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There aren’t too many iPhone users that carry a naked phone. Be it for fashion or function, a good case is essential. The SnowLizard SLXtreme case is for the hard-core, insanely active iPhone user who likes to hit the slopes, beach or rock-climbing with their iPhone.
The SnowLizard SLXtreme includes some pretty impressive features. The packaging and site claim:
- Waterproof up to 6 feet. This is great for those underwater shots, or if you want to tweet how long you can hold your breath. I tested this in about a foot of water in my sink, and it kept everything inside dry.
- Ruggedized up to 6 feet. This is good for mountain bikers, climbers and clumsy people like me. I tested this from about 4 feet and cringed as it hit the ground, but this heavy-duty case easily protected my phone.
- An integrated 2000 mAh battery. This keeps the phone charged for a lot longer. The site claims this will give you 7 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video, 46 hours of playback, or 380 hours of standby power.
- A solar powered charger. This is my favorite feature, and I can see this being really handy at the beach or out by the pool. You can keep your phone dry and charged longer while you listen to iTunes and post pictures of your sand castle on Facebook. This keeps the internal battery charged so you can keep your phone juiced up.
- A clip and lanyard. This is nice because the case is very large and difficult to fit in your pocket.
My phone slips right into the case, and the closing mechanism seems very tight. The screen and top button’s touch sensitivity is about the same as the naked phone, but the Home and volume buttons are tough to use. I really have to push down on the Home button to exit an app or wake up my phone.
I did find a few negative design flaws. When I take a photo or video with flash, the result is a reflected mess. There are clear openings for both the front and rear cameras, but the thickness of the case creates a glare that ruins any photos or videos. When I turn the flash off, the results are perfect.
My biggest complaint is when I make a call. I can barely hear the person on the other line, they can’t hear me very well, and they hear an echo of their own voice. It makes phone calls impossible with this case. However, with a Bluetooth device the result is good, and I can hear everything clearly. If you don’t use a Bluetooth attachment, this is not the case for you.
At $129.99, the SnowLizard SLXtreme case is an investment, but if you take your iPhone on all your outdoor adventures, it’s a lot cheaper than replacing a damaged phone. The company offers a 90-day warranty for product defects, but this only replaces the case. So if you take your phone swimming and the case fails, you’re still out the cost of a new iPhone.
Apple Approved Rating: 4/10 – as is. 7/10 – if the phone clarity issue is resolved.