Review of Speck CandyShell Clear Case for Apple iPhone 6s Plus & iPhone 6 Plus


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Another September, another new iPhone line is released. With the latest Apple phone models comes new accessories for the latest iPhone. Today we will look at an iPhone 6S Plus case from Speck. You should recognize Speck products rather easily as their cases can be seen multiple times a day when walking out on in public whether on Android or Apple smartphones.

The CandyShell Clear is a case designed to show off the Apple aesthetic design; so you can proudly show off the newest Rose Gold iPhone 6S Plus. It features military grade drop protection as well as protecting the front bezel when laying the phone flat on its face.

Specifications and Features

CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Plus & iPhone 6 Plus Cases

Completely clear iPhone 6 Plus case with two layers of next-generation clear material that resists yellowing.

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 Clear protects iPhone 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.

DUAL-LAYER MILITARY-GRADE PROTECTION

Patented design provides two layers of protection. This CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Plus / iPhone 6 Plus case is certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards.

Price: $39.95 (from Amazon at time of review)

The Review

The Speck CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Plus & iPhone 6 Plus Case comes in standard Speck packaging which is a cardboard tray with the case seen through a clear window on the plastic box. A hologram sticker on the top right corner of the back of the package indicates that this is a genuine Speck case and not a counterfeit one.

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Opening the package we find the Speck case along with a warranty paper.

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The CandyShell Clear case is composed of a clear polycarbonate shell designed to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards. The interior of the case has a TPE layer intended to absorb shocks. In the middle of the back we see an embossed Speck logo and name.

On the periphery of the CandyShell Clear case we find openings at the base for the headphones, Lightning connector and speakers. While on the left side are two rubber-coated buttons for the volume and an opening for the mute switch. On the right side the power button is protected by another rubberized button.

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Looking at the back of the CandyShell Clear case we spot an opening for the camera and LED flash. In each corner on the back there is a little piece of rubber to improve grip on the case.

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The front of the case has an elevated bezel to protect the iPhone 6S Plus screen from trauma when laying face down.

Installing the case onto the iPhone 6S Plus involves lining up the corner with the volume buttons to the left upper corner of the CandyShell Clear case. Then slide the rest of the phone into the case. Finally press the iPhone down into the case.

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Removal involves reversing this process by pulling the case away from one of the corners and then prying the CandyShell Clear case off the iPhone.

Appearance wise the case does a wonderful job of showing off the entirety of the iPhone 6S Plus while protecting it. The CandyShell Clear is solidly constructed and should protect the iPhone 6S Plus from most mild to moderate trauma with relative ease.

While this case is thicker than similar clear iPhone 6S Plus cases it’s bigger shell will do a better job protecting the expensive Apple phone. It offers military grade protection, which I did not wish to test so I will take Specks word for it, and hope it saves my iPhone’s bacon if the need arises.

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The rubberized buttons covering the power and volume controls are responsive and easy to manipulate. The mute switch is readily accessible while the headphone jack opening is not deeply recessed so most headphone connectors should freely fit. The Lightning port is easily reached as well and I had no trouble connecting my Lightning cable to the CandyShell Clear housed iPhone 6S Plus while mounted in my vehicle.

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The camera opening did not interfere with the function of the camera or the flash.

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My only issue with the Speck CandyShell Clear is the back of the case is on the smoother side making it feel less secure than cases with a grip texture.

Conclusion

The Speck CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Plus & iPhone 6 Plus Case is basically the larger version of previous Candyshell models. If you have used a Speck Candyshell case in the past you will be pretty familiar with this design. Those new to Speck cases will discover why they are one of the pre-eminent cases on the market.

Priced at $39.95 it is more expensive than some other cases available but it does offer military-grade drop tested protection which is especially important with the larger than most everyone’s hand phablet sized iPhone 6S Plus. Using the CandyShell Clear iPhone 6s Plus & iPhone 6 Plus Case is an excellent way to protect your expensive investment.

Pros:
+Highlights the entire iPhone 6S Plus design
+Durable
+Easy access to inputs
+Military-grade drop tested protection

Cons:
-Adds bulk to iPhone 6S Plus
-Back surface is smooth
-Expensive

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Grading

Scores Out of 10
Overallscore-10-10
Design / Aestheticscore-10-10
Value / Pricescore-9-10
Performance / Usagescore-10-10

Disclosure: This product was given to us for review by the company for review purposes only, and is not considered by us as payment for the review.

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