A Collection of Catalyst Products to Protect iPhones and Apple Watches

Catalyst is a company that offers a variety of protection for Apple products, and we get a chance to review some of them for you today.

This Catalyst waterproof case for the iPhone 8 (and fits the iPhone 7) is going to offer a lot of protection for your device. Not only is it shock and drop proof tested at an 810G MIL standard for drops up to 6.6 ft., it is waterproof up to 33 feet deep! You can do some serious scuba diving with your phone in this case.

They are snow, dirt, and sand proof, and you don’t have to take your case off for wireless charging, either!

This case runs for $79.99 on the Catalyst website. The same case is available for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (will also fit 7 Plus). They both run for $89.99.

Image courtesy of Catalyst

Another product Catalyst sent us to review is the Impact Protection case for the iPhone 8 (fits iPhone 7). This case is not waterproof, but is drop proof tested up to 9.9 ft, so a bit more protection with the Impact Truss System, and also weighs only 29g. As with the above cases, you can charge your phone on a wireless charger, and it also has the rotating mute switch at the top.

As with the other cases, this case also comes in various sizes. The price on these are $49.99 for the 8+ and $39.99 for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 version. We were sent the black case to review (only the sides have color, the back is see-through). They do have other colors like blueridge/sunset, army green/black, and coral/black. The Wriststrap is included with this case as well.

Moving along to the Apple Watch Waterproof 42mm case for series 3 (but compatible with series 2). This case will let you go swimming with your Apple Watch with an IP-68, and has been tested to 330 ft. deep. It’s also strong and drop tested from 6.6 ft.
This one comes in black only for a price of $69.99. Catalyst has commented that they may look to make it in various colors in the future.

Last, but not least, we will include the tempered glass screen protector we were sent to review for the iPhone 8. This fits the iPhone 7 as well, and they offer these in many sizes- including for the Apple Watch. It is scratch and shatter resistant, easy to install, and bubble free. Always make sure to apply carefully after cleaning thoroughly in a dust-free room for $39.99.

Thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products in exchange for a fair and unbiased review!

Review of ITSKINS Cell Phone Cases (ZeroGel, Spectrum, and Supreme)

Maybe you want protection for your phone, but don’t want to shell out $40 for a high-end case? ITSKINS is a company based in China, and run by a French man that offers protection for various phones. Today we are reviewing 3 levels of cases- ZeroGel(Level 1), Spectrum(Level 2), and Supreme(Level 3).

Starting off with the ZeroGel, these translucent cases are offered in a variety of colors like the above clear case, pink, black, purple, and various colors of blue. They are nice and thin, but still offer great protection- drop certified at 1 meter/3.3 feet. This one is the basic, ultra slim design.

The case is flexible, with raised edges to protect the front of the phone if it is set on its screen side. It has the shock absorbing design that looks like honeycomb.

This style of case is listed at a price of $17.99 USD on the ITSKINS website.

For a couple of dollars more ($19.99 USD), you can upgrade to a Spectrum case, which looks similar to the slim protection, but is Drop Safe up to 2 Meters. The case we received to review fits the iPhone X, and came in a translucent black color, but you can find them for many types of phones in several different colors. You can find the one for your phone here.

Finally, at least for this review, you can get the level 3 protection of the Supreme case. This one runs a bit more at $29.99, but offers even more protection with a droptest level of up to 3 meters! There are other level 3 cases available from ITSKINS, but this one is the slimmest. 

As you can see in the image, there’s a 4 layer protection going on.

These 3 levels of cases were sent to us to review for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on our site.

Otterbox Case for the iPhone X- Symmetry Series

Otterbox is a well known company that protects many kinds of phones. People really want to protect those expensive iPhone Xs. Today, we get the chance to review the Symmetry Series.

The particular case we received to review is the Clear. You can also get one in Stardust- if you want to add a little sparkle to your phone.

The case touts the Otterbox drop protection. It claims to be scratch proof as well, but some customers have remarked that their case has received scratches. Otterbox customer service has been quick to offer replacement cases for customers, though, and a scratch on a case is always better than scratches on a phone.

Some customers have also complained about the buttons covering the volume buttons being hard to push. I have seen other people who have said the buttons were easy to push, and Otterbox suggested that it should loosen up over time. Again, Otterbox seems to care about customer satisfaction, so if it ends up being too much of a problem, you only need to let them know.

