After spending the last couple of weeks using the official HTC flip case I changed tact to give a shell case a try. The case I went for is a Speck CandyShell Grip which comes as a single unit made from rubber and hard plastic.
Price & Stockist
$34.95 direct from Speck
£19.95 from MobileFun
In The Box
The box or pack simply contains the CandyShell Grip case and a copy of the warranty.
Restricted access to power button.
The dual material of the CandyShell Grip and manufacturing quality give this case a very premium feel. When you hold it in your hand with the phone inserted there is no way you could mistake it for a cheap generic case from the likes of eBay. Made from rubber with a hard plastic covering shell the case should offer a pretty decent level of protection (Not being a masochist I never did the drop test). The plastic shell covers the whole back with ridges of rubber protruding on both sides like a rib cage, and it’s this rubber that provides the grip. Simply put, unless you release your grip, it’s not falling from your hand.
The design and colouring (I have the white and black version) also draw looks, I have been asked more about my swish HTC One with the Speck case on that I get with my HTC Flip Case. At first I thought it looked a bit flash, but after a day of using it I began to appreciate how good it actually looks. The black rubber ‘ribs’ and minimal front overlap with embossed Speck logo work really well.
Not everything is perfect however. the case does add a bit of bulk as shown below.
But perhaps the biggest fault with it is the slot for the power button. It’s a nightmare to be perfectly honest. There is just no quick and simple way to get access. For me it’s not a major issue as I have rooted my handset, and use button mod’s to wake the device and also to turn the screen off. If you have an un-rooted devices (and most people do) then this may be a deal breaker for you, it really is that bad. I would have easily recommended this case to anyone without this problem, but we are talking about an area that you will use hundreds of times a day (if you are anything like me).
You can see above just how deep the slot to reach the button is. Because of the IR Blaster functions of the power button it’s hard to come up with an easy solution, but as consumers that’s really not our job anyway.