LifeProof Gen 2 iPhone 4 and 4S Case

Keep your iPhone protected from high-impact drops and water landings.

The new Gen 2 case replaced LifeProof’s flawed Gen 1 last summer and fixed the sound-transmission screen sensitivity problems we found in the Gen 1. This plastic case cradled my iPhone like an egg carton and kept it protected against several high-impact drops on tiled concrete. All the touch-screen and tactile button functions of the phone are accessible through the case, and all work great — much better than Gen 1 did. The case interferes only slightly with touch sensitivity, and all buttons can be easily manipulated through the case. Waterproof headphones are an optional upgrade, but the unit comes with a dry ground adapter for regular headphones. And, yes, over and over, the case was waterproof. Check out the underwater video we shot through the case’s optical glass camera port. Now if only it floated...