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 Catalyst Waterproof
 
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(out of 5)

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PricePrice:
$64.99 USD (iPhone 5/5S)
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ProsPros:
– Great screen accessibility
– Very strong waterproofing
– Easy to install
– Generally a good case for the price
– TouchID membrane looks nice
ConsCons:
– Catalyst failed one of three 6ft drops but iPhone is fine
– Mild glare from screen protector
– Headphone jack extension not included
– Wrist strap not included
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
– Case will show wear and tear quicker than other cases over time
– A drop from 6 ft may result in the back of the case coming off
Design Rating
DESIGN
(Catalyst Waterproof)
Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk (4/5):
– Catalyst will add 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
– Increase weight by approx. 40%(still a light case)
– Doesn’t double the thickness of your iPhone
InstallEase of Installation (4/5):
– Fairly easy to install. Reading install instructions is a must
– Installation of the back panel requires a bit of attention to ensure o-ring is not pinched
Build QualityBuild Quality (3.5/5):
– Molded bumpers ensure that the plastic doesn’t scuff from drops
– Nice blend of rubbery “grippy” parts and smooth parts
– The most uniquely designed iPhone 5/5S case we’ve come across
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
(Catalyst Waterproof)
Shock ProtectionShock Protection (2.5/5):
– Provides shock protection up to 6.6 ft
– We performed 6 drops with the Catalyst. It failed one 6ft drop completely, another resulted in the back of the case coming apart slightly. iPhone was unscathed so Catalyst considers this a pass
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (5/5):
– Provides water protection up to depths of 16.4 ft which is the deepest of any of the non-extreme sport cases
– Catalyst kept water out during water drops (mimics diving into the ocean)
– Headphone jack extension is not waterproof
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
– iPhone screen remained instant during all tests
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
(Catalyst Waterproof)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4.5/5):
– Sound quality for the Catalyst is decent
– Ear piece speaker quality like a naked iPhone
– Easy to access all functions of the iPhone
– Headphone jack extension is not included with the case and costs $15 dollars
– TouchID sensor is usable
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (5/5):
– Easy to access swipe menus
– Gap between screen protector and touchscreen is not noticeable
Screen ViewabilityScreen View-ability (4/5):
– No rain-bowing effects
– Glare may be too much for some
– Diffuses the iPhone screen slightly
– Screen protector doesn’t sit completely flat around the area above the touchscreen
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