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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  • Pull it out, then snap it back in. Until you slide the stand out and feel how snappily it retracts shut, you can't really appreciate the eloquent way the SmartFlex View for iPhone 5 and 4S/4 ($34.95) employs its discreet stand. The rest of the case is rubberized with a grip, and felt pretty tough. The one pictured above is the Grape/Lavender/Peacock version.

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

  • playing with an iPad Mini

    The vegan leather turquoise iPad Mini FitFolio case felt good in hand. You can't really tell until you see it in person, but the clasp is petite and snaps the front cover in place, open or shut.

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

  • Mix and match: Macbook SeeThru

    The snap-on SeeThru cases for Macbook Air and Pro are just what you'd expect - bur I didn't realize you could pick-a-mix top and bottom colors until one of Speck's employees showed me her Macbook's flair.

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

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

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