The LifeProof Fre is a very thin case that offers average protection but will suck the joy out of using your iPhone!
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The general design hasn’t really changed between the lifeproof fre for the iPhone 5s and 6. The back of the case looks pretty similar and the front hasn’t really changed either but they have removed the plastic piece around the camera on the front.
Installation of the case is pretty simple and requires you to snap two pieces that you snap together. The gasket that sits at the bottom of the latch cover still can be lost if you’re not careful but we’ve noticed that the green o-ring comes out much easier than the o-ring on the previous generation.
In terms of Protection, the Fre is waterproof up to 6.6ft and droppable from 6.6 ft. We’ve dropped our Fre several times on concrete and the iPhone’s fine but the Fre did crack on a 6 ft drop. If you’re concerned about that, well, think about all the times when you’re actually going to be dropping your iPhone 6 from 6 ft.
In terms of water protection, we didn’t take the Fre down to 6.6 ft but checked its waterproofing with a water test as prescribed by LifeProof. In terms of dust, since it’s waterproof, it’s going to be dustproof if you keep all the ports sealed. The only places that dust can enter the case is around the lightning port and headphone jack cutouts so dust and debris entering the case will be kept to a minimum.
For screen protection, the plastic screen protector does a decent job of protecting your iPhone’s touchscreen as you can see in our face-first drop tests. LifeProof does recommend that you remove all films prior to installing the Fre. Given how tightly the Fre fits around the iPhone, I wouldn’t try to use another screen protector.
Functionality is where the Fre falls flat on it’s face. Apple-branded accessories will work but nothing else. The cutout for the lightning port will not fit your Amazon basics cables and the headphone cutout will not fit headphone jacks that are slightly larger than Apple’s Earpods. There is a caveat for the headphones as LifeProof does include its signature threaded waterproof headphone jack extension so that fits with any type of headphones.
Also, you can’t attach a wrisstrap to the Fre. On the previous versions you could attach a wriststrap via where the headphone jack plug attached to the case but they’ve removed that feature on the 6 version of the Fre.Using your iPhone 6 in one-hand isn’t great as the Fre’s back isn’t very rubbery so it doesn’t sit on the palm of your hand too well.
The LifeProof Fre isn’t great with sound. Unlike the 5/5S versions of the case, sound coming from the Fre isn’t louder. In fact it’s a little muted which is weird since there is still some sort of acoustic chamber on the back of the case but out of the 4 tests I did for sound coming out of the bottom speaker, the Fre was slightly muted. We will note that the Fre does cover most of the mics with the mic at the bottom of the iPhone being the only one that has one of those thin acoustic membranes.
In terms of the loudness coming from the ear piece speaker, it is a bit muted. On our tests, the iPhone in the Fre averaged a difference of 5-10 db’s lower than the iPhone without the Fre. This isn’t much but it still will mute it.
In terms of accessing your iPhone’s touchscreen, there is still a gap and it is noticeable but does not degrade the sensitivity of the iPhone too much (or that we noticed). Getting to the rest of the screen is quite easy as there is nothing that gets in the way.
On to the screen viewablity of the case, there are issues galore. The glare on the screen protector is generally noticeable and the screen protector still diffuses your iPhone’s touchscreen. Rainbowing is still an issue on the Fre but I feel its been a bit minimized. The screen doesn’t perma-stick to the iPhone like the 5 version did but you can still see the rainbows if you’re looking for them. Several viewers have also noted this with their Fre’s.
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