Could be better
Summary : Excellent idea with great potential but needs better software. Front flap gets in the way of day to day use. A little pricey at $50.
When HTC release the HTC One M8 earlier this year, they released the HTC Dot View Case at the same time. A case like none we’d seen before. Not only did it protect your phone, but it has a dot matrix style hole system on the front allowing the phone screen to show information through the case. I can only describe it as a retro looking design more akin to old 8-bit video game. It’s definitely unique among cases.
The HTC One Dot View case is a flip cover case so if this is not what you’re looking for, you can probably stop reading now. The Dot View case is nice looking, feels tough and adds a pretty cool novelty factor to your phone. It’s a great idea, but they also make you pay $50 for it.
The Dot View case feels nice and fits perfectly. The back of the case is hard shell and snaps securely onto the back of the phone while the front is rubberized material that feels strong and offers nice grip.
The HTC One M8 senses the case and configures its display to show notifications and weather information through the case with a simple double tap on the front cover. You can also make and answer phone calls, acknowledge and schedule meetings and appointments and more, all without opening your case.
There is a software component on the HTC One M8 handling the Dot View case functions, but they don’t let you access to any settings, which is a big shame. You can’t control what you get notifications about or even add new notifications. For example, it would be nice to tell your phone to notify you about text messages when they are received, instead you’ll get a simple text message that appears through the Dot View vase when you wake it up with a double tap on the front
Swipe down the front face of the case and you’ll be asked to say the name of the person you want to call. This is a cool feature, but it would also be nice if I could customize it. If I could change the function it activates when swiping to use an alternative program such as Google Voice, this would make it better.
There are a couple of design issues with the case that take it down a couple of steps in my rankings.
The front flap is always in the way when you’re using the phone. The fold or hinge of the case is located at the center of the side of the case so it won’t fold flat around to the back of the phone which makes it awkward to use. I’m constantly fighting with the front flap when it keeps trying to close itself. It even prevents the phone from lying flat on a surface with the case flap open.
Another issue is the swipe function keeps activating when I don’t want it to. When I’m placing the phone in my pocket, the cover frequently thinks I’ve swiped my finger down the front cover and switches on the voice command. It’s the way I hold the phone when I push it down into my pocket and then remove my hand; I’m obviously rubbing the front cover at the same time.
It looks liked it was going to be a game changer when they first announced the Dot View case, but the finished product has enough design flaws and a hefty price tag that I’d never purchase one myself. Some of you may like the cool view it offers and can overlook the other flaws, but that’s a personal choice.