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Video: HTC One (M8) Dot View Case Hands-on

One of the new things released alongside the One (M8) from HTC today, is the Dot View case. When the case is placed on the device, it brings up a dotted look on the lockscreen. From here, you can perform certain tasks, such as voice dial contacts, and check on notifications. 

The case can show off notifications for the following HTC applications – Messages, Email, Calendar, Phone, Alarm, Weather, and more. What is unfortunate is that the case does not work for 3rd party apps from Google, such as Gmail, Hangouts, Google Now, or anything like that.

The cases can be purchased through HTC’s website for a whopping $49.99 (not available quite yet). That seems a bit steep, but the Dot View case is certainly a new take on interacting with your device while it’s locked.

Check below to see our full hands-on video with the Dot View case.


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  • Will Torres


  • joejoe5709

    Pretty nifty stuff! But it’s a little silly and gimmicky. Personally I prefer a very thin case with a screen protector like the Incipio Feather. I’m not a fan of flip cases except maybe on a tablet. The flap just gets in the way no matter what you do. And this doesn’t technically do anything special that a Quick Window case already does and Motorola’s Active Display is a better solution as a whole anyway. I’d rather purchase a more ergonomic case on Amazon and invest the leftover money toward a smartwatch.

  • Adam Crawford

    Will they be making this for the HTC One as well? (Probably not, just wondering if anyone has heard)

  • Michael Lansang

    I actually prefer having a flip case over my phone when I talk. It keeps the screen from getting smeared with oil or sweat from my skin, and it keeps the sometimes hot screen away from my face.

  • Jkdem85

    Anyone find the dot case yet? Still can’t find one

  • davidtb

    Buy a beautiful looking phone, and cover it up in a case. Definitely my phobia.

  • M3D1T8R

    Wow, this actually seems really cool. A case that protects your phone while still allowing some handy basic functions. I like the whole dot matrix low tech look too. Any case is going to make you lose the great naked feel of your device, but if you want a case on your phone this seems great for the added functionality.

    The thing to do is buy the phone and enjoy it naked for six months while covered by HTC for accidental drops, and then buy this case at six months.

  • BK

    This would be a cool feature…without the case part. Like Moto X Active Display but the cover thing is just gimmicky to me.

    • joejoe5709

      Not a bad idea. If it were part of the phone, that might be pretty cool. But any case you put on it would have to be clear or something…

  • alex drum

    Wish this was available. Regardless I love my new M8

    • M3D1T8R

      Cool so you got it! The camera megapixel count didn’t scare you off? It’s not a deal breaker to me at all, but if I recall you were concerned about the camera.
      For me I would have already bought this this morning if I could figure out a way to retain WiFi hotspot on it (like I have now on my DNA) w/o paying Verizon another $30/mo. I’m quite sure foxfi won’t work any more with Kitkat, unfortunately.

      • alex drum

        That is something I’m going to have to figure out. The Rom on my G-nex had a hotspot and it was really nice. I also refuse to give them anymore money to use my data (granted I have unlimited data, bought phone off contract) but my god this device is cool! I can control my home theater with a single device. The sound is amazing, never had a smartphone like it before… And the screen is beautiful! I could go on all days… Oh also the camera is really nice! Pictures look good to me. Anyway, here’s hoping I figure out a way to make a hotspot for free!

        • M3D1T8R

          Thanks for the reply. So you are in the same situation as me with unlimited data and needing hotspot. Please do let me know if you figure out a way to make it work! (I’m still hoping Foxfi some how figures it out, but not looking good.) That is literally the only thing preventing me from buying this right now, today. This phone addresses literally just about every lack of my current DNA. But WiFi hotspot is priority one (ha), essential, as it’s my only internet option where I live.
          I had a G.Nexus before (got the DNA as an eventual warrantee replacement last year after five bad replacement GN’s). You coming straight from the GNexus, this must be a huge upgrade.
          I think if they’d upgraded the camera to 8mp ultrapixel, along with the Duo innovation, that would have been ideal. But I get the feeling it will be totally adequate for my cell phone camera needs. Anyway, congrats, and enjoy!

          • No_Nickname90

            Teemo… =.[

  • $50…smd

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Doesn’t work with Google Voice? That makes it about as useless as Blinkfeed 😛

  • possomcrast1

    Give HTC credit for actually trying something new when making their own version of Samsung’s flip cover (whereas LG simply copied it completely). The gestures sound cool. I’m only concerned about the whole screen being on with an LCD display…I’d also have to agree with Tim when says that covering up the amazing build quality kind of defeats the purpose. If I end up buying the new One, I might look at one of these but I don’t think I’ll like it very much.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      You’re right. This phone and a moto 360 I’d be a happy camper.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah obviously this is a clever way of doing an “active notifications” sort of function with an lcd display instead of OLED. Seems like the screen will only be on for a second when displaying. And in theory they can have most of the screen dark and only light up the necessary “dot pixels” area, so battery use shouldn’t be too bad.

