HTC One Dot View Case

An innovative case for your HTC One M8, with one major flaw

HTC's got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it's got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you to interact with your phone, but in a much different way.

A magnet on the front cover of the case (it's hidden behind the HTC logo) enables the case mode. And once the phone recognizes what's going on, it'll flash the time and weather on the display — and it looks like a series of dots shining through — when you hit the power button or double-tap on the front. Very cool. Adjust the volume with the flap closed, and you'll see that, too. Get a phone call? You'll see who's calling, and you can swipe up or down to accept or reject the call. Or, just hold the phone up to your ear — with the case still closed — to take the call. Swipe to launch voice dialing, too. Pretty cool stuff.

It works by displaying what looks like 8-bit images on your screen. But with the cover closed, all you see is dots. Very cool stuff. HTC has also released the Dot View app into Google Play, so it can update this functionality without requiring a complete system update.

In July 2014, HTC updated the Dot View app to include theming, which lets you add a wallpaper to the Dot View experience. You can choose from one of the 18 included images, or use your own. HTC also added some more functionality to phone calls and notifications.

The case itself is a sort of soft-touch rubber, and it feels decent enough. We've found typing to be a little tough when you flip the cover around to the back, however, since it's flat, but the back of the phone is curved. Then there's the issue of price: $49.99 isn't cheap, even for cool dots.

The Dot View case is initially available in gray but will later come in Warm Black, Imperial Blue, Orange Popsicle, Atlantis and Baton Rouge. You can order a Dots View case directly from HTC, and it's available now from ShopAndroid.com.

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The HTC One M8 Dot View Case

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Honestly, it's on the same price range as most Nexus accessories from Google and has a lot better functionality and build quality. I'd pay $50 just for the coolness factor alone.

I got mine in a bundle from Verizon. Also included was screen protectors and either a car or house charger. cost was $60 for all.

Or just wait a month and buy the official case at a fraction of the price. When my SO bought her S4 Verizon wanted 70 bucks for the case with a window, a couple months later and the same case was a lightening deal for like 15 bucks.

These things are always overpriced, always! I wouldn't pay more than $30 max for something like this!

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Not quite the whole screen, head over to Droid-Life and see their video and you'll catch how it's being done as he opens and closes it.

But with an LCD screen, you can't selectively backlight part of the screen, right? It's on or off. (Unlike AMOLED, where black pixels draw zero power, even when the screen is on.)

S view > dots

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Yeah. I kind of like this. I think it's cool-looking, and it's definitely eye-catching and unique. But once the novelty value wears off, I'm sure I'd find myself wanting access to more information that it can display like this.

Sview is definitely more useful with the information it can show but the dots definitely look cooler. The whole setup is very eye catching in person. I'd take either really.

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No doubt but I will take function over form any day

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Depends on what you're talking about. Form factor is #1 on my list for phones. Moto x baby

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What's the back look/feel like Phil? In the Verizon store I went to, it had a rectangular hole in the back. I assumed that was for the security attachment, but just checking.

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For some reason i thought this was the back of the case when the leaked photos came out. And that would be sweet to see track info and notifications with the screen down. Now that it's just a hipster version of the sview, meh.

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A poor hipsters sview

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But it is what it is, he didn't need to come on to an HTC thread to say that Samsung blah blah, I have the window case for my lg g2 but I never use it it's boring where is this case for HTC looks really cool and fun if they would have copied the s view then every Sammy fanboy would be on here bashing it so they are trying to be be similar but different.

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8 for 8-bit graphics? :)

(Seriously though, I think it actually is a neat idea. It's not for everyone, but I'd probably get it if I was getting the HTC One)

No, an 8 out of 10 for creativity. Instead of adding a small window, they made lots of little dots!

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Kinda cool, but not $50 cool. Besides, I am one of those that carries my phone in my front pocket if I am up and moving about. I see this getting caught up in your pocket getting it in and out.

I have a note 2 and i returned the folio case because it impeded taking landscape photos easily. In order to do so youd need to hang the cover down and it was just annoying. Guessing its the same thing?

Had the same problem with the folio case on my N2. Plus, if you use a car mount, the folio case is a complete PITA.

