New for Apple iPhone 5S Waterproof Case (Screen Less)
New Apple iPhone 5S waterproof case is available now. Designed for freedom in and around water, the Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case is submersible down to 3 meters (about 10 feet), but functional enough to use every day. Wherever life’s adventure takes you, the Survivor + Catalyst iPhone 5S Waterproof Case is ready to go. Watch here the full demo of Apple iPhone 5S Waterproof Case : waterproof-demo-1
More so than the people we know, our phones are our real constant companions. We take them everywhere. Think I’m kidding? In a recent survey, 75% of Americans admit to taking their phones into the bathroom. A lot of those phones get dropped on the floor, or worse, into the toilet.
These phones need protection — from us. LifeProof has been making waterproof phone cases for a while, but its latest device, the for iPhone 5S case, performs a new trick. It’s waterproof without a screen cover. In other words, nothing comes between your finger and the iPhone 5s retina display screen.
Apple iPhone 5S Waterproof Case Materials
TPE shock-absorbing bumpers, PET Integrated screen cover
- Silicone Gasket
Main O-ring seals water out
Polycarbonate: frame and rear cover
Nylon: Latches, charge port, volume controls, power button, headphone jack
TPE: Home button
Dimensions For iPhone 5s Waterproof Case
- Width: 2.65 in.
- Thickness: 0.56 in.
- Height: 5.33 in.
LifeProof pulls this off by using one of the iPhone 5s built-in features, the Gorilla Glass, as a sealing agent. There are two seals — silicon affixed to the plastic frame and a rubber gasket right behind it — pressed hard against the glass screen to create a watertight seal, without blocking any portion of the display or impeding functionality. Naturally, I had to give this a try.
Apple iPhone 5S Waterproof Case – Hands On
Personally, I’m not a fan of iPhone 5S Waterproof case. The iPhone 5S is a beautiful, svelte phone. I do not drop my phone, so I never felt the need to cover up its good looks with something that expresses my personal style or a bulky number that offers protection from every possible dangerous contingency. Exceptions to this rule include the Olloclip case that allows me to use both the company’s iPhone add-on lenses and a tripod mount.
Another reason I hate these cases is the bulk. The LifeProof, however, impressed me. Despite the fact that it’s waterproof and drop-resistant up to 6.6 feet, the case weighs just 1.3 ounces. It adds some bulk to the thin iPhone 5S frame, but not too much — 14 millimeters in height, 11 millimeters in width and about an additional 6 millimeters in thickness. That certainly changes the way the phone feels in my pocket, but I consider it on the border of livable.
Putting on the case on is easy. It’s comprised of two parts: the front, which has a large, open window for the display, and the enclosed back. The audio jack seal screws into the base. I found it easier to put the case on if you remove it from the Nüüd case first.
The two halves snap together tightly; prying them apart takes a few fingernails and a bit of strength. On the outside, you still have access to all of your iPhone 5S buttons. Despite the fact I was pressing on rubber, I didn’t feel as though I had to push extra-hard to activate buttons, like the Power volume controls. The Ring/Silent toggle is the one exception. Though I could press it one way or another and even feel the vibration through the rubber case, I wasn’t always sure if I was pushing too hard or not hard enough -– a small price to pay, though, if the phone was truly sealed.
The case includes a latch to which I could access the lighting charging port. To the left is a small port for the microphone, and opposite sits a larger channel for the speaker. Despite the waterproof covering, the audio came through loud and clear.
The gray/black and semi-clear plastic case (also available in white) is nothing to ogle over, but perhaps that’s the point. It aims to protect but otherwise gets out of the way. If you’re looking to make a fashion statement with your cellphone case, this is not the protection for you.
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