Quick Review: Speck CandyShell Grip for the Nokia Lumia 1020

If you picked up your Lumia 1020 today or are planning on it, you may want to consider getting a case to protect that $700 investment. Cases run the gamut from light shells that offer some protection against dings and scratches up to the OtterBox, for those in industry.

The company Speck has released their CandyShell Grip for the Lumia 1020 and its available right now from AT&T via their physical stores or online for $35. The price is a bit high, but this is a quality case offering solid mid-range protection and an interesting look.

Head past the break for our thoughts and video tour.

The main selling points of the Speck CandyShell Grip are the following:

  • 2-in-1 Hard/Soft construction
  • Shock absorbent
  • Comfortable ridged grip

We picked ours up in bumblebee yellow to match our Lumia 1020 though white was also available.

So how is it? It’s a snug fit and one of those cases where you’ll want to put it on and leave it on. That means no hot-swaps with the Nokia Camera Grip (PD-95G) or sliding into your fitted car holster. In addition, make sure your lanyard is off as you’ll need to thread that through the case if you want to use it.

The case itself looks sharp and we like the appearance it gives, though your opinion may vary. Protection seems quite robust, especially for the delicate corners. The rubber grips on the side to add a nice tacky feel to the phone, ensuring that you don’t let it slip from your fingers and the faux buttons are quite responsive with the device.

To the point: The Speck CandyShell Grip for the Lumia 1020 is a well built, tightly fitting case offering mid-to-high level of protection (the display is still exposed). It adds a little bit of girth but not prohibitively so. While $35 is priced a bit high, we can say that at least the device doesn’t look or feel cheap. Plus, we think it looks cool. Just plan to leave it on once it’s on.

The Speck CandyShell Grip case for the Lumia 1020 is available from AT&T for $35 starting today. More accessories for the Lumia 1020 can be found in our WPCentral Store as items come in.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.