Lifeproof is known for making ultra durable cases that can withstand anything Mother Nature throws at your dear iPhone without the bulk of, say, an otter box case. I am an iPhone user, so I've experienced dropping my iPhone, getting it wet, and so on. I decided I wanted a case that would offer the best protection while still retaining the slim iPhone 5 look. I immediately turned to the new Lifeproof Nuud iPhone 5 case. Lifeproof has removed the bulky plastic screen protector that took away from the retina display on the Lifeproof Fre to make a slimmer case that offers the exact same protection.
The Nuud is most like Lifeproof's Fre case but has a few differences. The annoying plastic film over the screen that took away from the iPhone's quality is gone, replaced with a plastic frame around the screen that covers the home button and the earpiece. The screen is recessed in the frame, which is how it protects the screen if you accidentally drop your iPhone. The Nuud is definitely an upgrade from the Fre, because the plastic screen cover really took away from the retina display and made it a lot dimmer. The Nuud is a bit thicker than the Fre (it is .51 inches, Fre is .48 inches) but it weighs less. Both phones are remarkably thin and light considering the protection that they offer. The back of the case is clear, which displays the beautiful aluminum back of the iPhone 5.
The Nuud features raised rubber buttons, lightning port cover, and screw on headphone plug similar to the Fre, but now the headphone plug is attached to a built-in leash that makes it difficult to lose the plug.
The Nuud comes with a headphone adapter for the narrow hole, a microfiber cloth to clean your iPhone 5 before attaching the case, and a separate screen protector to defend the iPhone's screen from scratches. I thought it was really cool that they also include a iPhone 5 sized rectangle dish that you can fill with water to test your new Lifeproof Nuud.
To test this case, I dropped it from 10 feet high, dropped it from chest height display side down, and submerged it in water for 20 minutes. The Nuud withstood all of my tests perfectly. The Fre used to affect the call quality by making it muffly and hard to hear, but the Nuud does not affect it at all. I thought that the Nuud was the best looking protector case on the market today that is definitely a step up from the Lifeproof Fre. I will definitely use it for my iPhone!
You can purchase the Lifeproof Nuud iPhone 5 case from Amazon here. It comes in a variety of colors. Thanks for reading!