Review: Speck CandyShell Clear for iPhone 6s Plus--Show off your Rose Gold!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by kgenova, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. kgenova macrumors 6502a

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    If you are looking for a completely clear case to showcase your brand new iPhone 6s Plus (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. Many thanks to the nice folks at Speck for sending this out to me to review.

    Pros:
    * 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.

    Cons:
    
* 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. Taking it off is easier than putting it on, for some reason.

    * 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.

    * 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 put the case on and also will make it more likely to trap dust and smudges inside. However, 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 for iPhone 6s Plus is available from Speck as well as from Amazon and various other retailers and retails for $39.95.

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    Thanks!

    Kristin
     
  2. scjr macrumors 68000

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    I like it. Especially that they moved the logo down.

    The CandyShell Grip is hard enough to get on and off. Would you say this one is even harder to install and remove? Great review!
     
  3. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it is harder than the CandyShell Grip to put on. That sticky lining material really makes it tricky. Taking it off is easier, for some reason, so I'd say it is about the same as the Grip to take off. It's very pretty once you get it on, but is probably not the best choice for frequent case changers...
     
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    willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    @kgenova ,
    This case seems to have a little bit more lip and other cases, especially minimalist ones. Do any other minimalist cases come to mind that have more of a lip? My wife would like a slim phone/bumper with a bit of a lip to protect when facing down or when dropped.

    Thanks!
     
  6. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!! It's a very nice case. I'm a grip person, and it doesn't have quite enough grip for my personal tastes, but it just looks so great!
     
  7. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Minimalist and lip don't usually go together...what about the Rhinoshield Crash Guard? That has a pretty good lip, and tons of drop protection, but is quite minimalist...

    Kristin
     
  8. fsumom, Sep 29, 2015
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    fsumom macrumors regular

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    Nice review. I have to say i really love it after using it a day. I'm also impressed with Speck's customer service. Mine arrived with a couple of blemishes and a speck of something that I couldn't get off. They're sending me a replacement immediately and told me to keep this one as a backup!

    **I will say that I have taken my phone out of the case a few times and it seems to be easier now to put back in than it was when I first got it.
     
  9. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    So they moved the logo down? That was a deal breaker for me
     
  10. kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Apparently there was a bad first batch, but all the new ones are fixed going forward. I think they will replace yours if you get one of the incorrectly placed logo ones...someone posted something to that effect. Speck has excellent customer service.
     
  11. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Anyone know if Best Buy or Target have these yet? Speck's online site always takes so long for products to arrive to me in CA.
     
  12. kgenova, Sep 30, 2015
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    kgenova thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I saw one in my local Target a few days ago--didn't notice whether the logo placement was correct or not, though...
     
  13. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Hmm, I checked the Target website, and it doesn't even show Target sells that model.
     
  14. Speck Products macrumors newbie

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    Hey chriscrowlee, I know we already responded to your comment on another thread, but your best bet would be to purchase from www.speckproducts.com to ensure that your logo placement is correct (plus - free shipping). These cases will be coming soon to major retailers soon, but we can't confirm a specific date.
     

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