Only slightly flawed
Summary : Nice looking case, but missing edging gives us concern.
you’ve probably noticed that we are on a HTC One M8 Case review run at the moment. we’ve had the HTC One Dot View Case Review and the Griffin Reveal Case Review and we’ve more to come. the next one in the list is another one from Griffin Technologies with their Griffin Survivor Slim case for the HTC One M8.
The Griffin Survivor Slim case for the HTC One M8 is a high grade, mil-spec rated, dual layer case with a six foot drop test rating.
Opening the box on the Griffin Survivor Slim you’ll find the case and unlike the previous case from Griffin, you’ll also find a screen protector with cleaning cloth and a little plastic applicator to help you smooth out your screen and remove any unwanted bubbles.
I was surprised to learn that the Survivor Slim for the HTC One M8 is cheaper than the Reveal case we looked at previously. Rolling in with a retail price of only $19.99. It just seems like you’re getting more for your money, but my guess would be that this case is easier to manufacture than the clear back of the Reveal.
Applying the screen protector is the usual affair of cleaning your screen off, peeling off the first layer of the screen protector, aligning and applying the screen protector to your screen and then removing any bubbles using the plastic tool included. The final step is to remove the top second layer from the screen protector and you’re done. Nothing special or concerning here.
The case itself is a dual material construction consisting of a shatter-resistant polycarbonate inner hard shell and a shock absorbing flexible silicone jacket covering all the controls while leaving all the ports open for use. The case is slightly shaped to fit your hands with a light curve down the sides that I thought looked really nice.
According to Griffin, the case has been through extensive testing for shock and drop protection. Even with continuous drop testing from 6ft, your phone should still be protected. If you decide to test this out, be sure to let us know how it went!
Installation of the case was a little more involved than the reveal, but still very simple. The two stage case means that you have to remove the inner hard shell from the outer case and insert your phone into the hard shell before adding the second layer over the top. It’s a simple task that requires rolling the edges of the soft shell over the edges of the hard shell to lock it into place. It took all of about one minute to install the case.
Once the case was installed, it was locked in place good and tight, mostly. This is where I started to find a couple of issues. The hard shell under case does not give you a full edge all the way around the phone. There are openings missing that are not just holes through the hard shell but actual complete cut out U shapes coming all the way to the front edge. This means that anywhere there is an opening; there is no front edge for the soft shell to lock onto. This makes the edges around these holes very loose around the USB Port, Volume Keys and Power buttons. So loose that with a gentle pass of my finger it would pull the edge of the soft shell off the phone and had to be re-seated. This is a shame as I actually think the case is really nice. It has a very comfortable soft feel to it and in my opinion, looks really good on the phone. Apart from this, it feels like it offers a high level of protection.
The case feels good in your hands and has a textured non-slip back that prevents your phone slipping around when it’s laid down but still easily slips into your pocket. There is a nice clean pin stripe around the back as well that give that little bit of class and works well.
The openings around the camera, Mic and power ports are raised on the hard shell to give it yet another plus in the protection category.
I still can’t make up my mind if these issues would stop me from recommending this case, but at only $19.99 retail, it’s a good price for what is a nice looking and supposedly high protection rating case.
If you want more information, be sure to head over to the Griffin store.