Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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In today's review, we're talking a look at iPhone 6 Plus cases from Speck, a well-known accessory company that sells its products in dozens of retail stores. Speck has been in the case-making business for many years now and it offers several iconic cases like the CandyShell and the MightyShell.

All of Speck's cases provide a reasonable compromise between protection and thickness. They can keep an iPhone safe from wear, tear, and minor drops, and don't add a lot of bulk to Apple's ultrathin devices.

The CandyShell Grip, the first case we looked at, has a hard shell with soft rubber grips on the outside to make it easy to hold. It comes in two variations: with a faceplate for the front of the phone, and without. The CandyShell Grip comes in several colors and is priced at $39.95 to $49.95 (with face plate).


Speck's MightyShell, the second case we looked at, is similar to the CandyShell but is more durable with three layers of rubber for better protection. It also comes in multiple colors and in two versions, with a faceplate ($69.95) and without ($54.95).

Speck also makes a CandyShell Card case that's able to hold credit cards and cash ($39.95). It's exactly like a CandyShell, but it's a bit thicker with the wallet portion. Finally, we looked at the CandyShell Inked, which is a CandyShell ($44.95) that includes unique, super colorful designs.

Speck's iPhone 6 Plus cases can be purchased from the Speck website, and many of them are also available from Amazon.com at a lower price. Speck also sells the same cases for the iPhone 6 at slightly lower prices.

Note: MacRumors received no compensation for this video review.

Article Link: Video Review: A Look at Speck's Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
 

saintforlife

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Unless you are buying a Lifeproof type of case, if you pay anything more than $10 for a phone case, you are doing it wrong.
 

JustThinkin'

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Unless you are buying a Lifeproof type of case, if you pay anything more than $10 for a phone case, you are doing it wrong.
Really? So you're OK with me spending $750 on a phone, but I'm an idiot if I don't make it feel and look cheaper with a $10 case?

I tried a number of ~$10-20 cases, and got my hands on many more that weren't even worth taking home. These include the popular ~$10 brands you can find online. They all made me like my phone less.

So after about the third one I decided this was ridiculous. I gave up, went to the Apple store, and bought the leather case that I knew was overpriced. Now I like my phone more.


I was stubborn at first, but I finally realized it made no sense to downgrade a nice phone with cases that either looked bad, felt bad, or both.
 
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Harmonious Zen

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Really? So you're OK with me spending $750 on a phone, but I'm an idiot if I don't make it feel and look cheaper with a $10 case?

I tried a number of ~$10-20 cases, and got my hands on many more that weren't even worth taking home. These include the popular ~$10 brands you can find online. They all made me like my phone less.

So after about the third one I decided this was ridiculous. I gave up, went to the Apple store, and bought the leather case that I knew was overpriced. Now I like my phone more.


I was stubborn at first, but I finally realized it made no sense to downgrade a nice phone with cases that either looked bad, felt bad, or both.
There are a ton of cases on Amazon that are way cheaper than this and the official Apple cases and that work really well. Try the Spigen cases.

I feel that MacRumors is getting pretty desperate with these "reviews"
I sort of have to agree, although more power to them if they can make money off of it. I love the site.
 

Mizouse

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only thing I don't like about speck cases is that they always break above the opening for the charging cable.

Broke on my iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.
 

Freyqq

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I have the grip version they showed first, and it is virtually indestructible. Not sure why you'd need even more protection.
 
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Waaaay overpriced. But I scored my Candyshell Grip 6 plus on sale for $19.00. That's about right. I like the case. The lighter colors show less scratches. Button action is great. Takes work to remove the case if you like to switch now then.
 
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JustThinkin'

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There are a ton of cases on Amazon that are way cheaper than this and the official Apple cases and that work really well. Try the Spigen cases.
I'm pretty sure I looked at those too - hands-on at a kiosk. And I was fully aware they were cheaper online. Anything that looked OK felt like it could slip out of my hand too easily. Or else it didn't feel good or slip in and out of my pocket well.

With the hard-shell plastic (some of which looked good) I'd literally hurt my hand from gripping it too hard, for fear of it slipping out. This was even more of a problem on the 6+ (I have a 6 too).

IMO the alternative cases are no bargain - only worth what you pay, at best. The Apple leather case has a softer, better feel - because it is softer! Synthetic leather on a cheap hard shell is not the same.
 

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Waaaay overpriced. But I scored my Candyshell Grip 6 plus on sale for $19.00. That's about right. I like the case. The lighter colors show less scratches. Button action is great. Takes work to remove the case if you like to switch now then.
Mine was the same price. Best Buy employee discount (my kid, not me). ;)
 

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Unless you are buying a Lifeproof type of case, if you pay anything more than $10 for a phone case, you are doing it wrong.
I've found that Griffin Survivors are the best in terms of full body protection. Bulky? Yes. But worth the 40-50$? 100% Yes.


only thing I don't like about speck cases is that they always break above the opening for the charging cable.

Broke on my iPhone 4 and iPhone 5.
I got a Candyshell for my 3GS. Broken in the same spot :rolleyes:
 

bunnicula

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I've found that Griffin Survivors are the best in terms of full body protection. Bulky? Yes. But worth the 40-50$? 100% Yes.




I got a Candyshell for my 3GS. Broken in the same spot :rolleyes:
I've used a Candyshell twice. Once with my iPhone 5 and now with the 6 plus. Nothing broke.
 

venomgt95

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I've used a Candyshell twice. Once with my iPhone 5 and now with the 6 plus. Nothing broke.
Well, mine came with the 3GS when i bought it off CL so generally you could expect some wear and tear. It doesnt bother me, (i hardly even use the thing) Just pointing out the fact that its busted :)
 

Fudai

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Dear Editor: the link in the article is wrong... takes you to Speck Electronics instead of Speckproducts.com.

Surprised that no one's noticed this yet... :) Can I get a prize for pointing this out?
 

Kendall015

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Dear Editor: the link in the article is wrong... takes you to Speck Electronics instead of Speckproducts.com.

Surprised that no one's noticed this yet... :) Can I get a prize for pointing this out?
I just started typing the same thing a second ago ;)
 
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