Speck CandyShell Wrap for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus: Protection at a price

Speck Candyshell wrap case photo ©2015 steven sande

Speck Candyshell wrap case photo ©2015 steven sande

My iPhone 6 Plus spends most of its time in one of two places: the left front pocket of my pants or on its charging stand at night. It’s fairly well protected, and I’m careful to never put anything else in that pocket that could scratch the phone. If you’re one of those people who throws your iPhone into a purse, backpack, briefcase, jacket pocket or glove compartment where it could easily be scratched, you might want to consider Speck’s new CandyShell Wrap case for iPhone 6 (US$49.95) and iPhone 6 Plus ($59.95). However, I found the cases to be too expensive, slick and clumsy to be worthy of a good rating.

Design

Think of one of Speck’s great see-through shells for the MacBook line and you’re very close to the idea behind the CandyShell Wrap. Although the cases aren’t see-through (I wish…), they have a folding flip cover that provides protection from scratches and drops everywhere, not just on the back and sides.

The CandyShell Wrap comes in three different color combos: white/black, black/slate gray, and palerose pink/cabernet red. There’s a clasp for the front cover that keeps it shut, and openings around the side and bottom provide access to the headset jack, Lightning port, speakers, camera, and mute switch. You can even close the cover while making a phone call and still hear everything going on. Pass-through covers are used over the volume and on/off buttons.

The case meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G drop test standards, so feel free to drop your phone whenever you can… just kidding.

Function

Installing the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the CandyShell Wrap is a piece of cake, and once it’s installed the case makes for a very attractive and glossy piece of equipment. Snapping the cover latch shut produces a satisfying “click”, and I actually felt quite confident about dropping my iPhone onto a carpeted floor. The cover never opened on its own.

One thing I don’t like about the CandyShell Wrap is that it is slick, which makes it much more likely to be dropped. I’d love to see Speck make the case with an exterior material that has some grip to it so I wouldn’t feel like it’s always going to slip out of my hand.

The other complaint is about that front cover. First of all, the latch takes a bit of force to open it, and I’m sure that anyone with fingernails that have “had work” will break a nail trying to get this opened. Also, I found the cover to be too springy and willing to close when I was trying to talk on the iPhone.

Conclusion

Surrounding an iPhone front and back with a cover and case is a good idea. Making that case slick and the cover hard to open or keep open isn’t. Also, the price of these cases is ridiculously high. Considering that one can purchase a 15-inch MacBook Pro case from Speck for about the same price, the company should really reconsider its pricing policy for the CandyShell Wrap. Sorry, Speck — I’m usually a fan of your products but the CandyShell Wrap for iPhone 6/6Plus isn’t getting a good rating.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★