Case-Mate barely there

The HTC ONE X  is a beautifully designed phone. The polycarbonate body feels like it is tough – but I do worry about scratches and how it would weather a drop.

While it certainly seems well built and sturdy, I would not be very happy if  I dropped the HTC ONE X– either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen. However, these new HTC devices are pretty big and I don’t want to add to the size. The HTC One X is also incredibly thin and I wouldn’t want to compromise that feel either.

Case-Mate Barely There case

Case-Mate takes a minimalist approach to the case concept with the Barely There case. You hardly know its there, but you do feel like it is offering some protection. 


The Case-Mate Tough case is a one-piece design. It simply snaps on and offers a soft touch hard shell case for the back and sides of the device.

barely there case

There are cutouts for the volume rocker on the right hand side, the micro USB port on the left hand side and the camera and speaker on the back.

The cutouts were done well on this case; very precise. I had complete access to all the controls with no interference from the case at all.


There is an indentation around the headphone jack to make sure there is no intrusion on that space and the microphone is completely untouched by the case.

The hard case was a black matte case with a soft feel to the touch.


Cases generally come in two varieties; those that look good and accessorize your phone and those that really protect it if it drops.

The Case-Mate Barely There is sort of a combination of both approaches.

I don’t feel that it can offer the same protection as the Case-Mate Tough case; that case is a two piece design and is much bulkier and stronger.

This case will protect against scratches, allow you to feel better about laying your phone down on the table (on either the front or backside) and it will absorb the occasional bang on the sides.

Attention to Detail

The Case-Mate Tough case is very well made, feels good in the hand and has some nice details.


The case is thin, but just thick enough so that if you lay the HTC One X on the back, it will rest on the case and not the protruding camera housing. 

The wrap up

The Case-Mate Barely There case for the HTC ONE X is well made and offers some protection. This is not the case you want if you are seeking maximum protection for your investment.  However, for most of us, this case will do a great job - It fits well – it is stylish and it protects against scratching the housing of the phone. I would guess that is will also provide more protection if you drop the phone than no case at all.

The good

  • Styling is minimalist
  • The case is very thin
  • Protects against scratches and dings
  • Easy access to all ports and buttons

The bad

  • Won’t offer the full protection of  a two piece “tough” case

The verdict

This is a very good case to both protect your HTC One X  and give it a little style. If you are on the fence  about getting a case because you don’t want your phone to be too bulky– this is a great option for you.

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