Skulls and candy: Hands-on with Speck phone and tablet cases [Gift Guide 2012]

Skulls and candy: Hands-on with Speck phone and tablet cases [Gift Guide 2012]

Summary: Small Silicon Valley startup spinoff Speck Products has quickly become the company making some of the world's most popular iPhone cases. Violet Blue visited Speck's new HQ and went hands-on with their new lines.

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  • Speck HQ's front door

    Silicon Valley company Speck Products began as a small spinoff startup. 

    In the past year, Speck's team - helmed by a female CEO - has grown the startup from a small office/storefront combo, into a big space in Mountain View that I got to visit last week. 

    I've watched Speck grow from a distance, the way we warily watch startups around here. Speck managed to attain a lot of success and yet retained their creative integrity and stayed dedicated to listening to their customers. That's not a typical Valley startup. 

    So when I got a chance to visit Speck's new HQ in Mountain View, California, I jumped at the chance.

    Click through the rest of this mini-gallery to see my experience going hands-on with Speck's new lines.

    See what I liked the most from my visit to Speck HQ in this gallery: Favorite Speck cases under $40 [Gift Guide 2012].

  • A funny welcome to Speck's HQ.

    Outside at Speck HQ: the sign's color slowly changes.

    Much of Speck's astonishing growth has happened only within the past two years. Speck's cases have proven desirable enough that that company now has partnerships with Apple and Burton.

    See what I liked the most from my visit to Speck HQ in this gallery: Favorite Speck cases under $40 [Gift Guide 2012].

  • Presented with an array of Speck's cases

    I wanted to see and touch Speck's newest gear in person, and it was worth the trip to see how the cases felt and functioned. During my visit, Speck let me investigate and test its newest iPhone, Nexus, iPad Mini, Kindle Fire cases and folios.

    In this photo, you can see some of the cloth patterned Burton cases, and the new kid-proof iGuy for iPad.

    See what I liked the most from my visit to Speck HQ in this gallery: Favorite Speck cases under $40 [Gift Guide 2012].

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Topics: Apple, Amazon, Android, iPhone, iPad, Smartphones, Tablets

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