One of the best waterproof iPhone cases that we have used for the iPhone 6(s+)
Ghostek Atomic 2.0 Review – Looking for great day-to-day protection? Get the Ghostek Atomic!
Today we’re going to do a review of the Ghostek Atomic. The Atomic is THE waterproof case for day-to-day use. We’re very sad that after this review, we have to take the Atomic off for us to use other cases.
The Ghostek Atomic 2.0 is an aluminum bumper with removable front and back panels. This case is only waterproof to 1 m for ten mins and from our point of view, very droppable. This case maintains the slimness of your iPhone and also maintains most of the functionality of the iPhone inside the case that is not normal for iPhone cases. Also, if you’re afraid of bending your iPhone, this is the case to get but if you’re looking for a case to take the beach or lake, the Ghostek Atomic might not be the right one for you.
For our Ghostek Atomic 2.0 review, we’ve given this case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. This is one of the higher rated waterproof iPhone cases that we’ve come across and based on our scoring system, is on par with the LifeProof Nuud and does better than the LifeProof Fre, Catalyst Waterproof and Lunatik Taktik 360. In fact, a zip lock back would do better than the Taktik 360 but that’s another story. Looking for all the waterproof cases that we’ve reviewed, find them here!
(out of 5)
$59.95 USD iPhone 6(s+)
|Top Buy Buttons|
- Offers the best sound of any waterproof case
- Mute switch is tough to use
- Cutouts only fit Apple-sized accessories
- Waterproof up to 4ft/1.2m only
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- Fairly light
|Install||Ease of Installation (4.5/5):|
- 3 parts to the case but the back never comes off
- Requires a bit of finagling to fit the front into the frame
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- Case feels solid
- Case maintains shape after usage
- Lots of texture to the case ("grippy")
|Shock Protection||Shock Protection (3/5):|
- Not officially drop-rated
- We dropped it from 15+ ft and it was fine
|Water/Dust Protection||Water/Dust Protection (3/5):|
- Slightly below average water protection at 4ft/1.2m
|Screen Protection||Screen Protection (4/5):|
- Thick plastic screen protector
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (3/5):|
- Great button access
- Mute switch is tough to use
- Better than average sound (for a waterproof case)
- Touch ID works
- Camera/Flash works
|Screen Usability||Screen Usability (4/5):|
- Small gap between iPhone and screen protector
- Very small (almost negligible) sensitivity loss
- Edges don't get in the way
|Screen Viewability||Screen View-ability (5/5):|
- Clear plastic screen protector
- No rain-bowing issues
- No extra glare to deal with
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Design – That aluminum bumper!
In terms of design, the majority of this case is the aluminum bumper. This is the thickest aluminum bumper that we’ve seen for any case which is why your iPhone isn’t going to bend in it. The size of the Ghostek Atomic doesn’t compromise the size of the iPhone. The aluminum bumper makes the Atomic feel solid and subsequently, feels incredibly well built.
Assembling the Atomic is also unique because you don’t snap anything together. There isn’t a traditional O-ring setup like you would find in LifeProof cases. The waterproofing comes from the front and backs of the case fitting into a tiny slit along the edges of the aluminum bumper.
Protection – Go ahead and drop it. From any height.
In terms of protection, the Ghostek Atomic isn’t officially drop-rated though our multiple, 12 ft + drops indicates that it will definitely keep your iPhone safe from any sort of normal, accidental drop. If you want to see the full drop test video, check out that video.
For water protection, the Atomic isn’t as waterproof as other cases. Most waterproof cases are waterproof up to 6.6ft for 30 mins; the Atomic is rated to 4ft for ten mins which means that this case is more suited for the occasional drop into your toilet rather than a weekend by the ocean or lake. The slightly reduced water protection is why we say this case is the perfect day-to-day case, not a water vacation case.
Functionality – The best waterproof case for iPhone access
Regarding functionality, accessing your iPhone is pretty great in the Atomic. Buttons are easy to use, but the mute switch is a little more difficult to access. The cutouts at the bottom of the case are quite small and generally will only fit Apple-sized cables. There were a couple of instances where our cables didn’t work because the iPhone was off inside the case so if this happens, all you need to do is to re-install/re-align the iPhone in the case. Ghostek does include a headphone jack extension for people with larger than average jacks.
Waterproof cases are quite poor in terms of sound quality, but the Ghostek Atomic is one of the better. The sound coming from the iPhone inside the Atomic is slightly muffled but there are no cracking/popping noises like you would find on LifeProof cases. The camera flash has its independent cutout which means the flash doesn’t spill into the photograph. The TouchID membrane works well with the iPhone.
In terms of screen functionality, there is a gap between the screen protector and the iPhone. The sensitivity loss of the screen isn’t terribly annoying but is noticeable. For screen functionality, the Atomic fares as well as waterproof cases.
The viewability of your iPhone’s touchscreen is quite decent. There are no rainbowing effects, and the plastic screen protector is quite clear, so glare isn’t a big issue. The gap between the screen protector and iPhone does result in double reflections but is not terribly noticeable. We do have to note that there is a grid of dots on the screen protector that may bother some people.
Again, we gave this waterproof a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. This is one of the best waterproof cases that we’ve come across for the iPhone 6 and will set you back $80 through Ghostek.com