YIKES… – LifeProof SLAM Review – iPhone XS and iPhone 8

YIKES… – LifeProof SLAM Review – iPhone XS and iPhone 8

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I’ll be honest with you, it’s been interesting watching Lifeproof evolve from just being a waterproof case manufacturer to whatever it is now. The LifeProof Next was a decent case that I enjoyed using but I can’t say the say the same for the Slam.

The Slam handles poorly as the case is quite slick and the buttons are just awful to use. For my LifeProof Slam Review, I’ve given the case a score of 3.3 Eh’s out of 5. The poor handling of the iPhone inside the case is just a drag for the score.

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From a design perspective, I do have to agree with LifeProof’s marketing fluff regarding the slim and sleekness of the Slam. It is one of the thinnest cases that I’ve come across for the iPhone’s in the last couple of years but it is also one of the widest. Can’t have it all I guess.

The case will add a 1/2 cm of thickness to each side of the iPhone so if you’re already struggling to use your iPhone 8 Plus in one hand, this might not be the case for you. Or get this case and stick and Pop Socket or Ungrip on the back of the case.

When it comes to the iPhone 10, the the extra width might not be as noticeable but the texture of the case will be as you’ll have a lot of trouble accessing the top of the screen with the Slam. The texture on the front of the case isn’t bad but the back is slick so when you’re jostling your iPhone in an attempt to reach the top, it will slide out of your hand.

The LifeProof Slam does feel solid and it feels like it can take a hit. The clear back is a nice feature to show off the color of your rose gold iPhone 8 Plus BUT it will slide around like a wet bar of soap. The clear back will also show wear and tear a little quicker than other cases.

It always seems odd that companies would design a tough case with a finish that scuffs easily. When it comes to colors, LifeProof has 4 different combinations. The case in the video is called Aloha Sunset. I’m not a colors guy but this doesn’t very Aloha to me. And I’d know because with a dark enough tan, I’ve been mistaken as an Hawaiian.

When it comes to functionality, be prepared to be frustrated when it comes to accessing your iPhone in the LifeProof Slam. The buttons on the case are incredibly tough to use. How tough? Watch how much I have to press down on the sleep button in order to access the button. I’m almost pushing past the edge of the case. This is ridiculous in my opinion.

The mute switch isn’t terrible to access through the wide case and the lightning port is large enough to use 3rd Party cables. The camera and flash aren’t inhibited and screen accessibility is quite decent.

I will note that Slam is going to offer better dust or crud protection than the average case. All the parts of the iPhone that are exposed such as the mute switch, speakers and port are sealed quite well. Most cases won’t have this design feature so it is worth pointing out.

But then LifeProof decided to leave a slight gap between the camera area and the back of the case.

The biggest question I had with the SLAM is whether or not the case would come apart after several consective drops. The LifeProof Next and Nuud both came apart after 2 drops so I was curious to know if the SLAM was going to be the same.

The LifeProof Next is a far superior case but it will cost you a bit more. The standout difference between the two cases is that the Next is a little tougher as it offers slightly better dust protection around the camera area and it actually allows you to use your iPhone. It also handle much better than the SLAM but it will cost your an extra 20 dollars so you’ll have to figure out if those mild differences are worth the price increase.

I will add that LifeProof’s return policy on broken cases is pretty solid which is one of the biggest reasons to get their cases. If it breaks, you’ll probably get a new one if you pay for the shipping.

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43 Comments

  1. I like how you start many of your videos saying, “I’ll be honest with you…”, but systematically rename all your old iPhone X related videos to Xs. That’s a very dishonest way to generate more views.

  2. I think Lifeproof took some hinters from you on this video when making the slam case for the Xs Max… The camera opening has a nice little seal around it to keep the 'crud' out of the back of the case haha

  3. LOL NOW THERE IS AN IPHONE XS

  4. Wish I had watched this video before I bought this case for my iPhone X. I totally agree with your opinion on this case. Best case for the iPhone X? Thanks!

  5. The dog sitting there like…. " yeah he complains a lot"

  6. He complains that snow/water gets into the case and how there is no point for dust filters. If he read the description of the case he would realize that the case is not designed for keeping snow, dirt, dust and water out. In fact there are no dust filters. This case is designed for surviving drops only and not much else.

  7. I like my slam case for the iPhone X. It is a naked version of the fre. I couldn’t stand the fre screen protector anymore, or the window covering my camera it makes my photos glare. I Left a comment on life proof facebook page asking if they made the slam case more waterproof, dirt proof , snow proof, drop proof. That would be the ultimate case.

  8. Girişte "abi" dedi sandım ya la…

  9. I bought the same pink blue case I was not expecting the pink either I have the same gold phone I HATE THIS CASE TOO BAD I DID NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO BEFORE GETTING THE CASE. What do I do I have to wait a month to get a new case

  10. What's the difference between all life proof cases because I need a case because I'm going to the beach

  11. I kinda wish it was focused to one product review

  12. Spigen better,that’s on my iPhone X.Its very good🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

  13. Can you please review the incipio dualpro for the iPhone X with 10 feet drop protection I am thinking about getting it

  14. Can u review a gear 4 case for iphone 10 ? Plz 🙂

  15. Can you do a review on the privacy screen protector?

  16. Great video can you review an iface case please

  17. Can you do a review on the doc artisan sport wallet v5 case please

  18. When will the catalyst review be done I was so close to buying the case a few days ago but was holding out for your review/ test .. the other case I was considering is the Otterbox Pursuit of maybe I mite grab a touch case like the griffin summit .. on a side note would you rather the griffin summit or catalyst waterproof

  19. Hahaha Monty looks like he’s bored and worried watching you flail your hands around, he looks at you like “oh what you’re done? Aww no you’re not, I’m bored” hahaha cute doggggy

  20. This review was transcendent, yet maintained its urban air

  21. Review the catalyst impact protection case!

  22. I wish my dog was as chill as yours.

  23. Thank you for saving me some $$$, sad that there is so much marketing "fluff" (aka snake oil salesmanship).

  24. I’ve always loved the fre cases over the nud and now the next and slam cases. My iPhone is always protected. I just wish they had a fre case that had a clear back.

  25. Wish these cases had port covers like the tough armor tech had 🤔

  26. Monty looks afraid of you.

  27. Love Monty. Tks for another great review.

  28. Great review as usual. My concern with cases is when you drop face down your Iphone on pebbles, not only flat concrete. Happy holidays to you, Monty and all your family.

  29. Monty: “the chin scratch is transcendent”

  30. lol i thought that life proof slam his review of their case from the title…

  31. can anyone tell me where the EH comes from?

  32. I would like to see a video about some iPhone X protective cases compatible with an edge to edge glass protector (3D). Currently my daily driver is the Apple Silicone Case and fits very well with my 3D glass protector, but I'd want to buy another one that offer much protection for when I need it. Thanks for your great reviews 👍🙂

  33. I like your anti fluff rant was laughing all the time good show mate

  34. Cool video🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎🍎

  35. Can you please review Monty next! :p

  36. Would love to see the catalyst drop tested i have one for the x but im hesitant to use it

  37. That pupper is adorable! Great review lol

  38. can you review the dbrand Grip?

  39. You do some of, if not the best, case and screen protector reviews out there.
    And one I am really looking forward to (hopefully you will review this) is one on the Whitestone Dome review, with the UV light.
    It seems really good on paper, but I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this
    Take care and happy holidays!

    P.s. Monty is awesome 🙂

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