The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 Review


There’s no question the iPhone 4 needs a case most of the time. The glass is more delicate than we were initially led to believe, and then there is the antenna issue that continues to dominate online tech chatting. Thankfully a host of cases for the newest iPhone have been rolling out. One of the latest is a new version of an old favorite, Speck’s PixelSkin.

Let’s take a look.

The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 Review

From Speck:

The tactile pixel texture and perfect amount of “squish” is what makes this rubberized iPhone 4 case so grippy in-hand and famously protective. There are rubberized touch-thru button covers on the sides, as well as cutouts for the sync&charge port, camera and hold switch.

The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 Review

Case Features:

• Comfortable tiled texture

• Rubbery matte finish case

• Smooth grid texture for a comfortable grip

• Pixel insulation for serious protection

The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 Review

Over all the case feels good in the hand when you use it and is comfortable to hold for extended periods. Dan made a long call with his sister and found case felt great to hold. Kevin has the same case on his iPhone and he likes how it protects his iPhone when he is on job sites.  The softness of the case makes it easy to grip, the ridge around the screen makes it quite comfortable even when used for long calls, and when using the case there are no “death grip” issues.

Because of the case’s grippy-ness, you’ll find that it’s not quite as easy to slide in and out of your pocket, but the tradeoff is protection. When the iPhone is in the case it is nicely protected on its back, sides, top and bottom. The thickness of the case means that there is a good degree of bump protection, and the Pixel design of the case adds a good bit of “grip” to an otherwise slick device. Because the case rises a bit above the screen, it gives the device “lay-on-the-table” protection as well.

The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 Review

The back of the case is…well to be honest Dan found the back of the case to be boring… boring and well protected. Kevin liked the pixel squares on the back of his case, because they he felt they added 3D visual interest as well as shock-resistant properties. In addition to the rubber square pattern, there is one cutout designed to leave both the camera and the flash open and ready to be used; the Speck name and logo are subtly added in the same color on the bottom right.


Speck’s PixelSkin for iPhone 4 adds a bit of bulk to the iPhone 4’s sleek thin design, but the trade-off is that it offers great protection to everything but the screen. That makes it a great choice for those times when you are active and still need to have your iPhone around.

The Speck PixelSkin for iPhone 4 is available in Black, Pink and Purple. It can be ordered directly from Speck’s website. OR… you can enter to win one. Details on how can be found below.

MSRP: $24.95

What We Like: Decently priced; good back, side and top/bottom protection; gives the device better grippy-ness

What Needs Improvement: No screen protection included in package, in fact no extras at all


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Winner’s shipping address must be within the USA.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

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