The Lifeproof Next case is so clear that you’re able to showcase your Samsung Galaxy S10 through the Lifeproof Next case, and you can even customize your look by choosing from versions with different colored rubber bumpers. It isn’t just clear but also protected from drops up to 2 metres and sealed against dirt, dust, and snow but it’s not waterproof. So, let’s see if this case is worth it or not with all that protection!
Thin But Wider Than Normal Clear Cases
The design of the Lifeproof Next is slim but wider than other normal cases. It feels so thin on hand but the width of the case for the Galaxy S10 is just the right size to fit on the Lifeproof Next. It’s going to be a problem for larger Plus-sized phones. The LifeProof Next also weighs a bit more than your average case, but it offers way more protection than your average slim case.
How tough is the Next really?
The Lifeproof Next is not waterproof at all. But the Lifeproof Next does come with several water resistant features which includes a seal along the front of the case and a seal along the camera cutout. However, the LifeProof Next is drop-rated of 2m or 6.6 ft and blocks dirt, dust, and snow.
Although the Lifeproof Next is not waterproof but I was curious about how protected it is against water and how protected is the seals of the ports. So, to test how protected the Lifeproof Next is; I took my Galaxy S10 with the Lifeproof Next on and dumped it into the sink filled with water.
Within seconds, water had started to seep between the camera cutout and the lighting port. It turns out that the LifeProof Next only reduce the amount of water reaching the phone. In the end, the water still enters the phone but not so much as the case minimise the water coming in. You might think it won’t make any difference, but it sure helps if you accidentally drop it in salt water.
Before installing it, the case needs to be opened with a coin. The first step is to open the case with a coin and place the main case half, then secure the next layer which snaps firmly into one place. You need to have a coin to install and remove it.
The Great Thing
The thick sides protect against 2 metres drops. The speaker grills have a dust screen over them which will protect the speaker from dust. The wireless charger also works well with the case on.
What I still don’t understand is that Lifeproof Next is not waterproof. It feels so protected with thick sides, and the ports are all covered, but you still need to rely on the Galaxy S10 water resistant. So, it’s not a great idea to bring it for a long dive because the S9 still rely on a waterproof case to be able to survive underwater for hours and withstand the chemicals in the water. The rubber bumper is pretty thick too which makes the phone look fat. The buttons are a bit hard to press too.
I like how the case is see-through and isn’t a bulky. The design from the lip around the display and camera cutout to the buttons and sealed charging port is perfect. Although the lip around the case makes the phone looks fatter but it’s protective enough to protect it against drops.
You need to rely on other waterproof cases if you’re willing to dive with the case or else you need to rely on water resistant of the Galaxy S10 which has features that can be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. So, if you’re looking for a case that gives a lot of protection against dust, debris, and snow and 2 metres drop protection, the Lifeproof Next is worth considering.