LifeProof vs OtterBox – Difference and Comparison

LifeProof und OtterBox sind beide Smartphone-Hüllen zum Schutz vor Stürzen und Wasserschäden. Während Lifeproof nur Hüllen für iPhones und andere Apple-Produkte herstellt, ist Otterbox auch für Android-Smartphones verfügbar.

Die OtterBox ist in verschiedenen Serien erhältlich. Der mit LifeProof vergleichbare Fall ist die Armor-Serie. Es ist auch in weniger belastbaren, billigeren Serien mit den Namen Defender (49,95 USD – 59,95 USD), Commuter (34,95 USD), Reflex (34,95 USD) und Prefix (24,95 USD) erhältlich.



LifeProof versus OtterBox comparison chart
LifeProof OtterBox
Introduction LifeProof, now acquired by Otterbox, was a private company selling iPhone cases and a registered trademark . OtterBox is a privately owned consumer electronics accessory company and a registered trademark that is often used generically for waterproof electronic cases for mobile devices.
Price (when bought directly from companies) $89.99 (iPhone 5s) $99.95 (iPhone 5)
Headquarters San Diego, CA Fort Collins, CO
Meets military standards Yes Yes
Shock resistance Up to 6.6ft drop Up to 10 foot drop and 2 tons of crushing force
Waterproof IP-68 rating Up to half an hour, 2 meters down Up to half an hour, 2 meters down
Thickness 0.48 inches .75 inches
Weight 1 ounce 4.1 ounces
Colors Black, white, grey, dark grey, yellow, red, azure, cyan, olive, pink Black with green, blue or orange.


LifeProof is waterproof for half an hour, up to a depth of two meters, and can protect against drops of up to 6 feet 6 inches. It also allows users to take photos underwater and has a swimming headphone adaptor. It adds 1.5mm to the thickness of the phone, and it also functions as a subwoofer to improve the bass and mid-frequency sounds from the iPhone speaker. The case is available in black, white, cyan, brown and magenta.

OtterBox is also waterproof for half an hour, up to a depth of two meters, and can protect against drops up to 10 feet. The headphone and charging ports are accessible through watertight rubber flaps.

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Here are the front and back views of OtterBox and LifeProof cases (click on the image thumbnails for larger views).

Vorder- und Rückseite von LifeProof Fre für iPhone 5 von der LifeProof-Website


Front and back view of LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5 from the LifeProof website

Vorder- und Rückansicht von Otterbox Armor für iPhone 5


Front and back view of Otterbox Armor for iPhone 5


LifeProof is shock, water and dust resistant. It meets Military Standard 810F-516, which requires that it can withstand infrequent, non-repetitive shocks.

OtterBox is also shock, water and dust resistant. It can withstand drops of 10 feet and 2 tons of crushing force.

LifeProof Nuud für iPhone


LifeProof Nuud for iPhone


LifeProof for the iPhone 5s costs $89.99 when bought directly from the company.

The OtterBox Armor costs $99.95 for iPhone 5.

Where to Buy

LifeProof and OtterBox can both be bought directly from the companies themselves, as well as from places like Bestbuy and Amazon, with a small discount. The official LifeProof website also offers the chance to purchase a complete guarantee against water damage.

The Amazon Best Sellers List for smartphone cases has several other options for smartphone cases.


PCMag praised LifeProof’s resilience, but claimed it made the screen duller and more reflective. They also criticized the sound quality of calls.

According to a review by News Observer , the OtterBox can withstand being driven over by a car.


LifeProof was the Reader’s Choice in 2013 for Best iPhone case. It also won the Backpacker 2013 Editors’ Choice Snow Award , and was name the Best iPhone Case of 2012. It’s lighter, more fashionable looking, but not as sturdy as Otterbox, although it’s still 100% waterproof.

OtterBox is the number one bestselling smartphone case in the US. It’s plain-looking and almost twice as heavy as LifeProof, but extremely sturdy and scratch-proof.

OtterBox acquires LifeProof

In May 2013, OtterBox acquired LifeProof, making it the no. 1 company for smartphone cases. While the terms of agreement are not completely known, both LifeProof and OtterBox can both be purchased at their respective websites.


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  • Otterbox Armor Series – News Observer
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