iPhone 5(s) and SE

Catalyst Waterproof Vs. LifeProof Fre / Nuud and Otterbox Preserver


How does the Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case compare against the Fre, Nuud and Preserver?

[toggle title=”Watch the comparison video”][/toggle] All of these cases are waterproof and shockproof and will keep your iPhone safe from water and drops. Between these 4 cases, we’d say the LifeProof Nuud comes out on top, followed by the Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case, the Otterbox Preserver and the LifeProof Fre.

Now, the review that we’re about to do is based on our experiences with each case. Our goal at MobileReviewsEh is to provide you guys the best reviews possible, based on real usage. With these cases, we’ve dropped them all, put them into water, put the some in swimming pools and one even got swim with the turtles.

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Catalyst Waterproof Vs. Otterbox Preserver


The Catalyst Waterproof iPhone case is much better than the Otterbox Preserver. The Preserver was one of the first cases that we rated so the scoring isn’t as accurate now that we’ve reviewed several other iPhone 5S cases. In terms of design, the Catalyst is lighter, thinner but since it doesn’t have a rubber bumper, the case will show wear and tear quicker than the Otterbox Preserver.

The Otterbox Preserver is fairly easy to install and despite being the thickest case of the group, you don’t feel the thickness due to the fact that the back of the case is tapered. One of the more notable problems with the Otterbox Preserver is the area around the mute switch might become detached from the case.

The Catalyst allows you to go into water deeper with it’s 16.4 ft waterproof rating and it allows you to install a wrist-strap so you could easily use the case as an underwater camera. You could do the same with the Otterbox Preserver (we took it snorkelling) and the case fared well.

In terms of accessing your iPhone, the Otterbox Preserver offers better view ability of your iPhone’s touchscreen and it doesn’t suffer as much glare as the Catalyst. The screen protector on the Catalyst does cover the whole screen so accessing your iPhone’s swipe menus is a breeze. [divider][/divider]

Catalyst Waterproof Vs. LifeProof Nuud


One of the most important things when thinking about when comparing the Catalyst Waterproof Vs. LifeProof Nuud is that the Nuud has no screen protector. Having no screen protector is beneficial as you’ll be able to enjoy your iPhone’s touch screen like how Apple wants you to enjoy it but it also reduces the amount of protection the iPhone case provides.

Both of these cases are similar in weight and bulk, both are easy to install but the Nuud will look better over time because of the rubber bumpers around the case. We will note that the Touch ID membrane on the Catalyst looks much better than the sticky, wet-looking membranes on the LifeProof Nuud.

The LifeProof Nuud is one of our favourite waterproof iPhone cases so if you’re not too worried about your screen, or are willing to spend a few more bucks to get a screen protector onto your iPhone (LifeProof doesn’t include one) than go with the Nuud. If you plan on doing lots of watersports, go with the Catalyst as it provides more water protection (16.4 ft vs. 6.6 ft).


Catalyst Waterproof Vs. LifeProof Fre

Between these four waterproof iPhone cases, the Catalyst Waterproof Vs. LifeProof Fre comparison is the least interesting. These cases are almost identical in weight and bulk and both suffer from glare and diffusion of the iPhone screen. However, the call quality on the Catalyst is much better than the Fre and screen protector isn’t “wobbly”. The Catalyst also doesn’t suffer from any sort of rain-bowing effect.

In terms of costs, the Fre is the cheapest between the Nuud and Preserver but it can’t beat the $65 dollar prices tag the Catalyst. If you’re a person who enjoys doing things around water, the Catalyst is the case to go unless you’re looking for a way to listen to your iPhone using headphones while still keeping it waterproof. The threaded headphone jack extension on the LifeProof Fre maintains the waterproofing of the case whereas the headphone jack extension on the Catalyst will not.


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