Speck Candy Shell - Mini Review

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by normwood, May 20, 2010.

  1. normwood macrumors 6502a

    normwood

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    My Speck Candyshell that I ordered late last week arrived last night. Nice speedy delivery direct from Speck.

    I was looking for something with more protection than the Switcheasy Nude that I have been sporting for a couple of weeks. I really like the Nude, but as much as I am handling my iPad throughout the day I was afraid it wouldn't provide much protection if there was an unfortunate accident. I was also dissatisfied with the function with the camera kit and dock. I know some people are getting those to "work" with the nude, but I'm not using brute force with my iPad. I also have the Apple folio case....which I really don't care for...shows all the dirt and looks cruddy pretty quickly.

    Pros:

    *Huge amounts of protection for the back, sides and bezel...basically everything except for the screen. Wouldn't hesitate to set my iPad face down on my desk at work to keep the screen protected when I'm not using it.
    *Very easy to dock with the Apple dock and the camera kit by opening the "door" that covers the port on the bottom.
    *Port on the bottom is completely covered until you open the "door" which should keep crud out of the recess.
    *Nice looking case. Looks a little industrial, but liveable.

    Cons:

    *This thing adds some heft. It weighs something just under 11 oz....which very noticable.
    *Also adds some noticable bulk. I feel like I'm losing quite a bit of the sexiness that I had with clear Nude case.
    *Seems to scratch relatively easy on the back.

    All in all I'm pretty satisfied. Since I am handling my iPad a lot and travel quite a bit I think it will give be a really good bit of peace of mind as far as protecting my investment. I'm going to give it a good month of day-to-day use before I make my final judgement.

    Steve
     
  2. Jmacman78 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review, I pretty much agree with everything you said.

    However after using mine for the past 2 weeks I went back to Apple's case and I prefer it. It feels slimmer and lighter and I prefer a notebook style case.

    I think I am just going to sell the Candyshell because I just don't think I am going to go back to it. I do kinda want to get an Otterbox Commuter for the iPad, I use a Commuter on my iPhone and love it. Hopefully the Commuter comes out soon.
     
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  4. nutsnbolts macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review.

    I actually ordered two (Batwing Black and the Purple one).

    I love them to death.

    As what you have stated, it does add a bit of bulk but it's hardly noticeable in my opinion. Here I can definitely man handle it and not worry. Naked, I feel like it's fragile.

    I also do agree that the case do scratch up easily. Better the case than the sexy back of the iPad. I have a man purse (murse) that the iPad fits perfectly in it, however, with my keys, and all other crap in it, it scratch the Candyshell well and I would hate to see the iPad without it. To remedy that, I did purchase an inCase neoprene top loading case for iPad.

    The Candyshell fits perfectly in it. I also did order the STM Jacket as depicted in this video and in the video they use the Candyshell as well (Pretty cool) which sealed the deal in purchasing this jacket

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4zE0-x3kLs

    I was looking for a lightweight jacket that allowed me to carry my mifi which this STM jacket fits the bill.

    Overall, regarding the Candyshell, I love the foldable flap to dock your iPad correctly. Also the customer service was great in sending me out another one due to the blemish on the first black candyshell I got. So I'm not too worried about scratching this one.
     
  5. normwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

    normwood

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  6. normwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I will end up loving it too. It's just different than what I'm used to.

    I'm carrying mine in a Tom Bihn Ristretto for Ipad....and LOVE IT! Carry it like a man purse with my wallet, iPhone, pens and such in it. Loving every manly minute of it. :D

    Steve
     
  7. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

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    Nice review now we just need some good pics to go with
     

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