LifeProof iPhone 6 Case Review (frē)

The LifeProof iPhone 6 Case protects your new iPhone from snow, dust, drops and water. This is also the thinnest waterproof iPhone 6 case we’ve seen, and it also works with Touch ID. There are multiple LifeProof iPhone 6 cases, and today we are reviewing the LifeProof frē iPhone 6 case today.

With a waterproof iPhone 6 case like the LifeProof frē I can take the iPhone wherever I go — out in the snow, to a hot tub or pool or just into the shower to listen to music or watch Football while I am getting ready. Of course most users are looking for a LifeProof iPhone 6 case to keep their iPhone safe from drops, water and other hazards of daily life.

You don’t need a kid for a LifeProof case to make sense, but if you are a parent who constantly hands off an expensive new iPhone to a child this case is certainly a great iPhone 6 accessory to have.

This is an excellent waterproof iPhone 6 case.
This is an excellent waterproof iPhone 6 case.

The LifeProof frē iPhone 6 case is available in six color options including black, pink, white, blue, red and purple so you can match your iPhone and your style. There are gray accents on the white LifeProof iPhone 6 case so it doesn’t disappear in the snow.

This case offers a lot of protection, and for the size it is one of the most protective iPhone 6 cases you can find. There are some trade offs, but this is the best iPhone 6 case for anyone who needs to protect the iPhone from every season and in practically every environment the average user ends up in.

You can buy the LifeProof iPhone 6 case direct for $79.99 with free shipping. The LifeProof nüüd iPhone 6 case that seals to the screen and doesn’t include a screen protector like the frē is coming soon to LifeProof.

This case protects against drops, water, snow and dirt.
This case protects against drops, water, snow and dirt.

You expect a waterproof iPhone 6 case to add a lot of bulk to the phone and make using it with one hand impossible, but the LifeProof iPhone 6 case is not much thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus in a slim Apple Leather case.

Using the LifeProof iPhone 6 case with one hand takes a few adjustments, but it is still easy to do. In some cases it is easier because you can grip the iPhone 6 in the case with one hand easier than you can without a case on it.

The design obscures the new curved design of the iPhone 6, but it does look nice and the raised edge combines with a built-in screen protector to keep the screen safe from scratches.

The screen still looks nice and is easy to use with the built-in screen protector.
The screen still looks nice and is easy to use with the built-in screen protector.

The LifeProof iPhone 6 case protected the iPhone 6 from water in a shower and while doing dishes. It also provided great protection from the snow during short trips to shovel and longer outings to play in and enjoy the snow in Ohio. Although we didn’t go overboard with testing the protection from drops, the case protected it easily from waist level to hard and carpeted surfaces.

You can use Touch ID with this waterproof iPhone 6 case, but it is not as reliable as using Touch ID with no case on. Even with the raised edges around the screen, it is easy to use the built-in gestures. The built-in screen protector isn’t as nice as a glass one, but it still works well and looks good.

You can still use Touch ID, but it is not as reliable.
You can still use Touch ID, but it is not as reliable.

There is a headphone jack cover that you need to unscrew to plug-in headphones. The cover remains attached to the case so you don’t lose it. You can plug a pair of Apple EarPods in without the included adapter if you don’t need it to be waterproof, but you’ll need the free adapter to keep water out and to use other headphones.

A small flap folds down for access to the Lightning port. This flap came off when I forgot to un-snap this before taking the case off, but it is easy to put back in place and you can avoid this by remembering to open this before removing the case.

The buttons are easy to use and the case is thin.
The buttons are easy to use and the case is still relatively thin.

The speaker and microphone are covered and it does degrade audio quality and volume some, but for the protection it delivers it is a trade-off we can easily make. It helps that LifeProof improved the sound with the case on from earlier designs. All of the buttons are easy to access, with a handy toggle that makes switching to silent mode incredibly easy.

The LifeProof iPhone 6 case is an excellent way to protect the iPhone 6 and it is an essential accessory for users that need a waterproof iPhone 6 or who don’t want to buy AppleCare+ for protection.

24 Comments

  1. NeedIt

    01/22/2015 at 1:48 pm

    Okay, seriously. How did you land the case, and when can I buy it?!! Why is lifeproof taking forever?!!

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  2. NeedIt

    01/22/2015 at 1:51 pm

    Whoops, misread, thought it was the nuud. Damnit lifeproof, hurry up!

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  3. Renee

    01/24/2015 at 11:56 pm

    I am extremely disappointed in this case. It is very cheap looking and cheap feeling. It feels like it was made in China for China…I should know….I lived as an expat there for 7 years. The fingerprint ID DOES NOT work with this case AT ALL!
    This case is extremely overpriced and I just ordered an Otterbox.

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    • Charlie

      05/08/2015 at 1:04 pm

      U got that right!!! Pricey n not up to their ad…n warranty dept. awful

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    • Melisa

      06/30/2015 at 10:05 am

      I personally still can use the Touch ID with no problem. So far I haven’t had any problems

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    • Jay

      09/01/2016 at 12:27 pm

      no one cares

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  4. Droppediphone6intoilet

    04/30/2015 at 11:22 am

    I just got this case yesterday, to replace my non-waterproof otter box case (see username). So far, I like the slim design of the lifeproof case. It is far less bulky than the previous case. Hopefully it will protect my newly replaced phone against water damage, should I ever again be clumsy and let my phone go for a swim (argh!)

    My only issue with this case is the charging port. Generic/aftermarket chargers will not fit through the case and into the port. Only Apple chargers will fit into the port, with the case on.

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  5. Charlie

    05/08/2015 at 1:01 pm

    This case sucks big time, the charger port door broke after 3 weeks n the device never dropped or went into water yet n try getting lifeproof to replace as part of warranty good luck!! They’ll ask for serial number that not even superman can read it, and touchscreen always stop or slow because of the stickiness of the materials…there’s few others I know who got same problems as far as broken charger doors n they too have problems with warranty dept.

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  6. dennis

    06/01/2015 at 1:45 pm

    I recently bought a Life proof case at Walmart on Saturday, May 23. I went early that morning to purchase my Nuud life proof case. I bought the case and left to go home to leave for my CRUISE and when I got home I put the case on…just to find out that the nuud life proof iphone 6 case does not fit the iphone 6. So before leaving on my trip I went by Walmart and returned the case and swapped it for the life proof fre case. This time making sure that the case FIT THE PHONE gladly the case worked. So I left for my trip. And the night before my trip I stayed in a hotel room so I did the recommended water test…I did the test and the case was completely water proof. The next day I boarded my ship and went for a swim in the pool. The pool was no more than 5 and a half feet deep. And I was only in the water for a few short minutes before water leaked into my case destroying my phone. I love the slim feel of the case but the water proof part not so much. So I WENT THE WHOLE CRUISE WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO TAKE ANY PICTURES THANKS TO THIS CASE.

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  7. Rob Mark

    07/03/2015 at 8:18 pm

    haha. Wow you really run it through the ringer, eh review guy? White fluffy snow and branches. Nice pictures but this product is still a piece of garbage.

    i bought the NUUD and an Iphone 6 in February. Took it canoeing yesterday. Was submerged in water maybe 20-30 mins. it killed my very expensive iPhone.

    And life proof will only offer to send you a new case or a refund. But they don;t have the balls to stand by their product enough to replace a damaged phone.

    DO NOT BUY IT.

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  8. Benson

    09/01/2015 at 5:07 am

    Ha well I love my case, had ONE I repeat one problem with it after 4 months of hard hard use. (I show it off frequently) the seal on the clear latex feeling home button came apart. Who knows how long it had been that way because I had swam many times and noticed a tad bit of dew on the inside screen and just left the charger port open to air it out; figured maybe as much I was using it under water it was my phone just getting hot.
    After I actually pin pointed what was wrong and called LifeProof the woman made it so easy with an email and asking for me to call back if I had any questions about the warranty picture process. Which I did and even though it was a different person on the phone she was just as nice and walked me through the process to do it myself without printing the warranty form.

    I have the iPhone 6 Fre case and I love it. It was worth every penny! If you think an otter box is the most durable “best thing out there” YOUR WRONG!!
    Try a LifeProof Fre and you’ll have your friends throwing their 2 and 3 piece plastic case-weird texture- rubber case- away. The LifeProof cases are half as thick, MORE stylish and sleek, and twice as durable.

    Benson
    540- Virginia

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  9. Andrew

    09/09/2015 at 3:40 am

    I paid $110 dollars for my case,from a Telstra shop as I use my iPhone for work,well what a shit case,don’t buy one,firstly the on off ringer rubber switch perished ,secondly the clear membrain over return button fell off ,then the rubber seal fell off,got ripped here ,won’t be buying another one,only one chance with me,and it’s not even a year old,my fault I lost the receipt

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  10. Traci

    09/20/2015 at 12:20 pm

    This case really really sucks! If you take it out of its case for any reason and put it back on, it comprises the integrity and water will get in. I took mine to Hawaii after having it for awhile and took a bunch of priceless photos. The last day I took it snorkeling and lost everything! I was in tears over it! Life proof should be responsible, since they guarantee it is full proof, but they don’t!

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  11. Erin

    09/29/2015 at 1:32 pm

    no one can hear me with this case. I just purchased yesterday for $90. My voice sounds muffled. I will be returning ASAP. very disappointing as I had the older lifeproof case and had no issues,

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  12. GloTurneround

    10/04/2015 at 6:47 pm

    This is the ABSOLUTE WORST purchase I have ever made in my life!!! I paid $80 plus tax on this piece of crap and my phone broke in a matter of days. Wow I can’t believe you people vouch of this ridiculous product. Back to OtterBOX I go!! I will take a big bulky crack free phone anyday over this useless piece of crap!

