Review – LifeProof Nüüd for iPhone 5s: No Cover, Clear Back with Touch ID; $89

LifeProof Nuud for iPhone 5s touchscreen side front

LifeProof has extended their Nüüd product line and released a waterproof case for the iPhone 5s. Similar to their Nüüd case for iPhone 5c, this case is top of the line and feature packed. Instead of a cover or protector over the screen, the screen is left bare so you can touch it directly. Even so, the case is waterproof to 6.6ft (2m) for up to an hour. They have incorporated a thinner home button to allow for Touch ID and incorporated their clear back plate for styling.

LifeProof has reengineered the home button into a different material and different shape, as is visible above. The aggressive styling was done to incorporate connectivity with Apple’s new Touch ID verification system, which is working perfectly on LifeProof’s cases. To do this, they needed to add a thinner home button material that can transmit the fingerprint data, all while keeping the case waterproof. They might have redesigned the shape around it to help with the waterproofing or to add additional styling.

LifeProof nuud for iPhone 5s side view

Besides Touch ID, the phone has a long list of features. Multiple speaker and microphone vents insure that calls are clear and music can be played through the case. LifeProof allows access to all phone features and buttons, including power, volume, ringer switch, and home buttons. Waterproof headphone use is available with a an adapter, and charging can be accomplished with the phone in the case. The phone features a clear back piece, much like the similar Fre for iPhone 5s. This was also done for the iPhone 5c line of cases and may be LifeProof’s new styling direction. The case is very small and tight around the phone, and is very lightweight at 1.44oz. Both cameras are operational, including flash. The rear camera features a glass cover for optimal picture quality.

LifeProof nuud for iPhone 5s touchscreen clear back

While you can touch the phone’s screen directly, the phone is still waterproof. This is accomplished by a gasket seal around the perimeter of the touchscreen. This compresses when the case is closed, forming a barrier to water. Water can still contact the all glass screen of your phone, but it does not cause damage as it does not go anywhere. This is the feat of the Nüüd and makes it an awesome, minimal everyday case. You no longer have to worry about lag from interacting with a screen protector.

Dimensions, Ratings and Technical Specifications


Company: LifeProof
Title: Nüüd
Phone: iPhone 5s
Release Date: November,2013
Height: 5.45″ / 138.43mm
Width: 2.65″ / 67.31mm
Thickness: 0.56″ / 14.22mm
Weight: 1.44oz / 40.82g
Initial Price: $89
Colors: Black w/ clear back; White w/ clear back
Depth Rating: 6.6 ft, 60 minutes
Drop Test: 6.6 feet
Dust Proof: IP-68 rating
Crush Proof: n/a
Use Headphones: Yes
Waterproof w/ Headphones: Yes, with adapter
Charging Port: Yes
Home Button: Yes
Power Button: Yes
Volume Buttons: Yes
Ringer Switch: Yes
Camera: Yes
Flash: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front Sensors: Yes
Microphone Ports: 3
Speaker Ports: 2
Materials: Plastic, soft overmold
Closure System: Snap Fit, o-ring, plastic latch
Touch ID: Yes
Screen Protector: No – perimeter seal, you touch actual touchscreen

 

Overall, this case can be considered industry leading as it has everything you could want from a waterproof case for your iPhone. At launch, the case is selling for an industry leading $89 but that will drop over time. Lowest prices and free shipping can be found on Amazon.