LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 Review: Waterproof Case
The LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 case is a form-fitting case that protects the Galaxy S3 from water, snow, dust and drops without covering the screen and taking away from the original feel of a glass display.
LifeProof is one of the most popular makers of waterproof cases for smartphones and the LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 case lives up to the name the company carved out in iPhone cases.
The nuud name comes from the design which doesn’t put anything over the screen. Instead of sealing up the entire phone, LifeProof includes an o-ring that seals to the display to keep water, snow and dust out and there is a protruding plastic guard that helps protect it from drops.
When you get the LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 case, the first step is to test it by submerging the case underwater with a test plastic part, this is to make sure you can properly install it before submerging a real phone.
Installing the Galaxy S3 into the LifeProof case is easy, and the fit is very nice. There is a headphone jack stopper that pulls out, but remains attached so you don’t lose it. There is a latch at the bottom of the phone that covers the Micro USB charging port. The latch is solid, but easy to open up for charging. Users can remove the case by snapping two edges apart with a quarter, and while sealed up the case is not easy to pry apart unintentionally or with a drop.
The first test was to put the Galaxy S3 underwater in the nuud case. LifeProof says the phone can survive up to 6.6 feet in water, and the phone handled a shower, a dunk into a hot tub and a drop into a puddle with ease. The hot tub would surely spell the end to a Galaxy S3 without a waterproof case.
The case also works to provide protection against snow and dust. While we are without snow at this point, the case held up against the dust and dirt of a garden cleanup project.
When it comes to drops, LifeProof says this case will protect the phone from drops of 6.6 feet, and it withstood a drop from waist height to a sidewalk and from chest height to a kitchen floor.
After a drop, be sure to check the seal, as impact could cause the case to open slightly, which would be bad news for any contact with water down the line.
The LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 case comes in black with a clear back that shows off the color of the Galaxy S3. It looks good with the white Galaxy S3, delivering a nice contrasting look.
While using the Galaxy S3 nuud case the audio sounds good for listening to music and for making calls, something that can be a challenge with waterproof cases. The camera also delivers good-looking photos while the LifeProof Galaxy S3 case is on.
The nuud Galaxy S3 case covers the home button, which completes the protection. The button requires more force to press than without the case, but is still usable.
The LifeProof nuud Galaxy S3 case is the best Galaxy S3 waterproof case we’ve tried. The $89.99 price is higher than the average case, but it delivers more protection than most cases.
Users can buy the LifeProof Galaxy S3 case from LifeProof and other retailers.