HTC One (M8) Dot View Case Review

Cases are a big deal, as many smartphone makers are coming up with some interesting ones that not only provide that comforting level of protection, but also some neat functionality. With the announcement of the brand spanking new 2014 edition of the 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

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25. vivak

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

It looks good for me and I got it much cheaper on for $20.

23. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have to agree that this actually looks fresh and quite awesome. On par with Samsung's S-View covers

22. emmanex84

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I hate m8 cos it don't have fingerprint..pissed

21. emmanex84

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I hate m8 cos it don't have fingerprint..pissed

24. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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)

19. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012


17. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

15. lukkiristi unregistered

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.

14. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 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!


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

kinda reminds me of LG's QuickView case for the Vu 3. but with dots

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

One of the best covers till date. But why to cover this phone???

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 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

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Great review John B, cool retro look, but I agree a little expensive...

6. danjun220

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Epic Fail!! not convincing....

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

so many dots on front looks very weird....

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It looks better in the picture.

2. papss unregistered

This is my favorite cover

1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1489; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

looks cheap, the back looks ordinary

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The M8 has a SLCD, so doesn't that mean it would use the same amount power as turning the screen on

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah I guess you are right :P

16. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Its very Beautiful and charismatic case..i didnt know it till i saw a movie about it.

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