Review: Speck CandyShell GRIP® and MightyShell™ for iPhone 6s Plus

Being a very careful iPhone user, I have been trying out a number of protective cases for my previous generation iPhones. Despite the fact that I purchase new iPhones every year and the older ones were sold or kept for secondary purpose, it will be great if they can be kept in perfect condition physically, to both prevent malfunctioning and preserve resale value to the second-hand phone market.

One of the most popular and beloved smart phone accessory manufacturers, Speck, is an expert in this field and offers a variety of choices. We are glad to receive a couple of samples of Speck CandyShell GRIP® and MightyShell™Cases for a review on the latest iPhone 6s Plus. The cases in review have the following great flagship features:

CandyShell GRIP® White/Black (7 more color options) – US$39.95

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  • Raised rubber ridges provide a no-slip grip for your iPhone 6s Plus & 6 Plus.
  • Military-grade drop protection. Certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards.
  • Patented one-piece, multi-layer design. Patented design provides two layers of protection. Exterior polycarbonate layer disperses impact while interior TPE layer absorbs shock.
  • Patented raised bezel screen protection. Bezel rises above screen to guard glass from direct drops onto phone face and prevents screen from scratching when laying flat.
  • Precision-engineered slim fit. CandyShell Grip protects iPhone 6s Plus & 6 Plus without adding unnecessary bulk.
  • Perimeter port and camera protection. TPE liner protects ports from drops without compromising sound or photo quality.
  • Lab-tested durability. Durability testing against extreme temperatures, cracks, and abrasions.
  • Responsive button protection. Rubberized covers shield volume and power buttons while keeping them fully accessible.

MightyShell™ Carrot Orange/Speck Blue/Slate Grey (7 more color options) – US$54.95

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  • 2x military-grade drop tested protection for iPhone 6s & 6 in a slim, sleek composition. Its three layers include Radial Impact Geometry which provide a spring-like rebound to absorb shock.
  • Military-grade drop protection. Certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards.
  • Patented one-piece, multi-layer design. Patented design provides three layers of protection.
  • Patented raised bezel screen protection. Bezel rises above screen to guard glass from direct drops onto phone face and prevents screen from scratching when laying flat.
  • Precision-engineered slim fit. MightyShell protects iPhone 6s & 6 without adding unnecessary bulk.
  • Perimeter port and camera protection. TPE liner protects ports from drops without compromising sound or photo quality.
  • Lab-tested durability. Durability testing against extreme temperatures, cracks, and abrasions.
  • Responsive button protection. Rubberized covers shield volume and power buttons while keeping them fully accessible.

Inside the box, you can find nothing other than the premium Speck iPhone case and product warranty documentation. But they do not come with any screen protectors that some other brands may do so bear in mind if you need one.

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Designed in California and manufactured in Taiwan, the cases are born with superb quality. Composed with premium material, the multi-layer iPhone cases from Speck are able to provide military-grade protection against drops and external forces. Specifically the MightyShell, which is my current daily driver iPhone case, incorporated Radial Impact Geometry design at the inner layers that is able to absorb shock.

One special feature of the CandyShell GRIP that you might have already noticed in the name itself and the pictures is that at the surface of the case there are raise rubber ridges that makes it almost impossible to slip off the iPhone from your hand to the ground. It is super comfortable to hold in hand and give you a worry-free journey to use a bigger size phone such as the 5.5″ iPhone 6s Plus.

Although the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is now constructed with 7000 series aluminum, the screen and glass at the front pane are still worth being protected with strong case to prevent from being shattered from hits. Despite with a weight of 50g in measurement, the cases come with slim and sleek design that feel good in hand indeed without any doubt. Definitely a noticeable increase in terms of weight inside my pocket as I switch from an iPhone 6 but the sense of security.

Do not worry about the buttons, switch and ports too as the cases has the space perfectly cut out. The camera cut-out is also wide enough that it will not add shades to your photos taken with flash

One major issue with the case that I encountered so far is that the cases are pretty easy to put on but are super tight after attachment hence difficult to remove. They require a considerable amount of effort to take it off from the phone. Therefore, if you were to switch SIM cards frequently if you travel a lot, this could a painful process when you want to reach the SIM tray. Hence, this is the biggest trade-off for supreme protection to the iPhone itself.

But all in all, Speck offers really high quality iPhone cases that make me use their product since my first iPhone 4 in my life. With offer of such quality, the Speck iPhone cases are certainly a great value for money along with great user experience. Worth mentioning, for every order, customers can enjoy free shipping and returns on U.S. orders, lifetime warranty, and 30-day unconditional guarantee, which are definitely a great bonus for using Speck’s products. Head over to Speck Product site and shop a case you like now!

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Stephen Chan

iOS Specialist, Apple Watch Band Collector, Owns and plays on both Apple and Android devices. Listed as: Top Experts on Twitter, Apple Techies, Top Tech Geeks, Mobile Tech Tweeters, Apple Watch Experts, Influential Tech Tweeps, Product Hunter, Best Apple Fans (listed by Apple Insider), Tech Experts, Tech People to Follow, Interesting Tech Folks

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