Speck CandyShell Grip for iPhone 5: “Oooh that’s nice” [Review]

I admit it, the title for this review is somewhat unorthodox, but there are two reasons for it. Firstly, both myself and my wife upon picking up the iPhone for the first time with the Speck CandyShell Grip on said those exact words, independently of each other. In truth, it perfectly encapsulates the experience of using it. If I tried to describe it in more detail, I’d run out of space and superlatives to come close to describing just how great the CandyShell Grip is.

Firstly, there’s the design. The case is made from a combination of polycarbonate and rubber, but it’s not two separate parts. The rubber is fused perfectly in the corners and coats the inside of the shell, as well as forming grippy strips on the back. It not only provides shock resistance, it adds grip in your palm and ensures that the case forms a tight fit around your iPhone. Most of the outside surface is a hard and shiny polycarbonate which curves around the edges to provide a very comfortable feel. It’s available in a whole host of colors, so if you don’t like the coral/blue one I’m rocking, there are many more combinations to choose from.

There are a couple of features on here that make it very noteworthy. Features that would normally go unnoticed, or skimmed over in other reviews, that Speck has paid a great amount of attention to. Firstly, the cutouts around all the ports and buttons are so precise. Unlike most other manufacturers, Speck decided not to leave a big gaping hole on the bottom, or put square cutouts around everything. Instead, the mute button has its own perfectly sized cutout with slanted edges, as does the camera, Lightning port and headset jack. The speaker and microphone are covered, but have individually machined holes matching those on the device. This ensures that everything that possibly can be protected, is.

Secondly, the button covers. They are perfect. You get just the right amount of give and resistance when you click the volume buttons and power button. In fact, it barely feels like they’re covered at all, and yet they are, with a good thickness of rubber.

From the slightly raised edges, through comfortable grip, and awesome design, there’s nothing to fault on the Grip. It’s fantastic. So much so that through every single sentence writing this brief overview, I had to resist the urge to type “just buy it, it’s freaking awesome!”

If you want to buy one for yourself, they cost £29.99 from CoversandCases.com, and if you use code “TODAY10″ at checkout to get 10% off ANYTHING in store.

To check out more detail on the case, hit Speck’s product page.

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