LifeProof iPhone Armband/Swimband review: LifeProof iPhone Armband/Swimband

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LifeProof iPhone Armband/Swimband

(Part #: LPIPH4MTAB01)
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The LifeProof Armband/Swimband has an extremely comfortable fit and the case will keep your phone safe and dry.

The Bad The Armband is heavy, the case's headphone jack requires an adapter, and with the case the Armband costs a pricey $130.

The Bottom Line It's comfortable and built to last, but think carefully about the LifeProof Armband/Swimband's heft and prohibitively high cost.

7.5 Overall

These days even iPhone accessories come with accessories.

I know that concept may sound ridiculous, but that's exactly what the LifeProof Armband/Swimband is. Designed as a companion product to the LifeProof iPhone case, the armband lets you take your phone when you're out for a run, swimming laps in the pool, or sweating it out in the gym. The durable design will protect your phone from any torture, but the trade-off is a bulky and heavy design. What's more, the arm band will cost you $49.99 on top of the $79.99 that you're shelling out for the case.

Design
Before I begin, I've just a few words about the LifeProof case. CNET's David Carnoy reviewed it last month, so I won't repeat everything he said here except that it provides maximum protection for your phone while remaining as slim as possible (so, the very opposite of the Tech21 Submariner). When your handset is inside you can throw it on the floor, in a snowbank, or even in the water without any damage.

Keeping with the rugged theme, the Armband also is built to last. The frame that secures your phone/case apparatus is plastic, but it has a thick, sturdy construction and the spring-loaded latch on top wasn't loose. Similarly, the Lycra ArmBand was both stiff and stretchy and the Velcro latch stayed secure on my arm. LifeProof says its product will fit biceps from 10 to 15.3 inches in circumference and you can adjust it within that range by sliding the band through the rings.

On the go
Preparing for your workout takes a couple of steps. First, you have to insert your phone in the case and then you can snap the case into the Armband. It's an easy process even if it takes a few seconds longer than you might expect. Then, I slipped the whole thing onto my arm and I was off on my way. Immediately, I noticed just how comfortable the Armband feels. The thick padding made for a soft cushion against my skin and I liked how the silicone bumps on the inside of the strap kept the Armband from slipping. The fabric is also easy to clean, so go ahead and drag it through the mud (the case will protect your phone from the elements at the same time).

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