Review of UAG cases for HTC One (M8) cases w/lots of pics!!!Tips


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  1. twister6

    twister6 Guides Guide

    This is a Review of HTC One (M8) cases from UAG. Products – URBAN ARMOR GEAR

    Actually, I have to apologize in advance. As part of my review work I'm doing in this forum, please check out a link in my signature, I receive a lot of accessories from different manufacturers. Since I just recently got Galaxy S5 for my wife, I receive a package with a number of UAG cases and they also included a nice selection for HTC One (M8). I don't have the actual phone, but figured take enough pictures for you to get an impression of this case. I have reviewed UAG cases for iPhone, S3, Note 2, S4, Note 3, and S5, and this has been my go-to case with every phone I get. So, I have not a single doubt in my mind the fitment of HTC One (M8) will be as impeccable as with any other previous UAG case I reviewed. Below is my review of the case impression which is a similar to S5 case review I just posted early today (applicable to M8 as well).

    UAG definitely got this distinct industrial design look, which unfortunately has been copied lately by some low quality look-a-likes. With a lot of companies once they got a winning design, they just continue making the same cases scaled for the next phone, year after year. With UAG, they are constantly tweaking the design with new details to improve the grip, to have it thinner and more flexible while still retaining max protection, and even to improve the packaging. So starting with packaging, they finally got some refreshing colors to make their box more appealing. Of course, you still get a detailed description of the features on the front and on the back, including an official stamp of approval meeting MIL STD 810G-516.6 Military Drop-Test. It's about time to add this stamp of approval considering it has been already drop approved by thousands of it's users over the years, myself including. As a bonus, UAG also provided HD screen protector which I found to be a very nice gesture.

    The case is very lightweight despite its composite design where hard outer PC shell is fused with a softer TPU-like inner soft impact resistant shell with a signature honeycomb pattern. The idea of such fused design makes the case thinner while still retaining a decent drop protection, and also adding a convenience of quick one-piece case removal without dealing with two separate shells. You also still have an enhanced corner protection which blends in nicely with the rest of the outline. One new additional element was added to the sides of the case in a form of a lower/upper grip pads on each side which haven't been present in the previous design. This enhances the grip and also makes sides look symmetrical. I found this design improvement to be very effective. Along with a sculptured industrial lines of the back design with decorative hex screws, UAG M8 case definitely has a much better grip. Although case feels slim, you still get the same rubber lip around the screen to lift the display with phone placed down or to provide a protection when dropped. Along with corner protection, you still get rear skid pads that allow phone to be placed on the back without any wobbling and keeping it from sliding on a smooth surface. And of course you get all the generous port openings to accommodate usb cables, over sized headphone connectors, camera, flash, mic, etc. Volume buttons (speaking from experience of all of their cases) have a very nice tactile feedback and can be easily located just by sliding your fingers along the side of the case. I also like how they put an inner trim around camera/flash opening to enable a glare-free flash.

    Overall, I know it's hard to choose a case with every new phone because market is saturated with new additions almost every week. And most likely nobody gets just one case because we change it for different occasions or extended batteries, etc. But when you are making this deselection don't be fooled just by something that looks "cool", because at the end of the day the purpose of the case is to protect your phone. Well, that and also making it look cool at the same time But protection should be #1 priority, and if the case is made out of brittle plastic that will crack if dropped or cheap TPU material that will stretch and pull, or fused layers that will come undone - you might as well carry your phone naked. Otherwise, look for reputable companies that has been around for awhile, those which have a lot of feedback on Amazon, and those who don't just sell a case but actually offer a support to back it up. UAG is definitely of those companies, and I highly recommend and use their cases all the time.

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  2. SolApathy

    SolApathy Cleverness is not wisdom Guide

    Thanks for the review! Very in depth! -Updating after realizing such a good review needs it's own thread!
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  3. EasyEEE

    EasyEEE Well-Known Member

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  4. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ± Moderator

    I put a link to this thread in the M8 accessories threads' op. ;)

    Twister has posted very, very detailed reviews for countless accessories, and to merge it with that thread wouldn't do it justice. :)
    We would like to keep it here as a thread on its own.;)
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  5. SolApathy

    SolApathy Cleverness is not wisdom Guide

    Perhaps I will start posting links for really detailed reviews like this one in the OP of the accessories thread for easy reference. This is the best case review I've seen in this forum! Thanks for taking the time to write it up!
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  6. Tlicious1020

    Tlicious1020 On Probation

    Those cases look like what we put our weapons in before going to Afghanistan! If you don't want chicks to ooze over you or the M8, use a UAG case...LOL. It's the best protection money can buy. Sarcasm....
  7. twister6

    twister6 Guides Guide

    Thanks Mike :)

    For those who are not aware, I post A LOT of detailed accessory reviews in AndroidForums general Accessories Section HERE, also linked in my signature (though only visible in OP).

    Unfortunately once we get a new phone, a lot of us just bookmark their phone specific section of the forum and visit it directly. We have so many other great sections with other resources on AF :)
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  8. SolApathy

    SolApathy Cleverness is not wisdom Guide

    I also added a link within my OP of the accessories thread to all of your reviews.
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  9. Mayhim83

    Mayhim83 VIP Member VIP Member

    Very nice write up. I've looked at their cases for previous phones, but haven't pulled the trigger. I've been looking to see whats out there for the M8, and i think i will head over to Amazon and order one of these cases. I love the sleek look of of the phone, but you are right, it needs protection (I already have 4 kids, don't need more....).
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  10. twister6

    twister6 Guides Guide

    If/when you get it, do you mind posting pictures with a phone on? Would be great to complete the review!

    And regarding protection, we are still talking about the phone, right? Cause your comment about having 4 kids and "don't need more"... :p Got 2 kids at home as well, both have their eyes on my wife's S5 especially after she start using orange UAG case lol!!!
  11. Mayhim83

    Mayhim83 VIP Member VIP Member

    Yes, I will post up pictures with the phone in the case.

    As for the the protection, it was innuendo for both situations, lol.

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