October 25, 2014

HTC One Case Review Madness Week: Speck CandyShell

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Speck's CandyShell is a solid choice for users that want a hybrid case with good protection.
HTC One Case Review Madness Week: Speck CandyShell Reviewed by on . Rating: 4
We love to bring you reviews of all kinds of accessories. This week, we’ve got quite a few HTC One cases to review, so we’ll be bringing you a few reviews every day. We’re calling this the HTC One Case Review Madness Week. So what are we waiting for? Let’s go!

Up next in our Case Review Madness Week is Speck’s CandyShell case for the HTC One. This case is a hybrid of sorts, offering two layers of protection. However, unlike other hybrid cases, both materials are seamlessly combined to form one single case. In other words, it’s a hybrid without being a hybrid, if that makes sense. The CandyShell offers a slim profile with a semi-rigid body for a good level of drop protection.

The CandyShell is made of a silicon-type material and a glossy plastic, melded together to give users a single piece. This will probably appeal to users who want a hybrid case without the frustration of putting on one layer at a time. The case itself isn’t overly thick, but it’s not the thinnest either. It’s slightly flexible, but the outer plastic layer can only bend so much. It isn’t the lightest of cases, but it still doesn’t add much bulk to the HTC One.

IMG_20130916_175612I have to admit, Speck did a nice job on the design of this case. The hybrid aspect of the design is subtle, but it works. For the most part, the outer plastic shell is the only visible part of the case once it’s on the phone. But the rubberized layer on the inside gets a bit of highlighting around the corners, edges of the device, and camera cutout. This two-tone design is finished off with a Speck logo under the camera cutout. Speck offers the CandyShell in three colors:Popp/Fuschia, White/Slate, and Black/Slate. Depending on which color you get (I reviewed the White/Slate version), the contrast between the colors of the inside and outside layers is nice.

I feel pretty confident about the level of protection offered by the CandyShell. It’s thick enough to absorb the average amount of shock from a drop, and the edges along the screen are raised to protect it from dirt and scratches. The combination of rubber-like material and hard plastic has been done before, but Speck’s design feels very sturdy and solid, which gives the user a heightened sense of protection.

The grip offered by the CandyShell isn’t great, but I suspect that with the amount of sheer drop protection you’re getting here, grip isn’t that big of a deal for many users. The glossy plastic back of the case offers a bit of grip, but not much. In day-to-day usage, I never had a big problem with holding onto the device despite this lack of grip.

IMG_20130916_175553My CandyShell-equipped HTC One slipped in and out of my pockets with just a slight bit of resistance. After some testing, I found that the inner rubberized layer is very grippy, and the edges around the screen stuck to the edges of my pockets as I slid the phone in. After a few times, I quickly learned that I couldn’t just drop my phone into my pocket without it sticking. I had to hold the phone until it was all the way in my pocket, and then drop it. This isn’t a huge deal for me, but it might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for other users.

Overall, the CandyShell is a nice, sturdy case from Speck. It’s simple and gets the job done. For users that want the protection of a hybrid case but in a thinner, more manageable profile, Speck hit the nail on the head. The two-tone design and three color choices are sure to appeal to many users. That being said, you can grab a CandyShell for your HTC One directly from Speck’s website for $34.95.