Speck CandyShell Amped Case Turns Up the Volume: Review

The Speck Amped case for iPhone 5/5S may look like another protective CandyShell case, but it’s got a trick up its sleeve. Appropriately named, the Amped actually has a built in amplifier that’s supposed to make audio sound louder and clearer. Best of all, it’s passive and requires no power at all.

Amped takes the cake for coolest interior of any iPhone case. There’s a fun pattern imprinted into Amped’s soft silicon interior that’s actually a flattened out horn. Like a phonograph horn, it takes a little sound and turns it into bigger sound. Speck ingeniously funnels your iPhone’s speaker through a curved maze and out a speaker vent that takes up a large side of the phone.

The Speck Amped is supposed to double iPhone’s volume and clarity. That is quite the tall order. We found a big differences between voice and music. Voice, as in speakerphone, does sound noticeably louder and even clearer. It doesn’t just sound louder, but bigger and less directional. Music, on the other hand, regrettably, sounds not much louder and instead more muffled and the increase in volume may or may not be noticeable depending on the audio.

Fortunately, you can also expect the same quality of any other CandyShell case with Amped. There’s a good grip, supreme protection, and comfortable usability with the rubberized button overlays. Also, you can expect some zany colors like cadet blue mixed with carribean blue, and bubblegum pink mixed with flamingo pink. There’s also a more traditional black and slate grey. Amped is a tad thicker than the classic CandyShell case, and it feels about the same weight. Pricing in at $44.95, it’s definitely on the pricey side of iPhone cases. The Speck CandyShell Amped amplification case is currently available from speckproducts.com.

The Good: Passively amplifies iPhone audio, solid protection, great grip, neat appearance inside and out, makes speakerphone voices sound clearer, no batteries required.

The Bad: Tough to remove. Volume increase is minimal for music.

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