If you happen to be a Galaxy S 4 user that wishes they had a Galaxy S4 Active instead, there will soon be a few new case options that will bring the same protection against water. The cases are from LifeProof and will include the nuud and fre models. These both offer protection against water, however one leaves the display open and the other has it protected by a scratch resistant cover.
Up first is the LifeProof nuud, which as some may have guessed by the name — is the case that leaves the display open and uncovered. The LifeProof fre is the one with the scratch resistant cover over the display. Regardless of which option you choose, the water, dust and shock protection remains the same.
The LifeProof cases are shock proof to military standard 810F-516 which means it can withstand drops from 6.6 feet (2m). These cases also have an Ingress Protection rating of IP-68 which goes to say that it should be able to withstand being submerged in up to 6.6 feet of water for up to one hour. Aside from offering protection against unexpected drops and water, the LifeProof cases also have what is touted as a “thin, low profile all-protective design.”
Perhaps more important, these cases still allow for full access to all buttons, ports and other features. With that in mind, LifeProof also uses something called “CrystalClear double anti-reflective coated camera-grade glass” to help ensure your pictures will not be affected due to the camera lens being covered by the case. Basically, LifeProof appears to have made a case that protects your phone and still allows you to easily take advantage of the features.
LifeProof will have the nuud and fre cases available for the Galaxy S 4 beginning in October. Both the nuud and fre will be $89.99 and available direct from LifeProof as well as with select retailers. And finally, if you happen to still be sporting a Galaxy S III, LifeProof also has you covered with a few case options.