Just In – LifeProof iPhone case and bike mount

by Brian Mullin on January 4, 2012

LifeProof recently released a bike, and bar mount for their iPhone LifeProof case, which is a waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof case. The new mount fits a wide range of bike and motorsport bars, so you can take your iPhone on and off road, and into adverse conditions and environments. The mount is made from a tough high-impact resistant plastic, and it snugly cradles the iPhone case on its back, corners and top edge, without any undue movement. It clamps down with an easy to use handlebar clamp that has three rubber size adapters for varying bar thickness, though I was unable to use it on any of my stems as it was much too narrow for the typical mountain sizes. It pivots and locks down using a ball and socket gimbal system, much like a RAM mount, so the angle can easily be adjusted for personal preferences. It was simple to pop the iPhone in and out of the unit using the top clip-in clasp, as was the handlebar clamp, making for easy swap outs. I banged it around a bit on a ride, and it kept the iPhone from outlandishly bouncing around, but due to weight and girth of the iPhone it wasn’t smooth as glass, but it’s not like I am staring at the screen as I ride along?

Update: I used it on a ride with extensive rough terrain, and the unit remained rock solid.

The unit is robust, easy to use and adjust, and held the iPhone in a secure stable manner, though it would be nice to have a way to attach it to the average mountain-bike stem.

LifeProof iPhone Case
The LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case is waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and shockproof, and protects the iPhone from abusive encounters with the environment and anything else you can toss at it. The case is around 1/16 inch thick, so it adds a tad more thickness than most other brands, but offers far more robustness and durability. The iPhone inserts tightly into the case, and then gets squeezed snugly when the halves are closed together, and it takes some decent compression to get all the edges snapped completely shut and seal the waterproof gasket. Once everything is closed up tight, the case is immune to the average hazards tossed at it.

Using the touchscreen works pretty well, though on occasion, it takes additional effort to get the icons to work, as they can be less responsive. It’s supposed to work with another screen protector underneath it, but I found the two protector would stick together and cause clarity issues. The speaker and microphone covers utilize a Gore-Tex membrane, so they surprisingly work quite well, while still retaining their water and dirt protection qualities. The back of the case actually works as a bass reinforcement device when listening to music. The buttons for volume work well, and the silence switch does its job, though it felt slightly stiff. To interface to the headphone jack, there is a screw port, and a special adapter to run accessories, such as waterproof headphones. To use the power or docking port, you just flip the bottom closure flap down, and it’s easily accessed. I dropped the phone from 3 feet in the air, and it certainly seemed to offer considerable protection, but I didn’t test the waterproofness, so I’ll take their word on it.

The slim case is rugged and abuse proof, and can offer some serious protection from drop, dirt and water, while still offering full access to the buttons, touchscreen, camera and phone. The touchscreen is too glossy, making it difficult to view in bright conditions, and it can be tougher to engage icons and text, but the additional protection is worth the compromise, especially if you use the phone in adverse environments.

Update: I ran into an issue when trying to use my car power plug to charge up the phone, as none of them would fit into the phone’s recess, so I had to take the case apart to charge the iPhone. It was mildly annoying, but only took a few moments to take using a large coin to start the opening process.

LifeProof iPhone 4/4S Case Specs:

  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Website: http://www.lifeproof.com/lifeproof-store/apple-cases/iphone-4-g2
  • Colors: black, pink, purple, white
  • Case Dimensions: 2.6″ (W) x 5.08″ (L) x 0.42″ (D) inner, 0.52″(D) outer edge (66mm (W) x 129mm (L) x 10.8mm (D), 13.3mm (D) outer edge)
  • Case Weight: 0.98 oz. (28g)
  • Operational Depth: 6.6 feet (2 meters) underwater maximum
  • Drop Height: 6.6 feet (2 meters) maximum
  • Protection
    • Protects against every-day hazards—full IP-68 rating against water and dust, and designed to Military Specifications
    • High degree of shock and impact protection—tested to Military Specifications MIL-STD-810F-516.5 (2 meters/6.6ft drop on all surfaces and edges. 26 tests)
    • Fully sealed protection against minute dust particles
  • Freedom
    • Ability to swim and take underwater (2 meters/6.6ft depth). Optional adapter allows use of waterproof headphones underwater
    • Mil-Spec protection that allows you to go anywhere, anytime, and do anything with carefree freedom
  • Beauty
    • Ultra-slim and adds only 1/16” (1.5mm) when measured from the center of the phone
  • Convenience
    • Weighs less than an ounce (28g).
    • Unique combination of materials that will not stick to your pocket
    • Compatible with all iPhone 4’s and 4S’s (International, AT&T and Verizon).
  • Full Functionality
    • Double AR-coated optical glass lenses provide unprecedented crystal-clear photo and video quality
    • All phone features are operational while maintaining a high level of protection
    • Improves the bass and mid-frequency speaker response by utilizing the back of the case as a sub-woofer for a richer, fuller sound.

LifeProof Bike and Bar Mount Specs:

  • MSRP: $39.95
  • Website: http://www.lifeproof.com/lifeproof-store/apple-accessories/bike-mount
  • Light weight honeycomb construction with premium high-impact materials for optimal strength to weight ration
  • Accepts LifeProof iPhone 4 + iPhone 4S case
  • Use your performance and navigation apps in real-time
  • All buttons and features accessible in mount, including speaker and microphone.
  • Fits wide range of bars and bar-stems
  • Adjustable for portrait or landscape orientation
  • One-handed release latch for fast insertion and removal of LifeProof case
  • Integrated lock switch to prevent unwanted removal of iPhone.
  • Rear camera compatible – can be adjusted to vertical angle suitable for video recording activities
  • Accepts phone facing in or out
  • Compatible with Bluetooth headsets
  • Gimbal ball-head allows for the fine adjustment of viewing angle
  • Suitable for any use in any weather, seawater, dirt, and snow, including high vibration environments

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Would the cradle fit a standard RAM mount?


Brian Mullin - Gram and Pastajet January 7, 2012 at 12:16 am

As far as I know most of the RAM use a 1 inch ball, the LifeProof uses a .86 inch or 22mm one. Also unknown if the LifeProof case would fit into any of their cradles?


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