Nexus 5 : Accessories buying guide

by: Ankit BanerjeeDecember 3, 2013

Even though there were a lot of amazing Android smartphones released this year, but the hype surrounding the Nexus 5, especially as we got closer to the launch date, was incredible. The Nexus 5 is not without flaws, but any shortcomings can be excused for the price point at which the device is available. With Google continuing the trend of releasing high-end smartphones at more-than-reasonable prices, the Nexus 5 joined the list of very popular smartphones this year.

And to help you get the most out of your device, be it protection, convenience, or just to show off, we round up some of the best accessories available for the Nexus 5!

For a full list of Nexus 5 cases, have a look at our: best list of Nexus 5 Cases

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, making it perfect for 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 is available in numerous color options, including black, blue, orange, and purple to name a few, and very few Android enthusiasts will have a problem with the design on the case. Buy now on Amazon for $12.90.

i-Blason Dual Layer Holster Case with Kickstand

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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 also features a raised edge around the front of the device, which protects the display from damage when kept face down. The case slips into the holster easily, 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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iSmooth Ultra Clear HD – 3 pack

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The iSmooth Ultra Clear HD screen protectors are made from the highest quality Japanese PET film, and promises clear and long lasting screen protection, with the additional benefit of lifetime replacements. Installation of this screen protector is very easy and usually bubble free. The package comes with a premium microfiber cleaning cloth, four dust removal stickers, installation tips with video, and three ultra clear HD screen protectors. Buy now on Amazon for $9.97.

Halo Clear HD – 3 pack

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Halo Screen Protectors feature a multi-layer Grade A Japanese Film which insures optimum scratch protection. The screen protectors are designed to offer zero to minimal bubbles during application, and are very easy to install. The screen protectors use a silicone static cling adhesive that which guarantees that no residue is left behind when the screen guard is removed. The Halo Screen Protectors also feature UV blocking, to help reduce eye strain. And of course, this product comes with lifetime warranty. Buy now on Amazon for $4.95.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Anker Anti-Glare Anti-Fingerprint Matte Screen Protector 3 pack ($4.99) – Buy now on Amazon
  • SUPERSHIELDZ Clear HD 6 pack ($1.99) – Buy now on Amazon
  • Spigen® Google Nexus 5 Screen Protector Glass Slim [Crystal] [GLAS.t NANO SLIM]($37.99) – Buy now on Amazon

Nexus Wireless Charger

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The Nexus Wireless Charger features a more elegant and understated design (compared to the Nexus Wireless Charging Orb) and includes magnets to lock in your device in the optimal charging position. This Wireless Charger is easy to set up and use, and features a special base grip to firmly adhere to any surface. The Nexus Wireless Charger is compatible with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013), and likely other Qi-standard compatible devices as well. Buy now on Amazon for $49.99.

RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad

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The RAVPower Wireless Charging Pad features a sleek, light-weight design, and is compatible with any Qi-enabled device. An LED charging indicator shows you the charge status of your device, and the charging pad automatically goes into idle mode when the device is fully charged, or moved from the pad. The grey ring at the center of the charging pad prevents the phone from slipping. It also works with most protective cases, that are less than 5 mm in thickness. Buy now on Amazon for $39.99.

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RAVPower Deluxe External Battery Charger 14,000 mAh

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The RAVPower Deluxe External Battery Charger boasts a large 14,000 mAh capacity, which is more than enough to charge your Nexus 5 multiple times on a single charge of the external battery. 4 blue LED indicators show you the remaining capacity of the battery pack, which also features an in-built flashlight for low light environments. Dual USB ports allows you to charge two devices at once, and included in the package are four connectors that should be compatible with most devices. Buy now in Amazon for $42.99.

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Klipsch Image S4A – II In-Ear Headphones

Nexus 5 Earbuds

The Klipsch S4A 2 earbuds are a good all in one solution to give you full control of your Nexus 5. They come packed with a microphone, volume controls, play/pause and the ability to scroll through songs forward and backwards. These earbuds also feature a natural noise isolating capabilities that will block out any outside sound. Buy now on Amazon for $44.99.

