lifeproof fre vs lifeproof next review

I always love everything neat and clean, and I want my mobile case to be clean and free from dust. I used to be confused which one to choose between the Lifeproof Fre and Lifeproof Next considering that both of the cases have the same dust protection. Now I know the difference and would like to share with you.

Lifeproof Fre Case

lifeproof fre vs lifeproof next comparison

I’m impressed with the build quality of the Lifeproof Fre case because everything is covered. The screen, charging port, headphone jack, fingerprint scanner, and blood-pressure scanner.

The first thing you need to do when installing the case is to open the case with a coin, and it wasn’t hard to open it. While removing the case off, I was surprised to see that my phone is completely clean from dust, and water didn’t come in too.

Therefore, I can say that the build quality is perfect. There are no sharp edges and all neat cut-outs. It’s great to have everything covered, but there’s a gap on the screen protector, fingerprint scanner, and blood-pressure scanner. 

There’s one thing that bothers me; it’s hard to type messages with the plastic screen protector. The fingerprint scanner and blood pressure scanner also have a plastic cover too. It takes more than one time to scan my finger on the fingerprint scanner and blood pressure scanner.

The things that I find amazing: The things that I find annoying:
  • Neat build-quality
  • Everything is covered
  • Plastic cover for the fingerprint
  • Plastic screen protector gives a gap to the screen

Lifeproof Next Case

lifeproof fre vs lifeproof next comparison

At first I was surprised with the Lifeproof Next Rugged Case because it made my phone larger to the side than usual, and I think this is because of the thick sides. My phone is like turning into a large-sized phone like the plus series cases. I know that the rugged cases usually get thick from all sides but not with this case, it’s different, it gets thicker only at the sides and not the back.

I had difficulties on typing messages on the Lifeproof Fre but since the Lifeproof Next Case case doesn’t come with a screen protector, so it’s nice and comfortable to type the screen without any gaps.

The things that I find amazing: The things that I find annoying:
  • Grippy to hold
  • Clear, rugged case
  • Thick bumper to protect the screen in case of drops
  • Thin and sharp closed port
  • Scratches and smudges
  • Larger than usual cases

The difference

lifeproof fre vs lifeproof next comparison

The Lifeproof Fre case isn’t a clear case and comes with screen protector while Lifeproof Next case is a clear case and doesn’t come with a screen protector. Therefore, the Lifeproof Next case can’t be waterproof since not all side of the case is covered. While the Lifeproof Fre case is waterproof because everything is covered.

The closed ports on the Lifeproof Next case looks thin and sharp. It can be dangerous if you open it in a dark room. Lifeproof Fre case overall build-quality is perfect with no hard or sharp cut-outs or closed ports.

One more thing, since Lifeproof Fre case is all covered, the finger-print scanner and blood-pressure scanner will have gaps so it won’t be easy to scan your finger in one time.

The similarities

lifeproof fre vs lifeproof next comparison

The ports and volume buttons are also all covered. I need to open both cases with a coin, and the easiest to open is the Lifeproof Fre case.



The Lifeproof Fre case and Lifeproof Next case have protection from dust because both headphone jack and charging ports are covered. The difference is Lifeproof Fre case is all covered while Lifeproof Next is not entirely covered and is a clear case.

I think the Lifeproof Fre case has the best build-quality because there are no sharp sides, unlike the Lifeproof Next case with a sharply, and thin closed port. In terms of build-quality Lifeproof Fre case is the winner, but in terms of usability, Lifeproof Next case is the winner.

The Lifeproof Next case feels lighter, and no screen protector so you can easily type messages. While the Lifeproof Fre is all covered so nothing can get in the case including water, but the downside is you have to deal with the gap while chatting or write long messages. The fingerprint scanner and blood-pressure scanner also will have gaps, and won’t be easy to scan your finger in one time.

Now, it comes back again to your own needs. If you like to write long messages and hate gaps, and don't mind if it's waterproof or not, the Lifeproof Next case is the right one to choose. While if you like to be in the water for a long time and don't mind to be a bit slow when typing messages, Lifeproof Fre is the one.

So, that’s all about my honest comparison between the Lifeproof Fre case and Lifeproof Next case. If you have any experience with the case, you can share here and let me know what you think.

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