The Otterbox site offers this case for $39.95. The lip of the case will protect the screen from being scratched up if you put the phone face down, but for extra protection, you can get this screen protector as well.

The Alpha glass screen protector can offer that extra screen protection for another $39.95 on the Otterbox site. Hey, you might as well protect that screen with something clear to go with your clear case. Okay, that’s the best I have.

Speck Christmas, Part 2: Presidio Ultra (iPhone X), Presidio Wallet (iPhone 6S/7/8), ShieldView GlassPro (iPhone 6S/7/8), Presidio Metallic (iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus), and Presidio Clear + Print (iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus)

Okay, it is time to review some more Speck, and we have a lot going on here. Unlike last time, when we reviewed Samsung-related accessories, we are going to cover what Speck has for Apple with

Speck Presidio ULTRA for the iPhone X

I have to be honest when I say that I am surprised that the Presidio Ultra is not one of those waterproof cases. As far as I know, it isn’t, because it would have bragged about it on its packaging.

As it stands, the Presidio ULTRA for the iPhone X will give you the protection for Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, at least from dust and dirt. If that sounds good to you, let’s throw in a little 15 foot drop protection. Oh, it has a no-slip grip, and 360 degrees of port protection.

Not only that, but this has four layers of protection thanks to our old elemental friend of Impactium. It also comes with this rugged holster as well.

In short, it looks like the Presidio Ultra for the iPhone X has it all, and it is available on the Speck site for $49.95.

Speck Presidio Wallet for the iPhone 6S/7/8

So, this is another interesting military-grade case with the Presidio Wallet. This one is made with two layers of protection, and it has that Impactium shock barrier. Did I mention that it is military-grade, drop-tested at 10 feet? Because it is.

You can see why it is called the Wallet, and it can hold up to 3 cards. I’m actually seeing this feature as practically standard these days, but that depends on how you shop. I still use a wallet, but I think the next generation will just use a driver’s license and a computer program to pay.

If this is something that you desire, head on over to the Speck site and pay $44.95 for it.

Speck ShieldView Glass Pro for iPhone 6S/7/8

Okay, it looks like I’m going to briefly not talk about cases to talk about screen protectors, and they do go hand in hand. The ShieldView GlassPro is tempered glass with sapphire treatment, and it is shatter resistant with a sapphire perimeter.

I always like how easy they are making screen protectors these days, and this particular one is easy to put on. You can then have the protection against scratches and oil.

It is quite good, and you can get it for about $49.95 on the Speck site. And by the way, you should really just get a screen protector if you don’t have one already.

Speck Presidio Metallic for the iPhone 6S Plus/7 Plus/8 Plus

Well, this is a case that is quite something, with the Presidio Metallic. Like other cases of its type, it has two layers of protection and that Impactium as well.

I would have to say that Metallic isn’t really accurate, as it doesn’t appear to be made of metal. I mean, it feels like some kind of hard plastic, something that is not soft to the touch.

It certainly is very decent, and it is available on the Speck site for about $24.97. At least for now, as that could be a holiday rate.

Speck Presidio CLEAR + PRINT for iPhone 6S Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus

Well, I have already talked about the CLEAR in my aforementioned Samsung review, and gone into detail about how it is military grade and drop tested for 8 feet. It also has that Impactium that I keep bringing up, and this will be the last time that I bring it up.

What makes the CLEAR + PRINT different is that it has a design on it. I suddenly realize that as I have been writing about all of these and have not mentioned the color of any of these. The CLEAR + PRINT is all about the cool design, and for some reason, there are bikes and flowers on these cases.

I highly recommend going to the Speck site and checking the patterns out for yourself. You can get it for about $24.97, and that is a possible discount price for some of the patterns.

Lander’s Moab Case gives the iPhone protection from the cold

It’s been about two years since my last review of a Lander case, and I believe that they are owned by BGZ Brands, the same guys that do Bodyguardz. The Moab case from Lander came in Bodyguardz packaging, and this is a case that is designed to protect against the cold.

I had to admit, I have been using my phone in the cold and felt that touchscreen was like the bottom of an ice cube tray. I couldn’t help but wonder if this will hurt my phone in time. I honestly don’t know how cold it would have to be before it would not work, but I am assuming I would be dead by this time.

