Dec 23, 2014
As 2014 comes to an end, I have to say that it has been a great year for smartphone enthusiasts. For those of us lovingly stuck on Android, it has been especially enthralling; device manufacturers have shamelessly tried to outdo each other, and with that competitive atmosphere, regular consumers cannot help but win.
HTC made waves with the refreshed One (M8). The timeless design, metal exterior and softer Sense overlay makes it a surprisingly relevant option even today. HTC has done an admirable job of creating a veritable hardware ecosystem around its devices. Items like the MediaLink and newer camera accessory definitely help one fall in love with HTC devices.
One peripheral piece I have always found intriguing is the Dot View case. HTC is not the first Android device maker to go above and beyond with regards to cases, but the Dot View brings the extras in an interesting, loose manner. The case itself is light, surprisingly so; it is mostly plastic, and on its own, looks like a book cover of sorts with the back and fused, dot-spaced front cover.
Setting it up is a matter of snapping it on; it fits perfectly with no gaps. On the M8, the companion Dot View app is the companion utility, and allows one to select apps that can be used with the case. In practice, the case is activated by a double tap, and then the cases utility is shown in all its glory. The display gets a retro feel and (depending on one’s setting) shows a simple data set of information through the device case. As a concept, I like it a lot: no need to open the case to see basic info and notifications, and even calls can be manipulated through the case. Yes, I admit I enjoyed reading the caller ID and answering the phone “through” the case way more than I probably should have.
My biggest gripe is the way the front works. The front naturally swings to shut, but doesn’t close all the way, as the cover doesn’t really stay plush on the phone. This little issue jumps on my singular OCD nerve.
In the spirit of nitpicking, I wish it was a bit more customizable. My biggest whine, however, is that the slim profile comes with a price: not a lot of physical protection. Frankly, I would avoid dropping it. Duh.
All in all, for a piece that is not that new, it is definitely a keeper. It’s gotten to the point that accessories are beginning to help tip the balance when it comes to picking upgrades.
The Dot View case underscores why.
Mobile Fun was kind enough to provide us with the opportunity to check out the Dot View case, and it is available to purchase (starting at $31.99) via the the Mobile Fun website