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Keep your Galaxy S5 shining like a star with one of our 20 favorite cases

The Samsung Galaxy S5 may have been superseded by the gorgeous Galaxy S6, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still an excellent phone. Those who already own one will want to hold on to it — not least due to the excellent IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which the S6 doesn’t have — and it can still be purchased new for a more competitive price than ever before. Either way, the Galaxy S5 is a phone worth protecting from from scratches, bumps, and falls. Here are some of the best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases around to keep the star shining.

Updated on 6-14-2015 by Simon Hill: Refreshed text and format, added cases by Cover-Up, Ballistic, Body Glove, Proporta, and Diztronic.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S5 review

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Cover-Up WoodBack Case ($26)

Cover-Up WoodBack Case

Cover-Up WoodBack Case

If you want to cover that dimpled back with natural wood, then look no further. Cover-Up offers a wide range of different natural wood finishes including cherry, mahogany, maple, walnut, cedar, and many more. Your Galaxy S5 snaps into a black polycarbonate shell — in which the wooden back panel is sunk — which has a minimal design, leaving ports and controls open for easy access. This is a lightweight case, so it won’t provide really rugged protection, but it certainly adds a tough of style.

Available from: Amazon

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case ($24)

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case

This case is all about multi-layer drop protection. First, there’s a flexible inner layer with heavily reinforced corners that deals with impact-related shocks, then a tough polycarbonate shell that locks into place over the top. The button covers are easy to find and use, the cut-outs are large enough not to interfere with functionality, and the case adds some grip. You also get a basic screen protector in the package for complete coverage.

Available from: Amazon

Body Glove ShockSuit Case ($40)

Body Glove ShockSuit Case

Body Glove ShockSuit Case

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a really rugged case for the Galaxy S5, as this effort from Body Glove proves. Your phone slips into a solid frame with a built-in screen protector and a reinforced, shock absorbent shell goes around it. The end result is drop protection you can rely on, tested to military standard 810G. The cut-outs are accurate, the button covers are clearly marked, if a little stiff, and there’s a cover for the headphone port to stop dust finding its way in. The weak link is the screen protector, as it inevitably gets marked and worn over time. If your top priority is keeping your S5 safe from bumps and falls, without spending too much, this is a good choice.

Available from: Body Glove Mobile

Proporta Folio Case ($10)

Proporta Folio Case

Proporta Folio Case

Sadly, you’re not going to get a real leather case at this price, but Proporta’s “leather style” folio case is a decent option for the budget conscious. Your S5 slots into a thin plastic tray inside, and the fake leather cover wraps around it. There’s soft microfiber on the inside, but no pockets. You can also fold the cover back to use it as a landscape stand. It stays shut thanks to a magnetic closure clasp. The tray is thin and provides full access to controls and ports. You’ll also find a large opening in the back so you can use the camera with the case on, though it is a little awkward with this kind of folio case.

Available from: Amazon

Diztronic TPU Case ($10)

Diztronic TPU Case

Diztronic TPU Case

The main attraction with this simple TPU case is the fact it works with the wireless charging cover. The design is distinctly understated with a matte black finish and a subtle logo on the side. The button covers are easy to press, the cut-outs are accurate, and there’s a thin lip on the front to provide a little screen protection. It’s flexible, so it’s easy to fit, and it should guard against minor bumps and falls, but it’s thin and fairly basic, so don’t expect serious protection.

Available from: Amazon

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