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CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a Dot View case for your BlackBerry?

By Adam Zeis on 27 Mar 2014 04:56 pm EDT

Yesterday we saw all kinds of HTC One (M8) news floating around the web. Even though we're all BlackBerry lovers at heart, it's okay to sneak a look at the latest and greatest in the Android world. While I can't say that I'll be running out to pick one up anytime soon, I am a bit jealous of one thing — that Dot View case.

The case itself is essentially just a standard folio with a bunch of holes in it, but it's the dark magic that makes it awesome.

With the case on and closed, the screen shows different information — be it the time & weather, incoming calls, changing volume — but it appears in a sort of 8-bit fashion through the actual case.

In case you haven't seen it, here's what it looks like:

I'm actually kind jealous on this one, even though I'm not a big case fan. I think this would look awesome on my BlackBerry Z30.

So we're curious to know how many of you would be down for one of these as well. Hit up the poll below with a yay or nay, then drop a comment and let us know what you think! And if by whatever reason you have an HTC One (M8) and need a dot case, look for it here soon.



Cool yes!

Posted via CB10 on my Z10


Where is the Incipio Featherlight case for the Z30?

CB10 from the Z30


I've been wondering the same thing

Posted Via my Kick @ss BlackBerry Z30


BlackBerrys aren't toys. They're tools.


I don't see how dot view would make it a toy... It adds functionality to your tool in a fun way!

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!


Adds functionality until you get dust in the holes. That would drive me nuts. Plus, the video makes it seem like typing is a pain in the arse when the case is on the phone. For now, I'm OK with the peek ability on BB10.


Yeah I see the dust being a problem. Oh well, its still a nifty little thing!

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!


You ain't going anywhere saying that. Just stop.

Posted via CB10


Thank you for saying this. I'm so sick of this line. It's a very sour grapes response.

Ogbu Onuoha1

Blackberry are not toys, they are Tools!

If you want a toy go pick up an iphone 4 w/ a GameBoy Color Case on it.

Posted by Phobe's Owner on the BlackBerry Q10


That statement is pretty irrelevant anymore..

BlackBerry has Angry Birds now. And iOS and Android have BBM & BES service now.

You can knock on their cases all day, in the end that's one less option to you whether you like it or not.

Posted via telegraph



Posted via CB10


Nah, it would just sit on my desk like all the other cases I swore I'd use and never did. Go naked!


It's very liberating

Posted via CB10


That's what I told the cops!

Posted via CB10


But this phone looks very slippery.


Slippery when wet

Posted via CB10


True! It does look cool though. I have never had a case on any of my BlackBerry's, so I can't see that changing now.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!


Yep, no case...always naked.

Posted via CB10 - Z10 'Powered by BlackBerry'


For me, I the only use for a case is to cover the bumps and bruises from going naked. Otherwise like plastic on a new couch. If your into plastic the old couch worked fine. Mho

Adam Kaczmarek

I only wear BlackBerry hard case when I'm on freeride on my Rollerblades! Before I bought case my Q10 slipped from my pocket in longslave during jump over some barriers. It ended just with few small scratches which I don't see usually :D Naked Q10 is the sexiest phone!

Posted via CB10


I think it'd kind of cool. Sure why not

BlackBerry 4Life


I must sat it's interesting but I rather enjoy a flexible plastic on my Z30

STA-100-3 v10.2.1.2126

zeon mohamedd

We want something new

Posted via CB10


Yes! F the case we just want something new!!

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!


Looks like something out of Mario bros!

Hate solves nothing, Respect gains everything!


It's cool but I wouldn't drop extra cash for it. Built in I would love it!

Al moon

Stop with the gimmicks let's be serious

Posted via CB10


Some thing different. Yes why not.
Blackberry forever.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

It's looks cheap, this plastic Android version. Meh.

For BlackBerry, it must look "a bit more" premium than that. Then I might consider.

How about BB10 GLASS WEAVE, and higher res?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "



I'd be embarrassed to pull this out in a conference room.

