Hawk vs. Hosoi, Slater vs. Irons, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. Whatever sport you love, whether it be skateboarding, surfing, football, or something else entirely; you can virtually guarantee that its history books have been shaped by some seriously epic rivalries. This thought came to me, if you can believe it, as I stared down at a phone case. Not just any phone case, you understand, one that had been designed to withstand anything an action sports and adventure lifestyle could throw at it. If only I’d known at the time that this phone case would go on to be my greatest adversary – a rival to make all other rivals obsolete.
My mission, which I had chosen to accept, was to see how tough the LifeProof FRĒ for Galaxy S7 case really was. No giving it an easy ride here. I was to hit this phone case with everything I could, and discover for myself precisely what type of punishment it could take. I wasn’t just going to tickle it with a feather duster, and then bang on for 1,500 words about how great it was. I was going to attack it from every angle, and put the words on its packaging – “TOTAL DEFENSE FROM WATER, DIRT, SNOW AND DROPS” – well and truly to the test. This is the story of what happened next, a tale of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.