Protect the One: Our favorite HTC One cases
The HTC One is … one of the best phones on the market, and if there was an Android phone beauty contest, it would definitely walk off with the crown. But how do you make sure it stays pretty? Well, by covering it up, silly. You’ve got to invest in a decent case. The trick is finding something that can protect without ruining those good looks. Below are our favorite cases for HTC’s flagship.
(Before we get started here’s our HTC One review, a few tips and tricks you might find helpful, and some problems and solutions to keep it ticking along.)
OtterBox Commuter Series Case ($35)
A hard polycarbonate shell with a shock absorbing silicone layer inside is standard protection in a good smartphone case and that’s what you’ll find in the Commuter Series. You can opt for classic black or a two tone color effect. The style is quite angular, with cut outs for the camera and ports, and an OtterBox logo on the back. If you want real rugged protection, the Defender Series might suit you better, but this will be enough for most people.
Body Glove Tactic Brushed ($30)
It’s a classic hard shell exterior with an impact-resistant gel lining, but this case also has gel ribs up each side for easy grip. There’s also a gel design on the back and thick corners for extra impact protection, and to prevent your phone sliding off surfaces. It has a nice matte finish so you won’t end up with a lot of scratches or fingerprints and comes in charcoal and black, slightly brighter white and charcoal, or a screaming pink and silver color combo. We definitely recommend the screaming pink.
Case Mate Barely There Case ($20)
This slim series of cases has proven popular for Case Mate over the years. The idea is to create as low a profile as possible while still offering some basic protection. You’ve got a slim case, available in black, white, or pink, that’s precisely cut so you can fully access your phone without ever having to remove it from the case. It’s slightly malleable, so it will guard against minor drops and prevent scratches to the body. It’s completely plain apart from a small logo at the bottom.
Incipio Feather Shine Case ($30)
It seems a shame to cover something as good looking as the HTC One in a case, especially when it’s garish and rubbery. This Incipio offering is a rare beast, a chic and sleek, snap on case with transparent sides and an aluminum finish on the back. If you want something understated that doesn’t detract from the One’s design then this could be it.
Seidio Surface with Metal Kickstand ($35)
The two piece design makes it easy to slide your HTC One in and out of this case. It’s nice and slim and it has a comfortable to hold soft-touch coating. The main attraction is the magnetic kickstand that flips out from the center of the back and gives you the perfect angle for viewing video. It comes in black, red, purple, and blue block colors, with the silver kickstand bearing the Seidio logo serving as the only real detail.
Cruzerlite Androidified A2 TPU Case ($13)
Affordable and simple, you won’t have to spend much to secure one of these Cruzerlite cases. They are one piece TPU with an Android design on the back. You get a host of colors to choose from and all the cut outs you need are present and correct. For basic protection on a budget, you can’t go wrong here.
Ballistic Aspira Series Case ($35)
With a Ballistic case on your HTC One you can afford to relax. They offer typical dual-layer protection with reinforced corners to give shock absorption where it really counts. The case completely surrounds the HTC One and there’s a lip to protect the display if you should lay it face down. Full access to ports is there and buttons are highlighted with colored covers. There are a few different color options, mostly seriously bright, from pink and orange to lime green and black, all with a Ballistic logo down the side.
Speck Candyshell Grip Case ($35)
Improved grip definitely helps to prevent accidents and this Speck case provides a ribbed pattern so your HTC One is easier to grip and less likely to slide off surfaces. It’s the same dual layer system we’re used to, with rubberized button covers, precision cut outs, and a lip to protect the display when laid face down. It looks pretty stylish with four two-tone color options to choose from.
Spigen Illuzion Legend Leather Case ($38)
You’ll enjoy a more classic look if you opt for this genuine leather case in black or white. It is hinged at the top so you can flip it open easily and there’s a flap enclosure, so no magnets were used. Inside there’s a microfiber lining that keeps your HTC One looking as new as the day it was born. It offers an elegant look that’s also comfortable to hold and practical. There’s no stitching so the only detail is a small “S” on the front. It’s one of the classiest cases we’ve covered.
Proporta Leather Case with Aluminum Lining ($40)
Here’s another tough leather option that flips open to reveal your HTC One. It’s actually lined with aluminum allowing it to have a slim form factor and offers an extra level of protection over leather alone. The interior is a cream color with a pinstripe hinge; it’s stitched all around; and there’s a small Proporta logo tag in red. The closure tab is magnetic.
That’s it for our HTC One cases roundup, but check back because we will update this line up when we discover more worthy entries. If you want to suggest a great HTC One case or share your experience with one of these then please post a comment.
By Simon Hill