Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lifeproof Nüüd for iPad review

Hey guys, today i'm going to be taking a look at the all new Lifeproof Nüüd case for the iPad 2/3/4th generation.  The case is based on the very popular Lifeproof for iPhone case, but is now available for your iPad!  How well does the Nüüd case perform?  Read on for my comprehensive review!

If you haven't had the opportunity to read about or use a Lifeproof case before, Lifeproof cases are, well, lifeproof.  This means that the case is water proof, snow proof, dirt proof and shock proof.  The water proof characteristic is proven to a depth of 6.6 feet and the shock proof characteristic is proven to withstand a drop of 4 feet.  These characteristics are especially handy for hard users of the iPad and I saw online the other day that formula one race crews are using them in the pits with these cases!  That environment is greasy, dirty and rough on an iPad.

Getting into the specifics of the Lifeproof Nüüd case, it does vary from the Lifeproof case for the iPhone.  This case is built of a rigid rubberized material that feels great and will provide great drop protection.  The back of the case is transparent to ensure you can show off your coveted apple logo.  The major difference between the iPad case and the iPhone case is that the screen is totally exposed.  The front half of the case has a gasket to seal off the screen from the rest of the iPad, making water exposure safe.  I was a little skeptical about this, but it's completely safe (up to the advertised depth).

Moving on to the ports and controls on this case, starting at the top, there is a rubberized button covering the sleep/awake button that has great feedback.  You will also find a water proof cutout for the microphone and a cap which covers the headphone jack.  This cap is threaded and is easily removed to expose the headphone jack.  The cutout is deep, therefore Lifeproof provides a headphone extender cord that plugs into the headphone jack and has a female plug at the other end so you can plug in your own headphones.  Moving on to the right side of the case, there is a rubberized button covering the volume rocker which also provides nice feedback.  Also on the right side, you will find a neat slider switch that controls the mute/rotation lock switch.  Along the bottom of the Nüüd case, there is a water proof door that covers the 30 pin charging port.  What about the home button?  It is covered with a plastic type button which is completely sealed from water intrusion due to the gasket that flanks the iPad screen.  Like I mentioned above, the back of the case is transparent and the only other feature on the back is the speaker area.  This speaker area is water proof yet provides amazing sound output.  It is almost like nothing is covering the speaker at all, let alone a water proof covering!  Nice job Lifeproof!

Lifeproof has done a great job with this case, and I really like how they left the screen totally exposed as to not degrade usability of the touch screen.  The case is not overly intrusive and not overly heavy or bulky either.  You can pick up the Nüüd case here for $119.98.

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