iPhone 5(s) and SE

Speck CandyShell Case for the iPhone 5 / iPhone 5S

The Speck CandyShell case for the iPhone 5 is very slim, and well designed. We rated the case using our Eh? Rating System and gave it a score of 3.9 Eh?’s out of 5. This case provides great protection from scratches on the back and sides of the device, except for the front of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S since there is no screen protector.

ABOUT THE CASE MANUFACTURER

Speck is one of the few companies that actually connects with people through their social media channels. Most of the brands have the social media icons and tell you to connect with them, and we you do, they do not respond or engage. Speck responded to our questions with speed and directness. Through that interaction we were able to find out what are the specification for a drop test, since this case meets Military Specifications. Also Speck website is full of information about each product that they sell.

Speck has a variety of different cases, not only for the iPhone, iPad, iPod but also for other smartphones, as well for the Macbook and other tables. They also provide screen protectors, bags and sleeves for iPad and Mac.

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

The Speck Candyshell case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S is a colorful product with a rubbery inner lining that has shock absorbing capabilities which meets military grade type protection. The case is made of just one piece that consists of dual-layer casing. There are 22 two-tone colour combinations that you can chose from.

The case itself is very slim and the design is quite tight around the iPhone. Since there is no screen protector and the case does not come onto the front of the phone, it can be used with iPhone 5S Touch ID feature.

In the Design category for our Eh? Rating System, we scored the Speck Candyshell  with 3.5 Eh?’s out of 5. The case feels very nice in your hand, and the materials seem solid and of good quality. It feels like you are hold a naked iPhone 5 since the back of the case has edges that are not completely rounded just like on the iPhone itself.

The Speck CandyShell has minimum impact on the device, does not add any weight or bulk. It really is one of the slimmest cases that we have seen giving the fact that it provides great drop protection and it mets Military Specifications.  It is very easy to install and uninstall. Since it is only one piece all you have to do is push your iPhone into the case to install it.

Speck claims that the case will not loose its fit over time. We are inclined to believe this claim, since the outer layer is hard shell plastic type of material that will not bend or expend easily. The case would have scored a perfect 5 Eh? out of 5 if it was not for the fact that the rubber edges do fall apart over time. We were able to check that this has happened to other case owners. In our instance the edge at the bottom started to strip a little bit in one spot. All of the ports and buttons look and feel very nice, giving the case a nice finish and design.

The Speck CandyShell case provides protection:

– Has two layers of protective materials
– Has raised edges to protect the screen
– Drop-tested meeting Military Specifications

The Speck CandyShell case for the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S provides an all around protection. The protection consists of a two layers, hard outer shell and soft inner layer, that feels rubbery. The case was dropped accidentally from desk height by Agata and landed on its back. The case and most importantly the iPhone 5 survived the drop. The drop sounded muffled, and we will perform a Drop Test on this case. Check back soon!

The edges are raised a little bit giving some protection for the front screen. The edges do extend all around the case providing protection for the corners as well. This quite important since if the phone is dropped on the corner it usually results in the shattering of the screen.

The Speck CandyShell case for the iPhone 5 / iPhone 5S handles very well, with all the buttons and ports being available and not restricted by the case. The mute button is a bit embedded, yet it is still easily accessible.

This case is very smooth because of the outside plastic material, it will slide easily into a shirt or pant pocket.

The CandyShell case handles very well. It is light and very slim making it easy to hold in your hand. The edges are not exactly rounded, which mimics the iPhone 5 design. Full functionality of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S is maintained.

The raised edges they do not come to the front of the iPhone so it does not interfere with using the front of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. Even though you can still feel the case edge it does not prevent from using the keyboard outermost letters. The part of the edge that protrudes is the soft rubber material, they are soft and rounded.

The unique feature of the raised edges is that do not come on to the front you of the iPhone, and if you wanted to you could install a screen protector without problems.

Suggestion case:

Ballistic Shell Gel SG – this case provides three layers of protection:

  • Inside – shock absorbing polymer
  • Outside – polycarbonate shell
  • Corners – soft silicone for corners

6 Comments

6 Comments

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  2. Mark Grech

    September 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Owned a spec candyshell in white / gray.

    Does provide good protection, as mentioned above. However, if you like your cases to last, steer clear. Dropped it once, had a corner impact, phone survived, case cracked and split halfway down the back.

    Money better invested in a Tech 21 case, dropped repeatedly on a daily basis by my son, and case still looks mint (like the iPhone 5s it protects).

    Just my 2 cents

    • Aaron Ho

      September 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Ryan Martin

      October 4, 2014 at 2:27 am

      I agree with Mark 100%. After going through 4 speck cases due to rubber wearing out from Jean pockets, I bought a tech21 case and I will never go back. 1 year old, a gazillion drops and still looks new. Speck cases lasted me only 3-4 months.

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