Lifeproof Slam and NËXT Cases Provide Protection for Your Phone

Here are some more phone case reviews coming your way. This time, we’re reviewing a couple of LifeProof cases for some phones. We’ve reviewed the LifeProof Slam in the past for the Samsung Galaxy S9. This time we have the Slam case for the iPhone 7 and 8 to review. We’ll also review the LifeProof NËXT for iPhone X and above and Samsung Note 9.

LifeProof Slam

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This case that LifeProof sent us for the iPhone 7/8 is one of LifeProof’s slim cases. The back is clear, and the bumper comes in different colors such as Night Flash (green/black), Aloha Sunset (pink/teal), Lava Chaser (red/gray), and Free Flow (purple/pink). This case is built to withstand drops from 2 meters.

The buttons on the side of the case may be a bit difficult to manipulate at first, but with some time it gets better. The front of the phone is open is not encased in this particular product, but you can get the Alpha Glass if you want the additional protection. This case costs $49.99.

LifeProof NËXT

The NËXT is a case in between the SLAM and the FRE. It is drop-proof, dirt-proof and snow-proof. This case is also built to withstand drops from up to 2 meters, but it has port covers to keep out dirt and such.

There are raised edges to protect the front of your phone, should you put it face down, but the screen is also open as with the SLAM. The Alpha Glass is also compatible if you want extra protection.

The back is also clear- allowing you to showcase your phone. The edges give it a nice pop of color, though. You can find these cases in colors like Black Crystal, Ultra (light purple), Zipline (green), Cactus Rose (pink), and Clear Lake (the blue, as shown above).

We were sent this case to review for the iPhones X, Xs, Xs Max, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but they are available for other devices as well. The price of these cases is $79.99.

So, if you want to protect those new devices you get for Christmas, we can recommend LifeProof. This is my unbiased review, but thanks to LifeProof for sending us these free cases.

 

AQUAPHONICS AQ10 by LifeProof Review

We’ve done a lot of phone case reviews from the LifeProof company, like the FRĒ but LifeProof is branching out into things like “WaterProof, DirtProof, SnowProof and DropProof” Bluetooth speakers. The one we’re reviewing today is called the Aquaphonics AQ10.

photos courtesy of LifeProof

AQ10 Specs

This Bluetooth speaker is 8.5 inches long, about 3 1/4 inches tall and wide, and weighs about 27 ounces. This rugged, portable speaker is great to take to the beach. This one is the middle size of the two speakers offered by LifeProof. You can buy it in this basic black color, or you can jazz it up with the Laguna Clay Grey color- which is a grey speaker with green accents. An AC 12V/2A power adapter is included for charging. It probably would have been better to have a USB charging option. This is something many have found strange. You can use the 13 hours of battery life to charge your phone through a USB out port, but it doesn’t charge very fast.

Other Details

As you can see, the buttons to operate the speaker are extremely tactile, making it easy to use the speaker for controlling your music from the speaker.

Another button to power on the speaker and a switch to lock controls, plus LED lights that indicate how much power is left in the speaker are on the one side, while the other side hosts the charging port, a 3.5mm aux in port, and a USB port hidden under a protective waterproof flap.

The bottom of the speaker has a dry box that’s small enough to hold some cash, credit cards, and other small items. It also contains a USB power port and 3.5mm auxiliary in port. The dry box is too small for a cell phone on this model. If you had an old iPod Nano, you could plug that in and play it inside the speaker maybe, with a small enough cord. Again, if you want to store your phone inside your speaker, you better get the bigger size.

Another great feature is that this speaker floats. It has a IP67 rating, which means it can be submersed for 30 minutes at 1 meter. Like the LifeProof cases, it stands up against dirt, dust and snow, and can be dropped from close to 4 feet and survive.

 Sound

So how does this speaker sound? Well, the sound quality has been a big complaint for reviewers. This device is definitely not for true audiophiles. Common complaint is lack of bass. The Bluetooth range is decent, so go ahead and walk through your house with your device. You should still stay attached. You can also answer phone calls on this speaker.

Buying the AQ10

If you want the AQ10, it comes with a price tag of about $200 on the Lifeproof site. We can suggest that those looking for a highly durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker might go for this one if waterproofing is what you desire. The AQ10 is available at Best Buy stores, and you can also buy online.

This speaker was provided free to us in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

LifeProof SLAM for Samsung Galaxy S9

LifeProof has sent us phone cases to review in the past- the last one being the FRĒ for Samsung Galaxy S8. This time, we will be giving you our analysis of LifeProof’s SLAM case for the S9 (also available for the S9+). This case is designed primarily to protect your phone from drops.

photo credit: LifeProof
The case boasts the MIL STD rating 810G-516.6, and survives drops from 2 meters. It is not waterproof, like the FRĒ, but it is cheaper in price, and the S9 phones already have the IP68 waterproof rating, so you have coverage there.

