Covering your phone with a case is never an easy decision, nor is choosing one from the hundreds out there. One of the benefits of the HTC One for Windows is that it comes with a vast army of accessories due to the Android version paving a path. Now, Windows Phone users who grab the phone can benefit.
The Case-Mate Naked Tough case runs on the high-end for $27 (plus free shipping) from our Store.WPCentral.com site, and it falls into the mid-range category in terms of protection. The Naked Tough Case is no Otterbox, but it is much than just shell as well.
The construction of the Naked Tough case is a dual-layer system, with a silicone bumper for the edges and a plastic shell for the back and sides. Either one only offers moderate protection, but when combined you have a case that easily withstands multiple impacts (unlike the cheaper and thinner shells, which usually crack the first time).
This case is ideal if you know you drop your phone often but still want something that (1) shows off HTC's design, since it is see through and (2) slides in and out of your pocket with ease.
One thing I did not care for was the faux-buttons, which cover the real buttons of the phone. Although such a design is necessary, the implementation here is lacking a bit. The buttons are more difficult to discern and to press them requires a little more effort. I would not say this is a deal breaker, but if you are sensitive to such changes, you may want to try to something else. Otherwise, the case looks and feels solid, and I have no problem recommending it.
Why cover the gorgeous HTC One for Windows? Read Kevin Michaluk's experience with his 'naked' HTC One with Android and dropping it an astounding 17 times over the summer.
This frequency is not so much 'butterfingers' but rather that the One is one slippery phone, especially when you are pulling out of your pocket. Be careful!
See the video review above or head to the Store to see the case. I'll be doing more case reviews for the One over the coming days to highlight some unique choices that are available.