The HTC Hero is a difficult one when it comes to finding cases for it. Its funny ‘chin’ – the angled section of the phone under the screen – makes finding a case that fits it well extremely difficult, especially as all the case manufacturers took their time in releasing cases that are specifically shaped for the Hero.
It’s taken a while, but I’ve managed to track down 10 cases for the HTC Hero, so with more cases available and after hearing feedback on some of the cases I’ve put this list with cases that are made specifically for the HTC Hero. I’ll still keep my eyes open for any other cases that come along, and I’ll update this post as and when they become available so you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed or bookmark this post so that you don’t miss out on any new ones that become available.
Now before I go on to the cases, there is one thing that I’ve noticed on the Hero that I feel I need to warn you about – particularly if you have a white one. The plastic that the housing is made from seems to discolour quite easily, the dye from clothing or some cases may transfer on to the phone, which will require quite a bit of effort to clean off and it means that if your phone isn’t protected, it might end up looking worn quite quickly on the corners and on the back cover.
Normally, I’d recommend an InvisibleSHIELD full body protector to stop this kind of discolouring of the case, but if you try to remove an InvisibleShield from the phone, it will peel the paint off too, so for that reason avoid InvisibleShield for the HTC Hero.
Noreve are a designer case that to be honest I’ve never heard of. They produce premium leather cases that give Piel Frama and PDair a run for their money. This case for the Hero fits the phone so well it’s surprising. When I first saw the ‘chin’ on the Hero I didn’t think that this style of case would work, but Noreve have proved me wrong. The case is the same shape as the phone and moulds around it beautifully. The whole case is hand crafted from top quality leather and leaves your camera, charging ports and volume keys accessible. The case has a detachable ratchet clip that locks eery 15 or so degrees on the back that can be removed easily to leave the back of the case perfectly flat.
As I’ve already mentioned, the back cover on the HTC Her0 will start to discolour and scratch quickly if it’s not looked after, especially if you’ve got the white one. FlexiShield Skins for the HTC Hero are thicker and tougher than standard Silicone Cases and will certainly give your Hero more bounce if you drop it! It has a non slip feel to it and covers all of the back of the handset, leaving the camera free for you to take your photos. It doesn’t cover the screen though, so you’ll need to invest in a HTC Hero screen protector if you want to look after your screen. FlexiShield Skins are available in Black and Clear.
One of our most popular types of case for any phone is a Leather Flip case. They allow you to access your phone quickly when you need it, while keeping it safe from knocks and scrapes. The Flip case leaves your screen, keys and trackball fully accessible. There is a removable belt clip on the back and the flip is held in place with a magnetic fastening. The Leather Flip Case for the HTC Hero is available in Black or White.
This isn’t available just yet, but will be here very soon. Unlike the C300, the Orbit Flex is made specifically for the HTC Hero, and will be made to accomodate the ‘chin’ better than any of the universal cases. They are a high quality leather flip case, that has a removeable front cover for better access to the touch screen. Orbit Flex cases uses Krusell’s Multidapt system of interchangeable clips that let you choose the best one for your needs and have storage space for memory cards. Both the headphone port and charging port are accessible while your phone is in the case.
PDair leather cases are a range of elegant, hand stitched leather cases designed to protect and enhance your HTC Hero. Each case is selected from premium leather cuts and is individually designed to give a perfect fit to your phone. PDair cases is shaped to accommodate the chin of the Hero and is made in such a way as it holds your phone securely without covering any of the screen or keypad. PDair cases are great, but they can be extremely difficult to track down so you might have to hunt around to find somewhere that has stock, and if you find it, order it or you could be in for a long wait.
ToughGuard Shields are a similar to Crystal Cases, but they are much more robust and less likely to crack just from looking at them. Rather than being made from cheap brittle plastic, they are made from a more flexible, energy absorbing polycarbonate. This means that the case is unlikely to break or shatter if you drop your phone and it will divert impact damage away from your HTC Hero. ToughGuard Shields don’t cover the screen, so we’d recommend using a Screen Protector with it. These cases are a secure fit to your phone and are more suited to people who want to put a case on their phone and leave it on permanently.
Another case from PDair. It’s made in exactly the same way, but is a horizontal carry pouch rather than a case that you can leave on your phone permanently. It has cut outs on the bottom edge to make removing your phone easier. Again it’s a great case, but they can be extremely difficult to track down so you might have to hunt for one.
This is a geniune HTC case designed to work with all of their touchscreen handsets so It’s not the best fit in the world for the Hero, but it does accomodate the chin quite well. It has cut outs for your charger and handsfree/headphones, as well as a hole in the bottom to make it easier to push your phone out. It’s made from a high quality leather with grey stitching and a soft suede lining that helps to keep your screen fingerprint free. On the back, the case has a couple of mounting options. The first is a sprung belt clip that allows you to attach it and remove it from your belt quickly and easily, the other is two stitched belt loops that allow you to keep the case on your belt permanently with no chance of it falling off. The lining of this case did discolour my test handset though, so if you have a white one, you might want to think again.
This case is similar in design to the HTC PO C300, but is designed specifically for the HTC Hero rather than being a universal case. It has a soft lining that will help keep your screen clean and fingerprint free and a stitched in belt loop to eliminate any chances of it falling off your belt.
Silicone cases provide simple protection against minor knocks and drops and are a pretty cheap way of keeping your phone looking at it’s best. The Silicone Cases for the HTC Hero are moulded around the ‘chin’ and buttons and have a cut out for the trackball. While they aren’t as hard wearing as a FlexiShield Skin they will do a great job of looking after your phone. Silicone Cases for the HTC Hero are available in Black and Ice.
That’s the best of the HTC Hero Cases that are available at the moment that I’ve found, but if any more crop up I’ll add them to this post. If you’ve seen a specific case that works well with the HTC Hero that I’ve not mentioned, let me know using the comments form below.