am have been debating between the OtterBox Armor and LifeProof myself. I have had good luck with some other OtterBox products but it is $20 higher MSRP, though maybe on Amazon or eBay OtterBox is a little less and gets about 1/2 a star more. their specs seem comparable at the high end: the LifeProof case is a bit more waterproof and has the optional ($10) phone replacement warranty; the OtterBox Armor seems stronger against drop and crush forces. I am comparing the Armor and the Fre: http://www.otterbox.com/armor-series-iphone-5/armor-series-iphone-5,default,pg.html#vids http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/us_en/iphone-5/fre/iphone-5-case/ do not bother with the cheap ones. I bought the OtterBox Defender when iPhone 5 first came out and none of the waterproof cases were on the market yet. it developes a thin film of humidity under the screen cover that is very annoying. (it isn't even dust proof! fortunately I put Zagg skins on it as well.) basically it is just drop protection and that is starting to get so sloppy (from opening it all the time to clean and dry the phone) that it is going to start falling off. which is not to cross off OtterBox, I will probably get their Armor case. btw Liquipel is not actually waterproof, just splash resistant or somesuch, read their fine print.