We received a sample of the new Dot View case for the HTC One (M8), which launches today in tandem with the device for $49.99. It’s a super unique case that we had a small peak at thanks to a few leaks not so long ago, but the end result is much better in person. Basically, the case has a bunch perforations across the front cover that allow a small amount of light through, enough to show you alerts like incoming calls, text message and email notifications, the weather (including whether it’s sunny/cloudy and the temperature) and more.
You don’t have to open the case or do anything to see alerts other than tap the front of the display twice. Immediately, you’ll see the time in big blocky letters up top in addition to any alerts you might have. If a call comes through, simply pull up on the arrow and you’ll answer it – again, without any need to open the case. You can also see how long you’re chatting and then hang up the call, too.
The cover itself feels really solid – the back is a smooth plastic and the front face has a rubbery feel. The only problem, of course, is that you’re covering up the beautiful aluminum unibody design. On the same token, you’re also keeping it nice and protected. We’re big fans of the Dot View case so far, check out our quick walkthrough video above to find out a bit more about how it works.