Otterbox vs. Lifeproof

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Executive Summary

Features


Performance


Convenience


Design and Popularity


Price

One of the most important qualities of a phone case is durability, and OtterBox Defender Series phone cases are top of their class in that department. Their case also has the better specifications, including more efficient dust-resistance and shock absorbance from drops up to 10 feet.

Introduction

Whether you’ve just upgraded to the newest iPhone or you’re finally getting around to protecting the one you’ve got, it’s important to make sure you get the right case. With cheap knockoffs, your phone might not be as protected as you think. It’s usually recommended to go with a more reputable product.


LifeProof and OtterBox are two of the most trusted iPhone covers on the market and are each a great choice. If you are considering either of these cases but don’t know the difference between them, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how they compare on the 5 most important things you’ll be looking for to protect your iPhone.

Features and Accessories

OtterBox offers Alpha Glass and Clearly Protected screen protectors in addition to their cases, which can both come in two variants: ‘Vibrant’ allows your screen to be bright and colorful, while ‘Privacy’ is tinted in a way that prevents anyone nearby from seeing what is on your screen. In addition to this, OtterBox cases come in several varieties that improve the function of the case. For example, the ‘Commuter’ case is compatible with their ‘Commuter’ wallet, which will allow you to store credit cards and such in your iPhone.

LifeProof cases are meant to be compatible with a vast selection of accessories that can add handy functions to your case. From belt clips and armbands to ‘Life Jacket’, which prevents your phone from sinking, you have a lot of options when it comes to customizing your iPhone with a LifeProof case. It even allows you to snap photos underwater and comes with an underwater headphone adapter. If you buy your LifeProof through the website, you can also purchase a guarantee against water damage.

When it comes to features and accessories, LifeProof takes the cake. With so many added accessories to choose from, your LifeProof case can do just about anything.

Our pick

Lifeproof FRE Waterproof Case for iPhone 6/6s (4.7-Inch Version)- Black

$44.00

“This case has saved my phone on multiple occasions, thus saving me a lot of money! Drops, check. Water, check. Sand?! Check!”
-Amazon Customer

Our pick

Lifeproof FRE Waterproof Case for iPhone 6/6s (4.7-Inch Version)- Black

$44.00

“This case has saved my phone on multiple occasions, thus saving me a lot of money! Drops, check. Water, check. Sand?! Check!”
-Amazon Customer

Performance

While both of these cases will make your iPhone waterproof for half an hour at a depth of up to two meters, making them equally viable options for the avid swimmer or boater, . LifeProof can protect your iPhone from drops of up to 6 feet and 6 inches, but the OtterBox can withstand drops from up to 10 feet.

LifeProof cases are built to resist the buildup of dust and to absorb shock from accidental impact. Each new LifeProof case meets Military Standard 810F-516, which means it has been tested to withstand infrequent, non-repetitive shock. Additionally, the case acts as a subwoofer that improves the quality of the bass and mid-frequency capability of your iPhone’s speakers.

OtterBox cases are also resistant to dust buildup and also shock-absorbent, as well as adhering to the same military standard as the LifeProof. They are even built to withstand a crushing force of 2 tons, and has even been reported to hold up after being driven over by a car. That’s some serious strength, all packed into one little package.

For overall case performance, the winner is the OtterBox. It has a slight edge in durability, which is one of the most important attributes of a phone case.

Our pick

OtterBox DEFENDER iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - BLACK

$23.99

“The Perfect Phone Case for Rough Work Environments”
-Kyle K.

Our pick

OtterBox DEFENDER iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - BLACK

$23.99

“The Perfect Phone Case for Rough Work Environments”
-Kyle K.

Convenience

One nice convenience the OtterBox has to offer is that the headphone and charging ports are protected by watertight rubber flaps. With this feature, you can rest assured that your ports will be protected from the elements when you’re out in the water but also easily accessible when you need them to be.

