Product Type: Speck mobile phone accessories
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Hard wearing case but possible too hard.
Speck PixelSkin HD iphone 4 case
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
Speck PixelSkin HD iphone 4 case
Advantages: Very hard wearing, nice design.
Disadvantages: Buttons are hard to use, hard to get the case on and off.
First off I'll start by pointing out I got this case for free when the iPhone 4 original came out with the whole Antennagate situation where users where reporting there hands where causing the signal to decrease and calls to drop. Because of this Apple offered free cases to everyone who bought the phone as this seemed to somewhat improve the problem. Personally I never had any issues with signal but for such a high priced phone obviously protecting it is somewhat a high priority.
First off the case looks really plain it has a closed back and open front so the entirety of the back of the phone is covered and protected apart from a small hole to allow for the camera and the flash. Fortunately this case has been designed to allow enough room for the flash a lot of the other cases had problems with the pictures they took being too dark because the case was deflecting the flash as it didn't allow enough room however this case avoids this problem.
The whole back has a gridded pattern and texture on it which is personally perfect for me cause I don't like anything to over the top and definitely don't like crazy colours or pictures on phone cases so this is a good balance in-between a design and a completely plain case for people like myself. The pattern is actually engraved into the back as well which means it also acts as a grip when you're holding the phone which is definitely important cause I have dropped my iPhone too many times to count.
The case comes up around the entire edge of the phone and then where the +/- buttons are the case actually has black rubber +/- buttons on and then above that is a small opening in the case so you can flick the switch to change the phone on and off silent. Then on the top of the phone you have another black rubber button so that you can lock and unlock the phone or switch it on and off also on the opposite side of the top you have the opening for the 3.5mm jack so you can put in your Apple iPhone Headphones or other branded headphones. Then the final opening you have is at the very bottom and that's for putting in the charger when you connect to the computer or a power supply. All the openings have a sufficient amount of space and allow even a little extra for movement which is perfect as sometimes things don't always line up the same after prolonged use.
The whole case is made of a very hard rubber it's not silicone like some of the other cases it really feels more like a durable plastic than a rubber.
Because of this it's very difficult to get the case on you really have to push it hard to get it in which is surprising as it only clips over around the edge on the front with a very small ledge possible 1mm around. I suppose at least you can have the comfort of knowing the phone is definitely securely held in the case. The main problem though is getting it back out the case if you need to it sometimes would take me 5+ minutes of pushing,pulling and twisting parts of the case just so I could get the phone back out.
Now unfortunately for the bad the black rubber buttons on my case were very hard to press and with the power button if I was switching the phone on and off I would sometimes have to apply pressure with both fingers and hold it down till it would switch off. Also the same with the +/- buttons on the side I would find myself squeezing very hard just to get them to work which makes it almost impossible to accurately go up or down by only one bar on the volume. I definitely think this would be a problem from someone who hasn't got much strength in there hands so I would avoid the case if you think that would be a problem for you. The thing for me though was my partner at the time also had the exact same case but the buttons would press perfectly as if there was no case on at all so this is definitely down to imperfections in the design of the case and how they sit on the phone.
For the colour I just went with plain black as it was only that and navy blue which I could choose from but looking at the website I can see there are now 8 colours available (brown,black,red,3 shades of blue and 2 shades of pink).
The cases seem to retail at about £25 which I would say is way too expensive but you can pick them up for closer to £15 if you shop around but you might be limited in choices for colours as the brighter ones seem to cost more.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this case because of the difficulty I had with the buttons because it is a big inconvenience and also I think that it's overpriced for a case just made from rubber.
Summary: Hard wearing case but difficult to use and high priced.
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