HTC Iceview OEM case review

Icevew Case
HTC Icevew case, image courtesy HTC.

Recently I had a chance to purchase the HTC ice view case and I’ve been using it for about a week now. In a vacuum I’m impressed, the case feels good and fits the phone well, everything lines up and it adds just enough heft and protection to feel valuable without making the phone too large notifications through the cover are easy to read and being able to use the camera through it is a neat trick for quick photos. Unfortunately the case exists with competition and has to be compared to its progenitors(The dot view covers from the M8 and M9) as well.

 

The case itself fits the HTC10 perfectly as i’d expect, some of the cutouts look a bit odd at first glance but they’re larger than the obvious requirement in order to accommodate sensors near the earpiece which are more visible in the white model. The buttons are stiff enough to avoid accidental presses but otherwise easy to use and the cases signature ability to see notifications through the case works without issue. As far as first party cases for phones go this is a clear step forward from a technical standpoint from the dot view cases with the added ability to take photos without the case hanging down below the phone however this is not without compromise of a blurry preview, an added pinhole for the front facing camera would have been a welcome addition in this regard as well.

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Unfortunately the case falls short in two areas, the first simply isn’t HTC’s fault and is a personal issue, I already have a pebble time, and all of my notifications come through on it, although the ice view gives me an at a glance if my phone is sitting on my desk charging it’s not something my watch isn’t already doing, this redundancy isn’t a problem for everyone. More striking is the lack of customization, dotview was capable of changing colors and backgrounds none of which is available in iceview currently but can hopefully be added in the future. On a final note, it does compare well to a knockoff that we looked into recently not showing any issues with the instant access camera shortcut and it’s matte plastic hiding fingerprints quite well(and actually matches it’s product photos).

 

Anyone interested can purchase one here.

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Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is a full time IT administrator at a medium sized private business former FRC coach and technology enthusiast.

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2 thoughts on “HTC Iceview OEM case review

  • Avatar of JRDEMASKUS
    September 14, 2016 at 7:15 am
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    Thank you Daniel.

    Paul, How did that “knockoff” case hold up? Are you still using it?

    I have a zipper case that I have to open to see my notifications when I don’t have my BT available to read my text messages.(email can usually wait)

    For the first time I have not bought a “Premium” case for my phone, it took a long time for them to be released, and the market was saturated with knockoffs. I needed something Lifeproof or Otterbox, but nothing like that has been released,(950XL) so I improvised and came up with my own solution.(PSVita zipper case and low profile, hybrid 2 pc case on the phone. Has worked out well for dirty, crushing outside work)

    I would rather have a nice premium, well constructed, leather case, with a view, but I am sure both the phone and case would be destroyed by my work.

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    • Avatar of Paul King
      September 16, 2016 at 9:31 am
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      I am still using the knockoff case. It appears slightly worn, but no more so than I would expect given what I’ve put it through. I’m not seeing much difference between my $6 knockoff (I think that was the price) and the HTC case other than the following:

      circle is black on HTC case (that’s where a little magnet is)
      my case has two very small holes that look like they’re for a front-facing speaker at the bottom that are entirely unnecessary. Not sure what is up with that.
      Magnet in mine is slightly more powerful we think – when I set the phone down on a car or computer case with the flap around behind the back it will shut the display off immediately.
      Also the back of my case is transparent. The HTC one looks like it’s black.

      I’m seeing no reason you wouldn’t buy the first to market imitation.

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