Review: Belkin Grip Candy Sheer for iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Austin M., Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

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    While I haven't visited the MacRumors forums in well over a year, I still feel as if though it's necessary to share some of my reviews on the forums, so, here is my first iPhone 5 case review. Enjoy.

    There have been many case companies jumping on the opportunity to produce and manufacturer cases for the next generation iPhone, mainly to gain notoriety and so they’ll be one of the first to actually have a case released and ready to ship. Recently, I picked up a case for my new iPhone called the Grip Candy Sheer, a TPU case made by the people over at Belkin. While the name may sound weird and even a bit feminine, it’s far from being weird and girly looking at all. Actually, the Grip Candy Sheer has one of the coolest looking and most sleek design schemes that I’ve ever seen, and that’s what we’re going to be taking a look at today.

    Design Scheme
    The Belkin Grip Candy Sheer is one of those cases that immediately catches the eye, and in fact, I got a lot of glances from people as I walked out of Best Buy with my case fully installed on my iPhone 5. And, it’s really not that hard to see why this case poses a serious eye candy threat (I mean that in the best way possible), as the Belkin Candy Grip Sheer is not only beautiful in the design scheme, but also combines a fun and rather unique color blend. While the Candy Grip Sheer comes in a variety of different colors, I have the lime and steel colored version, which kind of reminds me of a jolly rancher-esque theme. Additionally, the matte feel of the TPU that encases the iPhone 5 not only feels great in the hand, but is decently grippy, despite looking like a slippery matte material.

    About that matte material, it has a few tricks up its sleeve. Since it’s made of TPU, the Candy Grip Sheer is a very easy case to install and remove, as it’s a lot easier to pull and stretch than a hard plastic case. Additionally, I feel like hard plastic cases sometimes don’t hug the phone as tight as TPU cases do, which begs the question of wether or not there’s unwanted dust or debris sitting under the side and the back of the iPhone, and we all know how vulnerable and slick the iPhone 5’s near mirror finish is around the bezel and all. As a nice compliment to the aesthetic appeal of the Grip Candy Sheer, the backside of the case is slightly transparent, and shows off the metal and glass back of the iPhone 5. While it’s a lot harder to see through the black iPhone 5, it’s very clear through the white iPhone 5, and you can easily differentiate between the metal and the glass. Oh, and did I mention it looks really cool?

    Openings & Ports
    So, what’s it like around the perimeter, what can I do with the case? Like all cases, the Belkin Candy Grip Sheer has its fair share of openings and cutouts for the new button implementations on the iPhone 5. Starting at the top, we have a matter covering for the sleep/wake button that’s both very tactile and very responsive. Every time you turn your iPhone 5 on or off, you’ll have no trouble feeling (and hearing, more so) the sleep/wake button, and I find that to be a very important thing when it comes to usability, because nobody wants to have the terrible feeling of mushy or unresponsive buttons within a case.

    Going to the left side of the case, the Candy Grip Sheer has an opening for the ringer switch and the volume buttons. The ringer switch, despite being an incredibly small cutout, isn’t actually too hard to actually get to. Even beefier hands should be able to activate and deactivate the ringer switch with ease, as the case isn’t so recessed that it’s impossible to access anything. Additionally, like the sleep/wake button, the volume buttons are very tactile to the touch and are very responsive. Like the sleep/wake button, the volume buttons are equally important when it comes to responsiveness, so you are able to hear wether or not the volume is being decreased or increased.

    Moving on down to the bottom of the case we find the Lightning port, the speaker, the microphone, and the headphone port. Maybe it’s just me, but it seemed like Apple crammed a lot down into the bottom of the phone, being that there is a lot of viable room for something like the headphone port to be placed at the top (like it used to be on all other previous generations of the iPhone). Nevertheless, the Candy Grip Sheer does have cutouts for every single port and opening on the bottom. First, the headphone port is wide open and you shouldn’t have any problem with larger sized jacks, as long as they’re not as big as something like a finger.

    As we slide to the right we come upon the speaker grille, which is cutout and connected to the headphone port, so there’s absolutely no interference there whatsoever. Next up is the lightning port, one of my favorite new implementations on the iPhone 5. The Candy Grip Sheer has a perfectly square cutout along the bottom that easily fits the standard Apple Lightning connector, and even leaves a few millimeters of space for any third party connectors you may have (although I don’t recall there being a lot of third party lightning connectors available as of late). Lastly, we have the speaker grille positioned on the far right hand side of the phone, which is perfectly cut out just like the rest of the ports and features no disturbances in the sound quality in any sense of the term.

    Lastly, we have one opening left on the back of the phone to take a brief look at, and that’s the camera cutout. The Belkin Grip Candy Sheer leaves a very wide girth and plenty of room for both the camera, the microphone, and the LED flash. I was able to test the flash out in low light and wash out appeared to be nonexistent (the black ring around the camera edge port may also be another factor in spaying the flash coloration). Additionally, some people may not like the aesthetically odd look of the camera cutout, as it reveals a large portion of the metal frame. Even though I don’t mind this at all (I actually think that it looks rather cool), a lot of people like to nitpick this sort of thing.

