My favorite of the year is on it’s way and I am so excited! In celebration, we will be putting together a holiday gift guide to show you some of our favorite products, newly released products, and other gift ideas!
Readers: Stay tuned for our gift guide! We’ve already started trying out new products to see whether they are worthy of a spot. Feel free to comment with your recommendations!
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Need a case that provides all around protection, without making the phone too large to fit in a pocket? Ever accidentally drop your phone in the dog’s water bowl? (OK, so that was me… twice..).
Then you need LifeProof! LifeProof cases provide total protection, including a built in screen protector, without limiting function or adding huge bulk. I’ll start with some info to get you familiar with LifeProof’s features, then give my two cents on why it’s a great product that I’ve used on multiple generations of phones.
Features as listed on LifeProof’s website:
The LifeProof fre for iPhone 6 is currently available in 6 colors:
LifeProof’s slogan is “One Case – Four Proofs.” Even though I tested an older model of LifeProof case a couple years ago, I am impressed once again with the fre for iPhone 6. Not only does the case stand up to everyday drops, but it is dirt proof, waterproof, and snow proof. That means the cases are designed to protect your phone all year round, no matter the weather.
While I do not have resources to test the case in 6.6 ft deep water for 2 hours, my toddlers happily assisted in testing it in the bathtub. LifeProof did not let me down among clumsy, slippery fingers and soapy water. My phone remained dry and protected despite being used as a submarine. Previous versions of the case have held up for us at pool parties and even snorkeling while living in Hawaii!
My purse is like an abyss full of sippy cups, animal cracker crumbs, and toys. Sometimes I’m even afraid to reach my hand in there (just joking…kind of…) but with my fre case on, I just drop my phone in and go on my way with no worries. I can also rest assured as my 2 year old keeps entertained with a game on my phone as we shop.
LifeProof designed this case to be slim and sleek. It slides into your pocket easily and does not add bulk to your phone. The only (slightly) negative tidbit I’d like to share is on the lighter colored cases, like the pink, the rubber around the front may darken from the dye in jean pockets. This is consistent with other brands using similar materials on the cases, however I will be keeping in this mind in the future as I choose case colors.
Overall, I am impressed with LifeProof once again. At CES 2015 they announced the fre Power, a battery pack case which I am extremely excited about!
I was so excited when I was able to upgrade to the iPhone 6. Like really excited! I hadn’t upgraded phones in 2 years and had made my iPhone 4s last…right up until the beginning of Fall. It worked…mostly. Turns out when you drop your phone a couple too many times (might I add that I somehow have the clumsiest hands?) that eventually parts inside will work themselves loose. You may not physically see a broken screen but it stops working. Your husband spends hours fixing it for you, just to find out that other functions aren’t working (speakerphone, headphones, etc.) So when I was able to finally upgrade to my iPhone 6, I was thrilled!
But I knew that I also immediately needed a protective case. Who better to look to than Otterbox?
Otterbox has been known for their protective cases for quite a long time. While I haven’t used their cases the entire time on past phones (maybe that was my problem) I know that they stand up to the claims. But, with a new phone comes new challenges. New dimensions that have to be accounted for when a case is developed and new materials that need protected. The iPhone 6 is larger than past models making this more challenging than before, or so I would imagine.
I was given the chance to try out a few Otterbox cases and introduce them to you in time for your Christmas shopping! If you, your teen, husband, or anyone else recently upgraded phones, you will want to check out the new line of cases.
I anticipated that my favorite would be the Commuter Series Wallet and to my pleasure, it is everything I had hoped for! With the usual protection of the Commuter Series cases, this case features a slide out “drawer” that you can slip 3 cards and 1 folded bill into.
The case is a bit bulky and takes some time to get used to but I love it! I am able to grab my phone and keys and head out the door. Talk about convenience! The drawer is snug and does not pop open easily so there is no worry that your cards and money will slip out if you drop your phone or hand it over to your toddler. It also snaps shut so you know the contents are secure inside.
I love that this case has built in port covers – I cannot tell you how dusty my last phone was after being in my pocket so often. Speaking of pockets, the Commuter Series Wallet slips in and out of pockets easily, making the case even more convenient. The only downfall to putting it in my pocket is unrelated to the case itself but soley to the size of my iPhone 6 and the small size of female jean pockets.
One of my favorite things about the Commuter Series Wallet is the choice of colors available. You can mix and match several colors to create the look you like. There’s no surprise here that I chose pink and white as my color combination. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Another case I have had the opportunity to try is the Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone 6. My husband chose this case as it is more suited to his needs. When he works on the house or in the garage, he often has music streaming on his phone. This rugged, triple layer case with an integrated screen protector is perfect for those needing to protect their phones from dust, scratches, drops, and more.
Also available in an assortment of colors, this case is highly customizable to your color preferences. My husband chose Jade/Blaze Orange with a Black Holster. This case has already protected his phone from mishaps while working in the garage this past week! But this case isn’t just for the manly men. It’s just as much for moms with toddlers who can’t keep their fingers off their mommy’s phone. While I do not use the Defender for my iPhone 6, I had it for my iPhone 4 when my oldest was just a baby. He loved slobbering all over my phone and although the case is not meant to be waterproof, it certainly protected my phone from all that drool. And of course the case was great for protecting my phone against slippery baby fingers that have a tendency to throw or drop things.
Family Centsability was not monetarily compensated for this post. A product sample was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.