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Catalyst Waterproof Case vs. HitCase Splash: Which should you buy?

If all you're looking for is protection, primarily against water, dust, or mud, get the Catalyst Waterproof case. It's rated to withstand a dip into the water of up to 10 meters, vs the 3 meters of the HitCase Splash. If you want a case that does a little more than just protect your iPhone, check out the HitCase. Its selection of lenses can help bring out your inner photographer while you're off on your adventure.

Here's the breakdown

There are some key differences between the Catalyst Waterproof case and the HitCase Splash. If you're looking for the maximum protection you can get for your iPhone between these two cases, it's the Catalyst. It's more expensive up front, but it provides overall better protection and there are no additional costs associated with the case.

If you want a case that does more than just protect (while still providing excellent protection), the HitCase Splash is a great choice. Your iPhone should be well protected in most scenarios. It's also less expensive than the Catalyst, though if you want any of the HitCase lenses, be prepared to pay, as the lenses themselves cost $40 each on top of the cost of the case.

Catalyst Waterproof CaseHitCase Splash
Water resistanceUp to 10 meters (33 ft.)Up to 3 meters (10 ft.)
Dust-proofYesYes
Impact resistanceUp to two meters (6.6 ft.)Up to two meters (6.6 ft.)
Lightning port coveredYesYes
Mountable lens systemNoYes
Price$90$70

You really won't go wrong with either case, but having tested both of them, I just like the Catalyst better. It feels better in the hand, and it just feels more sturdy than the HitCase Splash. If all you want is protection, the Catalyst is the one I recommend. I have no need for additional lenses on my iPhone, so that aspect of the Splash doesn't appeal to me. But if that appeals to you, seriously consider the HitCase with at least one lens. The superwide lens can get you a lot of fun shots, especially if you take it on an outdoor excursion. Close shots with the macro lens are also really cool.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.