The return on investment for smartphone cases is pretty high. Most offer pretty good protection at the fraction of the cost of a deductible or a brand new device.

My Nexus 6 has been saved quite a few times. For good reason too; I live on that device. When someone’s daily driver becomes unusable it means that they are less productive. This can quickly translate into actual dollars lost.  Nobody wants this. Besides the obvious financial implications, people seem think cases are just a good idea. They have been known to add aesthetically pleasing experiences to some devices that are just too bland for some users.  Some people use cases for advertising their experience outwardly to the world.

With the new crop of Android flagships, this paradigm does not seem to be shifting. Cases are here to stay. Recently I was sent the Evo Check Case for the HTC One (M9) to review. This case by Tech21 is really great. Its elegant design lends itself to offer loads of protection without adding a lot of bulk.

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The M9 isn’t a really thick phone to begin with, but some cases on the market tend to add a little more heft than needed. I feel this is due to the M9’s aluminum casing and carrier varied colors. The variant of the M9 I used for testing was the rose gold model from T-Mobile. Tech21 says this case “is the next step in the evolution of Impactology and intelligent impact protection.” The case is really light and gives full access to the ports, buttons, microphones, and RF sensor. This case also comes with a small bezel to keep the phone face off flat surfaces.

The armband I use for running doesn’t take the phone and the case together. This isn’t really an issue as the Evo Check is easy to remove and install. Tech21 has done a great job with the aesthetics of this case as well. It has a great balance of sleekness and grip. It doesn’t feel like it will slip out when in my hand.

Another great touch is that the volume rocker and power buttons seem to be raised and more responsive. For sometime now, I’ve felt that the buttons of the M9 were a little too close to the body of the phone and lacked a great tactile experience. With this case, that problem has seemed to go away. A simple drop test also showed that this case can handle drops from about 6 feet. Not bad for a simple TPU case.

My ultimate review of this case is a “buy”. Have an M9 and in the market for a case in the $40 range? Head over to the folks at Tech21. You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. The M9 is easily one of the best Android smartphones out there, and just like the M8, it’s still not one of the most exciting – it is totally competent, however, which should be the more important consideration for people who aren’t interested in the frills offered elsewhere.

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