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 LifeProof Fre
 
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(out of 5)

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PricePrice:
$79.00 USD (iPhone 5/5S)

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ProsPros:
– One of the thinner waterproof iPhone cases
– Good case for day-to-day use
ConsCons:
– Screen protector may produce rain-bowing effects
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
– The hole for the True-Tone flash on LifeProof Fre cases made before March 2014 are too small for the flash to work properly
Design Rating
DESIGN
(LifeProof Fre)
Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk (4.5/5):
– Thinnest rugged case
– Very light
InstallEase of Installation (4/5):
– LifeProof Fre is easy to install/uninstall
– Case comprises of 2 parts, taken apart by peeling back the rear panel from the bottom of the case
Build QualityBuild Quality (3.5/5):
– Case does feel flimsy (but is still very tough)
– Good mix of rubber and polycarbonate makes the case easy to use
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
(LifeProof Fre)
Shock ProtectionShock Protection (4/5):
– Provides shock protection up to 6.6 ft
– Successfully tested by slapping the case across a concrete room
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (5/5):
– LifeProof Fre provides water protection up to depths of 6.6 ft for 1 hour
– Successfully tested in a swimming pool
– Survived being coated in a pound of chocolate
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
– Protects against everyday bumps/scratches
– Withstood several stabs by a kitchen knife. Between the Otterbox Preserver and LifeProof Fre, the Fre’s screen protector seemed tougher
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
(LifeProof Fre)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4/5):
– Able to access all buttons easily
– Touch ID film is a bit difficult to use as the case doesn’t guide fingers
– Sound coming from speakers is enhanced
– Easy access to hardware ports
– Larger headphone plugs will need to use the headphone jack extender with this case
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (4/5):
– LifeProof Fre provides the easiestaccess swipe menus
– Edges of the case do not get in the way
– Gap between screen protector and touchscreen is noticeable and results in a rain-bowing effect
Screen ViewabilityScreen View-ability (3.5/5):
– Suffers from rain-bowing effects
– Glare is quire noticeable
– Fingerprint smudging is nominal
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