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Four case options for the new HTC One (M8)
I like to test out cases on my phones and use them from time to time to add color and expand my phone functionality. It seems I always go back to carrying my phone "naked" and when I get new phones that is how I roll until cases are made available.
The new HTC One (M8) is an amazing piece of hardware and, like the iPhone 5s, it is really tough for me to cover up the design with a case. However, the new One is also VERY slippery and many other reviewers have mentioned how many times it has fallen out of their hands. It has slipped a few times on me, but so far I have been able to make a fast recovery and catch it before it hit the ground.
A few manufacturers were able to get cases for the HTC One (M8) out rather quickly and HTC sent samples along to test out. I already wrote up my thoughts on the HTC Dot View case and while the notifications functionality is cool, the flip cover bothers me too much to use the case regularly.
Other cases I had the chance to try out and that you will see in this image gallery include the Impact Mesh from Tech21, the OtterBox Defender, and the Harbour 2 from STM Bags. All three are well made cases that offer some drop protection for your HTC One (M8) while also offering a better holding surface than the slick naked One.
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STM Bags Harbour 2 for the HTC One (M8)
I looked at several STM Bags cases in the past and have always been very impressed with their designs. The Harbour 2 for the HTC One (M8) arrived in charcoal with orange highlights. They also have red and black cases for the new One.
You flip down the bottom of the front and then slide your phone up and in the case so that you have serious holding power around the edges. The case is made from a dual density TPU to provide drop protection with little added bulk or weight. The orange highlight material is found inside the case, around the camera, and on the hinge stripe.
You can also use the hinge part as a vertical stand, but I would love to see it work as a landscape stand for watching video content and it just might with a bit of maneuvering and placing something behind the flap so it doesn't close on the One.
Back of the STM Harbour 2
You get access to all ports and buttons with clear openings for the cameras and flash. The back has a matte finish that definitely improves the grip of the One and if you don't have something on it I can almost guarantee you will drop the One. Maybe this is why HTC is providing one free screen replacement in the first six months.
The STM Bags Harbour 2 for the HTC One (M8) can be found at Amazon and other retailers for $29.95.