Comparison lifeproof fre vs catalyst for iPhone X

Got yourself a new iPhone X? Then you need protection! If you're looking for the best waterproof iPhone X case, then you've come to the right place. Starting at AU$1,579 for the iPhone X, It’s obviously an expensive phone you'll want to protect.

Before we get to the cases, you might be wondering “Why would I need a waterproof case since the iPhone is waterproof.” Well, the truth is that it doesn't protect all the chemicals that is in the swimming pool and the salinity if the sea, so if you want to take your iPhone X for a swim, you might want a waterproof case.

Here, we bring you the best waterproof iPhone X cases we’ve seen so far.


Catalyst Waterproof for iPhone X

The iPhone X itself is already water resistant, but only to 1 meter (3.3 feet). Thanks to the IP68 rating, the Catalyst case is now waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet) which means you can drop your iPhone X in the deep end of any deep pools. The IP68 rating also says that the Catalyst protects the iPhone X from dirt, snow, dust, sand, and other elements that might go inside.

The Catalyst is a two-piece protective case made with a transparent polycarbonate shell and as well as the rubber bumpers along the outer corner of the case that protects the device from any drops and shocks. Four rubber pads inside the case at the corners help dampen impacts. The case also provides a pretty good amount of grip when holding the device.

Catalyst's waterproof case meets mil-spec 810G for protection from shock and drops up to 2 meters (6.6 feet), so we dropped the Catalyst-wrapped iPhone X onto loose gravel, concrete, floors and landed on all surfaces and edges. And the result was that the iPhone X suffered no cracked glass at all when using the Catalyst Waterproof Rugged Case which is a good thing.

Other cool features that you can buy with this case include a wrist lanyard, built-in screen protector, True Sound Acoustics tech, and military grade drop protection.


The LifeProof Fre is a decent case, day-to-day case. The thing great about waterproof cases is that not only it’s waterproof, but it also seals your phone from snow, dirt, dust, and snow. In regards to waterproof specs, a Lifeproof case can be submerged up to 2 metres for one hour. It can also survive drops for two metres.

Another attractive feature of the LifeProof Fre is their one year warranty; if the case breaks, they’ll send you another one for free. No doubt about it. Your new LifeProof case will keep out water, dirt, dust, and snow.

Here we breakdown for easy viewing for both series:






Price : A$ 119.95


  • Wrist Lanyard
  • Rubberized lower port


  • Scuffing on screen/back
  • Rainbow coloration/grainy screen


Tech Specs:

  • Waterproof IP68 10m (33ft)
  • Drop Proof MIL-STD 810G, 2m (6.6ft)
  • Clear Housing Showcases iPhone
  • Snow / Dirt / Sand Proof
  • Easy to Install / Remove
  • Patented True Sound Acoustic Technology™
  • Hard-coated Dual Optical Lens
  • Patented Rotating Mute Toggle
  • Over-sized Lightning Port
  • Fits Most Charge Cables
  • Lanyard Attachment Point
  • Wrist Lanyard Included
  • Dimensions 12mm thin, 80mm tall, 156mm wide (0.47" x 3.18" x 6.14")

Potential problems:

Potential for water damage if plugs are accidentally pulled out


Price : A$ 79.95


  • Cutout on the back lets you flash the Apple logo on your phone, while port covers keep everything clean.
  • Meets and exceeds IP68 metrics and withstands drops up to 2 metress (about 6 feet).
  • The phone can still wirelessly charge.


You may experience dampened audio due to the speakers being covered by the case.

Tech Specs:

  • All cases are factory water tested. U.S. Military Standard for drop and shock protection.
  • IP-68 Ingress Protection.


Potential Problems:

  • O-ring falls out of the ridge easier than other cases so be sure its seated properly.
  • Gasket that sits in the latch might fall out.
  • High drops may crack the case.


If you like to go swimming and don't want to fear water getting in your iPhone X, a quality waterproof case helps. You'll protect an expensive and delicate high tech smartphone from the dangers of everyday life and will save a lot of money on future repairs.

The iPhone X has an IP67 rating that can withstand immersion in water for up to 1m (3.3 feet) for 30 minutes which mean you still need to provide a safeguard for your mobile phone to ensure security during swimming. Keep in mind also that Apple states that the water-resistant of the iPhone X decreases every time it gets wet.

Our recommendation of the best waterproof case is the Catalyst Waterproof Rugged Case because it is waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet) which is deeper than the Fre so, you can go diving as deep as you want with your new iPhone X.

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