Monday, May 12, 2014

Hard Candy Cases/Gumdrop Cases - Review

First off, I love the name. It’s cute and fun. So naturally  I said yes when Gum Drop Cases asked if I'd like to review a phone case. But what surprised me when it arrived was its durability. I've had a few different cases in the past, and the 'better' quality brand name silicone always stretches out, much to my dismay. Those cases usually come in a variety of fun colors and patterns, stamped with the 'name'. I was skeptical, but agreed to try this one. 

At first I thought the corner was loose as I fitted it onto myiPhone 5. It turns out that getting the case in place was a little tricky. I was kind of surprised that there isn't plastic to cover the rear-of-the-phone lens. However, it feels protective enough that I didn't mind letting my son walk around with the phone a little. I never, ever, I mean ever, allow my kids to play with my phone.

I had thought that I might have trouble getting the car adapter plugged into the earphone jack because of the rigid portion of the case, but that turned out not to be an issue.  It generally works easily, but sometimes it is difficult to hold back the rubber portion of the case so the jack can be inserted.

The hard plastic portion that covers the home button sometimes gets a little in the way when trying to tap the bottom of the screen, but the power button and volume buttons work easily.  To toggle the silent button my husband had to use his finger because his thumb is too wide to fit in the opening.  Just a little wider might be nice.


I do like that the case does not slide on surfaces where my old case slid.  Despite being "sticky" on various surfaces, the case still slides in and out of my jeans pockets easily.

The tabs that cover the openings kind of snap into place and stay nicely in there, and I like how the rubber portion of the case snaps into various spaces convincingly. I am concerned that the bottom of the case may interfere with the microphone when recording videos.  I'm not sure whether this is an actual issue or just worry.

Aesthetically speaking it bothers me that the opening of the clear plastic over speaker (next to the ear) is not symmetrical. I like the textured feeling of the case.  It stays nicely in my hand. I no longer have to worry about putting my phone in the same briefcase pocket as my keys. I used to worry about the phone getting all scratched up. It’s a good choice all around!

Both companies offer the latest iPad, iPhone and MacBook cases. They also have cases for Samsung, general tablets, and the Kindle Fire.

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** I received one Gum Drop iPhone5 case to facilitate this feature. **

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