The CandyShell was pretty awful BUT the Grip variation is pretty awesome. How does that work?
Today we’re going to be reviewing the Speck Candyshell Grip. We were a little hesitant to review it since we didn’t have a great experience with the regular Candyshell since our screen broke during a drop in the video but we’ve been blown away by the Speck Candyshell Grip.
The best part of this case is the grip which is really important when it comes to handling your iPhone 6 plus in one hand. The design of the case, though almost identical to the Candyshell is better but some might find the edges to get in the way on the 6 version and the back is still a magnet for scratches.
Based on our time with the case, we gave it a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5. This is a decent case and ranks up there with the Urban Armor Gear and the Incipio Dual Pro but still falls short to the Griffin Survivor Core and Thule Atmos X3. If you’re wondering how this case fares against other cases, check out our comparison tool!
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- Easy access to your iPhone 6/6 Plus inside the case
- Exceptional "grippy-ness" makes using your iPhone awesome!
- "Drop Rated" but no official drop height
- Still scratches easily
- Edges might get in the way for some people
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- This case will show its wear and tear a little quicker than other cases
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- Close to doubles the thickness of your iPhone 6/6 Plus
- Will add very little bulk around your iPhone
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4.5/5):|
- Glossy back of the case scratches really easily but rubber strips hides them well
- Unlike our CandyShell for the iPhone 6, the build quality is much better for the grip
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|General Protection||General Protection (3.5/5):|
- Speck Candyshell Grip exceeds military drop specifications but Speck doesn't mention how high you can drop it
- 6ft face first drop on smooth concrete resulted in an iPhone 6 breaking
- Significant lip prevents iPhone touchscreen from touching smooth surfaces
- No screen protector
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|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6/6 Plus
- Able to use slightly larger headphones jacks and 3rd party lightning cables easily with the Speck CandyShell Grip
- Back of the case provides enough texture as it feels like it will easily fall out of your hand
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Edges of the case are very noticeable on the Speck Candyshell Grip
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Design – Gee, they just added rubber strips to the regular CandyShell
In terms of design, the Grip is close to doubling the thickness of your iPhone and adds a minimal amount of bulk to your iPhone in terms of width. The case fits well together but if you’re dropping it on concrete, will show a bit of wear and tear. The edges of the case are far enough to use 3rd party edge to edge screen protectors. The glossy part of the case will show wear and tear just as quickly as a regular CandyShell but the rubber grips takes your eyes away from the awfulness of the scratches.
Protection – Drop-rated but from how high?
In terms of protection, the Speck CandyShell, according to Speck is drop tested to meet or exceed military standards but don’t say how high you can drop it. From our guess, your iPhone is going to protected from a 4ft drop but you wouldn’t get that from Speck’s page since clicking on their link for the MIL-STD-810G brings up a popup with nonsense that includes molten lava. How comfortable are we in dropping the case? Pretty comfortable.
The edges of the case are quite so it will give your iPhone’s touchscreen a bit of clearnace which is necessary since Speck doesn’t include a screen protector with the case. The SpeckCandyShell fits tightly around the iPhone that you’re not going to get lots of dust and debris between the
case and iPhone.
Functionality – Access to the iPhone is lacking but the screen accessibility is really nice
In terms of functionality, this is where the Grip shines. You can easily use 3rd Party headphones and cables. The buttons are easily accessed through the case and the edges of the case don’t get in the way of accessing your swipe menus. We will note that users of the 6 version may find the edges get in the way due to the smaller screen and since we’re talking about the screen, there’s nothing there so screen viewability is top-notch.
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