The Lifeproof iPhone 5 case is now available at Best Buy and Lifeproof for $80 as the Lifeproof fre for iPhone 5.
Lifeproof Designed this the iPhone 5 case to withstand water, dirt, snow and shock — providing protection from almost any hazard that could damage the iPhone 5.
The Lifeproof iPhone 5 case doesn’t add significant bulk to the iPhone 5, even though it delivers protection from common smartphone hazards. The case is 12.18 mm thick. That’s 2mm thinner than the OtterBox iPhone 5 Commuter case and 4mm thinner than the OtterBox Defender for iPhone 5, neither of which is waterproof.
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Lifeproof designed the iPhone 5 case so that users don’t need to give up functionality for protection. While using the Lifeproof iPhone 5 case, users can still listen to music through the built-in speakers, use headphones, change the volume and use the mute switch as well as access the display and use the camera.
The case includes a “CrystalClear optical-glass lens”, so users can take photographs and videos while using the case. This turns the iPhone 5 into an underwater camera. The back of the case also includes a window so users can show off their Apple logo.
From a protection standpoint, Lifeproof brags that the Lifeproof fre iPhone 5 case is military rated to MIL STD 810F-516 and a IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating, which essentially means the case protects the iPhone 5 form drops of 6.6 foot and seals out dirt, dust and snow. The case will protect the iPhone 5 in water up to 6.6 feet for 30 minutes.
For now Best Buy is the only place shoppers can find the Lifeproof iPhone 5 case in store, and supply is limited for the first several weeks. The Lifeproof fre is out of stock on the Lifeproof site, but shoppers can sign up for a notification. Stay tuned for our Lifeproof fre review.