Alongside the HTC One M8, HTC also announced their newest accessory, which is the HTC Dot View case, and kind of takes some pointers from Samsung’s S View Case and LG’s QuickWindow case. While those both have windows on their cases to show you information, HTC uses a retro 8-bit display to show information through the dots on the case. Hence the name Dot View case. it’s a really nice looking case actually, and I really like it. However there is a downside, which I’ll get to a bit later on. The HTC Dot View case is made of the soft-touch plastic that you’ll find on the Nexus 5 and 7 2013. The particular one that I have here is gray, but I’m told that it’ll be available in many other colors very soon. It’s available right now for just $50. We’ll have buy links at the bottom of this review.
The HTC Dot View Case is a great looking case, as I stated already. And if you pick up your phone and double tap the front of the case, it’ll turn on showing you the time and weather. Which the weather will flash between the conditions and temperature. Then it’ll turn off after a few seconds. Now if you’re getting a phone call, you can swipe up to answer or down to ignore, through the case. You never even need to open it up. It’ll show you the name of the person who’s calling, but not their phone number. Unless that person isn’t in your contacts, then it’ll show their number. Unfortunately, the Dot View case doesn’t show notifications from other apps like Gmail, Twitter, etc. but it will work for the stock email app and a few other HTC apps. Which kind of sucks, but I have a feeling that’s going to change in the future since we do have the Dot View app in the Play Store that HTC can update at any time.
Now for the quirks. There’s a reason why I don’t like these flip cases or covers, and that’s because when you are trying to type an email, a Tweet, a Google+ post or anything at all, it just feels weird. because the cover is folded back and it’s not curved like the back of the HTC One M8 is. So it’s a bit awkward to use. That is literally my only issue with this case. Other than that, I’d buy it with the HTC One M8.
A lot of people have been asking about battery life on the HTC One M8 with the Dot View case, and I can say that I haven’t noticed any type of drain from using it at all. The reason why many were asking is because the M8 does not have an AMOLED display, so it’s lighting up the entire display, and not just a few pixels like the Active Display on the Moto X. But the main difference here is that the Dot View case only lights up when you double tap or get a phone call. Active Display on the Moto X will keep flashing until you check your notifications.
Would I recommend the HTC Dot View case? Yes and no. I’d have to say that the good stuff far out weigh the bad stuff here. But if you’re looking for a case to protect your HTC One M8, then you’ll want to look elsewhere as the Dot View case won’t provide much protection for your HTC One M8.