Friday , February 16 2018

In Pictures: Lifeproof Fre Live 360° case for Pixel 2

Just last week we told you about Lifeproof’s Fre for Pixel 2, and now we’ve got one to show off for you. The black and lime colour is a bit .. loud .. I guess is my way of describing it, but the familiar, solid feel is very comforting. Unlike some other Lifeproof Fre cases, because the Pixel 2 has no headphone jack, there’s no need for a headphone attachment / accessory which this kind of case has come with in the past.

It’s a simple affair, with a hatch you can open on the bottom to stick in a USB-C cable for charging. The fingerprint sensor works through the film-covered hole in the back, as does the camera and flash. On the front, while there is a film covering the screen, I find it actually adds a level of tactile feel which makes typing faster and more accurate. In past years, this hasn’t been so much the case, and for phones with curved screens — like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 — the gap between the film and the screen can be a bit pronounced at the screen edge. Fortunately, the Pixel 2 screen is nice and flat, meaning there’s an excellent fit here.

Lifeproof have a history of making great cases, and this is no exception. I have a feeling it’ll be on my Pixel 2 for a while yet.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "In Pictures: Lifeproof Fre Live 360° case for Pixel 2"

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Chris – how do you find the sound quality on these cases – had a few in the past and they have been terrible – muffled voice’s through the speaker and people saying they cant hear me at the other end due to the membrane – are they any good now?

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