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Review: Lifeproof nüüd & frē cases, with video

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It was only last year that I even started hearing about waterproof phone cases, but once I saw that they all made my super-flat iPhone about an inch thick I said “no thanks” before I even checked the price.

The nüüd

The nüüd

We all bought a bulky everything-proof case the day we got our first delicate smartphone, but quickly realized they aren’t cute or skinny jean-friendly and upgraded to a more aesthetic choice. Or maybe that’s just me? I’m a girly girl, so I usually choose my phone cases based upon color scheme, pattern, seasonal appropriateness, and the trends of the moment. But when my telecom expert boyfriend came home one day raving about the “most amazing phone case ever”, I was intrigued by his enthusiasm and decided this protective case was worth looking at.

The new Lifeproof nüüd and frē are advertised to be, well, everything-proof, just like everything else. The difference is these cases cut out most of the bulk and grossness. But do they work?

frē

frē

We tested the cases to their limits and found out just what these cases are capable of. The likelihood of anyone’s phone going through what we did to these cases is slim to none, but we were having fun, so…

In short, yes, the cases work. If your phone drops onto the sidewalk, falls into the toilet or gets chewed on by your dog, the little guy will be just fine. They’re also kid-proof, unless your kid is a genius and finds a way to pull the protection off and then proceeds to destroy your naked and vulnerable device.

The two cases are different from each other in that the nüüd is a little bit literally nude; there is no screen cover. The phone’s screen is exposed, but the areas of the device that are vulnerable to water are sealed off from the open face. The frē contains a scratch-proof screen protector. Both are extremely lightweight and slim.

Check out the super-official and ultra-professional test our Gadgetell Editor Hannah Abrams and I performed on these cases.

The Lifeproof nüüd and frē are available now for $79.99 and $89.99, respectively.

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