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I recently changed my phone to the HTC One and because I intend to keep the phone for a good few months, I decided to purchase the HTC One double flip case to protect it from bashes. I have a habit of chucking my phone in the same place as my keys and wanted to make sure the screen was protected as much as the phone casing was. I did have another case previously that I bought as a bit of a stopgap, but as this is an official HTC case, I decided it would be better than the other that was very cheap and had started to cause small scratches on the sides of my phone.
I bought the case from an EE shop for £24.99 - that seems to be the usual price in the phone stores, although it is on Amazon for £14.95 at the moment. The phone case seemed expensive for what it essentially is but obviously my intention was to keep it for a good while. The case I have is black for the most part with a red lining just like in the picture shown. I'm not sure if they sell it in any other colours - if they do, I've never come across them - this was the only one I saw on my lookout.
The phone slots into the case and fits around the device ok although it doesn't seem a perfect fit for the HTC One which surprised me - the case seems a bit on the large side and I expected a very snug fit with it being designed for this model. The case is a flip style that opens to the left and closes to the right, so there's a protective cover built into the case that folds over the screen and front of the phone. The back of the case is designed so that half of the back of the phone is always covered and the other half is only covered when the flip cover is folded over the phone. When it's unfolded, part of the back of the phone is exposed. The case looks and feels of good quality - it's made of polycarbonate made to look like leather (I think it feels almost suede like) and I've not found that it's picked up dirt from being placed on top of tables and being thrown in my bag. It measures 141mm x 72mm x 14mm.
To use the phone, the flip cover has to be opened to allow the user to answer a call or make a call (there's no way of accessing the screen otherwise) but once the call's been made or answered, the flip cover can be folded back mid conversation as there's two small slits in the cover that ensure that the ear speaker is exposed for use. The microphone to speak into is also available to use with the case flipped shut. I find it much easier to take calls this way - if I leave it open when talking on the phone, I find the cover keeps flipping back and forth against my face! (I probably look a bit daft this way and it's also very annoying)
It can fold in a way that makes the phone stand on it's side, a bit like the design you'd find on a tablet case - although to me, there's only limited use to this. I would envisage using this on a plane or train to watch a film on a long journey - but this is something I only do once in a blue moon so the design isn't much good to me. Great design though for someone who makes regularly journeys on public transport or wants to watch movies on their phone. I don't think I will use this feature much, just as it's not something I'd use for everyday things on my phone such as texting and using the apps I have.
Yet more problems?
The cases faults far outweigh it's positives. Aside from the fit not being perfect and the cover flipping back and forth, the flip cover also does not have a magnet or other fixing to keep it fastened down when the phone's not in use to help it stay in place. Because of this, I've found that the flip cover sometimes wafts open in my bag, hence not protecting the screen of my phone from the wrath of my keys - which was one of the reasons I purchased it originally. I've had to apply a clear screen protector to my phone in order to prevent scratches which was something I was trying to avoid. It's also a case of what you see is what you get here - there's no fancy features with this case such as the screen lighting up once the cover is opened (like some ipad cases do).
I rate the case 2 stars overall - I'd prefer it to have a fixing to hold the flip cover down when the phone's not in use in my bag and although it's ok, I was expecting more for £24.99. It can be very annoying when the cover moves when on the phone talking and I don't think I'll use it for a while as first planned - I'll probably just use it as another stopgap case. The phone should fit in the case a lot better than it does too - the fit should be so much more snug considering that it's specifically designed for the HTC One and made by HTC! If I was buying another case as a replacement, I'd probably go for a case covering the back and a screen protector for the front next time instead of buying a case in this style.
Thanks for reading :o)