I'm Zeeing a bright future for Blackberry


I like the idea of the glass weave with higher res display.
Other than that I already know the time and temp before I head out the door so it's kind of pointless to me.

Posted via CB10


Novelty item that I would only use for a day or two...

Posted via CB10


My answer is no. Android phones are going cheap day by day. The OS version name itself sounds so cheap. We want manly phone, not toys like phone.

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


We want man phone.
No toy, phone only
* chest hitting*

Posted via CB10


Me caveman need man phone!


Saw it earlier and thought what an awesome case

Posted via CB10


Why not I love cases

Posted via CB10


Some ppl don't read they just open the their mouth and s#!+ fly out smfh

Posted via CB10


Heck yea I would want one!



Love it! Though not sure how much I'd be willing to spend on a case. Built-in would be awesome! xD Would save on battery just to display pertinent information.

Posted via CB10


Just another toy to ignore

Posted via CB10


It's just to get other on this platform as people love features! , even if they DONT USE IT.

Sent From my brand new Q10 :D

Tater Tots

I'd just like to see better first party cases.

Posted via CB10


One could very easily use a 3D printer to produce such a case for BB10 handsets, and the code to make it work would be pretty simple. Sometimes the simple stuff is the coolest :)

Posted via CB10


Looks neat. Especially helpful when you just want the time.

Posted via CB10


It looks nice but considering battery consumption and how it will always be a issue, as these phones and apps become more powerful & plentiful I will pass


jojo beaconsfield

Pretty amazing stuff but if it makes it hard to type,why?


Only if I have the ability to clip it to a belt. I do not like putting touch screen devices in my pocket.

The Most Interesting Device In The World, BBZ30! Keep Moving My Friends!


Pointless gadget for lil boys...cant imagine pulling my z10 on some meeting with such case on!

Posted via CB10

Jon Friedman

So basically it makes ur phone pixely

BlackBerry Q10 on TMO 4G prepaid


Yes please :))

Posted via CB10


i agree with you, but if that thing make my phone battery dry i don't want it

Posted From Blackberry Z10


Absolutely not
Makes the phone look like a cheap kids toy.

Z10 on Telus


I would not, but a lot of people with BlackBerry's would so for them yes.

Posted via CB10


Neat concept but not something I would want to use. But if it's on all the time, battery life can be a concern.

Posted via CB10


Swipe up to answer a call.....Swipe down to hang up????

Hmmmmmm.........I wonder where I saw that before? Oh that's right! IT WAS ON MY Q10!

Swipe Swipe Swipe....all swipe gestures!!

I don't think I would ever buy this product, because I liked it better the first time when it was called BlackBerry 10!

So does BlackBerry need to file a lawsuit against these guys too?

The best part of all this is, all the disingenuous tech writers that said BlackBerry 10 sucked, are gonna call shit like this innovative and game changing!



Hell yeah!! Of course we want one. Why would anyone say no?

Posted via CB10, Z10


Some on these comments are just dripping with resentment.
Hardly a toy!

I think it's a neat idea, and something different. That's what innovation is all about! It's awesome to see these new ideas and concepts.

However, because of the battery life issue with the Z10, I hardly think it would be appropriate. Perhaps it's something that could be tailored to the Z30. That being said, BlackBerry should be (and I'm sure they are) concerned with far more important things.

Posted via CB10


Nope, I'll pass. Fairly cool case though.


Looks like a pocket lint collector to me. Lame.


I think it looks kinda neat but have to agree with you those holes would collect lint and dirt like crazy. So it would be a no go...

DJ Reyes

When I saw this I thought it was a cool idea. I would very much want this for my Z30. It would be perfect but I've used a flip shell case for my Z30 and it doesn't last me more than two weeks before it gets taken off, purely due to the awkwardness of using it so would have to wonder if a case like this would last me too. Love the idea though.

