We tested the new Catalyst waterproof covers with which we can protect our iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, which allows us to put them in the water without any fear.
Catalyst Total Protection for iPhone
Coverage that gives you water resistance up to 10 meters deep, resistance to falls from 2 meters according to military protection standards, you can disinfect it use suitable products to eliminate germs from a whole day of use, and all this while maintaining the good experience of using our iPhone.
Entirely made of plastic, this case completely protects our iPhone, even the screen. As it makes sense this assumes an increase in size and thickness, but nothing particularly significant, and it is very light so the already heavy iPhone 12 Pro Max will not incre ase its weight
It has protection for the rear camera, a silicone shell for the Lightning connector (with a spare part in the box) and different membranes at strategic points that allow, for example, to continue listening to the our iPhone’s speakers without a problem. . The volume and power buttons are pressed a bit louder, but nothing noticeable, and for the Catalyst mute switch features its signature dial system
The aesthetic result when laying the cover is quite good, the back cover with that semi-transparent finish that I like a lot, and something that really surprised me very pleasantly is the way the front plastic is barely noticeable. It’s not like a screen protector, but Catalyst has dramatically improved the way its clear plastic sheet sits on our screen. It generates a bit more glare in sunlight, but the screen grip is pretty much the same as when you’re not wearing a cover, and this is not noticeable because detached from the screen, there is no space between the protective sheet and the front glass of our iPhone. In fact, Catalyst recommends that you do not use a screen protector with your case, a sign that the fit is very precise. Only negative point: we lose MagSafe, although wireless charging works fine.
Ideal for taking it to the beach, swimming pool, skiing or sporting activities where dust and water can be a problem for your iPhone, or possible drops, this case can save you more ‘a fright. It also includes a wrist strap that you can place in one of the two lower corners of the case. It is available both for the iPhone 12 in all of its models and for previous generations of iPhones.
- Para catalyst iPhone 12 Pro Max, Pro and iPhone 12 (not available at the moment)
- Para catalyst iPhone 12 Pro Mini on Amazon for $ 89.99 (connect)
Catalyst for Apple Watch
Catalyst offers us an all-in-one for our Apple Watch with a protective case that includes the straps. With this blanket, we will obtain water resistance up to 100 meters deep, resistance to falls up to 2 meters in height and the possibility of disinfecting it using suitable products. As for the iPhone case, We do this without losing any functionality of our Apple Watch, except in models with disabled ECG.
Compatible with Apple Watch from Series 4 (specific models for 40 and 44mm), its installation is simple even if we will need a small screwdriver to be able to place and remove it, of course included in the box. The case consists of a silicone case with which we “dress” our Apple Watch (I put it with a screen protector without a problem), a front frame and a back frame that we have to assemble and finish. secure with the small screw that we mentioned. .
With the case on, the only thing that is exposed on the Apple Watch is the screen, even the lower sensor is covered by that first silicone case. The side button has a really good pulsation, and the crown can be turned as usual, although you won’t notice that smooth and precise movement of the original crown. The straps included in the cover are of good quality, very comfortable and resistant, and with the typical width of sports bracelets, to match well with a bulky case like this one. The locking system is the traditional system, and it works as it should.
The wearing experience with this case is very good. The only thing you notice is that the crown is a little harder, the rest works as if you are not wearing anything. The screen is not affected, because it is free, and you can hear the speaker perfectly, you can use the microphones, etc.. The Apple Watch acquires, yes, a more raw, very sporty design that will appeal to some and others not, but what is no doubt is what you gain in protection. As I said at the beginning, it is available from Series 4, with specific models for each size.
- Cover for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6 and SE 44mm for 62 $ on Amazon (connect)
- Cover for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6 and SE 40mm for 76 $ on Amazon (connect)
Catalyst Total Protection for AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro also receive their protective cover with resistance to water (100 meters), drops (3 meters high) and the possibility of disinfection. Following the same style of the previous products, it is a case with a robust design, made of plastic and which It has a silicone layer inside to protect and ensure a perfect fit of the AirPods case. It has a silicone cap for the Lightning connector and a strong and secure closure so that no water drops get inside.
Catalyst succeeded in creating a rugged enclosure but at the same time maintain visibility of AirPods case charging LED, wireless charging and rear sync button, details that make the difference with other similar products. You can add a hook ring, included in the box, so it can be placed on any backpack or pants loop. An all-terrain case with which your AirPods will be protected against any aggression. Its price is 59 $ on Amazon (connect).
- Editor’s Note
- 4.5 stars
??59 a ??89
- Protection against water and drops
- Quality finishes
- Rugged and sporty designs
- Loss of some functions on iPhone and Apple Watch