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 Catalyst Waterproof
 
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$69.00 USD
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ProsPros:
– Great design
– Waterproof up to 16.4ft/5m
– Affordable
ConsCons:
– Case “squeaks” but doesn’t diminish protection
– Screen protector reduces screen sensitivity
– Buttons on the iPhone are hard to access
– Sound is slightly muted
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
– Potential for water damage if plugs are accidentally pulled out (see below in the Protection section)
– Customer service isn’t the greatest
Design Rating
DESIGN
(Catalyst Waterproof)
Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk (4/5):
– Keeps the shape of the iPhone 6/6 Plus
– Lightweight
– Bigger than the LifeProof Fre
InstallEase of Installation (4.5/5):
– Installation requires you to snap two pieces together (real easy!)
– Taking the case apart requires a coin to pop the back out
Build QualityBuild Quality (4.5/5):
– Nice design
– Case “squeaks” where the back of the case fits into the front. See below for an expanded explanation.
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
(Catalyst Waterproof)
Shock ProtectionShock Protection (3/5):
– Average 6.6ft/2m drop protection
– Unlike the iPhone 5S version, the case stayed together from a high drop
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (4/5):
– Waterproof up to 16.4ft/5m
– Can be used with Catalyst’s waterproof headphone jack (not included)
– Can be used with Catalyst’s floating wrist strap accessory
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
– Thick screen protector
– Holds up well against change/rocks
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
(Catalyst Waterproof)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (3/5):
– Power and volume buttons are hard to get to
– Mute switch access is really nice (rotated switch instead of flip)
– Touch ID membrane works and has a matted look (not “wet”)
– Able to use larger than average cables and headphones
– Sound is muted from ear piece speaker
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (4/5):
– Noticeable gap between screen protector and screen
– Sensitivity loss due to gap
Screen ViewabilityScreen View-ability (3.5/5):
– Increase glare and reflection due to the gap in the screen protector
– Diffuses the iPhone’s touchscreen
– Fingerprinting isn’t too noticeable (if it gets to be too much, just wash it!)
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