Published on January 30th, 2014 | by Greg0
Hitcase Pro For iPhone 5: Ruggedly Waterproof And Unapologetic
Everyone with a smartphone knows the drill- the panic as you realize you have your phone in your pocket when it’s raining or snowing, or the sadness when you spill a drink, or drop your phone into the toilet accidentally. Worse still are the times when you are preparing for a trip- swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or even hiking- and realize that you are used to using your phone as your camera and can’t rely on it.
You might not be able to take it diving, but you can certainly head to beach with your iPhone 5 and the new Hitcase Pro. Built for a sole purpose- solid waterproofing and shockproofing- it does compromise your phone in a few ways but is one of the few cases we would trust in the water for an extended period of time. Guaranteed up to 10 meters underwater (33 feet), their H-seal design is said to work better than 0-rings, especially over the repeated stress of regularly opening and closing the case.
Unlike some others, this one is really made for use in and around the water rather than trying to be a “always-on” case. This is good and bad, of course, in that it really does look and feel sturdier than competitors but did annoy us in everyday use to the point where we did only used the case during outdoors activities. But that’s the point- even other outdoors, waterproof cases are bulky and awkward to fit into pockets, and the Hitcase Pro is pretty unapologetic about it’s specs. Sure, you can use your touchscreen (sort of), but you cannot charge your phone (no external port is available). Other cases have two parts, but this one is a single-piece of hinged plastic, with buttons for most functions. The best part, though, is the wide angle lens- a nice piece of glass which is perfect for underwater or action sports use when you often want a bit of a fisheye effect and more visibility. It did seem to scratch a bit easily though, and we missed the nearly impervious sapphire lens on newer Apple smartphones.
There’s a tripod mount as well, and some accessories (a wrist strap!?) are even included. It’s not the most attractive case, but again, that certainly isn’t the point of the Hitcase Pro. We found it easy to take our phone out and snap back in, critical for when you are gearing up. We could still make and receive calls in a pinch, and adjust our volume and even use headphones while in the case. Available in black, the Hitcase Pro retails for $110 or so, online and in stores.