LifeProof Samsung Galaxy S3: The Unboxing

As most of you may be aware, I can be rather accident prone. Well you see, I’m not only good at damaging myself (recent perpendicular break up the toenail on the big toe of my left foot, for example), but I also have a very special talent for breaking my things. Yes, I am the reason my husband builds indestructible holsters.

I have now lost two phones to water damage and cracked the gorilla glass screen on another. My beloved Blackberry succumbed to the water rapids ride at Frontier City. My odd little Palm Pre was knocked into the toilet by my cat in need of toilet assistance (What? Your cats don’t use the toilet?). And the Samsung Epic 4G took a tumble into the parking lot of my chiropractor’s office thus cracking the top right corner of the screen. I continued to use it for some time after that as it didn’t really cause an issue.

So when it finally came time to replace our phones, we also made the decision to pick up protective cases for them. Our research led us to the LifeProof case for the Samsung Galaxy S3. (If you buy it through that link, I get a referral kick back). The company claims it is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof, and shock proof. The question still remains as to whether or not it is Jen proof, but we figured we’d give it a shot. Michael has had his for a couple of weeks, but mine just arrived today.

What's in the box?
What’s in the box?

Hit the jump for more pictures and the rest of the unboxing and installation.

So I enlisted the help of my lovely assistants

A Box!
A Box!

There was box inside the box!

Chance makes an excellent product model
Chance makes an excellent product model
TheBack
The back
Do I really have to do this?
Do I really have to do this?
Here's what you get
Here’s what you get

The instructions say to put it together without the phone inside and stick it under water.

This last held hot and sour soup from the take out place around the corner
This last held hot and sour soup from the take out place around the corner
Now it's got a case in it
Now it’s got a case in it

 

waiting
Now we wait

Do not use the lovely assistant to dry off the case!

DO NOT WANT
DO NOT WANT

Use your handy dandy FNH USA handkerchief instead

Much better choice
Much better choice
Always include one overexposed image in a review
Always include one overexposed image in a review

One the case is dry, they tell you to open it up and check for moisture. I find facial tissues from the post-eighties box are perfect for this.

It's alright, 'cause I'm Saved by the Bell
It’s alright, ’cause I’m Saved by the Bel

Once you’ve verified that it is indeed water-tight, it is time to install.

Lovely assistant is assisting
Lovely assistant is assisting

Lay your pieces out in a nice, lint free environment. LifeProof includes a lint free cloth to clean your phone prior to installation. I cleaned the back and placed it into the back part of the case.

Ready to clean the front
Ready to clean the front

Next, clean the front of the phone and install the front half of the case. The latches are quite stiff and require a firm pinch. They make a satisfying click when they have engaged.

Fully installed!
Fully installed!

Now, you will need a key or a coin to open the case back up and remove the cat hair. Repeat as necessary.

Cats make lousy assistants.

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First thoughts, I like it. It adds a little bulk, but not excessively so. The buttons require a more positive press than without the case, but I consider this a feature, not a bug. I was accidentally powering on the screen before. I don’t expect this to be a problem with the new case. It won’t fit in most of my pockets, but then again, nothing really fits in the stupid pockets they put in ladies clothing. We shall see how Jen Proof this case turns out to be.

FTC: I bought it myself so this is none of your business

 

 

 

 

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