The Samsung Galaxy S5 had a lot of hype to live up to, but it certainly has enough new features to satisfy most, including an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Sadly, that’s not going to save it from scratches, bumps, and falls. Here are some of the best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases around to keep your new star shining.
Handcrafted high quality leather cases from France add a real touch of style to your Galaxy S5. You can choose from a wide range of different colors for the exterior and you can also select a specific finish, although, depending on what you choose, this can push the price tag up. This case flips open toward you and has a window in the padded front cover so you can see your screen at-a-glance. Your S5 is well protected in this case without any restrictions on the basic functions.
You’ll find a few eye-catching cases from Speck, and this is one of them, though most of Speck’s accessory line isn’t as loud as this floral design. These Galaxy S5 cases aren’t just pretty either, they actually offer military-grade drop protection thanks to the dual-layer design which combines a hard outer shell with an anti-scratch finish and shock absorbent inner lining. Button covers and cut-outs for ports and camera are all present and correct.
Tech21 Impact Mesh Case ($35)
This TPU shell features a mesh pattern and a special D3O material which is designed to absorb the shock of any impact and ensure that it dissipates without damaging your S5. This case is transparent and has all the precise cut-outs that you need to use the camera and access ports. It’s relatively slim and there’s a splash of orange around the edges to give it a distinctive look. You can also get this case in blue or with a smokey finish.
X-Doria Scene Plus Case ($30)
A hard outer shell and a rubber bumper is a great combination to protect your Galaxy S5. There’s also a raised lip to protect the screen and button covers, but it’s the stylish 3D artwork that will attract you to this case. Thanks to a multi-layer printing process, these unique designs appear to have depth and you can see past them to the phone beneath. If you don’t like the patterns you can get a plain version with a translucent back for $5 less.
With a nice line in really rugged cases, Trident is a name you can trust, and the Kraken is the top of the range in terms of protection. This case can handle drops, vibration, dust, rain, and wind. It offers triple layer protection, including a screen protector, and there’s a kickstand, a lanyard loop, and a holster. It is a bulky case, but it’s ideal for outdoors-types who want to take their Galaxy S5 with them.
Your Galaxy S5 can survive drops up to 6 feet and serious vibration with this case on. The back is clear polycarbonate and the sides and reinforced corners are TPE rubber. The design of the S5 shines through and you’ve got access to all your ports and the camera. It’s an understated look that delivers good quality protection for peace of mind.
This is a one-piece case that’s fairly slim, but you can still expect good protection from shocks, bumps, and falls thanks to the dual materials. The cut-outs are precise and there are covers to protect your buttons. You can get this case in a variety of color combinations, or you can opt for a patterned finish. You can get more protective cases from OtterBox if you need them, but this strikes a nice balance between style and protection.
Cygnett Thread Flip Case ($30)
No, sadly it’s not real leather, but this svelte polyurethane case does look and feel like the real deal. It’s neatly stitched and it flips open like a book to reveal a hard shell that holds your Galaxy S5 in place and a soft microfiber lining to protect the screen. It should keep your phone scratch-free and guard it against bumps and drops.
Cruzerlite Print Case ($13)
If you just want a basic TPU case with some kind of Android design then you can always rely on Cruzerlite. Reasonable prices and decent quality make these flexible cases a great choice. They are transparent, shock absorbent, and they’ll keep your S5 free of scratches. If you don’t like this U.S. flag design, don’t worry, because there are many other designs to choose from.
UAG Maverick GLXS Case ($35)
Urban Armor Gear really nails that angular industrial look and the cases are as tough as they look, meeting military standards for drop protection. It’s a typical blend of hard outer shell fused with an impact resistant core. The case also comes with screen guard. There are good button covers and wide cut-outs for the camera to ensure no flash glare. This lightweight case really delivers and if you don’t like the translucent version, you can pick it up in blue, orange, white, or black.
That’s all the Samsung Galaxy S5 cases we have for now, but we will update this roundup with new entries worthy of your attention.