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Speck Products SmartFlex View Case for iPhone 5 & 5S - Black/Black/Slate Grey
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- Custom-designed protection for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S
- Case transforms iPhone into a freestanding video display
- Retractable stand for movies, FaceTime and more
- Flexes on and off easily
- Raised bezel keeps screen safe and pristine; rubberized covers shield buttons
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- Size (LWH): 7.75 inches, 1 inches, 4.5 inches
- Weight: 2.24 ounces
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|Compatible Phone Models||Samsung Galaxy S4||Apple iPhone 5||Apple iPhone 5||Apple iPhone 5|
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Speck SmartFlex View for iPhone 5 and 5S
Speck's SmartFlex View Case lets you go from case to FaceTime in a snap. The SmartFlex View is a sleek case that transforms iPhone into a freestanding video display. A retractable stand makes viewing--for movies, FaceTime and more--easy and comfortable. And an extra-protective back plate holds the stand when not in use. Durable and lightweight, the SmartFlex View case for iPhone 5 or 5S protects your device while making it a lot easier to use. A raised screen bezel and rubberized button covers add protection and grip. Your SmartFlex case will flex off and on easily.
Lab Tested, Proven Protection
Every Speck case delivers Proven Protection. Speck's lab has put them through a battery of tests including standing up to extreme temperatures, and resisting scratches and even everyday spills like greasy suntan lotion. If it doesn't pass, Speck won't sell it.
The Long Live Promise
Proven protection and sleek design. Long live having it all.
|CandyShell||CandyShell Flip||CandyShell Grip||SmartFlex Card||SmartFlex View||Pixel Skin||Pixel Skin HD||FabShell|
|A tasty confection of style and protection.||Delightfully dockable.||Turn all-thumbs into thumbs up.||Calls, cash and cards combined.||From case to FaceTime in a snap.||The new shape of grippiness.||Finely tuned low-profile style.||How fabulous feels.|
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|Rubberized Button Covers|
|Materials||Hard polycarbonate with shock-absorbent TPE lining||Hard polycarbonate with shock-absorbent TPE lining||Hard polycarbonate with shock-absorbent TPE lining and grips||Flexible TPU||Flexible TPU with hard polycarbonate back plate||Silicone||Flexible TPU||Hard polycarbonate with flexible TPU bezel and corners + fabric|
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Color: Black/Grey | Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
Other cases with kickstands fall down when the iPhone or the table is bumped; the "rubber band" effect causes those kickstands to fold away when bumped. By design, the kickstand on this case stays out until you put it away. No amount of bumping will allow this kickstand to accidentally fold up.
The kickstand's weakness is that its viewing angle isn't adjustable. When I use the kickstand in portrait mode for Facetime, the iPhone is always angled at 75 degrees or so. This means that I have to sit close to and above the iPhone so people can see me in the camera. It also means that the view is a little awkward because the background behind me is pretty far up the wall which looks odd to the viewer. It'd be nicer if I could adjust it to a steeper angle, like 80 or 85 degrees or so. My workaround is to put an Post-It notepad under the kickstand or find something else to wedge behind it for a closer-to-90-degree angle. It's not a deal killer but it's a minor drawback.
It doesn't have a cutout for the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone; some people like having that.
The case is rubbery plastic. It was protect from scuffs and most drops. But it isn't a "candy shell".
-Good design concept
-Doesn't add unwanted bulk (in fact, I wanted something that made the iPhone 5 fatter for easier grip)
-Good materials and decent grip
-The bottom cross bar that goes underneath the Home button is weak a point as it is loose already. My expectation is that after being pulled out of my pocket 100-200 times, it will pull and begin to sag - becoming both unattractive and a liability.
-While the stand is novel in it's design, it seems very fragile. If it lasts a couple of years, it's genius.
-The stand is too vertical, standing at about 80 degrees in both portrait and landscape mode. This makes viewing close up difficult (as on an airplane)
And It adds a little protection from scuffs and drops.
But its sides are too slippery. I helped that situation some by spraying epoxy grit on the sides. That helps a lot, and the grit doesn't seem to be rubbing off-- but only time will tell how well the spray on grit will stay on.
Also, when you are holding the phone to your ear, you will likely notice a "sharp" edge surround the back of the phone. This is because the back of this case is made with hard plastic that sticks out farther than the soft sides. Speck put a bezel on the back plastic piece, but it is an angle instead of a rounded edge, and since it is wider than the sides, you can easily feel that edge. A lot of people might not notice or care, but I bet they would prefer one with a softer not "sharp" back edge. I will likely take some sand paper and see if I can smooth out the edge some.
This is my first case with a kickstand, and I really wanted a kickstand. Maybe all cases with kickstands have these or other problems. And maybe this is the best kickstand case out there. And if it is, then maybe this deservers more stars, but it seems like Speck could have made a few small design changes to fix the slipper sides and the "sharp" back edge issues-- and if they took the time to do that, then I would have been happy to give this 5 stars regardless of what other kickstand phones are out there.
UPDATE: Most of the spray grit wore off in a week. But the texture that is left seems like it will stay and that it is more than it had out of box. I took a knife and carved off a bit of the back edge. On closer inspection, I think the "sharp" edge was a bead of leftover product when they melted/joined the sides together with the back. It is much more comfortable to hold now, but it is not nearly as nice as other cases. But then again, this case has a kickstand. With my modifications, I am happy with this case.
My only ding on this case is that the stand, in my opinion, was placed incorrectly. The stand works perfectly for landscape view. However, if you want to want to use the stand in the portrait orientation you cannot have headphones or the lightning cable plugged in. Most of the time this is not a huge deal because most of what you would watch is landscape, but for certain apps like Pandora (which for some reason dropped landscape support) it makes things a bit awkward.
I gave the overall case 4 stars but I would give the stand 5 stars in landscape and 1 star in portrait.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thin, works well. Not sure how great the protection from falls will be. It hasn't had to protect from a fall or drop yet. Sure hope it's going to do it's job. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Keith W.
a great phone case, i love the kick stand. and i always get compliments on my casePublished 1 month ago by Supriya
Love this case after having an otter box that was defective from day one. Obviously not as sturdy as an otter box but definitely close to being as sturdy and much better! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca A
Worked great for almost a year, until the stand broke and would no longer go all the way back in.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer