LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit

So should you go Nuud or Topless? Find the answers in our LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit comparison

[toggle title=”Watch the LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit video on YouTube”][/toggle]So are you a person who hates screen protectors but is a little clumsy? I don’t like screen protectors, they diffuse the screen, reduce the sensitivity of your iPhone’s touchscreen as well as increase the glare. Especially those plastic ones. Now only if there was a case that didn’t have a screen protector but still provided waterproof and shockproof protection. Well, you’re in luck because the LifeProof Nuud and Dog & Bone Wetsuit are two cases that fit that bill. The LifeProof is called the Nuud for a reason and the Dog & Bone likes to use the term topless when describing the Wetsuit. We’ve used both of these cases extensively and based on our rating system, the LifeProof Nuud got a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5 while the Dog & Bone scored 4.0 Eh’s out of 5. They’re both great cases and each have their own merits and perhaps the biggest question you need to ask….Do you want to go topless or do you want to go Nuud? This LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit comparison is based on our full reviews for each case. You can find the links in the comparison table below.

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Design – You still have to dress your Wetsuit since its only topless

Design Differences - LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone WetsuitThere isn’t a large difference in terms of design when looking at the LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit. The biggest difference between these two cases is how they’re installed. The Nuud comes in two pieces whereas the Wetsuit has three. The Dog & Bone case literally has a wetsuit that you have to put on the case. It’s not hard to put on your iPhone but this design features makes the Wetsuit a tougher case than the Nuud. The Wetsuit is a little thicker and heavier than the Nuud and it tends to show wear and tear a bit quicker as you can tell from our case.    [divider][/divider]

Protection – Funny thing, the case that isn’t Nuud offers better iPhone protection

O-rings on the LifeProof NuudWhen it comes to protecting your iPhone, the Wetsuit comes out on top despite the fact that both cases are rated to 6.6ft for shock and water protection. The unique design of the Wetsuit results in your iPhone having 2 layers of protection. The Front and Back housings sandwich the boot portion of the case so even if the housings come off, your iPhone is still protected by the boot. With the Nuud, you only have two pieces so if the case comes apart, there is nothing stopping from having your iPhone from being damaged. In terms of water protection, the boot on the Wetsuit provides a better waterproof seal than the Nuud because the whole boot acts as a seal. On the Nuud, you have a oring that rings along the entire length of the touchscreen but if there’s a piece of debris that sits on the ring, water is going to get into the cavity of the case. On the wetsuit, the boot will form a seal around the debris which would result in your phone staying waterproof. In perfect conditions, both of these cases will be do fine as underwater cameras. In this LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit comparison, one would think that screen protection would be the same but its not. Again, the Wetsuit is better since the edges of the case is higher than the edge on the LifeProof so if you were to drop the case face first, debris smaller than 1/8 inch won’t touch the iPhone’s touchscreen. BOth case manufacturers include screen protectors with LifeProof offering one that fits the cutout area of the iPhone screen. On the Wetsuit, the screen protector covers the entire front of the iPhone. LifeProof and Dog & Bone officially don’t support 3rd party screen protectors but if we had to pick a case to use with a 3rd party screen protector, we’d choose the Wetsuit. [divider][/divider]

Functionality – The Nuud comes out on top

Functionality Differences - LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone WetsuitWhen it comes to functionality, the Nuud comes out on top. Accessing your iPhone is easy for both cases but the Wetsuit has a few oddities that puts it back. Sound coming from the iPhone inside the wetsuit sounds a little distorted and the plug that covers the lightning port and headphone jack isn’t attached to the case. Both are TouchID compliant and work but the black membrane on the Wetsuit doesn’t give the “iPhone looks wet” look. The biggest difference between these two waterproof iPhone cases in terms of functionality is the screen usability. The edges on the Wetsuit are quite high so getting to your Q and P might be a little difficult. The bottom edges isn’t far enough away from the bottom of the touchscreen so the control center is going to be hit and miss as well. How about the screen viewability? In this LifeProof Nuud vs. Dog & Bone Wetsuit comparison, the battle of two tough iPhone cases that have no screen protectors, both are exactly the same when it comes to screen viewability. There’s no screen protector! [divider][/divider]

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  1. shahar shmueli

    December 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    can you do the dog & bone wetsuit review for iphone 6??

    • Aaron Ho

      December 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Yep. Going to be in the first week of 2015 that we review the case.

  2. K Mac

    January 29, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    THANX so much for what you do! Subscribed and will use your links to buy!

    Question – I am thinking of getting the Nuud when they get more in stock, but I have an AT & T Invisible Shield Glass screen protector on my iPhone 6, I don’t see how it would interfere with the Nuud, but I see comments about that – just can’t make sense of it…do you mind telling me if the Nuud would fit and be fine?

    K Mac

  3. Anthony

    June 3, 2015 at 12:38 am

    which one sounds better for phonecalls, music, etc because i heard that the nuud had major problems with the sound and im just curious

    • Aaron Ho

      June 12, 2015 at 1:57 am

      The Nuud sounds a tad better. All waterproof cases are pretty bad with sound.

  4. Paul

    October 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Now that the new Dog&Bone Wetsuit and LifeProof Nuud for the iPhone 7 are shipping, can you do an update to this review for the iPhone 7.

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