Best Nexus 5 cases

by: Ankit BanerjeeJanuary 27, 2014

The Nexus 5 is a great smartphone for anyone looking for a high-end device at a more-than-reasonable price, and has of course, proved to be a very popular choice. As such, there are also a number of accessories you can get your hands on to help you get the most out of your device. We’ll be focusing on one such accessory in particular – protective cases.


There are many reasons to pick up a case for your smartphone, be it style, convenience, and if you’re clumsy, much needed protection, and luckily, a lot of great options are available for a device as popular as the Nexus 5. Whether you’re looking for a basic but stylish case, a case with a kickstand for media viewing, a case with a beltclip and holster, or rugged cases for extra protection, there is something available for you, with multiple options at different price points. Today, we’ll rounding up some of the best cases available for the Google Nexus 5. Let’s get started!

CaliCase Waterproof case for Nexus 5

CaliCase Waterproof case for Nexus 5
If you are heading to the beach or anywhere near water then you need a CaliCase to protect your valuable phone. These cases are IPX8 Certified so you can go up to 100 feet under the water. They also float so you never have to worry about losing your phone while in the water. Available in 10 stylish colours and offer the best protection for your valuable phone with a lifetime warranty. *PROMOTED CONTENT

Diztronic Flexible TPU Case

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The Diztronic Flexible cases for the Nexus 5 are made from TPU, a material which is flexible, but stronger and more durable than silicone, allowing for good shock absorption and abrasion resistance. These cases are also very thin, and add practically no bulk to the device.  The volume rocker and power button are covered, and the case also features a raised wrap-around design around the top of the device, helping to protect the display from face down falls, or if the case is kept face down on a surface. Color options include clear (transparent), black, and pink. Buy now on Amazon for $9.89.

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case

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The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit cases are made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, and adds practically no bulk to the device, while adding some protection from accidental bumps and spills. 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 case is available in numerous color options, including black, blue, orange, and purple, to name a few. Buy now on Amazon for $11.10.

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Ballistic Shell Gel Case

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The Ballistic SG case offers advanced dual layer protection as well as reinforced corner protection. A raised lip  around the front ensures that the screen never touches the surface when the device is placed face down, and also features a no-slip grip when it’s laid flat. Accurate cutouts give you access to all controls and ports, while the buttons are covered, but very easy to press. These cases offer protection equivalent to most rugged cases, but are still light and don’t add too much bulk to the device. Buy now on Amazon for $18.24.

Incipio DualPro Case

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As the name suggests, the Incipio DualPro case offers dual layer protection with its shock-absorbong silicone core that is stretch and tear resistant, and a hard shell Plextonium frame. Buttons are covered, and precise cutouts for the camera, and all ports are available. 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 $18.52.

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Intelligent Circuit Wallet

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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 (see above) 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.

AceAbove Leather Folio Case

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The AceAbove Leather Folio Case provides the perfect combination of protection and an elegant design, for a considerably low price. The case also includes the additional benefit of a stand, for viewing videos and movies in landscape mode, with multiple etched grooves, for the positioning the device to your optimal viewing angle. The inside of the case is lined with microfiber chamude (artificial leather) for better protection, and also features precise cutouts for ports, buttons, and the camera. Buy now on Amazon for $9.95.

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GreatShield Legacy

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The GreatShield Legacy case features dual layer protection with a hybrid combination of polycarbonate and silicone, to protect against shock and impact. The case is slim and adds minimal bulk to the device. Buttons are covered, and precise cutouts for all ports, camera, and speaker are available. The case also features a built-in stand that lets you prop the device in landscape mode, and is ideal for media viewing. The case also comes with an ultra clear screen protector for additional protection. Color options include black, navy blue, white, champagne gold, and black with a red border. Buy now on Amazon for $11.95.

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i-Blason Dual Layer Holster Case

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The i-Blason Dual Layer case for the Nexus 5 features an inner layer silicone case offers excellent shock absorption and abrasion resistance, and the hard shell outer layer provides impact resistance, with the corners also well-protected. The hard shell layer also includes a kickstand, ideal for media-viewing in landscape mode. The case comes with a holster, which features a belt clip that can be rotated by 180 degrees, to suit your convenience. Buy now on Amazon for $13.99.

