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Review – Case-Mate Naked Tough Case for the HTC One for Windows

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.

Read: 17 Reasons to Buy a case for your HTC One (M8) for Windows

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.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

7 Comments
  • I have the case for my android M8 and I dropped it on its corner with the phone going unscathed.
  • That's a good test, as the corner drops are the screen-shattering ones.
  • Nice one but not for Lumia 1520?
  • Phone cases are usually horrible looking things, my thinking now is: If I cover my phone up for a year and then release it into full view....its a year old phone that looks new and I'm probably a bit bored of it anyway, so now I just stick a screen protector on and show it in all of its glory and take care so ask can see my gorgeous new phone before the inevitable cracked screen
  • Haha true. I only put a screen protector on my phone
  • That case looks similar to one my GF fit with her Android M8. Came with the phone. She also got a tempered glass screen cover, all free. From Phones 4 U as it happens.
  • I recommend the Fusion Cases from Cotechs (or Orzly, seem to be the same but more expensive). I have one for my Lumia 930 and they are incredibly good. Hardshell clear back and a rubber bumper in different colors. You can get them from amazon for about 6€ ( amazon.de )
    Thanks to this case my Lumia survived some drops (corner an front drops).
    http://www.amazon.de/gp/aw/d/B00MDQX2TK/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?qid=1411076358&sr...