Looking for the perfect Speck case for the holidays for your iPhone 6(s) Plus, but not sure which one to get? This quick guide may help! Many thanks to the kind folks at Speck for sending me out these cases to review. And here’s the YouTube video version of this review, for those of you that may want a little more detail, or who simply prefer to watch rather than read:
First of all, some basics hold true across all the Speck iPhone 6(s) Plus cases. At a minimum, they all feature:
1. Mil-Spec Rated Protection: All these cases meet or exceed Mil-Spec drop protection standards.
2. High Protective Lip: the raised TPE lip surrounding the screen is protective in the event of a drop.
3. Multi-layer Construction: Hard polycarbonate shells combined with a softer, shock-protective interior.
4. Backed by Speck: Speck offers at least a one year warranty and a 30 day satisfaction guarantee on all its iPhone cases.
So, what are the differences? Let’s start with two of the lowest priced of Speck’s case styles: the CandyShell Grip and CandyShell Clear. Priced at $39.95, these cases are both excellent choices, but are actually quite different from one another.
The CandyShell Grip is a basic CandyShell case with a TPE rubber interior co-molded with a glossy, polycarbonate exterior. It is also striped on the back and sides with lines of grippy TPE rubber that give it an outstanding grip…hence the name! If you are a fan of grip, it is hard to get a more pleasing case than the CandyShell Grip. Available in 8 different color combinations, the CandyShell Grip is a winner:
Priced the same, at $39.95, the CandyShell Clear is Speck’s first clear iPhone case and it is a great way to showcase your beautiful iPhone. Unlike the standard CandyShell construction, it has an interior layer of soft acrylic rather than TPE rubber, and this clear interior acrylic layer is specially formulated to resist the yellowing that is so common with clear cases. The exterior is a clear polycarbonate with a special scratch-resistant coating, resulting in a very attractive clear case for your iPhone 6(s) Plus. Because the interior material has a slightly tacky texture, it is a bit harder to put the CandyShell Clear on your phone as it doesn’t slide on very smoothly. However, Speck has stated that this will diminish over time, and that has been true in my experience.
The CandyShell Inked Lines:
Kicking it up a notch, we have Speck’s various graphics-oriented case lines. The first of these is the CandyShell Inked. At $44.95 (or $5 more than the CandyShell Grip and Clear), these glossy polycarbonate cases are imprinted with a variety of eye-catching, wraparound, high-resolution graphics that have been specially coated to resist scratching and fading. There are a total of 11 designs and they are all quite lovely.
Extending upon the CandyShell Inked, we have two special Inked lines which feature designer images: The Speck CandyShell Inked Jonathan Adler line, with 6 designs from the designer Jonathan Adler, and the Speck CandyShell Inked CSA Images line, featuring thirty distinctly different designs from CSA Images. As Inked series cases, both the Jonathan Adler and CSA Images lines have high-res graphics which wrap all the way around the sides of the case and are specially coated to resist scratching and fading. The Jonathan Adler line cases feature both glossy and matte polycarbonate exteriors depending upon the design, and the CSA Images line cases stick with a glossy polycarbonate look. If you like to have a unique-looking phone case, the CSA Images line may appeal to you because each case style is a limited edition.
Finally, there is the CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition line, priced at $54.95, and featuring the same high-res, wraparound graphics and special scratch and fade resistant coatings, but boasting a matte metallic finish. The graphics on the Inked Luxury line look particularly striking and the matte metallic finish seems more scratch-resistant than that on any of Speck’s other cases except the super-tough matte finish on the MightyShell and GammaShell cases.
A different, but very appealing new case in Speck’s lineup is the CandyShell Wrap. With a securely latching hardshell folio cover, it provides excellent protection for your delicate iPhone screen and is no thicker than a regular CandyShell case. In addition, very unusually among folio cases, it is possible to use the camera on this case with the folio cover folded back. At $59.95, it is Speck’s most expensive iPhone 6s Plus case (not counting the various case + faceplate combinations), but it really brings a lot of functionality to the table. It is available in three colors: black, white and pink.
Finally, the last two cases that I wanted to highlight are Speck’s most protective ones. The Speck MightyShell, at $54.95, gives you 2x military drop test standard protection…or twice as much as a regular Speck case. It also has a lifetime warranty, an extra high lip for additional screen protection and features a tough, matte polycarbonate back combined with grippy rubber sides. The Speck GammaShell, priced a bit lower at $44.95, doesn’t advertise itself as having any more drop protection than a standard CandyShell case, but it really looks as if it would provide more protection in a fall. Rather than using the stock CandyShell co-molded polycarbonate and TPE construction, it features a tough,matte polycarbonate shell with two interior layers—one of TPU where it touches the phone and a middle layer made of the special impact dispersing material D3O. It is also made in the USA, which is great. Putting the MightyShell and the GammaShell side by side, they look very similar. The matte polycarbonate exterior is the same on both cases, except that the MightyShell features rubberized sides and the GammaShell does not, and they are pretty much equal in size…meaning that they are just a bit larger than their CandyShell cousins. Interestingly, in terms of installation and removal, these two cases represent the two ends of the spectrum: the GammaShell is the easiest to get on and off (even easier than any of the CandyShells) and the MightyShell is the hardest. However, don’t be put off by the MightyShell: it is harder to get on (and particularly off), but it is by no means impossible. It just requires a little more time and patience.
Overall, Speck makes great cases and you are bound to find something that suits your needs out of their wide variety of offerings:
- Grippy case? Go CandyShell Grip or MightyShell.
- Show off your new Rose Gold iPhone? Consider CandyShell Clear.
- Unique case no one else has? Check out CandyShell Inked CSA Images.
- Made in the USA? Go GammaShell.
- Hardshell folio? Try the CandyShell Wrap.
- 2x Mil-Spec drop protection? Think MightyShell.
- Gorgeous graphics? Any of the CandyShell Inked lines.
Dress up your iPhone…and have a happy holiday season!!
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