Speck PixelSkin Case for iPhone 4 - Accessory Review

I spent the past week using the PixelSkin Case for iPhone 4. Speck has a lot of great accessory lines from iPhone cases and skins to everything iPad and iPod as well, but I was a little hesitant at first as I'm not a fan of cases that add bulk and most pattern or etched cases do.  I was pleasantly surprised with this one and still have it on my iPhone. 

I've never been a huge fan of textured cases, but this one is deceiving. It isn't really "textured". Most of the square pattern you see is actually smooth on the outside of the case. It feels nice in the hand and slides in and out of pockets incredibly easily. Part of the reason I have always preferred smooth cases is I'm not a purse girl by any means. I prefer keeping my phone in my pocket. I carry about a messenger type bag with me for all intensive "purse purposes". Throwing my phone in there, it would take me 20 minutes to find it when I needed it. Pockets are quicker and easier. So I've always looked for cases that don't fight me when trying to slip it back into my pocket. Finding smooth, thin cases and not sacrificing any protection is always a tough battle.

This particular case not only feels good in the hand, but protects the sides of the phone and allows the screen to be a bit recessed without adding extra bulk. I'm the master at dropping my phone and I dropped it once with this case on it. It landed face down on hard wood floor with no damage to be seen. Since the case comes up over the edges, it helps for those times when you'd like to set your phone screen down, or Jobs forbid it, you're like me and just have the clumsy gene. Either way - if you're looking for a case that provides a decent amount of protection without adding "too" much bulk, check out the Speck PixelSkin case for iPhone 4 in the TiPb Accessory Store. It's available in purple, pink, and black. If you already have it, let us know your thoughts on it in the comments as well! Still not the case for you, browse the rest of our case selection in the TiPb iPhone 4 Accessory Store!

TiPb iPhone 4.5-star rated


  • Doesn't collect dust or pocket lint
  • Extremely smooth despite being silicone
  • Rugged look but smooth in your hand
  • Doesn't add bulk
  • Doesn't get dirty quickly like many silicone-based cases


  • Stretches out a bit after being taken on and off
  • Some 3rd party chargers and accessories may not fit into the dock connector with the skin on

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Allyson Kazmucha

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west3man says:

You might want to fix the first link.

Redux says:

I have this in black and it does collect dust and pocket lint

Allyson Kazmucha says:

@West fixed sorry about that
@Redux Mine hasn't. Maybe the black shows it and the colors don't? hmmm

Redux says:

I think that's what it is.it's very noticeable on the black one.but that's the only issue

Greg says:

I used the pixel skin for my 3GS and loved it!!! I also live this one but it has one problem I u use the flash the hole was not cut out right and it causes a cloudy looking pic. I tested it by taking pics w the pixel skin on and off, pics were fine with the case off! I would like to see speck redo the case and make the camera hole bigger like the hd case!!!!

SockRolid says:

I've given up on always-on cases. Even the rubber edges on the Bumper make it really hard to slide the iPhone in and out of a pocket. I can't imagine what it would be like with a grippy full silicone case.
Plus, as many reviewers have said, the ridge around the screen makes it hard to tap the extreme left and right edges of the screen. For example, I can't set the insertion point to the left of the '@' to type RT when manually re-tweeting in the Twitter app.
So I use a leather slip case now (made by a premium manufacturer, but I won't mention the brand to avoid sounding spammy.) I just slide the iPhone out of the case to use it. I'm more worried about scuffing or denting the plastic strip around the front and back glass when it's in my pocket than I am worried about actually dropping it when I'm using it. And, strangely, the slip case feels slimmer than the iPhone with Bumper on. Weird.

Ianl87 says:

I received my pixelskin hd today in the mail courtesy of the apple case program. After such a long wait, I was quite disappointed as even though it offers great protection, the bit covering the on/off button is really really stiff. Looks like the search for the perfect case is still on

Ianl87 says:

Will there be a review on the vapour case?

Ronn says:

I'm still looking for a case that is as awesome as the otterbox commuter for the 3GS. I was very satisfied with that case. This pixel looks like it is close but doesn't cover the ports. Gotta keep that lint out.

The Dude says:

Are you a dude cuz you sound like one?

Cody says:

Where did you get one of these in red? I've been looking all over and can't seem to find one in this color anywhere.

Gup says:

I got the PixelSkin HD. I regret selecting this case as my free Apple ip4 case. It's so stiff, I can barely get the power button to work through it. Usually takes me 3 tries and I have to really push hard. Also, this case is so tight, it totally butchered the corner of my screen protector (Zagg Invisible Shield) by pinching the corners and basically getting under it, prying it up.
I'll probably get a different one after I replace my screen protector.

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