• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great protection, mediocre quality, bulky.

    • Written by from Toronto

    I have had this on my iPhone 5 since new and have been using it for a few months. What attracted me to this case was the apparent level of protection it offered with a shock absorbing soft rubber layer and a hard outer shell, as well as covered buttons. On a protection scale, it sits somewhere between a hardcore case like the Otterbox Defender, and limited protection of a snap case. Importantly (for me), it features a raised bezel around the screen to allow for lay on a table. It is however expensive, bulky, and somewhat fragile. After several months of use, I can offer the following practical insights:

    Positives:
    - Very effective protection: drop from 1m onto wood had no effect. Several months of use and phone looks brand new.
    - Port cutouts are ample: easy access to silent switch, headphone port accommodates large headphone jack (straight, did not test with angled jack)
    - Good response and tactile feedback through button covers
    - Camera cutout is ample, and does not interfere with flash

    Negatives:
    - Bulky
    - Scratches easily
    - Rubber began delaminating from plastic after a couple months
    - Several fractures in the hard case appeared after a few months, and this has loosened the fit of the case
    -Case is difficult to remove, yet removal is necessary to remove dust or use certain accessories

    Considering I dropped the phone once, a crack in the case is understandable, but there are at least 2 different and unrelated cracks in the case that I would not attribute to the fall. This combined with the delamination of the rubber from the shell, point to quality issues with the case. I had an InCase hardshell on my last iPhone which I dropped many many times and it only cracked once after more than 3 years of use. That became my baseline expectation, which the Speck case did not live up to. Furthermore, cracks in the case cause a loss of tension and a very sloppy fit to the phone. Not so with my previous hard case.

    Practical advice:
    As with most cases, you will have to remove the case to clean the dust that inevitably gets trapped between the phone and the case. The issue with this case is that it is difficult to remove, and I suspect frequent removal can cause damage to the hard shell layer, which leads to poor fitment and even more dust, so it is a bit of a paradox. Also, get a back film protector if you're worried about dust scratching the phone.

    Conclusion:
    It did it's job and protected my phone from a fall and normal pocket wear and tear, so I can live with the bulk, but for $35 I feel the quality could be much better. The breaks in the case affect fitment so I will be needing a new case. If you are prone to dropping your phone, and can afford to replace this case every 4-6 months, and don't mind the bulk, this case provides solid mid-level protection. I need something that will survive more than a year (or is cheaper to replace) so I will look elsewhere for my next case as there are a plethora of viable options.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, but protective

    • Written by from Tuscaloosa

    My case has been alright, but the price doesn't reflect the value. It has broken in multiple places and the back scratches very easily. It has held up about 3-4 months.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Protection Bad Quality

    • Written by from Richardson

    Overall it does a good job at protecting the phone however after a week of having it the glossy back was full of scratches. Another flaw with this case is the rubber trim tearing off very easily.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a Fan

    • Written by from Trussville

    I bought this case with my iPhone 5 back in September of 2012. Since this was one of a few cases available at the time for the phone, I bought it. (Black / Grey)

    Pros
    - Simple design
    - Doesn't get stuck in pants
    - Not too much bulk

    Cons:
    - Headphone port hole isn't big enough for L-shaped cords
    - The plastic on the case shows scrapes.
    - Only lasted 3 months, the bottom rubber wears and tears off.

    I would say buy this if today was September 12th, 2012. But there are SO many better cases for better prices. Skip this one.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid strong, but very scratchable back

    • Written by from Amman

    Very strong case, the back get scratches all over and it looks like i have it for a year but it's only been for a week.

    luckily the scratches are black and does not show unless under direct light.
    The rubber around the screen perfectly suits the theme of black iphone 5 back.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but..

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    I agree with other reviewers about the weight and protection. HOwever, if you use the lightening converter, it will not fit into the phone w/ case on. Regular cord works fine but with my car charger, I have to take the case off to charge.

    12 of 14 people found this useful