Sometimes the only way to find the best is by process of elimination. And in our head-to-head accessories battles, we pit two top accessories against one another to crown the king. This week, HTC accessories duke it out for the number one title, with HTC carrying cases for the Windows 8X phone facing off.
The aptly named Defender, an OtterBox carrying case that hardly needs an introduction, is probably the favorite in this battle. Same as with the Defender models for other phones, this HTC case is one tough cookie.
It offeres full protection from dust, scratches, drops and shocks, with everything from a screen protector and port covers, to its triple-layer construction. Here, durable silicone provides shock absorption while a rugged polycarbonate layer provides shatter protection from drops.
And with a pretty slick, moulded matte black look, the Defender is an HTC carrying case that's both attractive and highly performant. Let's see if the underdog can beat it.
In the opposite corner, we've got a challenger that's in a pretty different weight class than the Defender. Though that mat seem like an unfair fight, the fact that Incipio's Feather case for HTC 8X is so light is actually one of its winning traits.
Like the Defender this Incipio phone case protects against dents and scratches from drops. With a rigid plextonium frame, this HTC carrying case offers high-grade protection but does so without adding much bulk or weight.
Weighing in at just 0.5 ounces, it's easy to see why they call it the feather. Pair that easy, lightweight portability with the Feather's tough shell-like protection and slick, smooth look, and you've got Incipio's best-selling carrying case.
This is one rare instance where we're actually going to have to declare a draw. To be sure, OtterBox's Defender is not to be trifled with. Ultra-tough and cool looking, it deserves its title as one of the best. But so does Incipio's Feather case, which packs a lot of function and protection into its barely-there weight.