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Saving Our Apples w/ Speck Shells & Covers

by TerriAnn
Speck Cases - MacBook Air Satin, iPhone CandyShell, iPad HandyShell


It not uncommon for people to be ‘teched’ up at home and on the go. A smartphone, tablet, and laptop are the essential three items for staying connected and doing what needs to get done. As powerful as these gadgets are, they are also fairly fragile and going case-less, however, is pretty much unthinkable if you have kids or are a bit clumsy. Fortunately, Speck products include a huge selection of covers and shells for most current devices.

After browsing the full collection, I decided to focus on getting our Apple gear protected. Can you see a recurring color scheme here?

Speck Cases - MacBook Air Satin, iPhone CandyShell, iPad HandyShell

Speck SeeThru Satin MacBook Air 13″

Our MacBook Air has pretty much been naked since we got it. We’re pretty careful with our laptop (making sure to put it in a soft sleeve case when traveling, etc.) so no there’s no exterior damage. However, I’m always nervous about scratching the surfaces when putting it down or if I need to slide it over a bit. The SeeThru Satin cover consists of both a top and bottom piece. These snap on easily and stay on if you don’t mess with them. Having the cover on allows me to use the laptop without being overly concerned that something might slightly brush against it. It also adds a nice layer between my skin and the cold aluminum base in the morning!

Fingerprints and smudges do show up on the cover. They’re not real obvious at quick glance but you can see them if you look closely and at certain angles. I like the fact that the cover is translucent so you can see the illuminated apple when in use. So far, we haven’t gotten any cracks or scratches on the cover but, again, we’re careful not to drop the laptop or violently throw it about.

Speck iPhone 4/4S CandyShell

The first day I put the CandyShell on my iPhone 4S, my daughter managed to drop it on the parking concrete. I was driving and handed my phone to her to take an incoming call from my husband. After that was done and we were getting out of the car, that’s when my phone mysteriously fell out of her hand onto the ground. There were a few light scratched on the hard plastic on the back but the rest was fine. Whew! The CandyShell also includes a silicone inner part so the phone was nicely cushioned.

I would not recommend putting this case on and taking it off a lot. The CandyShell fits pretty nice and snug but I can imagine the rubber will loosen over time if it’s stretched often. However, the case does not add a lot of bulk and the slick surface allows for smooth sliding in and out of pockets.

Speck iPad mini HandyShell

The HandyShell is new in the Speck lineup. The cover snaps onto the back of the iPad and has a moveable handle. This handle can be used to hook the tablet on cabinet knobs for easy reference, to make it more comfortable to hold, or to prop it up at different angles and orientations. My daughter also found that she could hold the handle between her feet so both hands were free to type. Silly girl!

The one thing I miss on this cover is a flap to go over the tablet face. It’s not ideal to carry it with us in bags or backpacks unless we also add a screen protector. That’s not a huge issue for us since we generally keep our iPad mini at home because it’s primarily used by my daughter for her schoolwork. That front protection would be nice when Munchkin accidentally leaves the tablet on the floor though. Our dog has no sense of going around things and is bound to step on it one day…

The Speck products we got were good quality and looked nice. Each item came in several colors (except for the HandyShell) so it was nice choosing ones that best suited my preferences. Prices range from $35 to $50 so they are about average for similar cases. However, if your case does meet an accident that renders it useless for another fall, you might be crying. I’d suggest getting the cases when on sale or if you have a discount.

Don’t worry, I saved plenty of good stuff for you! Thanks to Speck, one reader will win a special 3-piece prize pack which will include a cover for your phone, tablet, and laptop (your choice of styles and colors). Enter below 🙂

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Stephanie November 1, 2013 - 7:16 am

I need one for my iPhone or iPad mini. I love speck!

latanya November 1, 2013 - 8:11 am

iphone 5 and ipad mini

Amanda Hoffman November 1, 2013 - 1:32 pm

ipod touch 5

laura ari November 1, 2013 - 4:00 pm

My Kindle fire HD

Crissy D. November 2, 2013 - 3:21 am

I need one for a Kindle Fire and an ipad mini

Kimberly Kihega November 2, 2013 - 4:46 pm

I need a case for my iPad mini, phone, Kindle Fire, and ipod touch

Carol November 2, 2013 - 9:52 pm

I need a case for my iPad mini.

Katie Roch November 3, 2013 - 6:13 pm

I most need a case for my cell phone. I drop my phone occasionally and it’s important the case is of a high quality to keep it from breaking.

Stephanie Faris November 4, 2013 - 5:21 am

I like the colors of the iPhone case, but is it shock resistant? I usually keep an Otter Box on mine for the extra protection.

