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Speck iPhone 4 Cases: Pixelskin, Candyshell and Fitted
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Reviewed December 2010 by Tom Slayton
The Speck Pixelskin is a silicone cover that provides substantial protection for your iPhone 4. It’s unique “5 DPI” texture feels good in your hand and gives you a solid grip on your phone. The touch-through buttons and cutouts are perfectly placed to give you full access to the camera, flash, and all controls & ports.
Size and Fit
The Pixelskin fits the iPhone 4 perfectly. Due to the thick silicone texture, it adds significantly to the size of your phone so if you like the svelte look; look elsewhere. For the rest of us, however, this cover does an excellent job of walking the line between protection and style. The cutouts are nicely placed, as expected. In particular, I spent some time with the iPhone 4’s LED camera flash and found that it does not interfere at all. This was a relief, as some other makers of silicone covers didn’t have the same attention to detail.
Features and Quality
The Pixelskin feels extremely substantial and well-made. There are no visible seams or weak spots, and they sure didn’t skimp on the silicone. This baby is THICK, which, in my book is a very good thing. Very few silicone covers offer any protection against drops but this one looks like it might actually bounce. Seeing as there are only two types of iPhone 4 owners (those who have dropped their phones, and those who will), at some point, everybody who buys one of these is going to be glad he/she did.
The Pixelskin is available in three colors: black, pink, and purple; although the texture is the same for all models. If you’re a “form over substance” kind of person, you may want something a bit more elegant. However, for the rest of us, “rugged” IS a style, and this cover qualifies nicely.
The Pixelskin cover for iPhone 4 is the latest in a long line of excellent iPhone products by Speck. It fits perfectly and provides great protection. Its rugged, pixilated texture makes it easy to grip, and the variety of colors means there is something for everybody. Previous Speck offerings have included a holster, and due to my line of work, I was a bit disappointed to see it did not come with one. However, I suspect that this issue is not a significant one for most people. All-in-all, if you’re looking for a durable and stylish silicone cover for your iPhone 4, this is the one to beat.
What’s Hot: Heavy duty silicone cover provides substantial protection from bumps, scratches, scrapes, and possibly even drops. Provides full access to controls and camera via touch-through buttons and cutouts. Available in 3 colors (black, pink, and purple). Delightfully chunky texture.
What’s Not: If you fancy yourself elegant and refined, this case is not for you. Does not come with a holster like some of Speck’s previous offerings.