The HitCase Shield is the thinnest waterproof case that we’ve come across
HitCase Shield Review – Tough, waterproof, thin and bend proof? Can your iPhone ask for more?
The HitCase Shield is one of the last “normal” waterproof cases that we’re going to review for the HitCase Shield. And by coincidence, the Shield is one of the best waterproof cases we’ve used for the iPhone 6(s+). If you’re wondering how we can say that, check out all the other waterproof iPhone 6 cases we’ve reviewed.
The HitCase Shield is a waterproof case that’s made from aluminum which is something different. The aluminum will make your iPhone bend proof but that metal frame isn’t the most unique feature of the case. It is the thin polycarbonate back that raises the most questions for us.
The handling of the HitCase Shield is awesome. It feels great in the hand and seems like a natural extension of the iPhone because of the aluminum. One of the gripes we have deals with the screen protector as it gets “grimy” quickly but this is an issue for all plastic screen protectors.
For our HitCase Shield Review, we’ve given this case a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5. This makes it the best waterproof case that we’ve reviewed for day-to-day use. It handily beats out the LifeProof Fre, Nuud, our recently crowned winner the Pelican Marine as well as another favourite, the Ghostek Atomic.
Looking to see how we’ve ranked other waterproof cases? Check out our Top 5 Waterproof cases for the iPhone 6 and if you’re looking for a waterproof vacation case, check out our reviews for the HitCase Pro, Optrix XD6 and the ProShot!
Design – Feels like a natural extension of the iPhone
As we mentioned earlier, the design of the HitCase Shield is very unique. We initially thought it would be very similar to the Ghostek Atomic which compared against in our Facebook Live Stream. Although there are similarities, the case isn’t exactly the same.
The Shield is the thinnest waterproof case we’ve used, being .5mm thinner than the LifeProof Fre and installation of the case is quite simple. Pop the iPhone in and then snap the pliable screen protector on.
The build quality of the case is awesome as everything fits well together and the aluminum bumper looks awesome but will show drop damage quicker than a normal plastic case. We were initially a little concerned at the clear piece on the back but Hitcase told us its actually a piece of polycarbonate.
The clear back does result in two small issues. The first issue is that it will show fingerprints easily but a quick wipe will remove them. The second grip deals with how slick the back actually is. When placed back first, the iPhone in the HitCase Shield is going to slide around a bit.
Protection – The only aluminum case that is drop-rated and waterproof to 6.6ft or 2m
When it comes to protection, the Shield is waterproof up to 6.6ft and drop-rated to 6.6 ft. We did a quick dunk in the sink to see if there were any glaring problems and there weren’t. We did notice that the mesh that HitCase uses looks transparent to the bottom of the iPhone seems exposed but it isn’t.
From a drop protection perspective, the Shield take the 6 ft drop like a champ. In fact, we’d be pretty confident that the Shield would protect our iPhone from anything above 6 ft. The aluminum frame in the case is similar to the Ghostek Atomic which we tossed as hard as we could into the air.
The burning question we had in our minds was “how tough is that thin piece of polycarbonate on the back? If you press hard enough, the plastic will reach the iPhone which means dropping it on a rock might dent an iPhone? See if that’s the case in our review video.
The screen protector is plastic and will scratch as easily as any other plastic screen protector.
Functionality – More power for more Pokemon Go?
The functionality of the iPhone in the case is top notch. The mute switch is toggled by a large knob and the buttons are awesome to use. The camera cutout on the back is large but not deep enough that it blocks on the True Tone flash. We didn’t run into any issues with the cell signal in the aluminum case and the TouchID worked through the film.
When it comes to sound, voice calls weren’t an issue that like every other case, it was muted slightly (It works way better than the LifeProof cases). Sound doesn’t come out of the bottom of the iPhone but rather through the back which means that you’ll be able to hear your iPhone better in any circumstance.
There is a tiny gap between the iPhone’s screen and screen protector but the gap doesn’t result in any notable sensitivity loss.
The screen protector doesn’t diffuse the iPhone and doesn’t suffer from any glare issues. It is slightly wobbly which might be annoying for some but as I mentioned earlier, the screen protector does get gummy over time but nothing that a quick wipe against your clothing won’t fix.
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