I personally love the look and feel of this case.
I've had the G2 Folio Case w/ window that LG made as well as a Samsung S-View case and I gotta say I got rid of them pretty quickly after.
This 8bit feel brings me that retro aspect and looks awesome at the same time as well as being useful.
I'll definitely be getting one.

Glad to see someone doing something a little different.

this is an antiquated inferior solution given today's Gorilla Glass and Motorola's Active Notifications.

Gorilla glass can still have its day ruined by a grain of sand, I stopped depending solely on GG a long time ago.

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True story. I had a lovely little scratch on my Note 2, right where I used the stylus to pull down the notification drawer. I can only imagine that it was from a tiny piece of silica on the tip of the stylus.

OK. This is too freaking sick. I'm getting it when I get my M8. But what happens if you need to take a picture? Would the front cover get in the way?

The only type of case i would put on this phone would be a bumper style case. I do not want to hide that beautiful aluminum finish. Unless you get the fugly gold one and then any Otterbox case is perfect.

probably only accessory available for HTC ONE, besides isn't their metal design selling point? why would someone put a case?

I like it. It's not the most practical when comparing what Sammy has, but I think it's way cooler, even if it does make me sound hipsterish. Plus, I mean it's still innovative in a sense.

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While I'll grant you that it is different and interesting, it's not actually original. Been done before now.

That is a joke. The holes will be filled with pocket lint in no time. Also like others have said I'm sure the entire screen is turning on to display the time and weather. Battery drain fail!!

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The display power usage should be no different than what is currently done to unlock or awake a device. I guess the S-view case is a battery drain too eh? Who knew.

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So you come out with the top-of-the line feel in the phone itself and waste R&D on some plastic case that covers it and makes it look like a 1965 toy? SMH.

Saw it in the store. It looks and feels like a cheap and still overpriced $10 case. How anyone would use this on a beautiful device such as the M8 is beyond me.

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Your link goes to a phone not a case. No where on the HTC Site do I find a "GRAY" dot view case. Their website doesn't show that color as an option, and all the other colors are sold out. Do you have a better link to the GRAY Case that your article says is available now?

It looks cool, but I don't understand the appeal of the folio case. It seems like it would get in the way every time you want to use the phone. It's got to be a pain to use the phone one-handed with the case.

Haven't looked at the specs on the new one. But I'm pretty sure they didn't start using LEDs on there phone screens. So while it looks cool, remember your phone screen is fully lit up. Now on an LED screen this would save some power.

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If we Swype in our text, I would thing the folded over back would be less bothersome than all that tapping. Who taps anymore? : - )

Picked up the Dot View case. It's more annoying than beneficial. You can't type on the phone when you open it, taking photos is very awkward, the door doesn't seem to lock in any way, meaning it gets snagged a lot when you're pulling it out of your pocket...it's more of a hindrance than a benefit. I'm going to return it this weekend.

i already plan on taking mine back unfortunately. the top part doesnt stay flat to the screen anymore, and to take pictures/video is more of a hassle than anything. the case itself isnt much of a case, its so thin, and so many gaps on the sides of the phone minus the corners to keep it in place. im going with a $10 case off amazon thats going to actually protect it. just my opinion.

I hope that someone comes up with an old school tetris game that you can play with the cover. That would be cool!

I'm worried about it not being able to sit flush when opened because of the curved back of the phone. Anyone that has the case care to offer their opinion. I think I will get one, but looking at Phil's video, that could be a deal breaker for me.
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Just want to pre-warn people if you change the DPI settings on the M8 it will screw up the function of the dot matrix view.

do not buy if you plan on using a shatterproof screen protector ! the htc logo in the middle holds a weak magnet which turns the screen into a od school large font which can be seen through the thin cells ( holes ) but with a thicker screen protector the magnet seems not to work ! good thing about this protector is that it snaps to closed pretty quick so helps protect the screen if u drop it ! also this does not sit flush closed which is a shame and is a pain in the arse on calls as it wont fold over the back well !

Junk accumulation seems like a real bad issue. Those tiny dots are just asking for residual dirt. Other than that, it's a really smart idea.