Product Type: Speck mobile phone accessories
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Speck PixelSkin HD iphone 4 case
Member Name: pink_glitter
Speck PixelSkin HD iphone 4 case
Advantages: hard wearing, durable, good fit
Disadvantages: A bit boring in appearance
I was given the Speck Pixel Skin iPhone cover by my fiancé when I first got my iPhone. He had got it free with his phone, but hadn't used it as he'd already purchased a case. I used this for a while until I purchased a case of my own. I've actually had a few cases now and it seems I have a knack for choosing poor quality cases that either crack or the motifs rub off, so I'm back to using this one.
This case is suitable for the iPhone 4. I can't be sure if it fits the 4S - I know that when looking online for a new case, a lot of the reviews I read were saying the covers for the iPhone 4 were blocking some of the buttons on the 4S. Since the 3G does not appear to be mentioned in any of the product specs I've read, I assume this case doesn't fit that either.
In terms of looks the case is fairly basic. Mine is the black, but it can also be purchased in grey, red, turquoise, blue and a sort of coral pink colour. The back of the case is shiny with raised matte squares, which I guess is supposed to be a pixel effect. The sides of the case are also matte and there are raised areas on the side where the volume controls are and the top where the power button is. There is a cut out area for the camera lens, the charger point, the headphone jack, and the little switch on the side, that is used to put the phone on silent. It should go without saying that all of these sections are of adequate size, but a case I had for a previous phone covered the headphone jack, so I had to remove it every time I wanted to plug my headphones in!
The case is made of a stiff plastic material, which has a slightly rubbery texture and although flexible on the back, the sides are stiff. The first time I used this it was a real struggle to put it on as it was quite a tight fit. It seems to have loosened up a bit now having been put on and off a few times, but it still fits very close to the phone, which means there's little chance of it coming off in a bag or pocket. The quality does seem very good, it strikes me as being very robust and well made, especially compared to some of the cheaper 'novelty' cases I have purchased.
I do think that this is a good case in terms of protecting my phone. Obviously there is nothing to protect the screen - for that you'd probably need a flip case - but I feel the rest of the phone is fully protected with this case on it. Being the clumsy person I am, it has had a few knocks - just last night I knocked it from the arm of the sofa onto the hard wooden floor. The worst thing I think I did, was when I was on the cross trainer, listening to music on Spotify. Having chosen to wear clothes with no pockets I stupidly tried resting the phone on top of the speedometer thingy. It worked well for about 20 seconds, until I somehow managed to knock the phone flying, ripping the earphones out of my ears and then watched in horror as it flew across the room straight into a wall, before dropping with a thud to the floor. Let me tell you, that made my heart pump faster than the cross trainer ever could! Thankfully the phone was not damaged at all, which I can only put down to this case.
Prices of this case vary. Until a couple of days ago it was on Amazon for £24.99 although they don't seem to have it in stock at the moment. I have found it is also available from Play.com for £14.99 or www.boxytech.com for £12.95. I personally don't think either of those prices is too bad really, considering the fact that I've had a couple of cheaper ones that don't last.
The Speck Pixel case might not be the prettiest case on the market, but it's functional and hardwearing and the quality is very good. If you're looking for functionality over style then I think the Speck Pixel Skin is a great choice.
Summary: A bit bland look swise, but it's more than up to the job
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