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 LifeProof Fre
 
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$79.99 USD

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ProsPros:
– Very thin for a shockproof/waterproof case
– Feels well-built
ConsCons:
– Back scratches easily
– Screen protector diffuses iPhone 6’s Retina HD screen
– Rain-bowing effects still exist
– Glare from screen protector 

– You can only use Apple sized accessories
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
– O-ring falls out of the ridge easier than other cases so make sure its seated properly
– Gasket that sits in the latch can fall out
– High drops may result in the case cracking
Design Rating
DESIGN

(LifeProof Fre)
Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk (4.75/5):
– LifeProof Fre is very slim when compared to other tough cases
InstallEase of Installation (4.5/5):
– Fairly easy to take apart/install
– O-ring pops out easier so take care when installing the case
Build QualityBuild Quality (3.5/5):
– Despite the great fit, the back of the case scratches easily
– The LifeProof Fre broke during a 6ft drop (LifeProof did provide a warranty case)
Protection Rating
PROTECTION

(LifeProof Fre)
Shock ProtectionShock Protection (3/5):
– Drop-rated to 6.6 ft (standard for shockproof cases)
– Case didn’t come apart during drops
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (3/5):
– Waterproof up to a depth of 6.6ft
– LifeProof doesn’t provide a headphone jack extension that allows you to use waterproof headphones with the case
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
– Thick plastic screen protector
– Protected the iPhone’s screen from face first drops on a rocky parking lot
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY

(LifeProof Fre)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4/5):
– Cutouts for the lightning port and headphone jack will fit only Apple-sized accessories
– Sound is slightly muted
– Small hack that allowed you to attach a wrist-strap has been removed
– Touch ID membrane works well as long as the sensor is clear of fingerprints before installation
– Cutout for the flash is large enough for the True-Tone flash (it wasn’t on the first few versions of the iPhone 5S Fre)
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (4.5/5):
– A small gap between the screen protector and touchscreen
– Sensitivity isn’t reduced
– Easy to access swipe menus on the iPhone
Screen ViewabilityScreen Viewability (5/5):
– Wobbly reflections due to the fact that the screen protector doesn’t sit flush on the iPhone screen (Better than the screen on the 5/5S versions)
– Glare is pretty bad
– Screen protector diffuses the iPhone’s Retina HD screen
– Minor rain-bowing effects
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