Today we will look at an iPhone for 4S/4 case from Speck. The CandyShell Flip is a variant of the CandyShell line that includes a flip up bottom section allowing the phone to be docked onto a cradle without having to take off the case. It is designed to absorb shock and impacts with its hard plastic polycarbonate and soft rubber TPE construction. It also has an extended bezel to keep the front of the screen protected. Speck provides a no slip grip that keeps the phone from slipping out of one’s hands.

The CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 comes packaged in a cardboard clamshell package. The case can visualized through the clear plastic holder; on the front side is a list of features for the case. On the back are some additional descriptions of the product in several different languages.

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Opening the package we just find the case and an instruction sheet. Speck offers the case in six color combinations including White/Raspberry, Black/Peacock, Black/Gray, Bubblegum/Peacock, Black/Pomodoro, and White/Charcoal. For today’s review we will be looking at the Black/Peacock model.

The case is composed of a hard plastic polycarbonate and softer rubber TPE. Unlike the standard CandyShell case which needs to have the iPhone slip through the front, the flip bottom allows the to slide the iPhone into the case.

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As with most iPhone cases you’ll find me requisite openings for the headphone jack, camera and dock connector. Rubberized buttons cover the volume controls and the power button. The inside of the case has been soft rubber TPE material on the outside is the harder polycarbonate. The black on this case is more than mirror like candle black finish

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Specifications:

CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4

Innovative flip-back panel lets your dock your iPhone 4S/4 without removing it from the case

CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 has the same revolutionary dual-layer design as our award-winning CandyShell, but adds a clever flip-back panel that makes docking your phone pretty flippin’ easy! A sleek, hard plastic outer shell protects against impacts and slips easily in and out of your pockets. The rubbery lining absorbs shock and also extends to a bezel, which protects your screen and gives it no-slip stability when you place it face down. Available in a sweet range of two-toned color options.

  • Fits iPhone 4S and 4!
  • Winner, 2011 iPhone Case of the Year, iLounge.com
  • Bottom folds back for docking
  • Co-molded construction, combining hard plastic polycarbonate and soft rubber TPE
  • Form-fit one-piece patented design
  • Easily removed: just flip back and angle out!
  • Raised screen bezel and rubberized button covers
  • Apple dock sold separately


The CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 slides easily onto the Apple phone by flipping down the bottom portion of the case.

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The one drawback to the rubber case is if you use a screen shield, the case may lift it up off the phone.

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All of the controls and inputs are easily accessible. The dock connector was able to readily connect to my XtrremeMac InCharge Sync charger by flipping the lower door.

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My wife has been using the case for the past week and has had no complaints using the CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 with her iPhone 4S.

In terms of protection, the CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 does a good job with its solid construction. Most falls will be absorbed by the case rather than the iPhone. The evelated front bezel provides a measure of protection to the phone’s screen especially when laying the iPhone face down on a surface. Obviously the screen is still exposed as it is with most iPhone cases, but that is the traded off for using a touchscreen device.


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Conclusion:

Speck is preparing for the recent release of the iPhone 5 with a slew of new cases for that phone. In the meantime there are millions of iPhone 4/4S phones, which still need protection, and the CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4 is a great choice. It is solidly built while providing access to all the phone’s controls. It is priced at $34.95 on the Speck website although it can be found on Amazon for much less at $22.99.

 

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Pros:
+Solid construction
+Will protect against most moderate to sever trauma
+Works with some docks even when the case is on the iPhone 4/4S

Cons:
-If using screen protector, the case may slide it out of positio

Grades:  
Overall score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Speck CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4
Design score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Speck CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4
Performance score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Speck CandyShell Flip for iPhone 4S/4

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