If you’re looking for an inexpensive, customizable case that will protect your iPhone from most falls, for $50, the Ballistic Every1 has you covered. The LifeProof Fre, though $20 more, will completely protect your phone from everyday life.
When comparing the iPhone cases, the LifeProof Fre comes out ahead. The Ballistic Every1 scored a 3.2 Eh’s out of 5 on the the MobileReviews-Eh scale while the LifeProof Fre scored a 4.3 Eh’s out of 5. The Ballistic Every1 serves as a decent case but only protects the phone from drops up to eight feet. The LifeProof Fre is a completely waterproof iPhone case and can withstand drops from a height of six-feet.
The Ballistic Every1 comes with a built-in screen protector and a built-in kickstand. The case has “Active Latches (a Ballistic Trademark)” that are easy open and close for installation. The “Air Gap Suspension Springs” provide a 1mm layer of air so the phone never touches a the interior of the case. The Ballistic Every1 does comes with a horizontal belt holster. Ballistic designs rugged cases for many different devices with features such as rubber on the inside to prevent scratches and provide a high level of shock absorption.
The LifeProof Fre is a waterproof, dirt-proof, snow-proof and shock proof iPhone 5 hard case. The case also features an integrated screen protector. LifeProof designs cases to protect smartphones and tablets from the environment.
The Ballistic Every1 is slightly heavier and thicker in width than the LifeProof Fre. The LifeProof Fre is larger in length however it’s not as noticeable when simply holding the iPhone. The bulkiness of the Ballistic Every1 is noticeable especially in comparison to the LifeProof Fre.
The Ballistic Every1 features “active latches” that make installing of the iPhone quite easy. The LifeProof Fre opens easily with the use of a coin as the waterproof iPhone case does not have any screws.
When the two tough iPhone 5 cases were put to the test, the LifeProof Fre appeared that it would wear better over time when compared to the Ballistic Every1. The Every1 case’s pieces looked as though they had been glued together and did not look nearly as nice compared to the LifeProof Fre. In general, the Every1 did not appear to fit together very well.
The LifeProof Fre case can sustain a drop as high as six feet (based on IP68 standards). Tests performed on the case verified LifeProof’s claim. The Ballistic Every1 case was supposed to protect a phone from a drop as high as eight feet, however when tested the iPhone slipped out of the case when it hit the floor. As a result, the iPhone sustained scratches. Also, the Ballistic Every1 screen protector has a hole where dust can get inside the case. The dust could scratch the screen, affecting the appearance of the iPhone.
Both cases allow for easy access of buttons on the iPhone 5. The LifeProof Fre screen protector has no edges so the iOS 7 control centre can be easily accessed.
The Ballistic Every1 does not restrict access to the top of the phone but accessing the control centre when swiping up from the bottom of the phone can be challenging. The glare of the Ballistic Every1 screen protector also makes it a challenge to see the screen of the phone outside, especially when compared to the LifeProof Fre.
The Ballistic Case company promotes the fact that their cases can be customizable by adding features such as holsters and kickstands. However, during our testing with found that the case enhancements of the Ballistic Every1 to be problematic. The kickstand was flimsy and the holster made it a challenge to slide the case in and out.
The Ballistic Every1 will protect your phone from some drops and is a decent case if you’ve got $50 to spend on a case. If you want to ensure your $600 – $700 iPhone is secure, the spending the extra cash on the LifeProof Fre would be worth it.
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