While making the Speck CandyShell Review, we shattered our iPhone 6 in the case. This iPhone 6 case isn’t that tough.
The Speck CandyShell case is a pretty popular iPhone case, probably because its sold right in the Apple store (that’s where we got our iPhone 5/5s version) but with the Speck CandyShell for the iPhone 6, it feels like putting the iPhone 6 into a bowl.
The best part of the Speck CandyShell is that it allows you to use your iPhone 6 fairly easily but that shouldn’t be the best part of a slim case. You can easily access all the hardware functions of your iPhone 6 without any hassle. There are several things that bother us about this case while using this case during our testing period for this Speck CandyShell Review. We were bothered by the build quality of the case and the fact that Speck says its drop tested but doesn’t offer any heights or measurements for us to actually drop against.
At Mobile Reviews Eh! we base our reviews on actual usage. For these slim cases, it doesn’t take much time to figure out what they’re good for but with the CandyShell, it’s taken a couple of tumbles off my messy desk, we noticed how scratched up the case is after a couple hours of use and most importantly, we’ve compared it against other slim iPhone 6 cases.
With all that being said, we gave the Speck CandyShell a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. This case is better than your Otterbox Commuter and Symmetry cases but’s not as good as a Spigen Tough Armor or Urban Armor Case.
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- Easy access to your iPhone 6 inside the case
- Quality of protection may be a bit exaggerated
- Build quality of the Speck Candyshell is a bit lacking
- Scratches easily
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- This case will show its wear and tear easily
- This case (despite what Speck says on their website) will not provide the same level of protection as a Otterbox Defender or Griffin Survivor
- Doubles the thickness and weight of the iPhone 6
- Will add 1/8 inch around your entire iPhone 6
- The Speck Candyshell is a little more difficult to install when compared to other cases
|Build Quality||Build Quality (3.5/5):|
- Glossy back of the case scratches really easily
- Stress bends will occur if you're Installing an iPhone 6 into the case constantly
- Smooth texture of the case makes it feel less "grippy"
|General Protection||General Protection (3.5/5):|
- Speck Candyshell 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
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (4.5/5):|
- Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
- Able to use slightly larger headphones jacks and 3rd party lightning cables easily with the Speck CandyShell
- Back of the case does not provide enough texture as it feels like it will easily fall out of your hand
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- Edges of the case are very noticeable on the Speck Candyshell
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Design – Build quality on the Speck CandyShell is a bit lacking.
The Speck CandyShell will show wear and tear quite easily. When you take the case out of the packaging, it’s this shiny, glossy looking case but then you put it in your pocket and take it out immediately and it looks like you bought a second hand case. The glossy nature of the Speck also seems to a wonderful repository for your naturally occurring hair and face oil so if after a day, it feels a little greasy.
Now, on top of that, the case is a little more difficult to install when compared to other cases so you end up flexing the case a bit more and we’ve noticed that certain parts of the case seem to show that wear and tear from taking your iPhone in and out of the case.
Protection – Will it protect your iPhone 6 from a 6ft face first drop? Nope.
We’re not entirely convinced with Specks claims of protection with the Speck Candyshell. Their website and packaging has lots of logos saying that their cases are drop rated but never mention how high you can actually drop the cases. While filming the video portion of the Speck CandyShell review, our iPhone 6’s touchscreen actually broke during one a 6ft face first drop test. Despite that, we’re still very confident that our iPhone 6 will survive the occasional day-to-day drop from 4ft (or texting height)
In terms of screen protection, the Speck Candysehll has some pretty significant edges which extends approx. 1/8 inch past the touch screen. This edges is pretty significant when compared to other cases so the screen protection is going to be better on this case. However, Speck does not include a screen protector for this case.
Functionality – Accessing your iPhone in this case won’t be a problem.
The best part of the Speck CandyShell is the access that it offers your iPhone 6 inside the case. With that being said, we have to mention that it doesn’t do any better than other slim iPhone 6 cases. We’re only saying this because the protection and design of the case is lower, especially for such a popular case.
The only thing that we’ve noticed about this case is that the edges on the case are so high that it feels like you’re putting the iPhone 6 in a bowl. The edges are quite noticeable and given the rounded features of the iPhone 6, having a case that puts this odd edge to the device seems odd to us.
We compared the Speck CandyShell for the iPhone 6 against the iPhone 5 version and we found that the edges of the case are as high but on the iPhone 6 version, they sit closer to the touchable area of the iPhone which makes the edges more pronounce.
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