HTC’s flagship One line has claimed a place in the top tier of stunningly attractive smartphones in the last couple of years. Perhaps that’s why the One M9 doesn’t look significantly different from its predecessor, though there are a few subtle improvements. You may not like the idea of putting something so beautiful in a case, but you have to do something if you want to keep that brushed metal and glass in tip-top condition. Here are our recommendations for the best HTC One M9 cases.
You could ditch the wallet or purse and travel light with the Corbin case for the HTC One M9. It offers all-round protection with a shell that holds the phone in place, and a wrap-around synthetic leather cover with a magnetic closure. You’ll find generous openings in the case for access to controls and ports. There’s also a large cut-out on the back for the camera and flash. Inside there are two slots for ID or credit cards. You can also use the case to prop your phone up when you’re watching a movie. Color choices are black, gray, pink, and purple. If you want something more traditional, check out the rest of Incipio’s One M9 case range.
A new and improved version of HTC’s Dot View case is sure to prove popular with M9 owners, though the retro dot matrix look doesn’t really match the expensive, brushed metal design. You can pick up this case in various colors, and there’s also a variant with a clear back panel for an uninterrupted view of your M9. The shell has all the necessary cut-outs, and the cover offers screen protection, but the dots allow notifications and calls to shine through. Paired with the innovative app, you can design your own look or even play games through the cover.
The number one choice for space marines, there’s an undeniably futuristic, sci-fi look to UAG’s industrial designs. This case looks as though it would survive a direct laser blast. The Maverick is the clear version of the line, allowing you a glimpse at the beauty inside, though there is an hexagonal pattern. There are also rubbery black button covers, skid pads, and reinforcements at the top and bottom. It’s a lot lighter than it looks, but it does meet military drop test standards, and there’s an accurate cut-out on the back for glare-free photography.
Who says you can’t have style and protection in a single package? Certainly not Speck, as the memorable, stripy design of the CandyShell Grip is eye-catching and very practical at the same time. It exceeds military drop test standards, so no worries if your One M9 tumbles from your hand, but that’s unlikely to happen anyway if you use this case, because the contrasting stripes really enhance your grip. The openings are accurate, the button covers work well, and the camera is unaffected by the case. You’ll find a variety of color combos for this one.
If you’re seeking a minimal solution that will keep your One M9 free of scratches, then you should check this out. The clear version is designed to be virtually invisible. The hard shell covers the back and frame of your phone, and there’s a lip to protect the screen if it should land face down. Case-Mate has put metal accents on the buttons to make them easy to find and to add a little class. All the other openings you would want are there. You can also get this slim case in black.
You are unlikely to be wowed by the aesthetic on offer here from Pure Gear, but this case is really all about practicality. It offers dual-layer protection with a hard shell and shock absorbent core. There are also rubbery details on the spines to enhance grip, well-defined button covers, and reinforced corners for solid drop protection. A pronounced lip around the screen rounds off the protection, and ensures that your screen doesn’t make contact with the ground. Your choice of colors pair gray with either black or white.
Some people prefer not to spend much on a case for basic protection, and this offering from Tudia is ideal for limited budgets. It’s made from soft TPU with a matte back and glossy highlights on the top and bottom. There are purple and teal variants, which are also slightly translucent, and a plain black version that isn’t. These cases are really easy to fit, comfortable to hold, and fairly understated, though the glossy Tudia logo could put you off.
The technology inside Tech21’s cases is all about absorbing and dissipating the force of impacts to ensure that your phone doesn’t bear the marks of a fall or bump. The company has tweaked the design, so you can get the same protection as before in a smokey gray or pink package. Both cases are slightly translucent with a check design. These are slim, lightweight cases with accurate cut-outs and protective button covers.
Here’s another very cheap, basic case that will safeguard your One M9 from scratches. It covers the back and frame of the phone, and there’s a lip on the front to protect the screen. There are cut-outs for the ports, buttons, and camera, though the camera and flash cut-outs are a little tight. The coating is smooth, and it’s supposed to reduce smudging and repel dust. This case comes in black, teal, and crystal (clear).
This HTC One M9 case is chunky and maybe even a little ugly, but it does provide decent protection, and it has a kickstand. The inner layer is soft TPU in a variety of colors and there’s a hard, black polycarbonate shell that goes on top. There are openings for the port and camera, though the depth on the camera cut-out means you might get a little flash splash back. The kick stand is handy for propping the M9 in landscape view, and it’s a cheap option.
There are lots more HTC One M9 cases on the way, and we’ll be adding the best of them to this roundup just as soon as we get our hands on them.