Speck CandyShell Grip case for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.

It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.

The cases protect the back and dies of the phone, and they keep the display a millimeter or so off the table if you leave it laying face-down. You've still got buttons for volume and power, and they all work just fine. There are cutouts for the camera, speaker, headphone jack, infrared port and and microphones. You also can get to the micro USB 3 port at the bottom of the phone, though you have to dig at it a little more when the case is on.

By only real complaints with these cases are that the glossy areas can scratch a little bit — and how noticeable that is depends on the color you have — and they tend to collect dust and lint. I'd consider those pretty small complaints, though, and all in all this is a simple, solid case.

The Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases are available now from ShopAndroid.com.

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Speck CandyShell and Candy Shell Grip for the Galaxy S5


I bought both a Spigen Ultra Slim Fit case and a Ringke Slim Armor for $18, $31 for a jelly case is a joke.

Got my Speck Candyshell Grip Case yesterday. I'm going this morning to pick up the S5 at Verizon. Can't wait to see what it looks like.

DO NOT buy these cases under any circumstances. My wife has gone through 3 of them in the year that she has had her S4 and they keep malfunctioning the same way every time. The soft 'silicone' at the power, volume, headphone jack, and usb port will just stretch out of shape and droop away from the phone over the course of a few months. The soft material is not reinforced in those areas and deforms badly. It looks terrible and they have sent us new cases every time. We finally had them send us another style of case that they make as a substitute.

For the love of god - look elsewhere. It's not with the time or hassle or money. This should not be happening with what was a $50 case new, preordered right at the S4 launch last year.

I like them. I've had the black on black on my S4 for over a year. It's light, protective and sleek.

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