Picking a case for the One M8 is a little different. Usually the design of the case needs to by stylish and functional unto itself, but when you’re working with a phone as attractive as the One M8 the look of the case can take a back seat to HTC’s already-beautiful brushed aluminium design.
If covering up the One M8 doesn't concern you, then there are even more options in the form of ultra-tough and flip-cover cases. Or, of course, the patented Dot View case.
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle
The Unicorn Beetle hybrid is a perfect example of how you augment an already attractive device. The Beetle has a mostly clear back that lets the brushed aluminium shine, but doesn’t rely on a completely clear design that might leave it looking tacky.
The coloured trim around the sides offers protection from drops while adding a tough, angular look to the normally smooth and tapered phone.
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle is found on sites like Amazon, where you can get it for $14.99.
Spigen Slim Armor
The Spigen Slim Armor mimics the basic design of the One M8. As such there’s no jarring aesthetic shift between the front panel and the case, allowing it to work with the original design rather than usurp it.
There are a variety of colours to choose from, which is great when you also consider the One M8’s built-in colour theme options. Although the cases don’t perfectly match the default themes available in Sense 6.0, some like the Aintree Green and Metal Slate can be complimentary.
Sometimes the simple approach is the best. Incipio makes great cases, but our favourite of their One M8 lineup is the Feather. It’s a super-thin cover that keeps the thin profile and elegant curves of the One M8, maintaining comfort and style.
It’s not a case for heavy-duty protection, but it should protect against the average drop or knock. It’s available in 4 colours for $24.99.
HTC Dot View case
Price: Variable, usually between $40 and $50
The HTC Dot View case is functionally and aesthetically unique. Being made by HTC, it has the advantage of working with software on the One M8 specifically designed for the Dot Case.
Users can see missed notifications, answer incoming calls and activate voice input by interacting with the dot display on the front of the case.
This is a proprietary accessory so it’s a bit more expensive than the other options, but you really won’t find another case anything like this on the market right now. It’s an eye-catching and useful addition to your gadget’s user experience.
The Otterbox Defender series is always a good choice and thankfully there’s one for the One M8. The Defender isn’t designed specifically for the One M8's aesthetics, but once you get to the extreme-protection end of the market we doubt you’ll find anything designed around a single device.
The Defender stands out for us as a tough case because it’s both multi-purpose and customisable. Multi-purpose because you can strip off the thicker armour when you don’t need it, and customisable because you can pick and choose what colour each of the two distinct layers will be.
We usually try to avoid putting the same manufacturer in a Best Cases list twice, but the Incipio Watson wallet is a special exception. It’s stylish, functional and the wallet component can be removed when you’d prefer paucity over practicality.
The flip cover holds 3 cards and doubles as a kick stand. It comes in two colours and retails for $44.99.