This bumper case provides more than just simple protection around the edges; its co-molded construction adds a transparent polycarbonate shell to match its easy-grip border. Although the back shell is see-through, it's actually a bit cloudy compared to something similar like the HTC Clear Hard Shell Case. That said, the OCTANE Case adds more grip from edge to edge, reducing those accidental drops.

Since the OCTANE Case is fused into one solid, snap-on solution, installation and removal is mostly effortless. The bumper features a unique hexagonal pattern, leaving room for each and every port of the HTC One M9 and raising the side buttons for an easier press. The front lip raises the display nicely, eliminating any chance of scuffs and scratches while faced down. The bezel around the camera and flash is made of a glossy black plastic, adding just enough contrast to the back shell.

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The "plextonium" cover is smooth to the touch, featuring an embossed Incipio logo at the bottom right corner. Even annoying fingerprints and scratches are hard to make an impression on this cover, which is great for keeping a clean look. The OCTANE Case feels sturdy in the hand, and doesn't bulk up the M9 with separate layers or a built-in screen protector. It's easy to toss in and pull out of the pocket — never getting hung up or collecting debris — with the exception of the port openings.

Final thoughts

All in all, the Incipio OCTANE Case for HTC One M9 is a solid cover that looks good and keeps things slim enough to easily manage. Its fused layers still puts it into the hybrid category, but not having the extra bulk to deal with is a clear win. The back shell is clear in every color, however, the bumpers are available in black, blue, pink, and green.

Buy from ShopAndroid ($17.95)