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Introduction - Let me start by saying that I DO NOT like cases. They are almost always either cheap, bulky, flimsy, or just nasty in the way they take away from a Phone's beauty. However, My HTC One M8 being brand new and me being super paranoid about damage on new phones, I decided to pick up a new case today. I ended up choosing the Speck Candyshell Grip case because it provides decent drop protection and excellent grip. I do not plan on this being an every day case. It will be used as a "when I need it" kind of case.

First Impressions Review - Speck has gotten a reputation for making high quality cases. They're Candyshell Grip series for the M8 is no exception. I provides just the right amount of protection without adding unnecessary bulk like some other Heavy Duty cases. The build quality is very good overall. Some parts, like around the ports and buttons, lack and plastic to support the TPU and seem a little flimsy. I can only think that Speck did this because any case they made with plastic support in those areas always ends up cracked or broken off. Whether this is an improvement on design or not is yet to be determined. Only time will tell. I honestly do not have much to say about the case at this point. It a well designed well built semi-rugged case. I cannot find any flaws... yet. I will come back and add a more in depth review after spending some time with the case. For now, I just have some pics to share...

Review (after spending some time with case) - After spending several days using this case, i can say that it performs extremely well. I have not dropped it once, so obviously the "grip" feature works well. It also makes using the phone with one hand extremely easy. Doesn't feel like it'll slip out of your hand when trying to reach the opposite side of the screen. Not many cases offer such grip. I really like the case. Only drawback I can see is once the weather gets chilly in 6 months, using this case with jeans could be very problematic. I am extremely impressed with every part of this case and I highly recommend it.

Oh and BTW I don't have any noticeable scratching on the back. This has been a long time problem with speck and I'm glad to say this case doesn't suffer form that drawback.

Link to case - Speck CandyShell Grip
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It seems like a nice case but people say the back scratches way too easily. Is that true?

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It seems like a nice case but people say the back scratches way too easily. Is that true?

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Yeah that back did scratch fairly easy. That's the way it's always been with speck. But honestly what's worse, $30 caae or $750 phone??

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It seems like a nice case but people say the back scratches way too easily. Is that true?

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So after using the case for several days. No major scratching. Only a few micro scratches that you can only see at just the right angle in full lighting.
 
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The grip won't scratch nearly as bad because the grippy "fins" keep the glossy surface which scratches easily, off the table, etc.
It's a good case but not something you want to use if you plan on keeping the phone in your pocket. It's very hard to remove from a pants pocket while sitting down!
 
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The grip won't scratch nearly as bad because the grippy "fins" keep the glossy surface which scratches easily, off the table, etc.
It's a good case but not something you want to use if you plan on keeping the phone in your pocket. It's very hard to remove from a pants pocket while sitting down!
Lol, try impossible. You gotta like straighten yourself and then you do and end up lookin all down syndrome and ish

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Yeah that back did scratch fairly easy. That's the way it's always been with speck. But honestly what's worse, $30 case or $750 phone??

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but honestly there are similar case providing similar protection (maybe except the grip part) and cost <<$25 and definitely dont scratch that easily.
(http://www.spigen.com/brands/htc/htc...lim-armor.html)


which is better <<25$ or 30$ case which scratches preety darn easily?

i wont recommend this case to anyone.
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but honestly there are similar case providing similar protection (maybe except the grip part) and cost <<$25 and definitely dont scratch that easily.
(http://www.spigen.com/brands/htc/htc...lim-armor.html)


which is better <<25$ or 30$ case which scratches preety darn easily?

i wont recommend this case to anyone.
If you had cared to finish reading you would've seen the multiple places in the thread that clearly state the fact that the case didn't scratch easily. On fact mine don't scratch aft at all other than the most minor of microscratches.

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I've got one. Like it a lot. Everything you've read is true. I could care less about the scratches, and haven't even looked as the case is dark, but that what a case if for, scratches. And each scratch is a reminder of the wonderful investment you made. And I've also got a wireless receiver comfortably in there.

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I had a Candyshell Grip on my M7 (and have one on my iPad Mini). I currently have a Spigen Slim Armor on my M8. Looking at your pics, the Candyshell Grip looks to be considerably thinner than the Slim Armor. Kind of makes me want one.

I have dropped my M8 with my Slim Armor. More like, threw it at the concrete, actually. I was pulling it from my pocket at the gas pump, bobbled it, and ended up whipping it at the ground in my attempt to save it. The case took some roadrash to the front lip, but I'm happy to say that it totally saved my phone. And the roadrash has actually become less noticeable over time.

I wonder how well the Speck would have done. I don't mean that to be condescending or to hijack your thread; I legitimately am curious.

That brings me to my next question.

Every, and I mean every, regular Candyshell I've owned has ended up doing the "pencil eraser" effect with the rubber. These weren't bootlegs, unless Speck themselves were selling bootlegs. My two Grip cases haven't seemed to have done this. Can you tell if yours is or is not doing this? The quick way to tell is to rub your finger along the lip. If it rubs off or even feels like a typical pencil eraser, it's gonna rub off.

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