HTC One (M8) Dot View Case Review8.5
HTC One, the Taiwanese based company has something original and fresh that’s absolutely different from what we’ve seen elsewhere. Enter the HTC Dot View case, a peculiar looking thing that delivers a retro-like dot matrix feel with its protective front cover – dishing up some delightful notifications, gestures, and information.
At first glance, we can’t help ourselves but to draw up comparisons to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover. Needless to say, the HTC Dot View case borrows some elements from it, as the all-around protective case is able to display information even while the front cover is completely shut and over the display of the HTC One. However, it has a totally different approach where it produces a colorful and fun dot-matrix pattern – one that’s retro looking indeed!
Let’s briefly talk about the design of the case, which at its core, is a form-fitting thing that envelops the entire case front and back. With the rear portion, it’s actually a plastic material that has a slick finish to it – while long cutouts around its side provide us with easy access to all of its ports and buttons. However, the front portion with all the uniform dot cutouts has a more rubbery texture to it, which plays nicely by cushioning and protecting the display.
What’s unique here with the HTC Dot View Case is how it’s able to produce some neat-o visuals. Thanks to the uniform dots littered throughout the front cover, that retro-like dot-matrix display look is achieved. It’s pretty slick looking to tell you the truth, mainly because it’s fresh and something we haven’t seen before. In addition, it incorporates a few of the HTC One’s new Motion Launch gestures – where we’re able to turn on the display by double tapping the front cover, and activate Voice Dialing by doing a swipe down gesture.
Interestingly, there are some animated elements with the dot-matrix pattern too – albeit, it’s reserved strictly for incoming calls. To be exact, a subtle accept/reject animation pops up, where we’re required to either swipe up/down to accept/decline. Of course, it’s nice being presented with a quick look at the time, temperature, and some relevant notification through it. As much as we appreciate what it has to offer at the moment, we’re hoping to see some other enhancements down the road – like enabling us the option to personalize what it displays.
Finally, the only qualms we have is how it’s a bit uncomfortable to hold the handset in landscape while holding the front cover down. Interestingly enough, there isn’t a magnet incorporated into the front cover, but regardless of that, it manages to stay firmly shut in place. Trying to pull it all the way back so it’s hugging the rear casing, that’s another challenge in itself because it just wants to close shut – due to its form fitting nature.
At the end of the day, the HTC Dot View Case is an intriguing case that’s refreshingly different, more so with its retro dot-matrix pattern. However, at $50.00 a pop, it’s a pretty costly – almost halfway to the cost of some battery charging cases.
- Cool retro-look thanks to its dot-matrix pattern layout
- Incorporates some of the new Motion Launch Gestures
- Colorful and fun look
- Form-fitting & doesn’t add a lot of bulk
- It’s pretty expensive at $50
- Difficult to hold/operate the phone in landscape
5. vincelongman (Posts: 3328; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I think the front looks nice
But I agree the back looks really cheap, especially since the M8's backs aluminium
13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1873; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Yeah the case just looks cheap. However, it'll save some battery for people who check the time a lot like me haha
18. vincelongman (Posts: 3328; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
The M8 has a SLCD, so doesn't that mean it would use the same amount power as turning the screen on
16. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Its very Beautiful and charismatic case..i didnt know it till i saw a movie about it.
2. papss (unregistered)
This is my favorite cover
4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
so many dots on front looks very weird....
7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2098; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Great review John B, cool retro look, but I agree a little expensive...
8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2098; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Oh and will they have a white one? Or black ?
9. papss (unregistered)
From the product page there is a black but no white
10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
One of the best covers till date. But why to cover this phone???
11. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
protection against cracks dents scratches, it really pisses me of and i hate when i have any of those on my phone, look after the piece of beauty and gem, it costs 500
12. DONUT (Posts: 370; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
kinda reminds me of LG's QuickView case for the Vu 3. but with dots
14. newbey123 (Posts: 519; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Its a pretty cool case, but I can't bring myself to cover up my M8 beast that is heading to me and the wifey. Both will be rocking naked phones!
15. lukkiristi (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
This is such nitpicking I know, but there's no such time as 09:14 p.m. 09:14 is by default a.m. So I can't possibly buy this phone.
17. jellmoo (Posts: 1116; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
It's definitely... interesting... The problem with it though is that it looks incredibly unprofessional. When you use your device for work, it's probably not for the best if your phone case makes it look like a Lite Brite.
21. emmanex84 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
I hate m8 cos it don't have fingerprint..pissed
24. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
That's a good point. A phone newer than HTC One Max made by HTC and they left it out? Well I guess because it wasn't in a convenient position like the S5 or the 5S for the example (haha...S5 and 5S)
22. emmanex84 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)
I hate m8 cos it don't have fingerprint..pissed
23. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
I have to agree that this actually looks fresh and quite awesome. On par with Samsung's S-View covers
25. vivak (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)
It looks good for me and I got it much cheaper on Casezz.com for $20.