Posted via CB10

Mikey Mc

Yes, but a dotview case would also mean changes to the lock screen and how notifications, information updates are handled. Those sort of changes/ updates are completely welcome though

Posted via CB10


My children would like it, for me it's a no. But of course they are android users.

Posted via CB10


I want nothing extra that would effect battery.
Battery life over toys

Prem WatsApp

It's kind of gimmicky, and looks very Androidish to me, those dots instantly reminded me of those on the HTC (for which it is made, duh!) and go, no.

Some higher res maybe? BB10 premium GLASS WEAVE, not cheap plastic?

Just like smart watches, there certainly is a use case for some users, but probably not the majority (yet).

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "


I'm always opening my flop case to see time etc
So a case like that would eliminate that.... would be a nice touch

Posted with the sweet Zeeee10


No thank you, Android world can keep their dots

Posted via CB10

Kevin Michaluk

Attention getting accessory, that's for sure. Would have to try it out before I could decide whether I like it or not though.


Oh hell yeah I would love me one of those for my Z30!

Posted via CB10

garrett lajoie

I would only use one if it had all the cool swipe functionality the HTC case has!


Neat, but too expensive at $50.


It's a novelty that will wear off. My main concern is cleaning and maintenance. It's bad enough we often smudge the screen saver that need to be replace every so often. Those tiny holes definitely look challenging.


I'd rather take battery savings and not have to clean out the holes with a needle.

Hussein Z10

I'm gonna say f.. the accesories, f.. the the stupif software.. BlackBerry its a competition age, time change, so stop playing and asking us abiut the shit,, acc. And stupid little thing, and go actualy work and focus on damn new super devices with better specs and hardware, all companies are working seriously on devices while BlackBerry fans are just talking about a shit sw leaks. And some damn accesories, its real time no more playing.

Posted via CB10


Got to admit, that's pretty nifty.

Visit my channel @ C0029395D


Ummmmm, no.

T-Mobile USA Z10


Gief case!

Posted via CB10


This completely useless makes daydream look even more like a blatant ripped off of now sleeping screen / glance

I would love to see a similar implementation in bb10 amoled screens however

Posted via CB10

John Delfin

It looks cool but it must be protected instead of protecting the phone.

Posted via CB10


It's quite an interesting concept, but...

In order to get the dot displayed thru, does it also means that the display is also always ON. If so I care more of my battery life then to get that feature.

If not, then what action should be done to get the information display. Is it almost similar action then to simply lift that cover to reveal full home information?

Posted via CB10



Posted via my sexy Z30


Never use a case... that being said I don't think I would go for this.


Ehhhh I'll pass.

Posted via CB10

james pisano

I love my Q10. I love the look and feel. The carbon fiber weave on the back is awesome and perfectly grippy. I go naked and when I get the Z30, I will do the same thing.

I would not use the dot case.

Via CB10 & Z10 or Q10


Why would I want a horrible case like this covering my beautiful Z10? Urgh!

Z10 In action here!


Another way to tell what time it is and if it's raining. Thanks but no thanks. I have a wrist watch and can look outside

Posted via CB10


Amen brother!

 BlackBerry Q10  KEEP THE FAITH


Agree. Somehow looking outside is way more accurate than current weather on accuweather.

Posted via CB10


I hate cases. Au Naturel..

The End

Posted via CB10


Maybe add artistic value with random word art.

Posted via CB10


No not my cup of tea!

 BlackBerry Q10  KEEP THE FAITH

Krzysztof Patyna

Absolutely YES!

Posted via BlackBerry Z10


It's really stupid and unnecessary imo.

The lock screen is good enough....

Posted via CB10


Cool, yes, but I wonder if you need to set up brightness screen to see it better.

" Initiated from my Q10 "


Hey. I don't like all this copycating
What they get I want to get. And stuff,
Damnn Mannnnn, I am blackberry,
Your giving other phones and. Platforms too much DAMN credit

Posted via CB10


+1 that case is stupid

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2102


Cool idea but looks like an unnecessary battery-suck.

Posted via CB10


Rockin naked z10 -- why cover a thing of beauty?