The Lander Moab (which is a very odd name for this product) is a case with a lanyard and it has some protection from what it calls the “crush zones”. The Moab case has a squishy feeling on both sides, and it also has an Illumifind, which is this reflective stitching that allows you the user to find the case and your phone in the dark.

So, here’s the deal, you can get it for the iPhone 6/6S/7/8 and the Plus sized models here, and I managed to get one for the iPhone X.

BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case with Unequal Technology for the Apple iPhone 6/7/8

I’ve been reviewing a lot of BodyGuardz products lately, and this company does really provide quite a bit of protection from your smartphone. I was very interested in reviewing the BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case, which I am told is compatible with the Apple iPhone 6/7/8.

The Trainr Pro is a smartphone case made for those that are active, and it has a hashtag of #saynotocracks. It has this sport grip thing going on along with its “battle-ready composite padding”. Yes, this another great review of a product that gives great protection to your iPhone.

There is also this terrific armband that is one-of-a-kind. Yes, I took these descriptions from the website, but I will testify that this is the first time I have seen a smartphone case made for an armband. This armband had these clips that somehow fit into the indentations of the smartphone case.

You should be able to purchase the Trainr Pro on the BodyGuardz site for $49.99 in Gray/Mint or Black.

Catalyst Products for the Holidays, Part 2: Impact Protection Case for the iPhone X

It’s been about a week since the new iPhone X has come out, and Apple’s newest, most expensive, and smartphone with no home button certainly needs a case. As usual, Catalyst has a solution with the Impact Protection Case for the iPhone X.

Now, I am going to have to say that this is one of Catalyst’s first cases that is not waterproof. It certainly is a change for the company, and I don’t know if it is a welcome one. I’m going to have to let the fans decide. Yes, Catalyst has its share of fans, right?

This has a grippy rubber bumper that has a clear back as well. It also has a lanyard attachment and rotating mute switch. but enough about that, what about the drop protection? It is good for about 9.9 foot drops.

In addition to this, the Impact Resistant Case includes a wrist lanyard, and I am not certain if that is a new feature or not.

Well, whatever the case, you got to like Catalyst’s new Impact Resistant case for the iPhone X, ad it comes in Black, Blueridge/Sunset (Blue/Orange), Army Green, as well as Coral for $39.99 on the Catalyst site.

X-Doria Wood Defense Lux and Defense Shield

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since I have reviewed an X-Doria product. The last time was a case for the iPhone 5 for crying out loud! Fortunately, I had the chance to review some other cases, and these are for the iPhone 7/8, so hooray!

X-Doria iPhone 7 Case Defense Lux Wood

X-Doria is well-known for its cases, and the Defense Lux case for the iPhone 7 (and 8) is made of some impact resistant polycarbonate. You can see the wooden exterior, but there is also an aluminum frame around this guy.

The end result is an iPhone 7/8 case with military grade protection, and it has soft kind of rubber interior lining and allow you to snap in Apple’s smartphone. In fact, the frame opens out in a very unique manner that I won’t even both to describe.

I am told that it has been drop tested to survive six-and-a-half feet drops on hard surfaces like concrete. You should be able to receive the iPhone 7 case Wood Defense Lux for about $39.99 on the X-Doria site, but it looks like its wooden cover comes in one color: bamboo.

X-Doria Defense Shield for the iPhone 7

Now, let us talk about the Defense Shield. It has the hard polycarbonate, soft rubber, and anodized aluminum, but as you can see, it lacks the wood of that previously mentioned Lux case. Part of it is its machined metal, and it looks like there is also some rubber on there too.

I’m going to say that the review units that I have been sent look nothing like the image here. It’s just a weird pattern in the rubber on it, but I’m going to just bring it up here.

I’ll also bring up that the Defense Shield can withstand drops of 9.9 feet, which is slightly more than that Wooden Lux. Something I should also mention is how there is some kind of sound channel that can amplify the bottom speaker and redirecting the sound to the front.

I’m not certain how much these X-Doria Defense Shield cases cost, as they seem to be sold out on the X-Doria site. I may need to alter this article if something changes on that front.

