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Review: LifeProof Frē for iPhone 5c. Clear, Covered, Waterproof: $79

LifeProof waterproof case iphone 5c clear backs

LifeProof has released their Frē waterproof case for the new iPhone 5c. Continuing their theme of clarity and color, the case is available in only two color options – black and white – with clear backs. This allows for the brilliant colors of the iPhone 5c to show through, making this case more minimalist and expressive as it relates to the phone.

Unlike the Nüüd for iPhone 5c and its screenless technology, the Frē utilizes a thin protective cover over the phone’s screen. Besides being a better seal to keep out water, this keeps your phone clean and prevents scratching on your investment. That is a main difference between the Frē and Nüüd cases – covered vs. open face. The other difference is the price: the Frē is cheaper by about $10; you can find them initially on sale for $79.

lifeproof fre for iphone 5c side profile ringer switch volume

The Frē case continues design principles originally seen in the original iPhone 5 case. The case consists of two halves that snap together to house your phone. In doing so, they compress an o-ring seal that keeps water out of this entry into the case. A thin screen covers the front of the phone that is ultrasonically welded around the interior perimeter. Otherwise, the only area water can enter are the ports. The microphones and speaker ports are one way waterproof. The headphone jack functions as a screw with an oring at its base, which compresses and seals when the screw is tightened. Access is allowed for the small Apple charger so the phone can charge in its case. A small latch at the bottom of the case allows for this, and it seals against a gasket when closed.

LifeProof waterproof nuud case iphone 5c yellow

The Frē for iPhone 5c allows for full control of your phone while it is in the case. This includes access to the power, home, volume buttons and ringer switch to toggle vibrate/ringer function. Waterproof headphone usage is allowed using a special adapter that seals against the headphone input. Full control of both cameras (one protected by glass) and multiple speaker / microphone vents allow for full speakerphone and music playback function. The case is extremely small and lightweight and is best in class for this degree of waterproofing.

Dimensions, Ratings and Technical Specifications


Company: LifeProof
Title: Frē
Phone: iPhone 5c
Release Date: November, 2013
Height: 5.46″ / 138.7mm
Width: 2.67″ / 67.8mm
Thickness: 0.55″ / 14mm
Weight: 1.2oz / 35g
Initial Price: $79
Colors: Black with clear back, white with 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
Screen Protector: Yes
Touch ID: Yes

 

Like the Nüüd for iPhone 5c, this case is only available in black and white colors with clear backing. This allows for the pastel colors of the 5c to show through, with the LifeProof case contrasting against it nicely. It will be interesting to see if LifeProof releases further color variations on this case in the future.
 

 

LifeProof Releases Nüüd Waterproof Case for iPhone 5c; $89

lifeproof waterproof case iphone 5c color clear

Lifeproof has released an awesome new waterproof case for the iPhone 5c. Expanding on their Nüüd product line (which leaves the front screen exposed but waterproof), the case features a clear backplate that shows off the pastel color of the 5c phone.

The case continues with the original Nüüd that was developed for the iPhone 5. The engineers at LifeProof were able to leave the front screen exposed, so you actually touch it, while making the case completely waterproof. This means that water will come in contact with your glass screen, but no damage will occur (the water has nowhere to go). They accomplish this by a gasket seal along the inner perimeter of the screen opening, preventing water from reaching sensitive parts of the phone.

The Nüüd for the iPhone 5c borrows many of the design principles from the iPhone 5 version. Full controls are available for the volume buttons, home button, power and ringer switch. The micro charging port is accessed via a latch at the bottom, that has a gasket on it that seals when closed. The headphone input has a threaded screw with an o-ring around it. It can be removed to allow headphones in, and by using the LifeProof adapter, this creates a sealed waterproof environment. So you can use your headphones in the rain or in the pool, if you wish.

The back is transparent polyurethane that was first available as an limited edition for the iPhone 4/4s model. Here, it makes its big time debut and with great cause – it allows the brilliant color of the 5c to show through the case, personalizing the case to the phone.

lifeproof nuud iphone 5c waterproof case sizes

Dimensions, Ratings and Technical Specifications


Company: LifeProof
Title: Nüüd
Phone: iPhone 5c
Release Date: December, 2013
Height: 5.46″ / 138.7mm
Width: 2.67″ / 67.8mm
Thickness: 0.6″ / 15.24mm
Weight: 1.4oz / 39.69g
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
Screen Protector: No – perimeter seal, you touch actual touchscreen

 

Overall, an awesome offering from LifeProof. The exposed touchscreen, while offering less protection from scratching, allows for full contact with the phone, which many people cannot give up. Thus, it is the best of both worlds – a fully waterproof case without a insensitive touch screen. The cases are coming in at an industry high ($89) pricepoint but lowest pricing can be found on Amazon.

lifeproof waterproof case iphone 5c nuud front back side

 

 

LifeProof developing waterproof cases for iPhone 5s and 5c

Lifeproof developing iphone 5s and 5c waterproof case

It seems like LifeProof will be reinventing the wheel when it comes to waterproof cases for the iPhone 5s and 5c. After announcing the new iPhones on September 10th, LifeProof posted the above tweet about creating custom fit solutions for fre/nuud models for the 5s and 5c. Obviously, they quickly made a determination that they would have to go back to the drawing board. Likely, the 5s will borrow heavily from existing fre/nuud models but the 5c will be a brand new case to to the thickness difference (9mm 5c, 7.6mm 5s)

One can only speculate as to what is driving the redesign for the 5s (since it is the exact same size as the 5), but the fingerprint scanning touchsensor might be an unsolved issue. Not sure how LifeProof will be able to incorporate that functionality with a waterproof layer of plastic on top. If they can’t include it, how will they spin that into their marketing?

No updates yet on development, design or release dates.
 
Update: Fre and Nuud cases released for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s