Getting Nuud with your iPhone? Absolutely!
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Today we’re going to do the review for the LifeProof Nuud for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This is a tough, waterproof case for your iPhones and it does it all of that without an actual screen protector.
We really like the slimness of this case as it doesn’t add much to the iPhone for a tough, waterproof iPhone case. Access to the iPhone is decent and the lack of a screen protector makes using the iPhone a joy in this case. There are a couple of issues with the accessibly of the iPhone in the case and sound doesn’t fare as well.
Based on our time with the case, we gave this waterproof iPhone case a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. For this LifeProof Nuud Review, we’ve scored this iPhone 6 case better than Catalyst Waterproof, LifeProof Fre, Seidio Obex and Dog & Bone Wetsuit. Despite being rated higher than all those other cases, the LifeProof Nuud may not be the case to get if you’re planning to do a lot of water sports. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other fancier iPhone cases, check out our comparison tool!
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$89.00 USD (iPhone 6)
$99.00 USD (iPhone 6 Plus)
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- Very slim for a tough waterproof iPhone case
- No screen protector!
- Includes a threaded headphone jack extension
- No screen protector!
- Not as tough as other waterproof cases due to extra o-rings
- Lowers iPhone's sound level
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- Potential for water damage if the seals on the Nuud aren't kept clean
- Keeps the shape of the iPhone 6/6 Plus
- Slightly bigger than the LifeProof Fre (just by a sliver)
|Install||Ease of Installation (5/5):|
- Installation requires you to snap two pieces together (real easy!)
- Taking the case apart doesn't require a coin (its easier with a coin)
- Headphone plug is attached to the case
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4/5):|
- It isn't generally compatible with 3rd party screen protectors
- Feels solid
|Shock Protection||Shock Protection (3/5):|
- Average drop protection at 6.6ft/2m
|Water/Dust Protection||Water/Dust Protection (3/5):|
- Average water protection at 6.6ft/2m
- Headphone jack extension is threaded ensuring a waterproof seal
|Screen Protection||Screen Protection (3.5/5):|
- LifeProof includes an optionally installable screen protector
- Fairly thick
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (3.5/5):|
- Buttons are fairly easy to use
- Lightning port cutout & headphone generally only fits Apple accessories
- Sound is muted from earpiece speaker
- Sound is slightly muted from bottom speaker (though its easier to hear)
|Screen Usability||Screen Usability (5/5):|
- No screen protector (Perfect screen usability)
- Optionally installable screen protector also offers perfect screen usability
- Edges do not get in the way of accessing your iPhone
|Screen Viewability||Screen View-ability (4.5/5):|
- No screen protector (Perfect screen viewability)
- Optionally screen protector doesn't fit 100% which means edges of the screen protector will diffuse the iPhone's touchscreen slightly
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Design – Uniquely designed iPhone case with build quality issues
In terms of design, this is a light case. In fact, the LifeProof Nuud is as thin as most regular slim cases and is just a little wider than a slim case. However, if we compare the Nuud against other waterproof iPhone cases, the only one that is smaller is the LifeProof Fre.
Installation of the case is quick simple, as with the uninstall as there are no parts to really lose. They’ve made an improvement over previous Nuuds and even the newer Fre with the gasket on the Lightning port cover as its tucked into the flap tightly. Certain users of the case have noticed build quality issues with the bottom of the iPhone case as they weren’t snapping together but we didn’t come across theses problems with our two cases (if you do have these problems, please contact LifeProof Customer Support!)
The LifeProof Nuud feels solid. It feels like it will protect your iPhone from everyday life events as ti fits very well but one of the things to note is that using third party screen protectors with this case will most likely allow water into your case. The case holds up well from the occasional drop on concrete and despite having a clear back, the raised rubber portions keep it generally scratch free.
All-in-all, LifeProof has done an awesome job design the new Nuud for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Protection – Seriously, waterproof with no screen protector
In terms of protection, this tough iPhone case provides average water and drop protection at 6.6 ft/2m for both. Almost every waterproof iPhone case that we’ve reviewed will be waterproof/drop proof to 6.6 ft.
Based our own torture tests, we believe the iPhone is going to be safe in the Nuud. We didn’t discover any fatal flaws in the case unless you decide to use a 3rd party screen protector with the case (which LifeProof says not to). However, the question “Can I use a screen protector with the LifeProof Nuud” is asked a lot so we did our torture tests with a Sir Lancelot Holy Grail screen protector installed on our iPhone 6 Plus.
Right off the bat, we noticed a bulge around the front facing camera on our iPhone 6 Plus. The o-ring at the top wasn’t even sitting on the iPhone! We put the iPhone into a sink filled with water and within two minutes, water had entered the top part of the case. The LifeProof Nuud is very tightly fitting case which makes sense that adding a 2mm screen protector would make the water protection useless. Click here if you want to see the torture test videos (we’ve got a better explanation there).
Now if you really want a screen protector with your LifeProof Nuud, there are companies that make glass screen protectors that are cut to fit the LifeProof Nuud specifically. LifeProof does include an optionally installable screen protector with the Nuud but it’s not glass and doesn’t fit the cutout perfectly.
In terms of screen protection, we rated this case with the optional installable screen protector which is fairly thick. The edges of the case are high enough to keep the iPhone’s screen off a flat surface.
Functionality – Using your iPhone like there was no case!
During our testing period for our LifeProof Nuud review, we discovered that getting to your iPhone is pretty awesome in this case. The buttons have a nice feel to them and aren’t too tough to get to. The case itself is a little slicker than other cases due to the plastic back but the rubber tops/bottoms do keep the iPhone in your hand.
In terms of hardware access, you’re really restricted to Apple’s accessories as the cutouts for the headphones and Lightning port are quite small. There is a headphone jack extension but we think that everyday usage of the headphone jack would really take away from the entire design of the case.
The Camera and Flash have their own separate cutouts so you’re not going to get funny looking flash photographs. The touch ID membrane generally works and it’s large enough for you to add fingerprints with the LifeProof Nuud installed.
In terms of screen functionality, since it has no screen protector, it’s great! Even with the optionally installable screen protector, it’s great! The edges of the case are at an angle where getting to your iPhone’s touchscreen isn’t affected.
In terms of screen viewability, it’s great! However, if you use the optionally installable screen protector, you may get a bit of diffusion along the edge of the screen protector since it doesn’t fit the cutout 100% but you’re probably not going to notice that since we’re just being incredibly pick here.
So again, we gave the LifeProof Nuud a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. This is one of the higher rated waterproof iPhone cases that we’ve reviewed but if you’re looking to use it for watersports, we’d recommend that you check out the Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case instead. The LifeProof Nuud doesn’t allow you to attach a wrist strap to the case so if you’re doing snorkelling or any sort of swimming, your going to lose your iPhone in the sea/ocean.
The Catalyst Waterproof is waterproof up to 16.4ft/5m and is just as tough as the Nuud in terms of drop protection but make it a little harder to get to your iPhone in the case. Check out our review of the Catalyst here!
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