Jul 12, 2012, 07:11 PM
Someone needs to go make a phone call from under water...... YOU FIRST!
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Jul 12, 2012, 07:33 PM
It works. I haven't done it but I've seen videos of people facetiming underwater. Obviously the conversation was very one sided. A friend of mine has this case and started cleaning his boat, got done and couldn't find his phone. He searched everywhere and found it in the bottom of the boat in about 4" of water working just fine.
Originally Posted by Erock
I have the otterbox which is great againt drops and bumps. I plan on upgrading as soon as the iphone 5 comes out and I'll get the lifeproof at that point.
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Aug 29, 2012, 05:03 AM
Has anyone actually gone surfing with one of these yet? I'm in the process of rebuilding a water damaged iPhone 4 that I scored thinking I was going to buy a LifeProof. I was buying some parts from A-plus Elc. and the guys who work there said, don't do it, that they see a couple of water damaged phones a week due to LifeProof cases. User error maybe? Perhaps they were exaggerating. Maybe it's the same guy every time, I did see a Fisker Karma on my street today, people have more money 'n sense round here. I mean an electric, eco-friendly muscle car? Ha, you think all that Chinese Lithium is mined in an environmentally responsible manner? You ever wonder why they invaded Tibet? It wasn't cause they hated Budhism.
\nTangent, the iPhone wouldn't be a great loss, I'm into this thing 20$ an I still have my ol' Evo; but it's been a pain. I had to order a T1 torx wrench off the interwebs and some 4.3mm screws Philips so I could ditch the pentalobes. Couldn't buy either local, in a town of 3mil. So after all this BS, I'm not too keen about droppin' 6-7 times (case, head phones, armband) what i've put into the phone itself on something that'll cause salt water damage, which is a killer.
\nSo, besides some YouTube vids of people using these, anybody on this board surf with one regularly? I have to wear ear plugs to surf, swim laps, etc. There might as well be tunes coming out of them.
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Jul 12, 2012, 07:26 PM
I wanna see someone put it on the go pro adapter and surf with in on their board, then I'll buy one
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Aug 29, 2012, 05:19 AM
i have the case. i have put it under water so many times and have taken videos under the pool with it. I recently recieved the lifeproof lifejacket so that i can now surf and take videos or pictures with it. i will post pictures once i take a few. i threw my phone in my pool with the lifejacket on and my friend called me while it was in the middle of the pool. and if anything does happen to my phone. then its my fault and for trying thats all.
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Aug 29, 2012, 05:50 AM
Thanks man. Good testimonial. Letting some connectors dry off right now. Post some pics. Still want one from someone who surfs with the thing.
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Aug 29, 2012, 11:08 AM
Has anyone noticed a decrease in audio quality or volume using the case? I noticed a huge difference in audio quality when using the speaker phone with the Otterbox. The case really muffled my speech for the person I was talking to. People would always complain they couldn't hear me. I'm just wondering if it's the same for Lifeproof.
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Aug 29, 2012, 04:20 PM
Ya, when using speaker phone, sometimes it gets a little muffled... But, its worth it for me... being around water and in the sand a lot.
Originally Posted by gallerysurfboards
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Aug 29, 2012, 01:10 PM
There isn't too much audio distortion with the life proof, what i usually do it open the charging door of the case when talking on speaker to allow the audio to not be so muffled. I have had the Lifeproof since it first came out and while the company had some problems in the beginning due to high demand and limited production i am still very pleased.
\nLet me tell you these cases are amazing. Being forgetful as i am i set my phone on the front bumper of my truck and forgot about it. Got to work to realize i didn't have my phone, so I thought for a second, then shear panic took over. Re traced my steps and found it sitting on the road. I ran over it with my 1/2 ton pickup truck and who knows how many other cars ran it over too. Picked up the phone which was faced down, expecting to see my iphone in pieces. To my surprise nothing wrong, the case didn't survive, but the phone did without a single scratch!! So was it worth the $80? You tell me!
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Aug 29, 2012, 01:35 PM
Wow!!! That's impressive.
Originally Posted by mgarbutt
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Aug 29, 2012, 01:37 PM
I've used the case while kitesurfing several times.. Works great but the armband they sell sucks. Almost fell off many tines
\nSo I don't use it anymore
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Aug 29, 2012, 03:20 PM
This is what I'm looking for, thanks. iPhones back up and recovered ol' boy's dater-pertater (I love SSD), just got to push it to the cloud and then do a factory reset. Down about 16$, don't know if anyone cares, but only buy replacements for the pentalobes off ifixit. The head of one of the phillp's I got off ebay snapped off in the case chassis as I was torquing it down. Last thing I had to do on the phone, took me 5 minutes to back the screw out with a speaker wire enough to pop the rear case. It's not like you can tap a 3.4mm X .6mm screw. All total it was about a 3 beers disassembly and a 2 rum & coke reassembly with a night in between to let the components dry out from an isopropyl scrub.
