We've narrowed down our top cases for the HTC One M9 that should serve well in shielding against damage

With all the buzz around the HTC One M9, we're just sitting here, thinking ahead about how best to protect the device. Skins, hard cases, side pouches, hybrids — we're not biased. But we are taking our selections into serious consideration before hitting the streets with a brand new device.

Jump past the break and check out which cases for HTC One M9 made the list.

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1. HTC Dot View Case for One M9

HTC's back with its popular Dot View Case for the One M9 sporting a retro matrix UI and wrap-around protection against damage.

This flip case is great in so many ways, but mostly because of its ability to let you answer calls, see weather updates, notifications and more without even opening the case. It's even slim in design, featuring a strong polycarbonate shell on the back with access to all your HTC One M9's functions.

Check out the HTC Dot View Case

2. Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for HTC One M9

HTC One M9 hybrid case

Packed with a thick silicone inner layer and tough plastic exterior shell, the Amzer hybrid case for HTC One M9 is an affordable solution to keeping your device safe from impacts.

The back features a fold-out kickstand, great for watching Netflix, YouTube or Twitch on the go and leaves openings for all the important stuff like your camera, ports and display.

Check out the Amzer Hybrid Case

3. Ringke Slim Crystal Case for HTC One M9

HTC One M9 clear case

A lot us like to keep things clean, clear and simple. And that's totally OK. Ringke's crystal case for the HTC One M9 is designed to do just that, with its completely transparent plastic shell and slim profile.

This M9 clear case also rocks a dual-coating, which allows for a quick and easy pocket removal and makes wiping away smudges a breeze. The snap-on installation is simple and you retain complete access to everything you need to utilize your HTC One M9.

Check out the Ringke Slim Crystal Case

4. Spigen Premium Wallet Case for HTC One M9

HTC One M9 wallet case

Perfect for storing a few credit cards, some cash and your ID, this HTC One M9 wallet case from Spigen gets full marks for both style and convenience.

The interior features a polycarbonate shell that your HTC One M9 snaps into while the exterior, made of a faux leather, surrounds the device for complete protection from wear and tear. It even rocks a kickstand feature that allows you to enjoy a hands-free viewing experience.

Check out the Spigen Premium Wallet Case

5. Rugged QX NTX Horizontal Pouch for HTC One (M9)

HTC One M9 side holster

Designed for the rugged user, this HTC One M9 pouch stays at your side throughout the day and holds up to the test of both work and play.

Featuring triple armored front and back panels, reinforced rubber side grips, ballistic nylon outer shell and a strong metal swivel clip, there's no getting past this side pouch. There's even a soft microfiber lining inside to ensure your HTC One M9's display and casing doesn't get scuffed up from repeated use.

Check out the Rugged QX NTX Horizontal Pouch