The Moto G is a prime example of a smartphone that features a very affordable price tag, without compromising on a premium feel that we’ve come to expect from our handheld devices. While the intended market for the Moto G isn’t consumers looking for the latest and greatest, the device serves a great entry point into the world of Android, with its near stock experience, and most importantly, a budget-friendly price point.
There are a lot of great accessories for the Moto G, and today, we’ll be focusing on one type of accessory in particular – cases. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Moto G cases currently available. Let’s get started!
UPDATE – November 2, 2014: If you have a Moto G 2nd gen (2014), Click here to see the best cases.
All cases below are compatible with the original 2013 released Moto G.
While the customization available with the Moto G aren’t as extensive as with the Moto X, in the case of the smaller smartphone, you have the option of numerous replaceable back covers in varying colors and different features, that are called Shells. The purpose of these covers isn’t extreme protection, even though the Flip Shell and Grip Shell do offer some protection for the display, and against minor bumps and spills, so if you’re worried about dropping your phone often, you’re better off checking out some of the more protective cases below. But, if you’re hoping to stand out in a crowd, Shells are definitely what you’re looking for. Here’s a list of the type of shells available for the Moto G.
As explained above, Shells are replaceable back covers for the Moto G, and Color Shells are exactly what the names suggests, back covers that are available in different colors. Color options include chalk, violet, royal blue, turquoise, lemon lime, and cherry (vivid red). Available from Amazon $14.99.
Unlike the Color Shells, Flip Shells feature a flip cover that helps to protect the display of the smartphone. The strong and thick textured cover includes magnets that turn the screen off when it is closed, and on when open, and also features a cutout for the earpiece, allowing you to talk on the phone while the cover is closed. The Flip Shells are available in numerous color options as well, with the additional choice of black, along with all the colors that are available with Color Shells. Available from Amazon for $29.99.
The Grip Shells are more akin to a bumper case, and as the name suggests, features a rubberized material that makes it easy to grip. The Shell covers the sides and the back the smartphone, and also features a slightly raised bezel around the front, to provide protection for the display if the device is placed face down. It is definitely bulkier than the Flip Shell, but provides better overall device protection. Color options include chalk, black, lemon lime, royal blue, and cherry. Grip Shells are available from Amazon for $19.99.
Slim Fit Cases
Rearth Ringke Slim
The Ringke Slim case is a simple, single piece hard case that comes with a super-slim design, and fits the device perfectly. The case features a Premium Soft Feeling exterior, along with a new dual coating, to protect the smartphone against bumps and scratches. Installation is very easy, and the case adds practically no bulk to the smartphone. The package includes a free Premium Clear Plus full screen protector, which covers the bezels around the front of the device as well. Color options include black, clear, white, and royal gold. Buy now on Amazon for $10.99.
Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case
The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit cases are made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, and adds practically no bulk to the device. A raised bezel around the front of the phone protects the screen while face down. Precise cutouts allow easy access to all ports, while the buttons are covered, but still easy to press. The Bugdroid Circuit is available in numerous color options, including black, blue, orange, pink, and purple to name a few. Buy now on Amazon for $12.90.
- Case-Mate Barely There case ($25.00) – Buy now on Amazon
- TUDIA Melody Bumper case ($9.90) – Buy now on Amazon
- BoxWave BodySuit ($12.95) – Buy now on Amazon
- Amzer Pudding TPU case ($9.03) – Buy now on Amazon
The Incipio DualPro case offers dual layer protection with its impact resistant silicone core and a hard shell Plextonium frame. The case also features protection for the button layout at the back of the device, without affecting response. The case offers great overall protection without adding too much bulk. The Incipio DualPro is available in multiple color options, such as white, black, pink, and cyan. Buy now on Amazon for $20.19.
- Fosmon HYBO-SNAP caes ($6.97) – Buy now on Amazon
- Case-Mate Tough Naked case ($35.00) – Buy now on Amazon
Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Intelligent Wallet
The Bugdroid Circuit Intelligent Wallet combines two layers of protection with its custom TPU skin inside a foldable, synthetic leather case. The front flap is secured shut with a magnetic closure that wraps from the back, making sure that it doesn’t open in case of a fall. The inside features a TPU Bugdroid Circuit case to the right, which is permanently attached to the leather, and the left includes three storage pockets (2 slots and a wide pocket) for credit cards, money, or ID. The case can also be folded into a viewing stand. Like the Bugdroid Circuit cases, this case is available in numerous color combinations. Buy now on Amazon for $19.90.
Orzly Executive Wallet Case
The Orzly Executive Wallet Case is made of a synthetic leather material that is hand-stitched for superior quality. It is a functional accessory that not only protects your handset against bumps and surface damage, but can also be converted into a stand, ideal for media viewing in landscape orientation. The case also features pocket slots on the inner flap, two for credit cards or ID, and a wide pocket for cash. An internal holder and outer clasp also ensure that the phone remains securely in the case, with the flip cover staying shut, in the case of a face down fall. Opening and closing the flip cover automatically wakes or puts the device to sleep respectively. Buy now on Amazon for $9.40.
- PDAir Leather Case Book Type ($34.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- Abacus 24-7 Wallet case ($7.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- Rearth Ringke Delight ($11.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- PDAir Leather Case Vertical Flip Top ($35.99) – Buy now on Amazon
Cases with Kickstand
MPERO IMPACT X Series
The MPERO IMPACT X is made of the highest quality polycarbonate plastic and shock absorbing silicone, giving your device maximum protection and enhanced grip. The outer shell comes with a kickstand feature which makes it ideal for watching videos, movies, reading, and browsing the web, in both landscape and portrait orientation. Buy now on Amazon for $4.95.
- CY Infuse Hybrid Cover ($4.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- Fosmon HYBO-RAGGED case ($4.49) – Buy now on Amazon
- Cruzerlite Spi-Force ($12.90) – Buy now on Amazon
Cases with Beltclip/Holster
Otterbox is well known for its rugged cases, and the Otterbox Defender offers the ultimate protection. The Defender case is made up of a two-piece polycarbonate inner shell that deflects impact force, a built-in clear membrane screen protector that guards against scratches and scrapes, and an outer durable synthetic rubber slip cover that absorbs impact. Port covers block dust and debris from entering and accumulating in jacks and ports. Every Defender Series case comes standard with a belt-clip holster. The clip rotates to any position and holds the device face-in or face-out. Locking the clip in place allows you to use it as a kickstand as well. Buy now on Amazon for $49.95.
Unlike the heavy duty Defender cases, the Commuter series offers the perfect compromise between protection and form factor. The case features dual layer protection, silicone plugs to cover all ports, and easy access to to all buttons. If you’re worried about dropping your device often, the Otterbox Commuter will provide more than enough protection. Multiple color options include black/black, white/gunmetal grey, ocean/admiral, lavendar and lilac. Buy now on Amazon for $34.95.
The rugged Trident Aegis Case meets military standards for vibration and drop (26 drops on concrete from 4 feet) tests, and features a silicone skin with double-thick silicone corners, along with anti-skid pads, to protect your device from bumps and shock. A sleek hardened-polycarbonate outer frame provides even more protection. The charging port and headphone jack are covered with silicone plugs, keeping dirt and debris out, and the case features high-quality dust filters that prevent dust particles from entering smartphone through the speaker bays and other ports. The case features a raised protective bezel around the front of the device to prevent damage from face down drops, with the package also including a screen protector for more display protection. Buy now on Amazon for $26.21.