Originally Posted by darippah
darippah, 2 questions:
1) Do you think it would fit in a regular sport band ? I've never had a phone come out of one and I use mine at the gym or when running every day. My EVO in an Otterbox is a super tight fit.
2) How well does it take a good wipe out? Slowly driving over it with a truck is different than a 15-20 mph impact. I think kite surfing must be a good test for these thing’s durability.
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Aug 29, 2012, 03:39 PM
The first half of your post gave me a headache.
Originally Posted by zaGaffer
\nIt should fit in a sport band made for a bigger phone.
\ndurability- this case isnt meant to resit crushing it with a truck. Its really just a piece of sort of rubbery plastic. that being said It definitely can handle anything the ocean will throw at it- just dont take it scuba diving. Just make sure you have it secured properly!
\nTo clarify my last post, the phone stays in the armband really well. its the armband that falls off from the impact as its only held by thin velcro
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Aug 29, 2012, 04:10 PM
H3h, h3h, h3h. 7331
Originally Posted by darippah
Thanks for the advice.
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Sep 17, 2012, 06:24 PM
I took an iPhone 4 protected by a Lifeproof case, out 5 times on Saturday and Sunday. Swell was 2-3', a lil’ 3-4’ mixed in, so pretty mellow. Call it maybe 8-10 hours of water time. I used the Lifeproof armband and H2O Audio Surge Contact headphones.
Long story short - the phone is still dry and functions.
Couple of things I’m not crazy about:
1) Armband – One size does not fit all. Barely fits on my left bicep, doesn’t fit on my right at all, never knew I was that asymmetrical. I’m still skinnin’ it these days, but those days are numbered and using this thing with a wetsuit is out of the question. If your guns are bigger than 15-16” this thing is going to feel like a boa constrictor, might need to lay off the bull shark testosterone injections for a while.
2) H20 earbuds – Not as good an audio quality as Klipsch or Bose, but that’s a fair trade-off. Wire is a pain in the arse to deal with while surfing. Worked as well as my Mack’s silicon earplugs at keeping the water out, same rule as the Mack’s though, put ‘em in dry, leave ‘em alone. Pull it out wet and try to put ‘em back in and the seal isn’t as good.
3) Pictures and video – You pretty much are going to need to pull this thing off the arm mount to do either.
4) Too Much Sh!1 - More crap to keep track of, clean, dry and deal with every time you use it. Surf naked.
1) Duck diving, paddling, take offs, pop ups and maneuvers were no problem. If you’re used to running or riding or anything else with a sport band, you will be completely ready for this. Earbuds stayed in and the phone stayed on the armband.
2) I had music. While surfing and it wasn’t blaring from a 1500W PA system on the beach. Wow.
3) Photos – Popped it off the armband and snapped a couple of pics of the sunset in between sets on Saturday. Picture quality is real nice.
Since I’m using an iPhone 4 I rebuilt, I haven’t gotten the ESN switched from my current phone to it and I hate going to the AT&T store. I might not ever and may just continue using this thing as an over-glorified 20$ iPod. So, I have no idea what call quality is like. I’m still pretty leery about the whole thing and not 100% convinced. The case definitely seems like it has a finite life cycle. The seals are silicone rubber, which does wear down over time. I’ve never tried to rebuild a phone with salt water damage, one can only do so much. Irrecoverable loss of data keeps me up at night. I sure as h-e-double hockey stix ain’t gonna take this rig out in any decent sized or super short interval swell, but it’s a pretty nice addition to little, summer surf. If you back up your phone all the time, aren’t worried about losing data and can shell out for a new phone whenever you want, or think voiding warranties, ignoring warning signs and getting past security counter-measures are all part of a good time, well this might be for you. Caveat Emptor
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Jul 12, 2012, 06:18 PM
LifeProof iPhone cases
So, you may have noticed that the top thread on the forum main page, we are promoting the LifeProof iPhone case.
First off, yes Swellinfo makes a little bit of money if you click on the link and then buy a case, but that is not why we put it up (since hardly anyone will buy one from clicking there).
I added it because, I'm pretty stoked on the case, and just bought one myself. And, thought it might be a case others on here might want.
We posted a Facebook discussion a few days ago, but I wanted to post here, to ask if anyone has the LifeProof, and how they like it?
I haven't fully tested mine yet. For me, I'm on the beach a lot, and so I get a ton of sand in my pockets and occasionally drop my phone in the sand (yikes!). I'm sure the case will keep me covered for those occasions, but have you guys taken them out in the water (like on a boat or jet ski or anything?).
I figured it would be good also when I go Mountain Biking, skiing, etc...
I can say, that I like the look and feel of the case. I thought it was going to be more bulky, but its actually similar to my previous case and is very light weight. Pretty sweet product if you don't mind dropping $79 to protect your phone - it definitely isn't a cheap case.