iPhone 5 case review: LifeProof vs Otterbox Armor

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  1. Ltzguy

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    This is an unbiased review. I bought both with my own money and I just ordered a siedio obex so ill add that soon.

    Life proof: (weight 30 grams)
    Pros
    -water proof
    -charge connector is easier to get to
    -you can buy it almost anywhere
    -I've had good luck with their customer service
    -super light, thin and not bulky
    -comes in many different colors
    -feels grippy

    Cons:
    -harder to separate
    -oring sometimes is hard to deal with
    -screen sits off the screen more in some place
    -in my experience people can't hear me very well
    -I can't hear on it very well
    -you have to unscrew a headphone plug that you can lose easily
    -the auto dim doesn't work well and neither does the proximity sensor
    -not very tough or robust of a case
    -screen clarity sucks
    -screen scratches very easy and so does the case
    -flimsy charge port door breaks easily
    -you have to have a special adapter to use the headphones
    -causes a tunnel sound when talking on on the phone

    Otter box armor (weight 114 grams!)
    Pros:

    -very well constructed
    -looks and feels like it would survive anything
    -screen clarity is MUCH better
    -I can hear just fine
    -whoever I'm talking to can hear me perfect
    -the headphone jack does not require anything special. It's easy to get to also and nothing to lose
    -it's super easy to remove the phone and install it. Just two clasps. Easy
    -charge port easy to get to. No flimsy door to break.
    -otter box has great customer service
    -typing on it is a tad better than life proof
    -sound quality on speaker phone seems unaffected

    Cons:
    -IT'S FRIGGING HUGE!
    -heavy
    -the home button is stiff and doesn't let you feel a positive click
    -more expensive. I paid $99 plus tax
    -the screen needs to go higher at the top. Touching the bar at the top to make pages scroll quickly to the top is very hard
    -also hard to type on the edges

    Notes: the life proof case worked well on my iPhone 4 and 4s. They failed Miserably with the 5 in my opinion. I don't even like to use my life proof. The otter box works almost perfectly except for its size. If it wasn't so heavy and big, it would be a complete winner. If you can deal with its heft and hefty price tag, it's a well built case.

    Seidio Obex: (weight 41 grams)

    Plus:
    -audio quality is on par with otter box.
    -comfy to hold
    -looks really good
    -more rounded than the other cases
    -the edges where the screen and case meet are really low profile and is easier to type at the edge of the screen
    -screen clarity is better than life proof. The little dots to hold the plastic screen off the glass phone screen are not visible when the phone is lit
    -more comfortable to hold to your ear
    -seems to need the least amount of touch pressure to type than otter box and life proof
    -comes an extra set of rubber plugs for all ports
    -has a neat little home button that works well

    Cons:
    -when snapping the case together, there is no definite click or snap like the life proof and otter box.
    -I don't like the side oring design as it looks like it could become dislodged easily upon installing.
    -it has a square rubber plug you pop out (is still retained in the case though) to get to the mute switch. Unless you have long nails or something to stick in there, your not reaching the switch. Big negative here.
    -two steps to get to the charge port. Fold breakable door down, then peel out rubber strip. I don't really like that too much.

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  2. Ltzguy

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    I wanted to point out:

    I got to work this morning and a coworker of mine has a regular otter box defender on his iPhone 4, so we compared the thickness of them. They were exactly the same thickness. I'm getting used to it at this point and kinda starting to like it.


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  3. imutter

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    Yeah we have LP and we never use it because of the big bubble which never settled
     
  4. Jennifer Chesney

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    Agreed, I wish the case wasn't so big and bulky either. How is it that no one has come out with an almost indestructible thin case yet?! I say we invent it! haha :D
     
  5. Ltzguy

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    I wish we could! What ideas do you have? :)


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  6. Hydrogen3

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    A belt clip would be nice for the Armor.
     
  7. Ltzguy

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    My obex came in today. Stand by for a review. Give me till tomorrow and ill report back. Ill also post pics with all three cases side by side.


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  8. Ltzguy

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    Finally laid eyes on my obex case. Initial impressions:

    -light like the life proof.
    -looks better than life proof and feels more comfy in my hand.
    -not as hard to take apart as I thought it would be

    I'm water testing it right now. Ill install the phone in it shortly and report back. Here's some pics in the meantime

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  9. Ltzguy

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    Weights of the cases
    Obex: 41 grams
    Life proof 30 grams
    Otter box armor 114 grams!


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  10. Jennifer Chesney

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    oh i have a few ideas brewing around for a new indestructible case (y)
     
  11. Ltzguy

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    Do tell...


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