Speck Candyshell iPad case review

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As with any Apple product in recent memory, 3rd party manufacturers have made accessories to combat anything anyone would want with their iPad/iPod/iPhone.  One of the most important accessories to have is a case for that shiny new product.  Apple being a great design company has always produced some quality products, but usually leaving them a little fragile in the end.  You won’t see many people walking around with a shiny new iPhone 4 without a huge protective case on it.  Well the same goes for their tablet, the iPad.  Being an owner (well, the wife actually) of an iPad, the first thing I had to undertake was to look for a protective case.  After searching different styles and protective qualities, I settled on the Speck Candyshell for iPad (also available for Galaxy Tab).  How has it performed in the couple months of use?  Let’s see…

First things first, this is a pink case for my wife.  Speck has a huge array of colors to choose from to suit anyone’s personal needs.  Feel free to choose anything from a  nice bubblegum pink to that manly and burly black or blue.


Speck has long been an accessory maker for many products with Apple being their primary focus.  The Candyshell case originally started with the iPhone, and was a popular seller and decided to introduce it when the iPad came out.  The idea is to give users serious protection with minimal interference.   The case uses a 2 piece design with a durable plastic exterior and a rubber lining on the interior.  The idea behind this protection scheme is to use the rubber as a secure cushion as immediate protection against the iPad, while the harder exterior will take the impact on the outside for excellent shock absorption.

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The case has been designed exceptionally well leaving all ports and buttons open for business.  Users simply pop their iPad into place.  The edge of the case gently wraps around the edge of the iPad keeping it securely in place.  The screen lock button is easily accessible on the top right of the pad as well as the headphone jack and 3 speaker cutouts on the bottom.  The display power button and the volume rocker are actually both covered by the case, but this is done by design.  Being actual physical buttons, they have simply added an “extension” to give users easier access.  If this was simply a cutout, it would be harder to use the buttons.  So the case has the buttons on top of the existing giving the same feel and control as the actual iPad buttons.  It works well and I honestly did not realize this was how the case was designed until I started this review.  It comes across that seamlessly.

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Seeing as how Apple refuses to ditch their proprietary dock connector, we need access to the bottom part of the iPad as well.  Needing to be tied to iTunes, the dock connector is frequently used.  This is where the Speck case has shined in my eyes.  They simply use a hinged design on the spine of the case to open up the port area.  It is cut to specifications to be docked to the Apple keyboard as well as other docking stations.  This enables full use of the case without any connectivity issues.

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Everyday Use

With Speck doing a fine job on design, how does it fare in daily use?

Well the iPad has received plenty of use in my household between my wife and my 15 month old daughter.  Honestly I’m not sure who uses it more.  She has gotten a little better recently, but she used to love to throw the iPad off the couch onto the floor and watch it go tumbling.  It’s even happened a couple of times on the tile.  Obviously my wife is a little gentler, so it gets thrown around a little less with her.   But the iPad still works as advertised with not a single mark on it.  The case has definitely saved us from having a $500 paper weight.  The dual layer of protection has done a remarkable job keeping the tablet looking the same as it did on day one, to which I am extremely grateful.

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The Speck case has done everything as advertised.  I never expected to see the iPad thrown around as much as I have, but am amazed that it’s still kicking.   The case doesn’t add too much bulk at all, and keeps the weight down to a respectable weight (another problem you will find with overly protective cases).  The price is also insanely cheap ($25-30 at Amazon depending on the color) for the quality of product you are getting.  All in all, I have to recommend this as an excellent product for anyone looking for a protective case for any device.  With protection being the ultimate purpose of the case, I don’t think I’d still have this iPad if I had used another case that was anywhere near the same size.  I don’t have a single complaint about the Candyshell at all.

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Allen Schmidt

Allen is a former contributing editor at Nothing But Tablets, which was merged with Pocketables in 2012.

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17 thoughts on “Speck Candyshell iPad case review

  • I looked at this case and meant to get it, but in the end I went with the official Apple case after I had the Case Mate I reviewed on here. The iPad 2 will be out soon so no point in stacking up on a heap of cases for the first gen now

  • Didn’t know about this manufacturer, their products look quality.

  • Avatar of Advaith

    which case would you recommend? The speck or the apple one?

    • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

      The two cases are different methods of protection. The iPad case has the folding front cover, which to me I find annoying (especially that big) to be folding that behind or having it hanging on the side. The Speck Case is a straightforward setup that leaves the iPad in original form with added protection. The bonus with the iPad case is the built in stand, but it just depends on which form factor you like more. I fall into the less is more category.

  • Avatar of macilaci457

    It looks very sturdy. I like the logo as well. :-)

  • Looks pretty decent for a case. I’ve never been a huge case fan but if I find one that does its job incredibly well I usually take a good look at it. This one looks easily like one of the better ones out there.

  • like any apple product the ipad is thin and light and pretty and covered in more 3rd party safety bumpers than a dodgem car to stop it shattering into a million pieces.

    this case seems pretty thin and light, but the touch screen is always going to be difficult to protect, especially with a toddler leaning on it.

  • Avatar of seroson

    I love the look and feel of the Candyshell cases.

    • Candyshell is probably the best brand, in my opinion.

        • Yeah Speck is the brand, but all of that aside Speck makes great stuff to. I love my speck case on my mac. It’s a great product what can I say.

        • Avatar of Relyt

          This is totally delayed, but yeah I meant Speck. Not really sure what I was thinking…. o.0

  • Looks stylish and simple, i like the red colour.

  • Avatar of Matthew B.

    This case looks good. Much better than silicone cases- I have silicone case on my ipod touch from day one, and the back is completely scratched. The reason is that dust particles get under the case and scratch it more than if there is no case..

  • Looks pretty cool.
    Just looking on their website, they make cases for a lot of different devices.

  • Avatar of Relyt

    Mi madre just got an iPad and she might be getting this case. It really looks like one of the nicer ones out there, at least to her.

  • Avatar of bolliby

    Dual layer protection…slick


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