Introducing a whole new protection kit for iPhone. Survivor + Catalyst is a waterproof, shockproof case for iPhone. Everyday life we make rough our phones but does this survivor+catalyst work as our expectation? let’s have a look.
The Survivor + Catalyst has a poly-carbonate frame with an integrated PET screen cover and silicone O-ring seals throughout. Its shock-absorbing bumpers, along with the home button, are made from TPE (a mix of plastic and rubber) and nylon is used for the latches and other bits and pieces, such as the volume control.
The case is 2.65 in (6.35 cm) wide, 0.56 in (1.42 cm) thick and 5.33 in (13.54 cm) high, so it adds around 15 percent to the bulk of your iPhone, which seems like a reasonable trade-off given the huge leap in durability you get as a result. Speaking of which, the case is designed to withstand a 2 m (6.6 ft) drop, is waterproof to 3 m (9.8 ft) and is dust, dirt and snow proof (rated to meet IP68 standard).
When you crack open the packaging you’re greeted by a red card with some very obvious advice for someone who’s about to put their expensive Smartphone in a lake – “ALERT! Read the instructions.” Said instructions take you through the procedure for testing the case sans-phone by closing it up, ensuring the O-rings are correctly positioned and submerging it underwater for 30 minutes. If there are no air bubbles and, if after 30 minutes, there’s no water inside the case, you’re good to go.
Loading your iPhone into the case is a fairly simple matter – insert said phone, check the O-ring seals again and snap the nylon latches on either side shut while leaving the charge door open. Then you need to gently work out any excess air from under the screen before shutting the charge door in order to optimize touchscreen responsiveness.
Once safely ensconced, all of the usual controls can be accessed using the buttons on the case. This includes a dial that controls the mute switch and a screw plug that can be removed to insert the waterproof headphone adapter (included).
Once inside, the phone can be operated pretty much as normal. We experienced some occasional stickiness on the touchscreen due to the cover, which is most noticeable when you are trying to zoom and pan in apps like maps, but it’s a definite step up from heavy duty cases we’ve used in the past. The only issue of any significance is that because of the solid bezel it’s difficult (read almost impossible) to access the Toolbox feature that was introduced with iOS 7. The speaker/microphone performance is also hindered a little by the cover. Griffin says this may be a result of water on the membrane or a pressure imbalance inside the case, and recommends opening the speaker door and blowing away the water. This does help, but I found myself opening the door when making calls or listening to music for best results when on terra firma.
So to the test. With some nervousness I dropped the case and iPhone into the water, counted to five and fished it out again. No problem. The now wet phone still functioned as normal, including the camera and flash. With that hurdle cleared I put the phone in a secure pocket, donned a life jacket, and went water skiing. After a long afternoon that involved regular, sometimes violent dunking’s (only those who’ve seen me on skis can really attest to the rigor of this trial), both phone and case remained intact and in perfect working order.
Finally, everyday’s life full of complication. But if our phone get rough it will be the worst thing ever because iPhone is not just a phone its a dream for someone. So be protected with Survivor + Catalyst and be shared with this post.
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