Want a case with grippy sides, 2 meter drop protection, port protection and a crystal clear back to show off your iPhone 8 Plus? Check out the new LifeProof NEXT! It relies on your iPhone’s built in water resistance, so it doesn’t have to waste its resources on any waterproofing of its own—instead, it is able to slim down a bit and focus on things like grip, usability, and the beauty of a fully transparent back. Enjoy the beauty of your iPhone while keeping it well protected with LifeProof NEXT!
* Two meter drop protection (6.6 ft) far exceeds military drop test standards.
* Wireless charging compatible.
* Grippy rubber sides let you keep a secure hold on your iPhone.
* Crystal clear polycarbonate back shows off the beauty of your iPhone.
* Port protection keeps your iPhone’s port openings safe from dust, dirt, and snow.
* Nice, clicky buttons.
* Mute switch toggle works well.
* Relatively high protective lip does a good job protecting your screen and should work with many case compatible screen protectors.
* Protruding back camera is well protected.
* Glossy polycarbonate back is likely to scratch over time, despite its scratch resistant coating. It also shows fingerprints relatively easily.
* Interaction between the polycarbonate back and the glass back of the iPhone 8 Plus can produce a small amount of rainbowing. It is not very visible on a silver iPhone 8 Plus, however.
Overall, the LifeProof NEXT is an excellent case for those who only need a basic amount of water resistance for their iPhone. If more water resistance than the iPhone’s built in 1 meter/30 minutes of water resistance is needed, true waterproof cases such as the LifeProof FRE should be considered, as they provide double that amount of protection, allowing 60 minutes of submersion at a 2 meter depth.
The NEXT is compatible with both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, is available directly from LifeProof as well as from other retailers and has a retail price of $79.99 on LifeProof’s US website and $69.99 on LifeProof’s Asia site. It comes in four colors: the pink rimmed Cactus Rose and grey rimmed Beach Pebble featured in this review as well as a green rimmed Seaside color and a black rimmed Black Crystal. Many thanks to LifeProof Asia for providing me with the review samples used in this review.