Waterproof, exceedingly thin, with an aluminum frame and transparent back, the Hitcase Shield is completely different from any waterproof case that I have encountered. First of all, its thinness is remarkable; in fact, Hitcase advertises it as the “world’s thinnest waterproof iPhone case”. It also sports an aluminum frame, which is quite unusual in the waterproof case space, and its flexible, replaceable screen shield is quite innovative as well.
- 6 feet of drop protection, exceeding military drop test certification standards.
- Submersible to 6 feet, providing IPX68 protection.
- Remarkably slimline for a waterproof case.
- Clear back shows off your lovely iPhone.
- Aluminum frame is well made and attractive.
- Metal volume and power buttons look elegant and are easy to press.
- Screen protector is quite responsive and screen clarity is very good. There are no issues with 3D Touch, TouchID or accessing Control Center or Notifications. Texting and typing are very good as well.
- Feels great in the hand.
- ShockSeal, the screen shield section of the case, is easy to install and remove as well as being replaceable.
- Lightning port opening is extremely small and will only fit something the same size as the Apple OEM lightning cable. Headphone opening is also small, but an extension cable is included.
- Like all plastic screen protectors, the one on the front of the Hitcase Shield will easily show fingerprints and smudges.
- Audio quality is good, but for call quality, incoming audio is better than outgoing audio. Outgoing audio can sound a little muffled, according to my callers.
- The metal wheel which operates the mute switch is quite stiff. You can move it, but it is not pleasant.
- Plastic back panel is quite thin. This helps the case stay lightweight, but longterm durability and scratch resistance are potential concerns.
Conclusion: The Hitcase Shield is a waterproof case with great day to day usability. Its slim form factor and light weight make it a real pleasure to use. It passed its waterproof test with no problems, so its innovative ShockSeal system clearly works, but it is unknown how the case will perform long term. Available in two colors, Shadow Black and Space Gray, for the 6s Plus/6 Plus, with two additional bonus colors of True Gold and Rose Gold for the 6/6s version, the Hitcase Shield retails for $89.99 for the larger iPhone and is ten dollars less for its smaller sibling. Many thanks to Hitcase for sending me out this sample to review.
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