      • deskjob

        I agree, but I am kind of concerned about hit on battery life since LCD tech requires the backlight to be all on or all off, unlike OLED. Maybe HTC came up with regional dimming like in higher end LED TVs? But from the video, the M8 pretty much uses most of the screen with these notifications, so I don’t think local dimming would be in play that much if at all.

  • tylerc23

    Hey Tim, you think you could put a video up going over all of the Widgets and Customizable stuff available?

  • Chippah

    Wrap up all the “premiumness” in cheap plastic..


    • PC Wizard

      For the consumer or HTC??

      For HTC it makes a lot of sense™. Design a plastic case which involves very little plastic (it’s holey) combined with a small firmware tweak so when the sensor detects the case, it then lights up using less pixels on the screen and thus saving power..
      This is then marketed as a new feature which means lots more £££ for HTC.

      – work in mobile tech support
      P.s. only an assumption that this is how it works lol

      • Denis

        Except that it’s an LCD screen so the lamp is on whether or not you have all the pixels lit up (IE, not black and letting light through) or not. The amount of light generated under the black pixels is the same. Thus same amount of power is used.

  • MichaelFranz

    would be nice for some dev to hack the app that allows the dot view and have it displayed when the phone is sleeping.

    • calculatorwatch

      That would be a huge waste of battery with the LCD display. Basically there’s no difference between having the dot view showing and having the screen all the way on.

      If it had an AMOLED display, they would only have to light the dots and it would be much more power efficient, so it could fade on and off like the Moto X or something, which would be awesome.

      • Raven

        This exactly. It would be very cool with an AMOLED screen, but it is almost pointless with a regular LCD.

  • Chippah

    Stupid Gimmick, trying too hard..

    • holdthiscat

      I think that coming into article about a product/company that you clearly dislike, just to leave a stupid comment, is trying too hard.

  • Ryan Gullett

    As much as I like the features of the case, I just cant stand using flip cases. Opening the case to actually use my phone is just not something I am comfortable doing. And the flap that’s open when you open the case just gets in my way. That is my personal thoughts however. But it looks awesome and if you like flip cases, this is perfect for you.

    • MichaelFranz

      agreed/ I like the idea of them and the steps forward with them but its not for me. I tried the S3 cover when I had one. Likes it at first because it had the same look and feel of the phone. But I hated having to open it and flip it back in order to use it. the right way would of been to make the back removable and the ability to add the flip case to the device as is. That wya you can keep it if you want and also keep the quality of the device feel

    • possomcrast1

      –especially when the “flip” part isn’t even connected firmly enough to the front. It ends up going all over the place…

      • George264

        This one has magnets. It actually sticks. Better than what Samsung is doing.

    • j

      Agreed.. I think this looks freaking awesome, but I would hate to have it on my phone.

  • henry henderson

    Tim could you post some pics of it displaying an text or email?

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    I just switched back to my flip phone for a while. This case is just like it.

  • Charlie R.

    With the introduction of Android Wear, and all of these great looking smart watches coming soon, things like this Dot View case just aren’t appealing to me anymore. I get all of this information now on my Pebble with my phone in my pocket, and will do the same with Android Wear.

    • fauxshizzl

      I haven’t gone ahead with a watch yet, waiting for the round Moto one like everyone else first. But I gotta say even PushBullet has been awesome and super helpful, so a watch “should” be even more convenient for the same thing everywhere you go.

  • Jkdem85

    I don’t get how Verizon is putting them on display but they aren’t for sale yet in the store. Anyone have luck in finding one for sale?

    • codyweis

      they have them in all the verizon stores here in az:)

      • Jkdem85

        No jersey or NYC store has them and Verizon national inventory system never had them. Even the htc website isn’t selling yet. The Verizon stores have a display unit and price but no inventory

        • alex drum

          Sorry to hear about your situation but I can personally confirm the phone is for sale here in Michigan. Picked mine up around 2:30 today.

          • Jkdem85

            Alex not the phone the case duh

          • alex drum

            Oh! Agreed!!! They have a demo out… I doubt the store only received literally 1 case… Regardless… I want my lite brite and I want it NOW

  • tanknspank

    “Slip it in..” “Turn it on..”

    Geez Tim, it’s a phone!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Lol I was thinking the same

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I was actually pretty surprised how well it worked in stores…. I just think it’s ugly in person.

  • The Narrator

    Dot View aka Brite Lite

    • Josh Shaw


      • The Narrator

        I dun goofed