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2.0

04.29.2013

Review: Incipio Feather SHINE for HTC One

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 your 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.

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4.5

04.26.2013

Review: Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One

Choosing the right dual-layer case can be more difficult than choosing the right single-layer case. The Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One tries to make the choice simpler by offering protection coupled with a user-friendly experience. Unlike many other dual-layer cases, the Tough Case is one of the easiest dual-layer cases to handle when it comes to separating layers and placing the phone in the case. Of course, everyone knows there is more to a case than that. As you can see, the first layer of the Tough Case is soft silicone. The silicone is actually unusally soft in the best way possible, making it one of the most pleasing silicone layers to handle. That may sound odd, but it's true. The silicone is placed in the hard shell so easily that it practically just falls into place. This acts as both a pro and a con because you get the feeling that it's not altogether stable. There are cases that do a better job of keep the two layers together, but often those are slightly more annoying to deal with. Arguably the "make-it-or-break-it" part of the Tough Case is the hard shell. The hard shell has a slightly rough, textured feel to it. It's not overt, but it's enough that some people are just going to dislike holding it. On the other hand, it does provide a certain level of grip, so that's something to keep in mind. Altogether the Tough Case is a slim dual-layer case, and neither piece offers serious levels of protection. This would fall on the low-end of dual-layer cases, so it's not something to throw around. The Tough Case has cut-outs for everything. All in all the Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One offers something of a compromise in that it doesn't offer the greatest level of protection, but it's very easy to handle and both layers have their defining characteristics. The textured back has good grip, but it's also going to drive some people up a wall. If style and ease-of-use is your thing, the Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One is a good bet. For everyone else, move on. The Case-Mate Tough Case for the HTC One can be purchased at the HTCpedia Shop. All other HTC One needs can be fulfilled right here.

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4.3

04.23.2013

Review: Incipio DualPro SHINE for the HTC One

For some people the only job a case has is to protect the device and anything above that is only a bonus. It can be difficult to find a case that fits both check-marks in terms of style and protection -- and let's face it, there are many ugly cases out there. The Incipio DualPro SHINE for the HTC One tries to turn the tables and offer something that combines both style and protection without sacrificing either one. It does this with an aluminum finish on the hard shell that's not going to be to everyone's liking. This is a dual-layer case, and you can see the silicone layer through the logo cut-out on the back. Incipio is very fond of having cut-outs in the outer layer for their logo. The silicone by itself is very soft and thin and doesn't provide much protection on its own. Fortunately it fits very easily into the plastic hard shell. Any case that fits together without a struggle is already something to take notice of. Now, even though the back has a shiny (and it is shiny and will catch the light,) aluminum coating, it is still poly-carbonate plastic. You don't have to worry about smudges so much as you do scratches, which will show brilliantly in the light. The DualPro Shine is a standard dual-layer case. In other words, you're not going to find the same levels of protection as you would in, say, an OtterBox. For most people, however, that's going to be just fine. The SHINE offers adequate shock protection and protects the entire body of the One except, of course, for the display. What we have then is a perfectly reliable dual-layer case with a back that's going to make or break it. The aluminum finish catches the light, but it's not going to blind anyone. Whether or not the design choice is right for you is entirely subjective. It should also be noted that even though the volume rocker is protected by the silicone, nothing else is. The Incipio DualPro SHINE for the HTC One does a fine job of combining style and protection. That is, if the aluminum finish isn't a complete turn-off. Scratches and dents will show more prominently on the back than they might on other cases, so take that into consideration. If any of that bothers you, it's time to look elsewhere. The SHINE is not the most durable dual-layer case out there, but it sure does look fine. You can pick up the DualPro SHINE by Incipio for the HTC One in the HTCedia Shop.

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5.0

04.23.2013

Review: Speck CandyShell for the HTC One

Dual-layer cases typically include two separate pieces that are used together to create the extra levels of protection. The Speck CandyShell for the HTC One is different in that it's made from two layers molded together, something which is commonly referred to as a hybrid case. The CandyShell features two distinct fused layers. Hybrid cases are an interesting beast for the very reason that they typically fall somewhere between a single layer case and a true dual-layer offering. The exterior is your average hard shell with a glossy finish. The back will pick up fingerprints and dust, so if that's something you're averse to now is the time to back out. On each of the four corners you can see a small strip of the TPU material that covers the interior. What you basically have is a thin layer of TPU built on-top of a hard shell. The CandyShell is a hard case but it's not dual-layer hard. You'll find that it performs well in everyday environments and construction wise is all most people will actually need. TPU covers the volume rocker while the rest is hard shell. The major downside to the CandyShell, and most hybrid cases in general, is that it's difficult to get the One in and out. The CandyShell is the type of case that works well as long as you don't need to frequently remove your One, as getting it out is not a pretty picture. The TPU and hard shell form a tight grip on the One which some may see as a plus. It certainly won't pop out easily in the event of a drop. The Speck CandyShell for the HTC One is a solid hybrid case that simply has all the faults that hybrid cases tend to have. Average users will get their money's worth when it comes to protection, though the glossy finish will attract fingerprints. Getting the One out of it is a chore, but you'll be good to go as long as you plan on keeping it in there. You can pick up the CandyShell by Speck for the HTC One at the HTCpedia Shop. You can also pick up other HTC accessories right here.

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