Nomad-ic Christmas, Part 2: Hex Case (iPhone 7/8 Plus), Leather Folio (Samsung S8), Leather Folio (iPhone X), Clear Case (iPhone 7/8 Plus), Clear Folio (iPhone X), and Wallet Case (iPhone X)

Okay, as I said in my last Nomad review of the chargers and cables, I said that they make a whole lot of awesome cases. Today, I’m going to be reviewing six of them for the iPhone 8, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy 8.

Nomad Hex Case for the iPhone 7/8 Plus

I believe that this has been referred to as the “Rugged Case”, but it is more like the Hex case. I am assuming it is called that due to its hexagonal shapes on the polycarbonate and TPU rubber construction. I like the hexagonal shapes because they really make the case stand out, and I am not certain why I like it so much.

What is interesting is how it gives protection to the iPhone 7/7 Plus, and it will give protection for a 2 meter drop. It has all the proper holes and the raised edges to protect the iPhone screen.

It comes in the Black and Smoked Gray, and you can find it on the Nomad site for $39.95.

Nomad Leather Folio for the Samsung Galaxy 8 (S8)

This particular case is one of those cases that allows it to close like a book. Not only that, it has the slots made for 3-6 credit cards, driver’s license, and whatever else that you have. By the way, there is a pocket for the cash too.

I have reviewed cases like this before in the past. The issue that I have with these types of cases is that if you are using your phone, you have to flip the cards to the back. Then you are giving everyone a view of what credit cards that you own, and that flap thing becomes like a book that you break the spine on.

There is a bonus that is uses vegetable tanned Horween leather, and then elegant construction for the Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame. You can get it on the Nomad site in rustic brown for $39.95.

Nomad Leather Folio for the iPhone X

Okay, there is hardly any difference between the Folio of the Samsung Galaxy 8 (S8) and this particular Leather Folio for the iPhone X. It has the spot for 3 credit cards as well as a cash pocket, but this is compatible with wireless charging, which is something that I didn’t mention last time when I reported on it in the last section.

I have already stated what I liked about the leather folio, and it has that Horween leather look. By the way, it has a rich patina look after extended use. That means that it changes to a darker color of brown later. It actually looks pretty dark brown already.

You should be able to purchase the Leather Folio for the iPhone X as $49.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Clear Case for the iPhone 7/8 Plus

As you can see in this image, the Clear Case is kind of a hybrid or a Two-Face version of the leather and clear cases that Nomad puts out. The end result is the some new kind of aesthetic that I like a lot, and will be imitated.

It has that vegetable tanned Horween leather with the Dow Dupon polycarbonate frame, and they are somehow fused together. It also blends together with raised edges to protect the iPhone screen, as well as giving the iPhone 7/7S/8 Plus protection for 6-foot drops.

Oh, this is quite the awesome case, and if you have that version of Apple’s smartphone, this is great. You can purchase the Clear Case for the iPhone 7/7S/8 Plus for about $39.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Clear Folio for the iPhone X

Okay, now it is time to talk about another mixture between vegetable tanned Horween leather and Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame with iPhone X. There seems to be a lot of this on these Nomad cases, and honestly, that is kind of refreshing, really.

Yes, I would love to talk about its features, but I have talked about them already with the other cases. It has 3 credit slots, and there is also a cash pocket. I guess people are using their cases for wallets now, which means that the wallet market is about to be phased out.

Now, if you want to purchase this particular case, you should be able to purchase the Clear Folio for the iPhone X on the Nomad site for $49.95.

Nomad Wallet Case for the iPhone X

So, here’s this last case that is made of vegetable tanned Horween leather, not like there is anything new about this. I suppose there are also great features like 6 foot drop proection as well as the ability to hold 2-4 credit cards. Oh yeah, it develops that rugged patina look after a while.

So yes, nothing new here, but I suppose that the takeaway from this is that you should always bet on Nomad. I mean, they make a lot of great cases, as well as chargers. Yeah, there’s no way I’m going to say anything bad about Nomad.

You can purchase the Nomad Wallet Case for the iPhone X on the Nomad site for $39.95.

Nomad-ic Christmas, Part 1: Powerpack, USB 3 Port Hub, 4-in-1 USB-C, Universal Cable, and Battery Cable

Since I will be reviewing a lot of products for this holiday, I am very glad to review some great Nomad products. It feels like I have been reviewing their product for a while, and they usually make some great chargers and cables. Sometimes they combine the best of both worlds, like the Leather Charging Wallet for the iPhone. I will be reviewing both in the next few days, so I will start by reviewng the chargers and cables.

