Cruzerlite holds the distinction of having crafted the case that my HTC EVO 4G LTE lived out most of its days, so when I saw that it was making cases for the HTC One M8, I had to see if lightning might strike twice and another favorite case might emerge with the Bugdroid Circuit Case.
One of the first selling points of Cruzerlite is that these are not overpriced, underperforming cases. The Bugdroid Circuit Case comes in at $12.90, which considering how much use I got out of the last one (pictured later in current state) is well worth it.
While the idea behind the HTC One M8 is the sleek unibody and a naked experience, I found after a week of it slipping from my hand I wanted more grip without pocket grab.
I also found after reading countless articles on the M8 that any photographs I would take of the new phone would require it to be face down on sharp rocky surfaces. I’m not sure what the point is in that or where the agreement is in the M8 blogging world, but with the Bugdroid Circuit Case I can put it face down on any surface and the Gorilla Glass 3 face of the phone never comes into contact with anything on a reasonably flat surface.
The case also keeps the main cameras a little bit off of the table when you’ve laid the thing flat.
When removed, you can take the case and ball it up in your fist, squish it and store it folded in a pocket, step on it a few times, wait for a second, and then put it back on your phone like nothing happened. If you’re feeling particularly destructive you can stab it with a knife a few times. Depending on your level of attack, you may not notice any damage. You can eventually defeat the TPU material though.
While I don’t have any long term usage statistics on this case, being made of the same material and from the same manufacturer as my old case, which has held up without any serious damage in daily use for over a year, I’d expect that you’re not going to be complaining about the case breaking.
Bugdroid Circuit Case and the HTC One M8 IR Blaster
So I worked on finding something I didn’t like about this case, and I thought I had it with the IR blaster being covered by the TPU case top. This didn’t seem to impede the IR blaster on my TV, although your mileage may vary as I’d bet with a different color case you might just kill the IR light, and it probably diminishes the distance the IR goes. However, at least in my case, there was no noticeable impediment.
A living autopsy of my last Cruzerlite case
I don’t have a terribly long track record on this One M8 case, but it looks and feels like the last case, comes from the same company, and evidently is made of the same material. I’m assuming the aging will go the same as my EVO 4G LTE case’s aging went.
While I tested out many great cases for a week or two on the EVO, the one I always came back to was the Cruzerlite Androidified case, which puts in one year and six months of use on the phone I took with me everywhere, every day.
Currently the case still bends and flips back to normal, with no scratches on the back, and one slight chip in the top where my EVO 4G went up against a brick wall with about half of my weight behind it. This is not something that normally happens with me, but when you’re hauling a baby and tipping over you use what you’ve got. Pictures here can be clicked to see the damage, or non-damage over the year.
Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case wrap-up
The Bugdroid case comes in 11 different colors, has a price tag of $12.90, and is better than most cases two or three times the asking price.
It’s not going to protect you underwater, and it might not stop a bullet, but for an on-the-town general use case I don’t think it can be beat.
You can get the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit on Cruzerlite’s website or Amazon for $12.90.