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The LifeProof Nüüd iPhone 5s Case Review

The LifeProof Nüüd iPhone 5s Case Review

February 5, 2014
Back in August, I reviewed the LifeProof Nüüd case for the iPhone 5. Overall, I liked the case. However, I did find it difficult to use with Apple’s Control Center in iOS 7. Recently, both the LifeProof Nüüd case and LifeProof Frē case were updated for the iPhone 5s. Both are fully compatible with iOS 7. Because of this, I'm offering a slight update to my previous review.

The Facts

  • Company Name: LifeProof
  • Product Name: iPhone 5s LifeProof Nüüd case
  • Price: $89.99
  • Compatibility: iPhone 5s; also available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c
  • Website:
  • Date Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2014

The Basics

What Is It? The LifeProof Nüüd offers full iPhone protection without a lot of bulk. Unlike the LifeProof Frē, this one doesn’t come with an attached screen protector. Hence its name, LifeProof Nüüd. An optional scratch protector is included in the box at no extra charge. Integration With The Device Buttons and other controls are covered by plastic. The only part that remains uncovered is the iPhone’s display screen. Touch ID The LifeProof Nüüd protects the home button on the iPhone 5s using a thin layer of plastic. Even with this, the phone’s Touch ID function works as intended. The Buttons I’ve never been thrilled with using cases that cover volume control buttons. Most times, the snug fit makes using the buttons with success next to impossible. With the LifeProof Nüüd, things are greatly improved. Yes, the buttons do tend to stick. However, a short break-in period eliminates this problem after a few tries. The mute button also works as intended, although it too may stick at first. The Jacks With the LifeProof Nüüd, a plastic screw cap protects the headphone jack when not in use. This piece is connected to the case, which makes losing it next to impossible. Proximity Sensor No worries here. The sensor works just fine. Camera And Flash The LifeProof Nüüd adds a very thin layer of protection over the iPhone’s camera and flash. This doesn’t seem to affect the quality of the photos or videos taken. Accessories The LifeProof Nüüd ships with a microfiber cloth, weatherproof headphone adapter, and screen protector. It also includes an iPhone test unit so that you can do your own water test prior to installation. This test isn’t necessary since each LifeProof Nüüd shipped has already been water tested. Additional accessories for the iPhone 5s LifeProof Nüüd are available. These include an armband, bike and bar mount, lifejacket, and more.

Use and feel

The case weighs just 1.44 oz., which feels like next to nothing in my book. This light weight doesn’t mean that the LifeProof Nüüd blends away into obscurity, however. The LifeProof Nüüd uses a slightly elevated shelf to form a waterproof seal to the device’s touchscreen. This shelf was a problem on the previous case model, especially when trying to use Apple's Control Center in iOS 7. As mentioned previously, this is no longer a concern. Call quality There has been some debate about LifeProof cases causing a reduction in call quality. I didn't experience this with the LifeProof Nüüd. Additionally, some have complained that the necessary headphone adapter for some LifeProof cases caused audio problems. Again, I didn't experience this. For some reassurance, take a look at LifeProof's limited warranty agreement, and new Total Water Protection Program.

How Long Will It Last?

Scratches, Scuffs, and Dirt The LifeProof Nüüd may be lightweight, but it feels tough enough to last a long time. Drops Lifeproof promises that the LifeProof Nüüd will protect the iPhone 5s from falls of 6.6 feet, or 2 meters. My tests confirm this to be correct.

What’s Hot

  • Lightweight
  • Access to buttons and plugs
  • Offers full protection

What’s Not

  • Price
  • Only available in two colors, black and white
  • For $10 less, the LifeProof Frē might be a better choice. Plus, it comes in multiple colors.

How Does It Stack Up?

For active users, owning an iPhone case that offers full protection is important. The LifeProof Nüüd is one of those cases, and one that holds up pretty well.

Where Can You Get It, And How Much Does It Cost?

The iPhone 5s LifeProof Nüüd is available through the LifeProof website and through retailers such as Best Buy. It is priced at $89.99.

Our Advice

The iPhone 5s LifeProof Nüüd is a nice all-in-one solution for those who are active. It comes highly recommended.

The iPhone 5s LifeProof Nüüd Overall Scores:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: ★★★★☆
  • Wow Factor: ★★★★☆
  • Build Quality: ★★★★☆
Value: ★★★☆☆
Buy now: Get the LifeProof Nüüd from LifeProof.  

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