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KAYSCASE ArmorBox Heavy Duty Case

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The Kay’s Case ArmorBox Case is a heavy duty two layer protection case for your Nexus 5, which features a TPU case on the inside with a raised lip for extra display protection, and a hard polycarbonate shell with a kickstand on the outside for extra protection for the corners, sides, and back. It definitely adds some heft to the device, but if you’re worried about dropping your phone often, this is definitely a good choice. Multiple color options include black, red, pink, blue, and green. Buy now on Amazon for $14.95.

Evecase ARMURE Rugged Dual Layer Case

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The Evecase Dual Layer Protective Case does things the other way around, with the outer layer made of a soft silicone that provides maximum grip and shock absorption, with an inner layer that is a hard polycarbonate, for additional strength and durability. The case also features a kickstand, that allows you to use the device in both landscape and portrait orientation. This is also one of the cheapest rugged cases available, but doesn’t compromise on quality and protection. Color options available are white, black, and pink. Buy now on Amazon for $4.95.

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  • Jayfeather787

    All of these look like excellent cases. Thanks Android Authority.

    • Jesus

      THey don’t need your thanks lol.

      • Jayfeather787


        • dickcheese

          Yeah fuck you guest!

          • howardbamber

            No need for profanity. Some of Us, with faith find it offensive.

  • Lamia

    Why spigen Neo hybrid is not in the list? That’s an awesome case!!

    • Agreed.

    • A_Noyd

      I had that case, and switched to the Spigen Slimarmor case, I lake that one even better than the Neo Hybrid. it has easier access to the usb port for one. But I think it is way better than any of the slim cases here.

    • AndroidBrian

      Yeah its a great looking case but have you tried to plug headphone jacks into your phone with the case on. Doesn’t work.

  • st crago

    I thought I seen all the cases nexus 5 had to offer but the Great Shield Legacy looks like one I will order today. Thanks Ankit

  • AndroidBoss

    Cruzerlite Bugdroid is the best case listed. It doesn’t add any bulk and looks great.

  • devoncatt

    Also you forgot the boxwave leather folio case. It works quite well and they ship internationally at reasonable rates!

  • John Doe

    None of the flip cases (folio) have a hole to see if notifications have arrived … aaahhh!

  • James Sarino

    In the slim cases, no Spigen Ultra Fit or Ringke Slim? I don’t consider the Nexus 5 bumper case as “slim”.

  • Los5o7

    Some battery cases would’ve been nice to see. I’ve been only able to find the i-Blason powerglider.

  • satsmine2k4

    Hmm thanks but any battery cases?

  • redbarbvs

    The Spigen Slim Armor case is AWESOME! Should’ve been on the list.

    • NexusKoolaid

      It probably missed the cut because of its less-than-stellar rating on Amazon which was due to run of defective units. They probably have the issue solved by now. I was fortunate enough to get a good one and am very happy with it.

  • AndroidBrian

    I think the official Nexus 5 case is the best. Its 25% off right now so its at a semi reasonable price right now.

  • NexusKoolaid

    For Hybrid cases I’d also give the Acase Superleggera Pro a good look. It comes in 5 different colors and is highly rated on Amazon.

  • Dan Vikkelsø

    I can’t quite understand why anyone would by so bulky cases? I’m all for the Spigen Neo Hybrid. I don’t have any issues with connecting charger or headphone jack like some other user posted.

    • howardbamber

      Same here. Using one now with head phones in

  • trololol

    The first Nexus wasn’t on kitkat….

  • Mr White

    Fosmon® Google Nexus 5 (STURDY Series) new on amazon looks like the I- Blason one posted here. Are they the same company? I just bought one via amazon and was thinking it actually looks better then otter box.

  • Would really like to find a good case where it can be face-out in the holster. Maxboost makes a good plastic one but too slippery. Right now using a i-blason holster case. Nice case for 13 bux, but I have bought about 5 cases trying to find the right one. The Tudia Ultra Slim Melody is a real nice TPU case too. Like the grip on it.

  • Any cases that sport a microsd reader?

  • Paul Russell

    Good article but could you do an addition ror battery cases? I’m going to be getting a Nexus 5 sometime in the next few weeks to supplement the 5’s relatively low 2300mAh embedded battery as well provide some protection to the phone. I’ve been tossing up between the Limefuel L28N5 & the i-Blason PowerGlider, each of with cost roughly the same amount and has enough power for a little more than one full recharge. However are these the best options available? Adding extra battery power while not adding a lot of bulk or weight