However, the OtterBox is incredibly bulky and much thicker than the LifeProof case (0.75 inches thick versus 0.48 inches thick). Also, the material can often catch on clothing and be difficult to slide in and out of pockets. In addition to this, the OtterBox is over 4x as heavy as the LifeProof (4.1 ounces compared to only 1 ounce).

If you’re looking for the more slender, easier to handle iPhone case then you will certainly want to go for the LifeProof. It’s user-friendly enough that you shouldn’t drop it on your face nearly as often. But if you do, at least it will hurt less.

Our pick

Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 6S Case with Extreme Heavy Duty Protection and Air Cushion Techonology for iPhone 6S / iPhone 6 - Gunmetal

$15.99

“The case is beautiful, it really is. It feels solid, and is far and away less cumbersome and expensive than an Otterbox.”
-T. Pontzer

Our pick

Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 6S Case with Extreme Heavy Duty Protection and Air Cushion Techonology for iPhone 6S / iPhone 6 - Gunmetal

$15.99

“The case is beautiful, it really is. It feels solid, and is far and away less cumbersome and expensive than an Otterbox.”
-T. Pontzer

Design and Popularity

OtterBox cases come with very few color variations: black with green, blue or orange. While the color choices are certainly limited, it has received overwhelmingly good reviews, with an average rating on Amazon of 4.2 out of 5 stars (across over 7,000 reviews). OtterBox is the bestselling iPhone case in the United States.

The LifeProof case comes in a huge variety of colors: black, white, grey, dark grey, yellow, red, azure, cyan, olive, and pink. While it certainly comes with a lot more customization, the average rating on Amazon for the LifeProof case is 3.5 out of 5 stars (across 8,000 reviews). Critics often complain that the screen is more dull and reflective than competing cases, but the LifeProof case has still won several awards.

LifeProof wins the day in terms of aesthetic design, but that doesn’t mean it wins the hearts of the consumer. With a considerably better average rating, the OtterBox is the case customers know they love.

Our pick

OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 6/6s - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK

$14.99

“This case is slim enough that it’s not bulky when putting it in a pocket but rugged enough to provide amazing protection.”
-Smp

Our pick

OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 6/6s - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK

$14.99

“This case is slim enough that it’s not bulky when putting it in a pocket but rugged enough to provide amazing protection.”
-Smp

Price

LifeProof iPhone cases cost anywhere from about $55 on the low end to approximately $90, depending on the specific model, while the OtterBox tends to range from $35 to a pricey $100 on the high end. This high variance means that OtterBox is the best choice for a low budget, if you can find the right deal.

Before making the purchase, try shopping around for the best deal; the first places you’ll want to check will be the manufacturer’s websites and Amazon.com. However, there are many online marketplaces and even retail storefronts that you can purchase one of these cases from.

Our pick

UAG iPhone 6 / iPhone 6s [4.7-inch screen] Feather-Light Composite [RUST] Military Drop Tested Phone Case

$34.95

“The case is MUCH smaller than Otterbox with comparable protection. HIGHLY recommend.”
-Zach B.

Our pick

UAG iPhone 6 / iPhone 6s [4.7-inch screen] Feather-Light Composite [RUST] Military Drop Tested Phone Case

$34.95

“The case is MUCH smaller than Otterbox with comparable protection. HIGHLY recommend.”
-Zach B.

Conclusion

All things considered, the Otterbox is the better case between the two. It has more durability, which is arguably the most important quality in an iPhone case. It also has more impressive specifications and features, and it potentially comes with a much more agreeable price tag. And that’s something everyone can get behind. Case closed.

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Executive Summary

Features


Performance


Convenience


Design and Popularity


Price

One of the most important qualities of a phone case is durability, and OtterBox Defender Series phone cases are top of their class in that department. Their case also has the better specifications, including more efficient dust-resistance and shock absorbance from drops up to 10 feet.

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