HTC Dot View Case

HTC today updated the app for its Dot View Case for the HTC One M8, adding a handful of new options. The coolest probably is the addition of themes for wallpapers. You can choose one of the 18 included with the app, or add your own from your gallery, or by taking a new picture. Normal pictures probably won't look all that great, though, so you'll need to play around until you find something with the right detail. The stock images HTC has included are pretty cool, though.

You also now have the option to redial the three most recent calls, and you can swipe left or right to get more notifications.

The Dot View case, as you'll recall, adds protection to the front and back of the phone while allowing for functionality thanks to its semi-transparent cover and touchscreen capability. You can get the time and weather, see some notifications, and act on them all by swiping on the cover.

Thanks, brainimpact, for the tip!

 
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ErnstMach says:

Ooo fancy, guess I'll have to pick up a DotView when I get my M8!

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kingsway8605 says:

The phone is extremely hard to hold with that case. Good idea poor execution.

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adamgetz says:

Omg I know! & slips out of my pockets without the case. My brothers original has plastic on the sides & is so easy top handle.

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I have this case and it makes the phone easier to handle (IMO) because the flip part is so grippy you can just lay it on your hand. Might take some getting used to but it works great for me.

Do save your money, the case will drive you nuts.

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aitt says:

this is awesome this definitely makes the case worthwhile and better than the s view. All it's missing is the media control and then it would be perfect

thatguy97 says:

As an S5 owner I agree

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Stalonage says:

I've had my M8 for a while now but still debating on whether or not to get one of these.

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brainimpact says:

You can get them at almost half the cost they were a few months back at launch

wmurch3 says:

Doesn't seem worth it. It doesn't really add any functionality and doesn't decrease battery usage. You can also get more information just double tapping the screen without the case on. For 50 bucks it's way too expensive for what you get.

I have a clear back case that helps with the slippery hold and since we have 1 year free screen replacement I'm not too worried about breaking the screen.

BldyIdt says:

*25 bucks

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rampage1979 says:

I say you try it out. With root on the m8 and you can download an xposed module that allows more notification icons, Gmail, twitter, facebook

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tone84 says:

Not for 50$

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brainimpact says:

$26 from Amazon, you can get some even less from 3rd party Amazon sellers

TKL74 says:

it's like $30 if you use the Android Central 20% off on all accessory deal. They offer on special days.
I am pushing my coworker hard to get one LOL

sarhanzy says:

Well I have the theme, now I miss the weather notification, I wish it had both, ah well ....

aitt says:

All they have to do is change it white to show like the time. It's a simple software I'm sure they can fix.
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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Seems cool, but since it gets the light from the screen, what about battery life?

ErnstMach says:

Not noticeably less I imagine, the entire screen had to be turned on for the themeless DotView, now the rest of the screen had just been given something to display

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aitt says:

This. It would be different if it was amoled but the screen is all lit regardless

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HTC should make a battery case. that would be really nice. :)

rampage1979 says:

Moffie makes one I believe well at least they did for the m7.

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So cool I hope they make one for E8

BldyIdt says:

Great. Bought one last week.

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I like the idea of the case. I'm actually using it right now and it makes it damn near impossible to type with 2 thumbs. So it's still impractical. The recent call list is impossible to read as well.

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jimbo says:

I agree. Impractical
The case makes it nearly impossible to type or use the camera.

hgoldner#CB says:

Pretty much every review I've read echoes what steamedturtle says, it's impossible to type on the M8 with the case. AFAIAK, not worth trying out even for free.

kingsway8605 says:

That's OK the phone takes horrible pics anyway

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rampage1979 says:

Blah blah blah thanks for your witty entry into the conversation.

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aitt says:

I don't have that problem. I'm typing two right now. I actually have a harder time trying to type one hand. Folding it back solves everything the best. If I had the chance yes I would buy it over again. I have a regular case and I don't like the feel. Plus the bezel is so thin bumper cases makes side scroll more challenging. I'll take this case any day. I guess if people never used cover case may not like. I've learned you pinky is your friend using this case. Plus the more it's fold back the less resistance is taken out. No issues taking pics as well.
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Notus says:

Nice to see that HTC is supporting Dot View with more functionality.

Sunofabob says:

I love these cases. Coolest.

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aitt says:

Agreed

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stlrfan78 says:

You can get a aftermarket one on eBay for about $15. I got one, and it's pretty nice. Works with the glass screen protector and folds around flat on the back. Decent case for the mobey

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Nice addition, it doesn't change the fact that the case provides virtually no protection and is a major pain to use one handed or take photos when its on.

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bryanmsi says:

Its a neat idea, but this case will drive you crazy if you use the camera or try to one-hand the phone. Its a pain to fold the screen back because it doesn't sit flat, but that's not so bad, Its impossible to one- hand though, and you loose the cool lift-the-phone-and-press-the-volume-button-to-take-a-picture feature. The phone won't turn on with the case closed, and if you open the screen, you have to activate the camera app through the menu system. So you end up opening the lid, turning the phone off, lowering and then raising it, and pressing the volume button.

aitt says:

You don't have the camera shortcut on your lockscreen? That's a simple solution

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Ytown says:

I wanted to love this case and returned it. I liked the feel, the protection and the cool graphics. As others of said, it was so frustrating trying to actually use the phone with the case on. I tried to get used to it for a day but essentially makes the phone damn near unusable unless using 2 hands and holding it like a book. Your milage may vary.

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Ytown says:

Phil, could you make a quick and video showing what the new wallpapers look like?

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NoNexus says:

It's funny all the typos from people typing with this case on saying that they have no problems

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