Now your Samsung Galaxy S III can go swimming with your iPhone 5.
The LifeProof Nuud cases, previously available for Apple products only, are now available for the S III and the iPhone 5.
What makes the cases unusual is that they are waterproof but have no membrane covering the phone's glass. Instead the cases have a gasket that forms a seal against the phone's glass to keep water from seeping past the screen, which is itself waterproof.
This design makes the Nuud line among the thinnest, most rugged cases available for these phones and for the iPad as well.
While the case promises to be waterproof, snowproof, dirtproof and shockproof, the phones cannot be used underwater. (There are cases, like the one from DriSuit Technologies, that allow the phone to be used while submerged). Water on the screen can make it impossible for the phone to detect your touch.
The case requires careful assembly to seal the bead around the screen. I found it best to assemble it on a hard surface and work my way around the phone, pressing down along the edges from the top to the bottom.
At the base of the case is a hatch that opens to the charger, so you don't have to remove the case to update the phone or top off the battery. Microphone and speaker ports are covered with a membrane that keeps water out (up to six feet down) but lets sound pass.
The Nuud is $90 for the S III and the iPhone 5. ROY FURCHGOTT
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.