Call me crazy,but,I actually picked up one of these:
DRACO NEW HTC ONE
Draco Design HTC One Aluminium Bumper Case Review - YouTube
Well,maybe half-crazy,I managed to find a new/open-box model on e-Bay for $45,so,I can live w/that.
As the video shows,it does indeed dress up the phone very nicely.It's well-built,high quality,the seams are virtually invisible when the two pieces are screwed together.
Functionality is right on the money.All port cutouts are exact,volume rocker,once again as w/most cases,works even better than the phone sans case.
The I/R POWER BUTTON is the best feature of this case,as the clear construction allows for I/R BLASTER functions to work as desired.As w/the volume rocker,the power button works better that stock,easier to depress w/o protuding too much for accidental depression.PERFECTO
w/the power button!
This case is not for everyone,as it definitely isn't providing any protection to the backside,however,you can lie it face-down on a flat surface w/o worry.
As for a pure bumper case,it's a FERRARI compared to the rest of the limited selection of such bumper cases.Along the lines of the FERRARI analogy,there are a couple of what I consider high-maintenance PITA
1) The case has to be assembled/disassembled each time you desire to switch up,or,go caseless.A relatively simple procedure,but,the chance of losing parts during this changeover is EXTREMELY HIGH
,as the parts are EXTREMELY SMALL
.I myself already lost the POWER BUTTON*
yesterday & am awaiting for the mfg to send replacement parts.This was entirely my fault,but,as the end of a long day is not the best time to be disassembling something w/virtually invisible parts,as my mind was no doubt on other things @ the time & I was careless.
*EDIT:I found the POWER BUTTON!
I also wanted to add that during assembly,the power button is contoured to fit the curveature of the case,therefore,care should be taken to ensure that the button is placed in the proper orientation during assembly.You can indeed assemble the case w/the button 180' out of position,but it will not depress/work properly.
2) The dogbone design is a plus,a bit unusual,but,it does provide a more ergonomically correct fit for use.However,the edges are a bit on the crisp side & tends to cause the hand to feel tired after prolonged use (gaming particularly,etc...).I believe if the edges had a slight radius/chamfer,this would not be an issue.It's not a deal breaker,but,worth mentioning,mainly for those who are literally attatched to their phones all waking hours,otherwise,it's OK!
The WOW FACTOR
is high on this,as many of my co-workers who've seen it definitely take notice.
If you can get past the above mentioned issues,this is definitely one way to make your phone stand out among the rest.I myself recommend it,w/the condition of a drop in MSRP or,finding a deal as I did on e-Bay,etc.