When it comes to super ruggedized cases for our portable electronics, one of the first names that comes to my mind is OtterBox. Unfortunately, most OtterBox cases can be quite bulky and not all that pocket-friendly. And so, we turn our attention over to the LifeProof iPhone 4 case.
The idea is to provide military spec protection in a case that doesn’t look all that bulky. In fact, the LifeProof case only adds 1.3mm of thickness to your iPhone 4. That’s no worse than the many non-military spec’d cases out there, but it’s obviously not as thin as something like Invisible Shield by Zagg.
As a rough and tumble case, the LifeProof case can submerge in up to 6.6 feet of water. It’ll also stand up to to dust, dirt, snow, six foot drops, and all sorts of other abuse. There’s even a “shock absorbing elastomer” to help with those unfortunate tumbles. I wouldn’t completely trust these cases for underwater photography, but it’s supposed to hold up to that too.
LifeProof might be a little late to the party with its new $69.99 case, so I’d hope that they’ll have a timelier release for the inevitable LifeProof iPhone 5 case.