The best cases for the HTC One! (video)
So you got a new HTC One? Congrats! It’s a nice piece of hardware, and you certainly wouldn’t want it to get broken. So we’ve put together an awesome lineup of cases for you that are both stylish and protective!
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If you’re in a rush, you can jump straight to the video, otherwise, stick with us as we take a look into some of the best cases for the HTC One!
Speck Candyshell Grip
First up is the Speck Candyshell Grip. It has raised rubber edges on the front, which provides a nice grip for the front of the screen. Looking at the back, there’s four sections that provide maximum grip in the palm of your hand.
What makes this case even more handy is the raised rubberized buttons over the volume rocker. It makes it easy to control the already hard to press volume buttons. Aside from that, there’s a few nice cut outs for the camera, power, microUSB port, headphone jack, and etc.
All in all, the Speck Candyshell Grip is a very stylish and useful case. It comes in four different colors, and it’s priced at $34.95.
The next case in our lineup is the Speck Candyshell. Unlike the Speck Candyshell Grip, this particular case doesn’t have any rubberized edges for maximum grip. The Speck Candyshell has a very nice glossy finish, and it protects your HTC One very well.
I’ve used the case for about a day and the case has been able to sustain quite a few big scratches on the glossy finish. Suffice to say, it’s a very protective case. Much like the Speck Candyshell Grip, it has raised rubberized volume buttons to control the volume rocker. Furthermore, it has the standard cutouts to access the power button and all the rest of the ports, except for the headphone jack, which is a tad bit of a disappointment.
When it comes down to it, the Speck Candyshell is a great protective case. It just doesn’t have that nice added grip like the Speck Candyshell Grip has. The Speck Canyshell comes in three different high gloss finishes, and it runs for $34.95.
Casemate Tough Case
The Casemate Tough Case is very strong — it has dual layer protection, meaning it has a hard shell back and a soft, rubberized interior. It’ll keep your HTC One nice and safe from any slips and falls. The hard shell back features a nice texture, and the rubber interior is very malleable.
The Casemate Tough Case is very nice to use because not only is the back hard and protective, but it’s also soft and comfortable in the hand. Like the Speck Candyshell cases, it has the rubberized button for the volume rocker and your standard cutouts.
This particular case runs for $31.95, and comes in any color you want — as long as it’s black.
HTC Hardshell with cover
The HTC Hardshell with cover is probably my favorite case out of the entire lineup, and there’s a good reason for that. It features some really awesome material, has a great color scheme, and comes with a media stand to make media consumption easy. The media stand is made out of a nice red velvet, and it flips downwards to set your HTC One up to view media.
It also features the dual speaker experience of the HTC One with Beats Audio. It features two speaker cutouts at the top and bottom, as well as a cutout for the LED, but there isn’t any protection on the sides, though there is rubberized corners on the case in case of dropping accidents. There isn’t a raised rubberized volume rocker button either.
Aside from that, it provides access to all of the buttons on the HTC One to enhance your media experience. All in all, it’s a great case for media consumption. It’s available for a mere $22.99.
The HTC Hardshell is yet another official HTC product. This is the Hardshell case with smart protection. It’s an awesome case, but it doesn’t facilitate the use of a full body protector, such as my Zagg InvisibleShield. Nonetheless, this is a really good case.
It provides grills at the top bottom so you have access to those gorgeous top and bottom front facing speakers. It also feels great in the hand, however, the volume rocker is flesh with the body, which makes them kind of hard to press down on. It still feels great in the hand, though.
You have your standard cutouts throughout the device — microUSB, mic, camera, etc. It’s made out of a hard shell material, so your HTC One is going to be protected from any falls. When it comes down to it, it’s an all around great case that strives to keep your device as thin as possible, while offering maximum protection. It runs for $22.99.
The Triden Aegis is a tough, stylish case. It features dual layer protection — the interior is a soft, silicone material, and the exterior is a poly carbonate material, which makes for a really good hard shell case. Looking around the back, we have that stylish Trident logo.
On the sides and corners is a soft rubber that protects against shock and impact. There’s also a nice rubber bezel around the edge, along with dust protection for the charger and headphone slots. It’s not a hassle to open those slots up for use, but it does secure tightly to prevent dust from getting in.
Like a lot of these cases, there are raised rubber buttons to easily access the volume rocker. All in all, the Trident Aegis is a great case, and it’s available in three colors for $29.99.
Our second to last case is the Otterbox Commuter, which you’ve probably heard about before. Like a few of these cases, the Commuter for the HTC One features dual layer protection in the form of a soft, rubber interior, and a hard shell exterior.
On the back, you have your hard exterior, and the Otterbox branding at the bottom. All four corners are rubberized to prevent damage when the device falls on hard surfaces. Furthermore, the Commuter has a nice, deep bezel, and the volume keys are very easy to access. Then you have your standard cutouts for the camera, LED, and etc. Similar to the Trident Aegis, there’s dust protection for the charger and headphone jack.
Thanks to the deep bezel, it’ll protect against any screen damage, too. Not to mention that the Commuter comes with a screen protector. When it comes down to it, the Commuter is a good, protective case. It comes in five colors and will cost you $34.95.
I saved the Otterbox Defender for last, because it offers the most protection out of our this entire lineup, hands down. Looking around the back, you have the standard Otterbox branding on the third layer of protection. It has a nice, deep dish around the camera, so if the device falls, the camera will remain intact.
Much like the Commuter series, you have your dust protection on the charger and headphone ports. They open very easily, and shut just as well. There’s also a nice deep dish around the screen, which should minimize any damage from falling on any sort of hard surface.
The volume rocker is easy to control with the hard buttons, and the power button has a very nice cutout, so it’s safe from any damage. Overall, it’s a great case for the HTC One, and the added belt clip makes it worth the $49.95. It also comes in five different colors.
These are, hands down, some of the best cases for the HTC One. There’s a lot more out there, but this lineup offers some of the most stylish and protective cases out there. Of course, not everyone is going to like every case on this list.
Some cases, such as the Otterbox Defender, may prove to be too bulky for some. On the other hand, the Speck Candyshell may just be too thin for someone. When it comes down to it, there’s a case for all tastes on this list, as long as you have an HTC One.
If there’s a particular case that you like or dislike, feel free to tell everyone about it in the comments below!