    Protection & Usage
    So, I’ve already covered how well the Candy Grip Sheer feels in the hand, but how does it do on drop protection and overall support? The Candy Grip Sheer, despite being a rather slim TPU case (especially around the edges), seems like it would fare well with the average drop or two. Even though I won’t be testing out the drop protection of this case any time soon, it’s easy to see why this case could be a decently protective case for the iPhone 5. TPU has always known to be a tough and very shock absorbing material, and the Candy Grip Sheer is no different. Additionally, the TPU hugs very nicely to the perimeter of the case, and covers every single crack and crevice on the device. It’s not like a snap on the back cover, where the front and the bottom of the iPhone 5 are exposed to the environment.

    Final Thoughts
    The Belkin Grip Candy Sheer for the iPhone 5 is an excellent case that not only looks cool, but has a great user experience and even offers some decent drop protection. If you just recently got an iPhone 5 and are looking for a nice case to keep your phone protected but also catch the wanders eye, I can definitely recommend the Belkin Grip Candy Sheer. The case is available on Belkin’s website for $24.99 or you can snag it for $4 off at Amazon for the very cheap price of a measly twenty dollar bill.

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  2. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    Great review! I agree. This case is my go to.

    Also, one error. In the second paragraph of Openings & Ports, you should fix the part about an opening for the volume buttons. Those are covered.
     
  3. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, Richard.

    I will edit out that error, sorry about that!
     
  4. catspit32 macrumors newbie

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    how does this case compare to the switcheasy tones?
     
  5. bhigh8 macrumors 6502

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    i too have this case and love it. same color also, but for the black phone.
     
  6. SMELTN macrumors regular

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    Just purchased this case 2 days ago and loving it... I always either use an Otterbox or Speck Case, but really liked the look of this case. I am glad I did!

    Question though.. Any suggestions on a good wallpaper that kind of matches this case? I LOVE having wallpapers that match my cases.

    Anyone have any they would like to share that goes great with this case/color
     
  7. calbearz24 macrumors newbie

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    Love this case! I got the all black ("gravel") one at a Verizon store. Looks great with the black iPhone.
     
  8. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    Have you comments re the best screen protector vis-à-vis fit, protection, and esthetics?
     
  9. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    I recommend the SGP Ultra Crystal. It's a tight fit, but if you can get it on perfect, it completely blends in. I have this combo, and there is ZERO visible gap between the screen protector and the edge of the case's lip, and there is no screen protector pull up anywhere. I also love the cutouts on SGP's screen protectors. One for the camera, one for the speaker, and one for the home button, and they're all aligned and sized amazingly well.
     
  10. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll be getting the Tones in a few days, so I'll compare those two side by side here in a week or so!
     
  11. irod87 macrumors regular

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    Im using this case currently. No complaints, feels great and fits great.
     
  12. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    Square or rounded corners on Spigen glass?

    I wish to use one the Spigen glass screen protectors with the Grip Candy, but would appreciate your thoughts re regular edge or the one with the rounded edges. Is there a difference in the fit or appearance?

    What are your recommendations?
     
  13. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020

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    I have this and the Tones. Although I love both, i'm using Tones right now.
     
  14. cc2096 macrumors regular

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    Nice review OP. just bought mine from Amazon, Hazard/Black. Can't wait to try it out.
     
  15. ceezy macrumors member

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    Love this case just wish they had a nice plain Frosted White or something for the White Iphone.
     
  16. AllAmerican macrumors newbie

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    The Verizon store had a frosted clear and blue one that I got when I bought my iphone. Haven't seen anyone with it and it's not on Belkin's website
     
  17. bchery21 macrumors 6502

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    This is a nice case, nice review. Does anyone know, however, how to go about cleaning the sides? After a while it starts getting dirty, especially the lower half where it says "belkin". I have this case both in black/green and blue/overcast.

    Thanks!
     
  18. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    I haven't encountered a way to clean TPU. I've seen a lot of comments saying there's no way to clean it.
     
  19. bchery21 macrumors 6502

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    Ah man, that's a bummer then. The one flaw to these cases...
     
  20. RichardC300 macrumors 65816

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    It's a flaw to any light-colored TPU case, really. I have an ice/blacktop Grip Candy (the non-translucent one), and the white sides have a slight brown tinge to it after 10 months of usage. They don't seem to be getting any dirtier, so that's good. It still looks white for the most part.
     
  21. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    So I'm thinking about getting one of these to replace my Otter Box Defender (which is a great case, but it's bulky and hides a lot of the aesthetics of the iPhone). I like the look of it, but how does it hold up for people with butter fingers?

    Thanks!
     
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  24. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000

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    I've gone through soooooo many cases . By far one of my favorite case a long with my power support case .
     
  25. nursealisa macrumors newbie

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    I have had the purple-ish version of this case on my iPhone 5 since I bought my phone over 2 years ago. This case has survived many many many drops. I've dropped it on pavement, concrete, and many other surfaces. It has bounced and skid across parking lots, and yet both the case and the iPhone still look great. This is the best case ever made, and I hope to find the exact same case for my new iPhone 6. I have tried the otter boxes in every series and they are terrible in every way. This case is cool, sleek, functional, long-lasting, and beautiful.

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    You would think my sole mission in life was to destroy my phone so many times do I find new ways to drop it. 2 years later both the case and phone still look almost brand new.
     

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