Natalie November 4, 2013 - 4:48 pm

I need a case for my iPhone 4 and my iPad

ginette4 November 4, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I need a case for my laptop

Tamar November 4, 2013 - 6:54 pm

Many items, but probably would gift an iPhone 5s case to my hubby

karen November 4, 2013 - 10:07 pm

I could use a case for my Apple Macbook.

tina reynolds November 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

ipod touch and laptop need covers/cases bad

Diana Lee November 5, 2013 - 11:55 am

My husband & I both love Speck products! We could use a new one for his iPhone 5, our iPad and our Macbook.

Carolyn G November 5, 2013 - 5:25 pm

iPad mini

Sandy Cain November 7, 2013 - 11:25 am

I need one for my laptop! It’s a must.

kim burnett November 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

my ipad

Terry Cover November 8, 2013 - 3:21 am

This is cool

Cynthia C November 8, 2013 - 5:39 am

I am getting a MacBook Air soon and will need a case for it.

christine burd November 8, 2013 - 6:38 am

I need a cover for my kindle fire

christina moore November 8, 2013 - 6:55 am

I need one for my phone

kim November 8, 2013 - 8:01 am

I need a cover for my Ipad, my Iphone, and my kindle fire

Erica H November 8, 2013 - 9:23 am

I need it for my iphone the most!

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Nancy November 8, 2013 - 3:48 pm

I most need a cover for my laptop.

marian boll November 8, 2013 - 6:47 pm

My Kindle Fire

Darlene Carbajal November 9, 2013 - 9:20 am

My ipad Mini.

Wehaf November 9, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Out iPad is in desperate need of a cover!

Jeri Accardo November 9, 2013 - 1:40 pm

The only mobile device i have is my android phone, so i guess i would need a cover for that.

marg November 9, 2013 - 9:02 pm

i need a case for my laptop

Melissa Nagy November 10, 2013 - 10:23 am

I most need a case for my iphone 4S. The current case is always slipping off.

karen medlin November 10, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Would love one for my Kindle Fire

Mariaelena Dominguez November 11, 2013 - 2:07 pm

For my iPad, specially because my son loves to play with it

nickie November 12, 2013 - 6:24 am

My Kindle fire

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Jennifer Dunaway November 13, 2013 - 7:38 am

My Kindle

Kelly D November 13, 2013 - 9:55 am

I could use a case for my laptop.

laurie damrose November 13, 2013 - 1:33 pm

my ipod touch

Tabathia B November 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm

a kindle fire and ipad mini

Ellie W November 14, 2013 - 3:17 pm

I most need a case for the iPad.

Natalie yeoman November 14, 2013 - 3:48 pm

My ipad and iPhone 4s

Daniel M November 15, 2013 - 4:59 pm

ipad & iphone

Kate Newton November 15, 2013 - 10:10 pm

I would love this for iPad mini! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

christopher h November 16, 2013 - 12:25 am

my ipad 2 & my iphone 4

Paula Michele Hafner November 16, 2013 - 8:59 am

I really need a new one for my ipad.

Judy Chapman November 16, 2013 - 11:13 am

I need it for my IPAD.

Ginny November 16, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Either my Nokia Lumia or my daughters Iphone. I think the Iphone needs it more, my nokia is pretty durable.

Brittney House November 16, 2013 - 6:52 pm

I need it for my iphone.

Erica C. November 16, 2013 - 6:57 pm

google nexus 7 tablet

allyson becker November 17, 2013 - 8:09 am


Krystal Dunlap November 17, 2013 - 9:08 am

I need one for my nextbook tablet. Thank you.

liz November 17, 2013 - 1:10 pm

my galaxy pad

Katie K November 17, 2013 - 1:41 pm

definitely my new iphone
i’m so clumsy!

Tim November 17, 2013 - 3:51 pm

I really need for my Ipad, it would make it much easier to use.

susan smoaks November 17, 2013 - 4:25 pm

i need a cover for my ipad

Beth Klocinski November 17, 2013 - 4:33 pm

I really need a case for my lap top

Sand November 17, 2013 - 7:26 pm

My macbook and iPad.

Lesley F November 17, 2013 - 8:13 pm

I need a cover for my iPhone

Trisha McKee November 17, 2013 - 8:56 pm

I desperately need one for my Kindle!

Richard Hicks November 17, 2013 - 9:08 pm

need one for my iPad 2

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rose paden November 17, 2013 - 9:30 pm

I need a case for my Iphone!

Lily Kwan November 17, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Kindle Fire

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