Putting the case on is not too tricky. There is a plastic key included to snap apart the shell so you can put your phone in, and once you place your phone in the front part, the back will snap on with a bit of pressure on your part.

SLAM Design

The clear cover on the back allows the S9 owner to see their phone. There are added colors around the side bumpers, though. You can choose from Nightflash (green/black), Aloha Sunset (pink/blue), and Lava Chaser (gray/orange).  While the side wraps around the front of the phone a bit, there is not a lot of protection that seems to be offered for the phone face, so a screen protector is recommended.

The buttons on the side are covered, and the buttons on the case may be a bit stiff at first. The port cutouts provide easy access unless you have a third party headphone jack that has a wider diameter than the one that comes with the S9. Otherwise, you can access your fingerprint scanner and all perfectly fine. The thinness of the case is important for those who don’t want bulk, and ease of wireless charging.

Purchasing the SLAM

This case is available for purchase on the LifeProof site for $49.99. They have excellent customer service and free shipping in the US.

We also like the companies Giving Back philosophy,  and how they work with kids to prepare them for the future.

This review was done without bias and fairly, and LifeProof did send us this case to review free of charge.

LifeProof FRĒ for Samsung Galaxy S8 Case

We’ve reviewed the LifeProof Frē for iPhones in the past. Like any good company, LifeProof knows that there is more than just iPhone. Today we bring you our review of the LifeProof Frē for the Samsung Galaxy S8.

As with the other LifeProof cases, this one for the Galaxy S8 is really prepared to take on your adventurous life. It is waterproof for 2 meters up to an hour. It’s drop- proof for 2 meters as well. Also snow and dirt-proof.

This case boasts of a new forward facing mic port so you can pick up sounds more clearly, and the charge port door has been re-engineered for easier opening and closing.

You will need to run a test on your case when you get it to test it for true waterproof reliability.

We were sent the black case to review, but you should also know that the case comes in grey with a green accent, purple with a teal accent (although, based on the website, it looks more pink than purple…), and teal with an orange accent.

This lightweight but sturdy case is available on LifeProof’s website  for $89.99.

Lifeproof fre, now for the iPhone 5S

Lifeproof freOkay, I have to be honest, as I think I may have reported on this Lifeproof product before. Yeah, I really have a hard time keeping track of these products that I am reviewing.

I have reviewed Lifeproof products before, like that cool one for the iPad Mini. If you aren’t familiar with Lifeproof, they probably give the most protection as Otterbox. I’m sure I’ll be reviewing more of this, but let’s discuss the frē for the iPhone 5/5s.

The frē has protection for what I call the big four: Waterproof (up to 6.6 feet), Dirtproof, Snowproof, and Shockproof (good to the last 6.6 foot drop). Is one of those awesome cases that involve sealing in the iPhone 5/5S inside, and the anti-reflective optical glass lens that serves as a terrific touchscreen.

You should be able to get the LifeProof iPhone 5/5S frē case on the LifeProof site for about $79.99.

Lifeproof introduces the nüüd for the iPad mini

Lifeproof nuudSome of you when I reviewed the nüüd for the Galaxy S III. I remember when I got it that I was surprised the touchscreen was pretty much exposed.

Yeah, I figured that was going to happen with the nüüd for the iPad mini. The nüüd allows for a naked screen for the iPad Mini, as the border of this forms a watertight seal.

Yep, it has a seal against water, dirt, snow, and shock. You should probably drop it in the mud, but you could do that and properly clean off the naked screen and still use it. It has the thinnest amount of protection, for something that gives a lot of thick protection.

In addition to the protection it gives, it also offers some enhanced sound, and CrystalClear optics allow full access to every control. You can get it on the LifeProof site for $119.99.

Lifeproof fre for the iPad Mini

fre iPad MiniI have reviewed cases from Lifeproof before, such as the nuud for the iPad and the fre for the iPhone. I have recently been given the fre for the iPad Mini. considering the size, I suppose that this is a combination of the nuud and the fre, so shouldn’t it be call the nue, or the fruud?

I felt that this image would be the best, as it shows the snow proof feature. You should know that it has the other big three features that I usually talk about when I discuss protective cases like this. So, it is waterproof, but I don’t have a depth or time limit. Usually it is 6.6 feet for 1 hour, and that is what the fre for the iPad Mini is good for.

Oh, it also protects against dirt and shock. Considering how thin this fre iPad Mini is, that is pretty good. I am not certain how much punch it can take, but I am sure that it can take quite a bit. The official specs are 4 feet drops. I suppose most take 6 feet drops, but what can I say?

What is interesting about the fre is how it it transparent on both sides. I don’t know how in the world that is, but it is very cool.

If you want to get in on this, head over to the Lifeproof site and lay down $99.99 for it.