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2102


I love how they've got swiping up / down to answer and reject calls.

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Amit Karmakar

Please convey the message to the manufacturers we need it for z30...z10 already has lot of options in the market.

Posted via CB10



Posted via CB10


Cool gimic but not necessarily

Z30 2b821a18


It's kinda cool, if it interacted with the phone and the hub it might be useful. Does it mean I have to have a app running in the background for it to work? Either way I can't see myself shelling out almost $60 for one.

The new features with 10.3 using the prox sensor looks more promising than this, and it's free.



Yes definitely....



Bring it on! Keeps my bb safe and gives me extra functionality with the case on! I'd buy it!

Posted via BB10 OS


I think it's a cool idea, I just don't like the look of the case.

Posted via CB10

Brayan Morales

This is really cool! I wonder if you guys would make up for my Q10

Posted via CB10


The first one I physically see will be cool. The second will be lame.

Not for me.

Posted via CB10


That's pretty cool. Would look great on my Z30

Posted via CB10


Dumbest looking thing I've seen in years... reminds me of the Lite-Brite I had as a kid.

Posted via CB10

Erwin Baldoman1

Yay... Badly need it. :D

Posted via CB10


Pretty cool!!!

Posted via CB10


Not a fan of flipping cases.

BTW, have anybody noticed the swipe up/down gesture of managing a phone calls? BlackBerry drops it, now it's HTC.

Posted via Q10 running

Prem WatsApp

Thought the same.

Bring it back, please!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "


I imagine the feature being activated unintentionally all the time, in one's pocket, and wasting the battery. I love my BlackBerry Flip Case for my Z30. And the flip case that I had for my Z10 that I gave to my son to replace his iPhone. (He was very grateful. )

Posted via CB10


Will need to see it as it may gather dust/dirt too quickly.


So now instead of viewing your phone from the front, you turn the phone around and view? How intuitive...

From zee coolest flicking smartphone ever


Looks cool

 BB FANS via Q10 

dvs cool

It would be cool for like, 5 minutes. Maybe 10.

Posted via CB10


No, that will too GARISH for a serious phone like BB.


I need this in my life. Lol

Posted via CB10


So just watched the video. First thing I noticed.... they implemented BlackBerry swipe up/down to answer/reject calls.

Secondly I noticed all the swiping to control the phone. Stealing BlackBerry ideas one at a time.

Posted via CB10

Shadberry Bold

Maybe. Very unique

Posted via CB10


Want one for my Q10? Abso-freakin-lutely!!

Posted via CB10


Seen a review of this case yesterday and even though it is innovative I wouldn't use the feature. Most of the things I do is within the OS and not on the surface as this case is. Sure you can send voice to text but really the blinking red light is all I need when I need to respond and act on it.

Posted via CB10


Only if blackberry can make a better battery. Just another unless gimmick to drain your battery.

Posted via CB10


If there's a market demand, then bring it forward.

Of all the ideas I haven't cared for I'm still impressed by the innovation posters have presented on the CrackBerry site.

No one can accuse BlackBerry of standing still.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z30


I would love it

Posted via CB10


Dust might be a problem. I get dust in between the z10 transform case.

I like the concept but I'm not fussed if we don't get a copy cat


Yes I definitely want this case!!

Posted via CB10


Looks cool!

Posted via CB10


Why can't we get a water proof case for BlackBerry phones yet? That shouldn't be hard to make.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10


It would be awesome to have one for the Z10 if they existed for BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10


all this wonderful technology on the phone and the one thing that stands out is the case?WTF? I think it is starting go get to that point maybe its the extra charger or the external battery pack thrown in. The cool stuff now is not really even the phone its the little things. maybe some small software that is unique. Basically all the phones are the same and offer pretty much he same features. Sure some havea better camera or a fingerprint scanner(waste of time in my opinion) but other then that they are the same so we bring up this fabulous new phone and the thing we think is really cool is the case? I think this kind of says it all. Its diferent it offers something that no one else does this is really what people are looking for. So if thats the case blackberry has to add some small things in that are unique. I think thats the key to success. The case is okay but to me its nothing that special. Dfferent yes. special not really.


this is how BB10 is meant to be!!!


