Posts Tagged ‘iCarbons’

Despite my butterfingers, I am generally not a fan of cases for my iPhone and prefer to keep naked, and although everyone always raves about Otterboxes, and yes they are a great product, and do a great job of protecting your phone from drops and getting wet (damp), I find them to be ugly and entirely to bulky and the designs just don’t do it for me.
But After hearing about the Lifeproof water/dirt/snow/shock proof case and it’s sleeker design than the Otterbox i thought I’d give them a shot. Maybe I cOuld be converted to a case guy.
I admit a couple videos i saw of people taking underwater video footage helped persuade me. (not being the avid scuba diver I am, but you never know. )

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Lifeproof definitely gets an “A” for fast proceesing/delivery, i only waitined three days after placing my order, I should say I ordered Wednesday morning and received it that Saturday via USPS, should i have ordered after 2pm I probably would have not received until Monday or Tuesday so keep that mind and always be patient when waiting for orders.

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At first The case was a actually little bigger than I had in mind, but after examining it right away i realized it was a pretty sleek design and would fit snugly to my phone.

if you plan on ordering one please follow ALL INSTRUCTIONSbefore doing anything. You may damage your case or worse your phone.

This case Definitely follows trough on what is promises. After several water test and drop test my iPhone 4 (yes, i used an old device) continued to work with no problems. No water made its way into the case and no dings or scratches to the case.
The front protector part of case seems not to lay as flat against the screen as I would like; and I am Plan to contact them to see if maybe i received a slightly faulty item; but it makes your device require a slightly heavier finger for the phone to recognize your touch entry.
And due to bulk, although small (I believe 1/16″) added around your phone, for us with small hands we can not perform task with one hand as easily with a naked phone.

how does it sound?
It does cut down on the volume of your speakers a little bit, but that is to be expected with any case that covers your speakers. But it works great with the adapter kit for your apple’s hands free earbuds.

All and all I would give Lifeproof an 7.5/10.

However, i do not see myself Using this as everyday caSe. I will most likely just keep it on my old iphone4 and switch it to the 4S, whenever I go on long trips, fishing, camping, hiking, or do something that I may be exposed to elements i am not exposed to a daily basis.

My favorite part of my Lifeproof case is I will still be able to skin with an iCarbonsdotcom skin.

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Check both sites out and get yours today.

I am Including a quick video to show you how well Lifeproof works in water and against drops.

Quick look at Lifeproof in action!

UPDATE:
For those concerned about your iCarbons skin staying in tact on your Lifeproof if you take under water.
I placed My phone in its Lifeproof case with an iCarbonsdotcom skin on it for an hour and it is good as new. No bubbles, no peeled back corners.
I would say the skin in addition to the case is 100% waterproof as well.
So be sure to order one for your Lifeproof case.

Thanks.

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So it’s been just over a week since I’ve skinned my iphone4  with the white iCarbons skin. If you did not  read my iCarbons Review please go back and see that one first. I included a few pics and a quick vid look at what the final product is like. So in this review I will be going back over some of the issues I had and if they have become better or worse. We all know the feeling of something being GREAT out of the box and then TERRIBLE a week later or even not being completely sure about a product and then having it grow on you. I will be doing these follow up reviews to address those feelings.

My biggest problem I had with my iCarbon skin was that the front was NOT sticking to well to the phone.  I even wasted one shield because I had to make so many adjustments my first try. This, however, could have easily been avoided had I not been over confident and took my time. Initially I had made a decision to not even place a shield on my i4. but the FAQ section of the iCarbons site did say it was alright and the even recommended it. A week later… I am NOT recommended it. Leave the screen naked. It actually looks better to me anyway.  Just always do so at your own risk, you do take the chance of getting scratches and maybe even cracks.

After, I successfully placed the skin on the second time, making sure there was zero interference between the skin and the front facing camera I noticed that there were a few bubbles that looked as though I would be stuck to live with, unless hopefully worked themselves out. It did take some time to get it perfect around the front facing camera and I did have to readjust a couple times throughout the week, but it’s good now. @iCarbonsdotcom got everything right and the hole  is cut perfectly so, be careful when skinning your phone because if not placed perfectly you may have a small blur in your camera.

I was also having an issue with the iCarbons skin peeling up on the edge. This problem was solved immediately once I removed the shield and applied the skin directly to the phone.

So… One week later. How do I feel about my iCarbons Carbon Fiber skin on  my iPhone 4? I think it’s absolutely sick! I plan to order one in black for my old 3G[s], that I now use as an iPod.

Am I happy with my puchase? YES!

Would I buy again/another one? YES!

Do I recommend it?   YES!