Review: LifeProof Fre Case for the iPhone 5s

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Introduction

Although the iPhone 5 and 5s share the same body type and design the addition of the fingerprint scanner on the newer 5s left a few case makers scrambling.  Any case which previously covered up the home button, on the iPhone 5, would need to be modified for the new 5s.  Perhaps no case would require more modification than the LifeProof Fre case.  You’d think so right?  Actually not so much.  The engineers at LifeProof had to make but one simple change when it came time to release a version of the Fre case that works with the 5s.  I’ve got the new Fre for the 5s in hand and am ready to show you what’s changed.  So click on through and check out my full review of the LifeProof Fre Case for the iPhoner 5s below.

Read on through for my full review and be sure to catch the video at the end of the review for a more up close and personal look at the

Design

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Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along with a micro fiber cloth, headphone adapter and instructions.  Used to be you also got an extra headphone port cover as well with your LifeProof case, however that no longer seems to be the case.

Here’s what LifeProof has to say about the Fre Case for the iPhone 5s.

The most advanced phone technology led to the iPhone 5s. And, the most advanced case technology led to this — frē for iPhone 5s. Thinner, lighter, stronger and more protective than any case available, frē keeps your iPhone 5s waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof, so you can live LifeProof.

frē protects your iPhone’s brilliant Retina display with an integrated scratch protector, and goes one further by providing full access to the Touch ID function. No other case on the market offers this level of precision protection and full functionality.

Along with the completely operational Touch ID and touchscreen, every iPhone 5s feature works seamlessly with frē — camera, flash, buttons, microphones and speakers. The slim profile barely adds to your iPhone’s sleek silhouette and precision lines. And, the clear back window highlights the Apple logo.

  • The thinnest, lightest, all-protective iPhone 5s case ever made
  • Built-in scratch protector delivers complete touchscreen protection
  • Works with the iPhone 5s Touch ID feature
  • Fully submersible to 6.6 feet
  • Survives drops from 6.6 feet
  • Totally sealed from dirt, dust, snow and ice
  • Full screen protection and functionality
  • Complete access to all buttons, ports and controls
  • Maximum sound output and clarity
  • Anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens
  • Your frē for iPhone 5s is backed by a 1-year warranty

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The LifeProof Fre Case for the iPhone 5s is available in 11 different colors.  You can choose from Cyan/Black, Dark Flat Earth/Black, Lime/Black, Magenta/Black, Teal/Black, Yellow/Black, Black/Black, Black/Black, Olive Drab Green/Black or Red/Black.

Function

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I won’t go into a full out review of the Fre case here.  We’ve already done that.  If you missed our review of the LifeProof Fre Case for iPhone 5 you can check it out here.  What I will do here is focus on the new improvements to the case which make it compatible with the iPhone 5s.  To make the Fre Case compatible with the iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor LifeProof replaced the previously thick home button cover with a much thinner one.  The portion which covers the home button is super thin.  It feels as thin as Saran wrap, if not thinner.  It’s also clear and see through, unlike the iPhone 5 version.  LifeProof recommends setting up your fingerprint on your phone before you insert it into the case.  Most, if not all of the other features of the Fre Case appear to be the same as the previously iPhone 5 version.  You will not want to use any sort of screen protector or full body skin on your phone while using the LifeProof Fre case as it might interfere and prevent you from properly closing the case and achieving a good water tight seal.

Video

Check out my full video review below…


Summary

For me the LifeProof Fre Case continues to be the leader when it comes to waterproof protection for the iPhone.  It’s not the sort of case I find I need every day.  I’m just not that tough on my phone.  However, when I’m going to be at the beach, by the pool, camping, or doing other activities where my phone might be exposed to shock or impact the LifeProof Fre Case is my go to case.  I’m glad the amazing engineers at LifeProof were able to craft their case to work with the iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor without having to sacrifice any part of their original design.  If you’re one who’s super hard on your iPhone 5s and want a case that allows you access to all of your phone’s features, without sacrifice, you’ll want to check out the all new LifeProof Fre Case for the iPhone 5s today.

You can learn more about the LifeProof Fre Case for the iPhone 5s by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $79.99

PROS:  Tons of colors.  Works with 5s fingerprint sensor.  Thin.

CONS:  Built in screen shield sometimes tough to type through.

Five

 

Larry

Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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  • Anne

    Thanks! Very helpful review.