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  13. Jtesh

    10/21/2015 at 11:24 am

    Can anyone tell me if I read this correct? Under exclusion and limitations

    LIFEPROOF DOES NOT! Cover replacement or cost of any electronic device inside or outside the LIFEPROOF product!

    So if the product fails you have junk for a phone and defective cover that they will replace within warranty time for a phone that is no longer working?

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  14. T

    11/30/2015 at 5:47 pm

    Purchased a Lifeproof case for my iPhone 6 Plus and EVERY PERSON I spoke to said they couldn’t hear me. Sounded like I was in a tunnel. Turned off the phone noise cancellation as the rep told me to. Nothing changed. I had bought the case less than 24 hours before but could not return due to packaging being opened. When I called to get a replacement I was told I had to pay for shipping. NO. Argued this and finally got that fee dropped and received the warranty case which she SWORE I would NOT have these issues only to put the case on and have the exact same problem. I paid over $100 for a case I cannot talk with and cannot return. Worst purchase ever. Going back to my Otterbox. Furious that this is the best Lifeproof can come up with.

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  15. Alec

    01/29/2016 at 10:48 pm

    I love my new case! I work outside in the snow a lot and I’ve dropped my phone several times in the snow and it’s been great! My phone would be destroyed if I hadn’t gotten this case.

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  16. Sandra

    02/12/2016 at 10:56 am

    I’ve had my iPhone 6 Fre case for about 6 months and just noticed the plastic cover over the home button was shifted and exposing the phone. I took the case off and see it is completely unglued from the case. Doesn’t seem very reliable…

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  17. Vanessa Richards

    07/11/2016 at 5:10 am

    I bought my iPhone 6s and immediately put the life proof case on, first time ever. Every time I dropped it, no shatters, Nothing.

    Yesterday, with my luck, I dropped my iPhone in a muddy waterfall/pond. As soon as I got dried, I opened my phone case, to dry my phone but it wasn’t needed. My phone was perfectly dry. Not broken. And works perfectly.

    Life proof phone cases definitely are not over priced. If it works to protect your $600 phone, don’t you lwant a highly priced case? I definitely wouldn’t buy a $5 water proof case. Because it obviously won’t work.

    My volume buttons work great, same with the power button. The home button also works perfectly & to use your thumb print password also works perfectly.

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  18. Stephanie

    07/18/2016 at 11:11 am

    The case is okay but you can’t even hear people on the phone and they have a hard time hearing you. Also, my aux cord broke after not even 2 months and they CHARGED me to send me a new one. you think after spending almost 100$ on a phone case and something doesn’t work the least they can do is send you that part for FREE.

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  19. Amber

    09/21/2016 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve had my “Lifeproof” case for almost a year now. Up until 2 1/2 weeks ago I hadn’t tried taking my phone in the water at all, because it’s just unnatural and scary. My family went on vacation and while we were at the pool at our hotel I decided to let my son take a pic of him and his brother under water. (big mistake) I gave him the phone, he went under to snap a quick picture and he came right back up and said the phone had turned off. This was first thing in the morning and my battery life was at 100% so I knew it wasn’t dead. When he handed me the phone I noticed that water had gotten inside the case, so I rushed to a towel and took off the “Lifeproof” case and wiped my phone down. We ended up getting the kids out of the pool and Googled the nearest Verizon store near our hotel. Verizon gave us the customer service number for Lifeproof and said they should replace the phone. My husband called their customer service number and there was nothing they can do. All we were told was “Oh, so sad to hear about your phone, but we can certainly replace the case for you!” SERIOUSLY??? Replace the case??? The case that didn’t do it’s job to begin with?? Oh, but they can send it in a different color! Yay! PLEASE DON”T waste your money. The only protection this case is good for is damage from dropping it. Find a cheaper case and keep it out of harms way.

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  20. Dave Morgan

    01/12/2017 at 8:42 pm

    Worst products out there, buyer beware!!! We got my son the FRE for Christmas and 1 week later he took his i-phone 6+ in the pool, well now we have a $700 paper weight that LP won’t repair/replace it. They act so apologetic but not willing to budge on doing what is ethical. Shame on them for making all these “waterproof” claims, the IP68 rating is NOT waterproof. It’s my mission to get them to take such fraudulent claims off their website. Tell the truth and call it splash proof. Dave M

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  21. Dave

    01/13/2017 at 4:53 pm

    Worst products out there, buyer beware!!! We got my son the FRE for Christmas and 1 week later he took his i-phone 6S in the pool, well now we have a $700 paper weight that LP won’t repair/replace. They act so apologetic but not willing to budge on doing what is ethical. Shame on them for making all these “waterproof” claims, the IP6x rating is NOT fully waterproof. It’s my mission to get them to take such fraudulent claims off their website. Tell the truth and call it splash proof. Dave M

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