Speck CandyShell for iPad mini Review

iPad Gear

Speck has had a tremendous amount of success with their CandyShell line of cases. While not a personal favorite, the company’s first release of a CandyShell for iPhone was an instant hit. As a result they have rolled out the style for many subsequent devices and have also expanded the line by adding different features to the same basic CandyShell design. For example, there are now CandyShell iPhone cases that let you flip the bottom third of the case free. This makes it easy to dock the phone for syncing and charging.

Speck is now rolling out cases for the iPad mini. First among them is, of course, a CandyShell for iPad mini. I appreciate the fact that this case offers complete protection for the top, bottom, sides and back of the case but don’t love the fact that there is no screen protection and no way to use a SmartCover with it. In other words, if you never need to have a protective covering on your iPad mini’s screen you may love this case. If, on the other hand, you want the ability to use a SmartCover so the entire iPad mini is protected you will want to look elsewhere. Here’s our video look.

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You can learn more and order yours here on Speck’s website.

MSRP: $44.95

What I Like: Protects the top, bottom, sides and back extremely well; comes in a number of color combinations

What Needs Improvement: No way to use a SmartCover with it; No screen protector included; Almost $45; In my experience the CandyShell cases scratch fairly easily and, after a time, look more than a bit worn

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

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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