iPhone and iPad Product Reviews

MakeUseOf Review & Giveaway: CandyShell iPad Case by Speck

Jackson Chung 25-08-2010

Over the past couple of months, our giveaways have gotten a fair bit of attention. We’ve handed out apps for Mac users 15 Must-Have Free Apps For Your Mac & Giveaway Read More , and even a $10,000 trip to New Zealand. But this very moment is probably the pinnacle of our giveaway program because we’ve been joined by fantastic company from Palo Alto, CA. Please join me in welcoming Speck as a returning sponsor, who will be giving away tones of cool free stuff right here at MakeUseOf.


In this debut, Speck will be offering a couple of CandyShell iPad cases worth $49.95 each to MakeUseOf readers. I’ve actually had the honour of testing this particular iPad case. Personally, I’m in love with it. Let me show you what all the fuss is about.

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The first thing you’ll notice about this iPad case is that it only covers the back. This is generally going to attack the principles of some hardcore iPad users because there isn’t any front-facing protection. Honestly, I don’t really see the point in a front cover simply because the iPad’s screen is so durable (I’ve had the iPhone 2G for 3 years without a case and it hasn’t been scratched or scuffed at all) so I feel pretty confident using the iPad with this CandyShell case alone. You should too, unless you are super clumsy and always dropping your stuff. In that case, you’ll be better off with one of Speck’s iPad sleeves like the PixelShield or their iPad ShieldView screen films.

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Judging from the material and build quality, I can assure you that the case will protect your iPad from a fall, say from about waist-high. It feels extremely sturdy since it’s made from a single piece of high quality polycarbonate plastic — trust me, it exudes tough. The interior surface has a contrasting character and is lined with a soft, rubbery material which doubles as a shock absorber.


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Slipping the iPad into the case takes a bit of Kung-Fu but is generally quite manageable. There’s a fine balance between durability and expandability in this case. Instead of a entirely plastic shell, the edges include a fine gap filled with rubber, allowing the CandyShell to minutely expand and envelope the iPad. Genius stuff. Once the iPad is in the case, it’s feels pretty darn good to hold.

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It also features a snap off flip-back panel when you need to connect the iPad to a regular or a keyboard dock.


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The CandyShell also addresses one of the iPad’s minor design flaws — it reduces the rocking action caused when typing on the on-screen keyboard.

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To wrap up, the CandyShell offers superb protection without sacrificing style. I’d recommend one to any iPad owner. But hey, as MakeUseOf readers, we have a great offer for you today. We’re giving away FIVE Speck CandyShell iPad cases to readers worldwide. Here’s how you can win one for yourself.


How do I win one?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Join our Facebook page by clicking the Like button or you can follow us on Twitter, if you prefer. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.

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Here’s our giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner.


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This giveaway begins now and ends Wednesday, September 1st at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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MakeUseOf would like to thank the fabulous team over at Speck for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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  1. ipad case
    October 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    wow, the grip on the pics looks amazing. is pretty hard to find a good case for ipad or iphone for that matter actually , i really likes the look with white on the back but then the thing is so slippery , better to have a case instead i guess. thanks for the post!