Protect Your Android with LifeProof

Thinking about a new smartphone case? In the past, you would have had to take the time to sort through a few different smartphone case options and choose one based on color and style — most cases were relatively identical in terms of smartphone protection, after all. Not anymore.

Smartphone case company LifeProof has released its first Android cases — for the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3 — and these cases provide never-before-seen levels of protection. This sounds hyperbolic, until you consider that, with a LifeProof case, you can drop your phone into 10 feet of water and leave it there overnight. Pull it out the next morning, and it’ll work perfectly, as if it had never gone out for that midnight swim.

In addition to the waterproofing — and trust me, suddenly dunking your LifeProofed phone into a punch bowl or water glass is a great party trick — LifeProof cases also provide the ultimate in drop protection. They also prevent dirt and dust from getting into your smartphone, in part by LifeProof’s unique full-phone case; yes, this case actually covers the smartphone screen as well as its body. No, the screen casing does not dull down touchscreen sensitivity or alter the screen’s colors in any way. It is simply a layer of protection around the entirety of your smartphone, designed to make your phone nearly impervious to damage.

LifeProof is designed to prevent four common causes of smartphone damage: water, dirt, snow, and shock. (In this case, “shock” means drops.) Because of its unique levels of protection, there are certain smartphone behaviors which suddenly become accessible to LifeProof users. For example: with a LifeProof case, you can now take photos underwater. If you’re worried about dropping your phone into the ocean depths or leaving it on the bottom of a lake, simply add on the LifeJacket. Yes, LifeProof has created an external flotation device for smartphones. This company has thought of everything.

LifeProof cases are popular with members of the military as well as outdoor enthusiasts and people who regularly take their phones into rugged environments. LifeProof cases are also popular choices among people who have already broken several smartphone screens, even in standard cases. If you’ve never had that sickening sense of dread after your smartphone accidentally falls from your grasp, congratulations — and consider getting LifeProof anyway.

Are there any drawbacks to a LifeProof case? Well, it’s a bit more expensive than a standard smartphone case, retailing at around $80. You have to get a separate headphone adapter if you want to use headphones while using a LifeProof case; plugging your headphone straight into the phone, after all, would leave a gap where water, dirt, or snow could seep in. Likewise, there is a tiny plug that goes into the case’s port, to protect it when the port isn’t in use, and this plug is extremely easy to lose.

When you get a new Android smartphone, there are a few things you need to do to protect it. First, you need to install some type of Android smartphone security or mobile protection software, to protect against viruses, spyware, and lost data. Second, you need to install two-step authentication onto your Google account — since Android and Google are now permanently linked, anyone who gains access to your Google account has access to a lot of key info related to your phone.

However, if you are looking for the best in Android protection, you need to get yourself a LifeProof. You’ll thank us later, when you drop your phone into a snowbank or watch it slip from your fingers onto a concrete surface. In fact, because your phone won’t be damaged at all, you’ll be able to email and thank us right away.

Have you tried out a LifeProof case? Would you recommend it to others? Let us know!

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