As is the case with every iteration, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and while it may not have featured the major overhaul that some hoped for, what you get is a device with a beautiful display, the best processing package currently available, a fantastic camera, and of course, a still feature-packed but more streamlined and far smoother and lag free TouchWiz UI.
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Even with the device featuring protection from dust and water, it is susceptible to an accidental drop or bump, and it’s always a good idea to get a case for it, be it for protection first and foremost, convenience, or just style. Here’s a roundup of some of the best cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Let’s get started!
Slim Fit Cases
If you’re looking to show off the look of your Galaxy S5, but still want to protect your device, the LUVVITT ClearView Slim Hybrid case may be the perfect choice for you. Featuring a combination of a clear hard polycarbonate back along with a soft TPU border, you get a slim case that helps protect your device from all four sides. The soft TPU not only allows for better grip, but also features a raised lip around the front of the device to help keep the display scratch free when the phone is placed face down. Precise cutouts are available for easy access to all ports and features including the heart rate monitor, and while the volume rocker and power button are covered, they are still very easy to press. The case comes with a scratch-resistant coating that helps it endure and keep away scratches and scuff marks. While the back of the case is clear, various colour options are available when it comes to the TPU border, including clear, black (pictured), and pink. Buy now on Amazon for $10.95.
Rearth Ringke Slim
The Ringke Slim case is a hard case that comes with a super-slim design, and fits the device perfectly, while protecting the device from all sides, and features a dual coating technology that ensures twice the durability. The case comes with a raised bezel for the camera and around the display to keep both scratch free. The case is very thin and adds practically no bulk to the device, and its snap-on design makes installation and removal very easy. Precise cutouts are available for easy access to all ports, features, and buttons and comes with a small cutout to attach a strap holder as well. The Ringke Slim cases are available in numerous colour and style options, including a dotted back design that mimics the design of the back cover of the Galaxy S5 in black, white, mint, gold, and blue, and a plain design in white (pictured) and blue, along with a soft touch feel case that is available in black. The package also comes with a HD Clear Full Screen Protector that features full top and bottom coverage. Buy now on Amazon for $8.99.
Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit
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, features, speakers, the volume rocker, and power button. The Bugdroid Circuit is available in numerous color options, including black (pictured), blue, orange, pink clear, and purple to name a few, and of course, features the bugdroid circuit design on the back. Buy now on Amazon for $9.90.
- Fosmon DURA-FROST ($4.97) – Buy now on Amazon
- TUDIA Ultra Slim Melody ($8.97) – Buy now on Amazon
- Incipio Feather Shine ($17.32) – Buy now on Amazon
- Poetic Atmosphere ($7.95) – Buy now on Amazon
LUVVITT Ultra Armor
The LUVVITT Ultra Armor case features a hybrid design that combines a protective hard shell with a shock absorbing TPU core, but even with its dual layer protection, the case remains relatively light and slim. A raised lip around the front helps keep the display scratch free when the phone is placed face down. Precise cutouts are available for easy access to all ports, the speaker, and features such as the heart rate monitor, while the volume rocker and power button are covered and protected. The LUVVITT Ultra Armor case is available in different colour choices, including white (pictured), black, blue, gold, pink, and red. Buy now on Amazon for $10.95.
The Verus Thor case features dual layer protection also, with a polycarbonate hard shell outer layer and a soft TPU core. The outer hard shell comes with a matte finish coating for added grip and to keep scratches away, but with glossy accents around the camera and heart rate monitor for added style and features a perforated design to preserve the look of the Galaxy S5. The inner TPU layer is designed in a spider web pattern for better shock absorption, with the lower surface coming with a glossy finish. A raised lip around the display on the front and the camera and HRM at the back ensures the phone will be scratch free when placed on a surface, and the reinforced corners offer even better protection in case of an accidental drop. The heart rate monitor is also very easy to use while in this case, as it features an inclined surface that allows you to easily place your finger correctly. Numerous colour options include crimson red (pictured), white, lime, hot pink, copper gold, electric blue, black, and silver. Buy now on Amazon for $14.99.
Spigen Neo Hybrid
The Spigen Neo Hybrid offers dual layer protection with it featuring a TPU casing along with a hard polycarbonate frame, providing impact protection while maintaining a slim profile. You get the same perforated dot design that is found on the back of the Galaxy S5 that helps keep its look, and comes with metallic button covers for the volume rocker and power button that are easy to press and add to the style quotient. The raised lip around the front keeps the display scratch free when the phone is placed face down, but still allows for a smooth fingerprint unlock experience. The TPU casing features a spider web design for added shock absorption, and will not expand and stretch from heat. The case offers great protection overall, while keeping the slim profile of the phone and also adds minimal bulk. While the TPU casing is black, colour options available for the polycarbonate fram include metal slate, dante red, electric blue, copper gold, reventon yellow, and satin silver (all pictured). Buy now on Amazon for $17.99.
- Incipio DualPro Shine ($19.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- Ionic Bella ($5.85) – Buy now on Amazon
- SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle ($12.99) – Buy now on Amazon
Spigen Flip View
The Spigen Flip View case features a front cover that provides sleep/wake functionality, and a built-in view window which is compatible with a free downloadable Style View application, which download instructions included in the package. The exterior cover has a brushed metallic texture with the inside coming with a soft microfiber lining that keeps the display scratch free, along with a polycarbonate case that holds the phone securely in place. The hard case inside features a raised lip around the front to keep the display protected, and the case itself comes with a magnetic strap that will keep the front flap closed. The case can also positioned into various positions with different viewing angles, perfect for media viewing in landscape orientation. The Spigen Flip View case is available in black (pictured) and white. Buy now on Amazon for $17.99.
