Those have been following me on Twitter, know that I never bought a case for my iPhone. When I got my iPhone 3G, I quickly bought a Speck Pixel-Skin, which is a really nice silicon case. Although I liked the soft case, I needed one with the strength of a hard case, with the grip and flexibility of a soft case. The Speck CandyShell fit that category perfectly. It comes in 4 colors (Lemondrop Liquorice, Key Lime Jawbreaker, Cranberry White Truffle, and Watermelon Gumball), and costs $34.95.
The real magic of the CandyShell is it’s design. The inside and corners of the case are rubberized and offers shock absorption while retaining the durability and sleekness of a hard shell. The case can actually bend and twist! It comes with a removable screen protector film and cleaning cloth! But the best part of the case is that the Sleep/Wake and Volume buttons are protected by the soft material of the case.
I tested the CandyShell for 3 ½ weeks, and for a few days, I had some concerns. First of all, it was really hard to insert and remove the iPhone out of the case. On top, the sleep wake button took a lot of effort to press. In fact, you can see some nail marks on the rubber portion of the case directly above the sleep/wake button. These problems bugged me for the first 3-4 days, but on the fifth day, I was able to quickly remove the phone and I could easily press the sleep/wake button.
Other than that, the CandyShell was a delicious treat that looked attractive and protective, and iPhones everywhere should be honored to be protected and covered with one of these.
Pros: Lightweight, durable, and has the best parts of a soft case and a hard case blended in one.
Cons: Sleep/Wake rubber coating on case is a little hard to press, and it is a little hard taking off the case from the phone. But you get used to it fairly quick.