Excellent case with great function.
Summary : Strong, clean and very functional. A little manly for the ladies out there.
Urban Armor Gear (UAG) sent through the UAG case for the HTC One M8 claiming MIL-STD 801G with excellent impact resistance and a feather weight design. It’s a manly looking case that’s for sure so lets take a closer look and see what it offers.
I’ve read a few reviews of UAG cases before, and I they do seem to have a good reputation for creating a nice balance between form, features and protection. Sitting with a suggested retail price of $34.95, they are in the middle of the road as far as price goes.
Opening the box revealed the UAG case, screen protector and selection of goodies to help you apply the screen protector without dust and air bubbles getting in the way. The screen protector is identical to most others. Easy to apply and almost invisible once installed.
These are the specs from the UAG website:
- Designed for THE NEW HTC One (M8)
- Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
- Feather-light composite construction
- HD Screen protector guards against scratches
- Over sized tactile buttons and non-slip ruggedized grip
- Easy access to touch-screen and ports
- Glare-free flash photos and un-compromised audio
- Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
- Responsive power button/ IR blaster
- Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
The case looks fairly basic with a solid-looking single form factor. The case they sent through is all black with a large UAG logo on the back. looking through their site it would appear this is called the SCOOT. There are other colors to choose from and they have a name to identify them, although it’s not a color.
The inside has small rubberized bumps to hold your phone in place and the usual series of openings and buttons for the Cameras, Flash, Mic, Power and Volume buttons and the USB and Headphone sockets. The power button is raised and is also hollow in the middle making it very easy to press. The volume buttons are also raised with small lots beneath them making these buttons just as easy to operate. Pressing the buttons give a very satisfying click making it very easy to tell you’ve pressed them. It works very well and is not intrusive to your phones buttons in any way.
Installing the case is a little hard due to the hard material used in the case design, but a press a little harder and your phones sits nicely into place. Remove the phone from the case is the same and makes you worry your going to bend your phone, but it’s not the case, especially with the solid design of the HTC One M8.
The front edges of the case have a rubberized feel and keeps your phone nicely raised off any surface you may lay it, providing complete protection for your screen The edges are not obtrusive and provide great accessibility. I said this before and I’ll say it again, the buttons for the Power and Volume controls and very easy to depress making their function possibly even easier than without the case installed. The design is really nice as many cases make your buttons harder to press.
There’s not much else we can say about the case. It’s simple and seems very strong. It’s probably not going to appeal to women as much as men, but it dos look less intrusive once its installed.
Head over to the Urban Armor Gear website for more information and to purchase a case directly from the manufacturers. You can always look around for better prices too. I found them for under $30 on amazon.
Here’s a selection of photos to show more of the case: