Design-wise, it’s as bland as it gets, and this is actually a good thing. The case comes in black, blue, pink, and white. The back case is transparent, and it won’t take anything away from the beauty of the iPhone 6. Apple’s logo, and all of the branding material is still clearly visible through the Nüüd case. Your buttons, and ports sit tightly covered with flaps. There is one exception to the rule.
Your headphone port, which is slightly covered, rests underneath an attached screw-like mechanism.
You’ll also find the Touch ID home button sitting nicely behind a piece of plastic – super-thin, maintaining full functionality.
A drawback to the phone’s design is inversing the mute switch function. When you flip the switch forward, as in towards you, you’ll put the device on silent mode. If you push it away from you, the device will regain its default status. It’s a little bit annoying at first, but the price paid for Quad-Proofing your phone is practically inexistent.
Your Lightning port located at the bottom of your device will be covered by an easily-openable plastic guard. If you use Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable, you’ll have no issues with fitting it through the case. Third-party cable owners might find some resistance on LifeProof’s part – the cutout was designed with Apple’s Lightning cable in mind, anything third-party wasn’t taken into consideration.
Something that I found more than annoying, and it may really be a deal-breaker to some, is the fact that if you want access to your headphone port you have to unscrew its cover, which is, go figure, attached to the device’s case.
If you’re an audiophile like me, then you own more than one pair of headphones – I have three. LifeProof does include a headphone adapter at no additional cost, and it can be found in the box which your case came in, but it’s not exactly what I’m looking for.
The headphone port on the case pairs perfectly with Apple’s very own EarPods, anything else, and you’ll need to use their in-house adapter. It’s more than grating when you find out that you forgot the adapter on your nightstand, and you’ve got the wrong pair of headphones with you.
Touchscreen functionality remains intact, and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display is fully exposed.
Speaker and Microphone Quality
Unfortunately, speaker quality is where the case takes a beating – a hard, to the pulp, bloody beating. In order to make it resistant to a wide variety of conditions, LifeProof envelopes the microphone, speakers, and both of the cameras with its protection.
Sound coming from the iPhone’s speaker is muffled, and distorted. It has vastly improved from earlier LifeProof iterations, and when comparing with the iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s LifeProof waterproof models you can clearly observe the work the case-manufacturer put into.
Still, it’s not perfected, and it destroys, slightly, the case experience. Also worth noting is the fact that crackling audio can be heard when listening to music at max volume.
Call quality is lacking, but not by much. Distortion, and noise is present, but it’s barely noticeable. Tests were performed with different callers, and nobody noticed the lack of quality. They only noted that the sound was a little bit off, and they told me to speak up.
Is it Really Quad-Proof?
This is where the LifeProof Nüüd case truly shines. The company boasts that their case is snow proof, dirt proof, shock proof, and lastly, waterproof.
The iPhone 6 Nüüd case is IP-68 certified, meaning that you can hold it underwater for 1 hour, up to 6.6 feet, and it won’t break.
It passed the Military Standard 810G-516.6 test, thus ensuring that if you drop your smartphone, it won’t shatter to smithereens.
The thing is, it seriously depends on what you’re looking for. If seeing your smartphone on the edge of your desk is anxiety inducing, then by all means, get a slightly bulkier case.
I, for one, am against cases that take away the thing that made me want to buy the smartphone in the first place. But LifeProof just feels…different. A couple of questions arise, and they can only be answered individually.
Are you content with the trade-offs? Are you pleased with having a protective-case?
In my opinion the LifeProof Nüüd waterproof iPhone 6 case is worth the $89.99 price.