Thule makes top notch products, and being a huge fan of their Atmos X3 and Atmos X4 cases, I had awaited their Atmos X5 case with great excitement. An IP68 waterproof case with 6 feet of drop protection and a lovely grippy exterior…what’s not to love? Plenty, as it turns out. The Thule Atmos X5 is a marvelously protective case with serious usability issues. Audio through the ear speaker is acceptable, but speakerphone calls and anything going through the built in speakers (alarms, alerts, etc) are actively unpleasant due to significant buzzing distortion. In addition, while swiping and clicking are fine using the built-in screen protector, activities such as texting or email are rather torturous.
* 6.6 feet of drop protection.
* Waterproof, dustproof and sandproof to IP68 standards.
* Built-in StratoShield screen protector gives you 5 times the protection of your naked iPhone screen.
* Grippy rubber sides and back will keep the case securely in your hand.
* Optional, easily removable wrist strap is included.
* Backed by Thule’s 2 year warranty.
* Significant, unpleasant, buzzing distortion through the built-in speakers.
* Gap between the screen and the built-in screen protector causes major issues for texting and email.
* Almost twice as thick as the Thule Atmos X3 (which, to be fair, lacks both a screen protector and any waterproof protective abilities.) Not a slim case!
Conclusion: The Thule Atmos X5 is a wonderful case in many respects. I don’t do drop tests, and the only waterproof test that I was equipped to do was to put it in a bowl of water for an hour or so, and it passed with flying colors. However, I trust Thule and have no doubt that it will provide excellent protection for your phone in very challenging environments. It is an exceedingly solidly built case. If you are more concerned with the safety of your phone than with the usability of it, than the Atmos X5 may be a great choice for you. However, if you want to be able to enjoy using the various features of your iPhone, you might want to look at some other phone case choices. The Thule Atmos X5 is available in three different colors for the iPhone 6(s)+ and can be purchased directly from Thule and various retailers for $79.95. Many thanks to Thule for sending me out this sample to review.
Finally, if you’d like more details, here is a link to my YouTube review: