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Excellent Protection but a few quirks
on January 23, 2014
I bought this case as soon as it came it. I am one of those people who like to drop their phone and try to catch it with their foot, but wind up punting it across the room instead. Hence, I needed a case that provides a lot of protection. Most of friends raved about Lifeproof and I felt like I'd give it a try. Right out of the box I felt a bit ripped off because the front cover felt very flimsy without a phone inside of it. I decided that I spent the money so I would persevere. The "test" of the case to verify it is waterproof was actually really cool and my case passed on the first try. I dried it off and slapped my phone inside. This was 3 months ago. Having used this case I must say that it does a fabulous job with protection and the "flimsy" front that I originally worried about is all part of the design to make sure you do not lose any functionality with the touch screen. My phone has been dropped on the ground/table/deck, in puddles, the ocean, and God knows how many other places without any damage to my phone. Flawless protection. Audio quality is great with no notable distortion of sound quality while the case is on and using either the internal microphone speaker with the phone or the speakerphone setting. Same goes for music distortion. Buttons work well through the case but be aware the "silent" mode switch is inverted. The fit for the power/transfer cable is tight with aftermarket units but I didn't have a problem with the OEM Apple cable. There is much to love and little to hate about this case but, no review is complete without a few caveats on the frustrations created with this items use. I have only three things that bother me with this case:
1) The waterproof feature also makes it air proof and when sealing/closing the case, an air bubble can form in the home button recess causing the fingerprint scanner to not function. This is fixed by pressing your thumb into the recess while closing the case.
2) Finger Print Scanner frustrations. This ties in with the first one a bit, but you really have to make sure your fingerprints entered into your iPhone 5S are of your entire finger. I have entered my finger prints 3x and have got a good read now. I wound up intentionally placing my finger/thumb on the scanner from left to right to front to back over and over until it accepted the scan and using this method (versus the standard hold phone and place finger/thumb on scanner in basically the same manner repeatedly).
3) Headphone jack - If you do not have the standard iPhone earbuds or use the included audio jack adapter provided with the case you will struggle when trying to use the headphone jack. I use my phone to listen to music and podcasts during my work commute every morning and had to place the audio jack adapter in my car to allow me to hook it up to my car stereo. This is only an annoyance because of how often I have to screw in the adapter. If you don't use your phone like I do (or use the Apple earbuds) you won't ever notice.
Overall I'd recommend this case to anyone looking for a great means to protect your iPhone 5S. If you can address/live with the items that bug me you won't have any other complaints.