Coooooool :)

Posted via CB10


Will they release this case for BlackBerry Q10? I would buy that in a heartbeat!!

Posted via CB10


Yup, seeing as how the Z30 has an amoled screen it would make the already unbelievable battery god tier.


No. I had a night bright as a kid

Posted via CB10


Leather pocket pouch is my favourite

Posted via CB10


Love it and want it!

C00121953 channel for car freaks!!


I like to put cases on my Z10 to add some color and protect it from bumps.. would love to have something like a dot view case on my phone.. looks cool!

Posted via CB10


Yay yay yay all the wayyy

Posted via CB10


Not really, thanks. Just a plastic fantastic gimmick.
What i would really want is that 8-bit look and feel on OLED BB10 devices. As we had on Nokia Sleeping Screen. Now, that is cool and easy to code.

Posted via CB10


I like the idea more importantly my son and his mates would think it cool, especially with an app so you could control it...... if it helps sale....

Posted via CB10

Dan Felice

It's just a gimmick to sell the phone, something others can see you with. Real phones don't need gimmicks. Go BlackBerry!!

Posted via CB10


Nah, I don't really care.

Posted via CB10


Has anyone designed the perfect case for z30? Protect yet easy to type. Where are good engineers that can package a phone like this in a way that can be customised in ways specific to particular uses? Best experience is naked, but that can be the worst for protection and portability?

Posted via CB10


I love the texture of my z10 battery cover. Too bad the z30 isn't like that.

Posted via CB10


There's goes the already weak battery life of an android


Oh yeah

Posted via CB10


I love it!! And would look amazing over top my new z 30!

Posted via CB10


This was the ultimate test to bring out the 'bah humbuggers' that claim anything cool, or new is useless. I was waiting for the 'tools, not toys' quote to be thrown around... didn't have to wait long. It's a CASE, yes, I wouldn't mind having this as a case. It's cool, its new, but also has a retro-like nostalgia to it. I think the case is dope. If I could rig it to work on my Z10- I'd do it without hesitation.


BlackBerry please make this for my Z30!!!!

Posted via CB10


We would get the case but the app would take like 17 years to come to BB Platform and likely show up on BB OS 7 first. :)

You know I am right!!!

Halifax Guy

How I wish Crackberry would use bigger radio buttons and fonts for their polls!

Posted via CB10


So this case turns your smartphone into a phone...
...I am a little confused here.


That would be GORGEOUS & Worthy of my Q10.

Posted via CB10


I like this idea, and I would probably use it. But, this doesn't seem hard to accomplish. I would in no way pay for a new phone with a 2 Year Contract, just for a cool case. I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see these on amazon for the BlackBerry, and cheap. And then a $0.99 app and you're set. You just saved 2 extra years on AT&T.

Posted via CB10


How would this affect battery life?

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Ali M A

Actually I want some thing else... I want to buy from blackberry world by using my mobile that possible ????!

Posted via CB10

duy nguyen3

Just use normal case for all BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10


Don't make my cool blackberry look like android toy ..

Posted via CB10


For my z10 wud luv to buy

Posted via CB10

Tate Hart-Boyes

I think that they should bring this out for all blackberry 10 devices, but the only problem like everyone else has said is if you do get dust in the holes, but I suppose if they include a cloth when you buy it, you could always wipe it.

Posted via CB10


You could also simply pick the dirt out with a toothpick or similar device.

Posted via CB10


Not particularly. Seems gimmicky. Looks kinda cool, but it really serves no purpose.

Posted via CB10

Ndoki Hasaki

No thanks, that looks like my first ever phone, and I'm not big into recessive technology. Besides, the "lock" screen on my z10 shows much of the same information, and I have an otterbox, so it's protected when I'm looking at it anyways.

Posted via CB10