Navor Folio Wallet
The Navor Wallet case is made from a premium PU leather, comes with a slim profile, and can also be used a stand to prop up the phone in landscape orientation. The case comes with a magnetic flap to keep the front cover closed, and also includes a removable strap. If you’re looking for a full option wallet, the Navor Folio case certainly provides, and includes four slots for credit cards and ID, along with a large pocket for cash. The Navor Folio Wallet is available in black (pictured) and brown. Buy now on Amazon for $14.50.
- Spigen Premium Wallet ($15.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- BetterTech Wallet ($10.99) – Buy now on Amazon
- Ionic Designer Contour ($5.85) – Buy now on Amazon
- Samsung S-View Flip Cover ($38.98) – Buy now on Amazon
Cases with Kickstand
The Evecase S-Line TPU Case is made up of two different materials to provide both durability and flexibility in one case. The flexibility of the TPU allows you to bend the case for easy installation, while the polycarbonate material provides a sturdy base for the kickstand. These contrasting materials come together to form a stylish S-Shape design. The built-in foldable kickstand holds your phone up in landscape orientation, and is ideal for media viewing. The case also features precise cutouts for easy access to ports, camera, speakers, and the heart rate monitor, and the volume rocker and power button are covered. Available colour options include black, purple, clear, white, blue, and red. Buy now on Amazon for $4.99.
- BoxWave ColourSplash ($1.90) – Buy now on Amazon
Cases with Belt Clip/Holster
The Seidio DILEX case provides shock absorbing protection with two interlocking layers in a thin case, adding an overall thickness of just 2.2 mm, with the build material providing users with improved device grip. The case also features the additional benefit of a magnetic metal kickstand, perfect for hands-free multimedia viewing in landscape orientation, which snaps back into place easily when not in use, and also comes with a holster than the phone slides easily into, and is locked into place with a top clip, and features a belt clip that swivels in up to seven different directions. Buy now on Amazon for $39.99.
Aduro Shell Holster Combo
The Aduro Shell case is features a rubberized texture that adds protection and makes the phone easy to grip. The back cover features a kickstand that allows for hands free viewing in both landscape and portrait orientation. The case comes with a holster that the phone easily slides in and out off, and the holster comes with a belt clip that swivels and features a sturdy locking mechanism to hold the phone in place. Buy now on Amazon for $5.95.
- BoxWave Dual+ Holster ($5.95) – Buy now on Amazon
- Evecase ROBUST ($6.95) – Buy now on Amazon
- i-Blason Transformer ($11.98) – Buy now on Amazon
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 that remain covered. Also included with the Commuter case is a separate self-adhering screen protector. While not as rugged as the Defender case, the Commuter case is still a great case to protect your device against accidental bumps and falls. Colour options include black (pictured), blueprint, glacier, and neon rose. Buy now on Amazon for $34.95.
Urban Armor Gear
The Urban Armor Gear case features a feather-light composite construction with a hard outer shell and a soft impact resistant core. The unique shape of the case also provides strength while minimizing size and weight. The case allows full access to your device’s controls and ports, while openings are designed for glare-free flash snapshots and uncompromised audio from the speaker, while the volume rocker and power button are covered. A screen protector and cleaning kit is also included. The case meets Military drop-test Standard 810G 516.6 (26 drops from 4 feet). The Urban Armor Gear case is available in different colour choices, including ice (pictured), black, white, rust, and slate. Buy now on Amazon for $34.95.
EnGive Anti-Slip Sports Armband
The EnGive Sports Armband is made from a water-resistant neoprene flexible material that is designed to carry your Samsung Galaxy S5 on your hands. It is fully adjustable, and ideal for listening to your music while cycling, walking, jogging, or any other fitness-related activities. Since it is specifically designed for the Galaxy S5, it holds the device in place snugly, and protects against shake and other damage. The case also comes with a single key holder, to hold your gym locker key if needed. Buy now on Amazon for $10.95.
HHI Sports Armband
The ultra-comfortable and stylish HHI Armband lets you carry your Samsung Galaxy S5 anywhere while keeping it protected from scratches, dents, and cosmetic damage. The band offers a sleek design with a comfortable adjustable strap that allows for a universal fit. The clear cover gives convenient access to the touch screen while keeping it protected, and the band also comes with an integrated key pocket that can hold your gym key. The armband is made with a washable material and comes with a perforated design to ventilate moisture. Buy now on Amazon for $5.99.
Brando Power Jacket 4,800 mAh
The Brando Power Jacket features a 4,800 mAh capacity, which will definitely help you extend the battery life of your device a great deal, and lets you keep your device charged on the go. When charging your Samsung Galaxy S5 while it is plugged into the power bank, data sync with the computer is supported, and there is no need to remove the extended power bank from your mobile phone. A flip cover adds extra protection for the display of the device. It also comes with a built-in stand which provides a comfortable view angle, and ideal for media viewing in landscape orientation. Black and white are the two colour options available. Buy now directly from Brando for $38.00.
- NewNow Extended Battery Cover 3,200 mAh ($20.99) – Buy now on Amazon
Olina Handmade Hard Wood Case
If you loved the idea of a wooden back cover that was available with the Moto X, the Olina Handmade Hard Wood case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the perfect choice for you. Handcrafted from natural eco-friendly material with the natural texture, the case is designed with two interlocking pieces that makes it very easy to install and remove. The form-fitting case features a soft velvet interior that keeps the phone scratch free. Cutouts for easy access to all buttons and ports are also available, but keep in mind that because of the sturdiness and thickness of the case, it might be a little difficult to open the flap cover of the microUSB port. Available material choices include bamboo, zebrawood, and cherrywood. Buy now on Amazon for $20.80.