Nomad Powerpack

The Nomad PowerPack boasts an “ultra-rugged construction.” Under that assertion on the box, it states, “mortise and tenon” joints. I had to look up what that was, and apparently it is a type of joint that is one of the strongest in wood-working, and apparently used in the construction of this product. It is also created with Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame and TPU rubber exterior. The construct on this product is pretty grippy, though, and it would not be easy to drop.

There is a feature on this device that I can really appreciate. I have some external battery chargers to assist in charging our family’s devices on the go. The problem lies in always being able to locate them when I need them. The answer to this is an app called Tile® that works with Bluetooth tracking, and as long as you have your phone, you can ring up your Powerpack- being able to hear it from other room, or buried in a deep pocket in your backpack. If you have Apple (iOS 8.1 and up) or Android (4.4 and up), you will be able to use this app on your device.

There are two different Output ports- USB C and USB A. The USB-C charging works with high-density Panasonic li-ion cells, and makes for some fast charging. There are 3 indicator dots on the end that will tell you how much battery life is in your PowerPack. 1 dot = 1-33%; 2 dots = 34-66%; three dots = 67-100%. There is also a sensor that will detect the lighting in the room so it will dim the LEDs at night, which is a nice touch. An iPhone 7 will be able to charge 3.5 times off a fully charged pack.

The Nomad PowerPack is pricey at $119.95 on their website, but for something that has these great features- especially the ability to track and find missing devices, it could be well worth it for someone looking to charge in style on the go.

Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port

I’ll start with this USB Hub – 3 Port, and yes, that is an odd name for it. However, everyone probably needs one of these.

The circular disk with soft matte rubber top and polycarbonate housing has 3 USB ports with one high output 2.1A and two standard 1 A UB ports. These ports are located underneath so you can plug in three USB devices, and then plug in the device into the wall.

Yes, it has some LED charge status indicators, with an ambient light sensor that dims the LEDs at night. I would have to say that I will applaud its handiness and how it can do three devices at once. I would love it if future versions of this device have some kind of Qi magnetic charging thing on top.

You should be able to purchase the Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port for $39.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable USB-C

Now, the Universal Cable USB-C is quite an interesting charging cable. Each end has two types of connectors, with a USB C at both ends. I honestly don’t know any reason to go USB-C to USB-C, but hey, it could be used on…something.

On one end, with the USB-C is a male USB A plug, and on the other end, also with the USB-C, is a Micro USB device. This means that if you have a micro USB device, you can charge it in many ways. What was funny is that I have a Bluetooth headset that I attached to my HTC 10 (which has a USB C port), and I believe my phone was charging my Bluetooth. I don’t think I’ve ever done that kind of charging before.

The cable is a braided ballistic nylon cable that looks really ultra strong, and I would trust my weight with it. As a data cable, it carries a USB 2.0 data transfer, and is well-set for fast data-charging. Oh, it is quite long at 5 feet (1.5 meters).

You can get this Universal Cable USB-C for about $29.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable

The Nomad Universal Cable looks to be made of the same material as the Universal Cable USB-C, but it is a lot shorter at 0.3 meters. Again, I would trust my weight on it, and it is 10K Mil-spec flex tested. I am not certain what that means, honestly.

This particular Cable has a USB A on one end, and the other is a three-part guy with a MFi Lightning tip, Micro USB, and USB Type C. You can see in the image how each port somehow can overshadow the other, which is a really good design.

It is a good deal for something that everyone needs, and it really does accomodate a lot of devices. It is billed as “one cable to rule them all”, and I have to admit that it deserves its epic tagline. The Nomad Universal Cable is for sale on the Nomad site for $29.95.

Nomad Battery Cable

I’ll talk last about another cable that I was sent to review, the Battery Cable. Unlike the other cables, this one has a 2350 mAh battery. Since this is a battery cable with a Lightning connector, that means it will give you a good charge for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

As you might have guessed, the battery cable/battery is a pretty great product to have. Honestly, I usually don’t see a charging device that is this small and can curl up like a little whip.

The Battery Cable is quite a great gift for the holiday at $49.95 on the Nomad site.