By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 02/08/2017
Usually when you pick out an iPhone case, you have to choose between a thin, attractive case or a bulky, protective case. So I was surprised to see the Hitcase Shield ($89.99). The Hitcase Shield is quite thin, and machined from aluminum. It really doesn't add much thickness to the iPhone; and yet, not only is it quite protective, but it's also waterproof. The company even managed to make the Touch ID feature work despite the waterproof protection.
The Hitcase Shield is not entirely aluminum. The case sports a clear back that not only lets you see the color of your iPhone, and that beautiful Apple logo, but it also probably helps with cellular reception instead of blocking signals like a metal back would. Hitcase supports a variety of iPhones, including the iPhone 5, 5s, and SE, which is nice for those of us who prefer that form factor. One concern is that the Lightning port opening is quite small and will probably only accommodate thin cables like the Apple OEM ones.
- Remarkably thin
- Waterproof, even for Touch ID
- Aluminum shell
- Clear back
- Variety of iPhones supported
- May not accommodate thicker cables and docks
With the Hitcase Shield, you don't have to sacrifice looks and compactness for protection, and vice versa.