Sometimes it can be easier to go with quick and easy protection than something more substantial. That's where the Incipio Feather SHINE case for the HTC One comes in. This single-layer hard shell case is just about as painless as they come. Incipio's Feather line is made for those that look for protection, but also care a lot about bulk and style factors. Much like the Incipio DualPro SHINE, the Feather SHINE has an aluminum-finish on the back. Therefore, whether or not the Feather SHINE is for you relies heavily on where you fall on the unique finish.
Everything about the HTC One Feather Shine is simple in the best way. Because it's a snap-on case, it's delightfully easy to use and remove. In other, multi-layer cases, this can be a real killer. As previously mentioned, the back has an aluminum-finish. It's not actually aluminum, so don't fool yourself into thinking you're getting some extra protection here. What you are getting is a case that has a very smooth, distinct look that also catches the light. What you're also getting is a case that will show marks, scratches, and dents more prominently than others. Whether this trade-off is worth it to you depends on how much you care about that sort of thing and also how confident you are in your clumsiness.
As with most snap-on cases there are cut-outs for everything. As you can see, the side of the Feather SHINE is slightly translucent. The Feather SHINE is very thin and light-weight, which most people will consider to be a plus. A single-layer hard shell case has to hit both of those goals for it be worth it. Except for a few edges that extend ever so slightly beyond the length of the One, the Feather SHINE sticks very close to the One's body. The form-fitting is a major plus.
The HTC One Incipio Feather Shine is a worthy single-layer hard shell. If you're looking for something simple but stylish, it's a fine contender. Whether the Feather SHINE is for you or not largely depends on how you feel about the brushed aluminum. It's a very distinct look that's going to turn some people off.
Besides that, it's a solid case and easily worth the money for a snap-on hard shell. Just be aware that there are cases that offer higher levels of protection out there.
You can pick up the Incipio Feather SHINE from the HTCpedia Shop. You can snag all other HTC One accessories right here.