If you are looking for a completely clear case to showcase your brand new iPhone 6s Plus (and especially the new Rose Gold color), the new Speck CandyShell Clear is definitely worth considering. Crafted from a new, soft acrylic bonded to a polycarbonate outer shell, the CandyShell Clear is specifically designed to resist the yellowing that typically occurs with clear TPU and TPE, and has a special scratch resistant coating as well. However, this case isn’t just only about good looks–it also meets or exceeds military drop test standards and has a nicely sized lip around the screen which should do a good job in protecting your phone’s vulnerable screen.
* Looks great on your iPhone 6s Plus: if you have the Rose Gold color, it is especially nice. Mil-Spec rated: it should protect your phone from up to a 4 foot drop—perhaps more!
* Slips easily into pockets and bags: smooth outer texture should slide easily in and out of your pocket or handbag.
* Nicely sized port openings: in the usual Speck fashion, the port openings are well sized and shouldn’t give you any trouble with third party lightning cables or headphones.
* Nice, clicky buttons: the power and volume buttons are a pleasure to press.
* Rather hard to install: due to the sticky texture of the lining of the case, it is harder than usual to slide your phone into it. For those people used to a typical Speck install experience, it is a bit surprising. According to Speck, however, this stickiness will diminish over time.
* Dust can adhere to inner lining: the slight stickiness of the soft acrylic lining the CandyShell Clear makes it easy for dust particles to get attached to it, and then be visible through the clear backing of the case. I found it helpful to lightly dab at the inner lining with a bit of tape to remove a few dust specks prior to installing the case. (Note: According to Speck’s new FAQ on this subject, the best way to remove any inner dust prior to installation is to rinse the case under room temperature running water and let air dry before putting it on your phone).
* Not much grip: this case has about the same amount of grip as a regular CandyShell case, which is to say—not much. If you are you looking for a grippy case, you’d be better off with the CandyShell Grip or the MightyShell…but then, you wouldn’t be able to show off your pretty new iPhone 6s Plus as well. Ah, tradeoffs…
Conclusion: Overall, this is probably the most attractive clear case with drop protection I’ve come across for the iPhone 6s Plus. The fact that it is designed to resist yellowing and scratching—the two major issues with clear cases— is a huge mark in its favor. Unfortunately, the special new soft acrylic that makes this attractive case possible is also somewhat sticky and makes it more difficult to take the case on and off and also will make it more likely to trap dust and smudges inside. (According to Speck’s new FAQ, however, this stickiness is a mark of recent production and will diminish over time, and any dust and smudges can be removed by rinsing the case under room temperature water and letting it air dry prior to putting it on the phone). Overall, it is a great case and should do a wonderful job protecting your iPhone 6s Plus while showing off its beauty. The CandyShell Clear is available from Speck as well as from Amazon and various other retailers and retails for $39.95 for the iPhone 6s Plus version:
Speck also has a special FAQ about the CandyShell Clear which answers a lot of common questions about it:
Finally, if you’d like more details, here is a link to my YouTube review: