Friday Favorites: Speck Phone Case

*articles may contain affiliate links* It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Friday Favorite, so this week you get a post dedicated to one thing that’s had me swooning lately – my newest Speck Phone Case!

Speck Phone CaseWe’ve talked about my love for Speck Phone Cases in the past, but I don’t think any of them compare to the one I recently received. Just as the Pittsburgh Penguins were starting their Stanley Cup Playoff Series, I got my “black and yellow” bling phone case from Speck. (Ok, the real name is CandyShell Clear with Glitter in Onyx/Gold, but humor me?)

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Isn’t she just perfect for us Pittsburgh fans? That gold glimmers like the reflection off Lord Stanley and the onyx reminds me of the fight it took to get our city to be the City of Champions. Can’t you see it?

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I love this Speck phone case because it is lightweight but protective (not just because it is pretty). It is slim – not much added to the slimness of my Samsung Galaxy S7 – but it packs a punch with Speck’s dual-layer military-grade protection. Because of the materials used to make these cases, they also withstand exposure to summer “stuff” like sunscreen and bbq sauce – wiping clean is a breeze. It is UV protected, so that gold is going to keep it’s pretty color, too! And when I am in the sun, boy does this beauty sparkle.

Now, this glittery case is pretty glam, so I don’t think I’ll be slipping a card pocket onto it, but if you need something that helps keep your cards close at hand, Speck has a solution for that. The Presidio Wallet is a great option for those of us who like simplicity when it comes to having the important things close by.

If you are super cool and have upgraded to the “8’s” in either Galaxy or iPhone, don’t you worry. Speck has you covered, too. In fact, their spring/summer line has me drooling too (I can’t get enough aqua this summer)!

These are perfect accessories for summer, don’t you think? Find out more about how you can Speck yourself here. What cases do you absolutely love?

Saved by the Phone

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Are you like us and live without an alarm clock? A land line? If so, you probably know the feeling I had this morning when I forgot to plug in my phone before bed. As I rolled over to tame the beeping beside me, I realized my alarm was going off literally seconds before my phone battery was dead. At 1%, I was somehow saved by my phone.

There would have been no phone call from my boss asking where I was. The kids would eventually have woken me, but who knows when. And if Greg hadn’t set his alarms, who knows when the two of us (recovering from mancold, a cough, and a nursing side effect) would have come out of hibernation. We totally rely on our cell phones.

In some cases…we even rely on them as our wallets. Before I got my pretty Speck phone case, I was using one of those sticker pockets that held my ID and Debit card. It was a nice convenience, so you can imagine transitioning was a little difficult (but it is SO pretty!). It’s ok though, because I passed the convenience on to Greg.

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As the dad who often has to juggle a diaper bag and two car seats while corraling two big kids, it is nice to be able to carry less. His cell phone case, also from Speck, helps him do just that. This S4 case, the SmartFlex Card, has a slick built-in slot for cards (up to 3) and has a flat back (something my pocket didn’t provide). Beyond that, you can rest assured you have Speck’s Military Grade protection (in case you seem to think carrying less now means you can carry more and you drop your phone).

Some more about the SmartFlex Card Samsung Galaxy S4 Case from Speck Products:

Card and wallet case. Securely hold up to 3 cards (or folded bills) in this Galaxy S4 cover’s side-loading slot.
Military-grade drop tested. Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G standards. Drop tested onto a hard, unrelenting surface with phone retaining full functionality and no damage to screen or buttons.
Easy on, easy off. Flexible construction provides protection that’s durable, yet pops on and off in a snap.
Detailed to defend. Raised bezel protects screen from impact and adds grip so your phone can lie face down on tables or dashboards without sliding. Rubberized covers shield volume and power buttons while keeping them fully accessible.

Greg had been using my old Speck case which lasted us combined almost 2.5 years with very little wear and tear. He’s expecting this case will live up to the same expectations, but that he can upgrade his phone and eventually case, too. (Yes, you can get this case for newer phone models.) The alarm and volume are not impacted by the extra protective features or by carrying your cards and cash along with you.

Forgetting to plug your phone in, does however impact that. We’re thankful that our phones can save us from time to time…and that by protecting with Speck we have returned the love to our phones.

Until end of day DECEMBER 15, 2015 ONLY: Save 25% on all Speck Products, site-wide, by shopping at SpeckProducts.com! Last day for Christmas shipping is December 16!

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About Speck

Speck creates award-winning cases designed to make an impact – and take one. Since 2001, we’ve been making distinctive products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, laptops, watches, and backpacks. We deliver a balance of artful design and military-grade protection, for a difference you can see and feel. Our roots are in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the intersection of design and technology, inspiring us to craft masterfully engineered products. We believe that excellence is in the details, which is why we create cases that enable you to go more places and enjoy more from your mobile devices. Get to know us at speckproducts.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Gift Idea: Speck Galaxy S5 Phone Case

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It’s no secret that I take my phone with me everywhere. Truthfully, 92% of the time, it’s to help tame my anxiety that something and everything all at once is going to go wrong and the other 8% of the time is to curb my boredom / need to always be doing something. Because of that, I’ve found that I need a case that is going to keep my precious phone safe.

You probably remember that I’ve tried out a few other Speck phone cases (for the Galaxy S4 and most recently S5). It was time for another case change, so I decided to give the CandyShell Inked Samsung Galaxy S5 Case a try.

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As a mom with tattoos and a love for pretty much anything girly blue, I was swooning over this case. Sure, the case was going to protect my Galaxy S5 from the certain drops while juggling two babies, a diaper bag, an overly full purse, water bottle and keys…but even more…it was going to be pretty. I am really swayed by pretty things, you see? (And now it makes me want some watercolor tattoos…that’s where the tattoos come in!)

I’d recommend this case to anyone who is looking for something pretty that still provides protection. The ONLY “con” I experienced with it so far is that if I forget to turn my volume up at night, it has quieted my alarm (not to the point I’ve slept through it, though). Back to the pluses? My phone has yet to overheat in this case. And, this CandyShell case (available for both the Galaxy S5 and S6) boasts military-grade protection for the accidents that are bound to happen when you take your phone everywhere. A little bit more straight from speckproducts.com:

CandyShell Inked features stunning high-res graphics with a durable coating for brilliantly colored Galaxy S5 cases that won’t fade. Plus, this CandyShell Inked Galaxy S5 case is certified to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards for military-grade protection. CandyShell Inked is detailed to defend with a raised bezel to protect your Galaxy S5 screen from impact, rubberized covers to shield volume and power buttons, and a dual-layer design for two layers of protection in one protective Galaxy S5 case.

Like all of our products, this Galaxy S5 case has been lab-tested against extreme temperatures, cracks, and abrasions.

Speck makes products that are designed for impact to protect the tech you rely on. With a balance of slim lines and military-grade protection, we provide a difference you can see and feel.

I know the days of shopping are getting closer and closer to the holiday, but it’s not to late to add this one under your tree!

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ON DECEMBER 7, 2015 ONLY: Save 25% on all Speck Phone Cases (excluding iPhone) by shopping at SpeckProducts.com!

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About Speck

Speck creates award-winning cases designed to make an impact – and take one. Since 2001, we’ve been making distinctive products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, laptops, watches, and backpacks. We deliver a balance of artful design and military-grade protection, for a difference you can see and feel. Our roots are in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the intersection of design and technology, inspiring us to craft masterfully engineered products. We believe that excellence is in the details, which is why we create cases that enable you to go more places and enjoy more from your mobile devices. Get to know us at speckproducts.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.