A few years ago, I had a very funny conversation with my sister while she was on a family trip. She was stuck at the hotel waiting for my brother-in-law to get back from the Apple store because my little nephew had dropped daddy’s phone in the toilet. Needless to say, no amount of rice could fix the damage. To survive my nephew’s penchant for reading in the bathroom, they would need to waterproof the phone.
If you have kids or are on the klutzy side, this story probably feels very familiar. According to some studies I’ve read, about 25% of people damage their phone due to exposure to water. Luckily, for me, the only thing I’ve dropped in water is my TV remote. (Don’t ask how I accomplished this feat.) However, I have dropped my phone on the ground numerous times, leaving me crossing my fingers that it won’t be damaged when I pick it up.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a mom with small kids, or a bit accident prone, waterproofing your phone from the elements or drops is essential. This is precisely where the Catalyst Case comes in handy.
I recently had a chance to try out the new Catalyst Case for iPhone 7 Plus. This case is designed to provide my phone with 360 degrees of protection from the elements.
- Waterproof tested up to 33ft
- Snow, dirt/sand & dust proof
- Absorbs the shock from drops up 6.6ft
Made from impact-resistant polycarbonate, the Catalyst Case is designed to be durable yet still functional. The clear front and back allow you to show the sleekness of your iPhone, as well as give you full access to its large screen.
Additional features include:
- Premium, non-slip, soft-touch rubber exterior
- Wrist lanyard for extra phone security
- Patented rotating crown dial for muting and unmuting your phone
- Easy access to all buttons, sensors, cameras, etc.
- Ultra-sensitive screen protector maintains full touchscreen access
- Signature True Sound Acoustics for clear sound transmission of calls, music, and videos
After testing out the Catalyst Case on my iPhone I can honestly say I’m impressed with its design and features. I never worried about my phone becoming damaged from everyday elements. I didn’t notice any compromise in functionality either. I did have a few issues with the touchscreen access at the top part of the screen of my phone, but nothing that proved to be overly challenging.
My biggest issue was setting up the case. The directions are a bit confusing. Before you use the case, you must do a waterproof test. The directions and the pictures included in the package insert are on the small side and not that easy to understand. Catalyst does have a page on their site you can use for further explanation, which I recommend checking out if you purchase one of their cases.
After performing the waterproof test, I tried unsuccessfully to open the case using a coin, as instructed. It was a no go. I had to break out a screwdriver to get it to open. My struggle ended up causing scratches on the bottom of the case (as seen in the picture). I also had the same issue when I tried to remove my phone from the case. The upside of this problem is knowing my phone is extremely well protected.
I will also say that the clear touchscreen shows every single fingerprint, so it will need to be cleaned often if this type of thing bothers you. Honestly, though, it is worth the sacrifice to waterproof your phone. A few fingerprints are always better than a damaged phone. I can absolutely see myself using the Catalyst Case with my iPhone 7 Plus the next time I plan an outdoor adventure where dirt, sand, or water involved.
Have you ever dropped your phone in water? What kind of case do you have on your phone?
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