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Google Chromecast

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The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming media Player lets you stream your online video and music to your TV from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, with support for Android and iOS devices and Chrome for Mac and Windows. Setup is very easy, with all you needing to do is plug the device into the HDMI port of the TV and connecting to the Wi-Fi network. Support is somewhat limited currently, with support for Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies, and some music apps through Chrome available for now. Buy now on Amazon for $35.

  • I have the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case on my Nexus 4, it’s very nice and wireless charging works through it.

    • bozs13

      Thanks for letting us know. Just bought one :)

  • anonymous

    i know is only a small list but.. what about the Spigen cases?

    • AndroidBrian

      Spigen case looks really cool. Sadly w/ the spigen case I couldn’t plug my headphones in. I returned the Spigen and got the Google play bumper case. Good case. Looks & feels great. Great case if you don’t mind spending the extra $.

    • iamtravis182

      I use the Spigen Neo Hybrid. When I show people my Nexus 5, they don’t even notice a case is on. Its great.

      • Dustin Kear

        Same here. It fits so perfect. My wife just thought I got a new phone lol

  • Marc Adam

    Spigen Ultra Hybrid case is excellent And worth a mention

    • Bouffard

      I am hoping this is one of my christmas gifts haha.

  • Vasishta Nagalla

    Ankit …. please also mention the above Product’s availability in INDIA also . Please say me where i can buy “Nexus Wireless Charger” in INDIA ?

    • Ankit Banerjee

      It’s tagged “coming soon” on the Indian Google Play Store, so should be out in a few weeks.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I have the kayscase armorbox heavy duty case. I couldn’t recommend it more, it has saved my phone twice already. I had my phone in my hoodie pocket and jumped up and had it fall out my pocket right onto cement. it hit the bottom left corner of the phone and nothing happened to it. the other time it fell out my lap and landed face down. again nothing, I payed much money for this phone to not have the best heavy duty case on it.

  • Shark Bait

    I never understand why people want to add bulk to their well designed phones with a case

    On another note I have a similar charger to the cheaper one and it works perfect. I see no reason to sell out for the official one

    • rmg22893

      Because in case of a drop, you only have a 30 dollar case to replace instead of a 300+ dollar phone.

      • Shark Bait

        It’s a bit of a myth, what makes people think the hard plastic of their case has such good shock absorbing properties??

        It doesn’t BTW , it just transfers it from the case to the phone, again, still cracking the screen

        • rmg22893

          Uh, the large majority of high-quality cases are TPU inside, with a hard outer coating. TPU absorbs impacts, the hard outer coating resists scratching and the like.

          • Shark Bait

            The 0.5 mm they contain will offer next to no impact protection, you need a few mm in each side to make a difference making significant bulk. They do give you protection from scratches though, but so does my pocket !

          • Kyle

            They tend to provide a small lip that prevents the possibility of floor contact to the screen when it falls. In this way the screen would have to land on a rock or other hard surface that sticks out. I dropped my ipod from 3 feet onto a flat tile floor and the glass was all but destroyed. Had i had on the case that goes a few mm past the screen, i would not have to be buying a new screen for my ipod.

          • AK

            I used to think the same…that people are fools to wrap their phones. After two years of good luck…I dropped an S4…shattered. Then dropped my backup Sensation…shattered. I have a spigen neo hybrid on my new nexus 5…dropped face down on sidewalk…not a scratch to screen. :). I take the case off if I’m going to be inside on carpet.

          • Shark Bait

            I think its luck , I’ve broke phone with a case on……. I’ve broke them without

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        • Gideon Alvin White

          Speaking as someone that sells phones for a living, I’ve sold MANY otter boxes by taking my phone with the otter box on it and literally THROWING IT OVER THE COUNTER onto the hard stone floors and nothing. I’ve done this just about daily for over a year. NEVER had my phone break, so yes, cases are GREAT! And this is the otter box COMMUTER, not the defender.

  • Steelcity

    Looked at buying the cruzerlite bugdriod the i blason and the external battery charger but none of it is available in Canada yet, Any have a clue when thats going to be ?

  • dyeyourcarpet

    I like seido active case and hostler. Granted it is overpriced but the moment I took of my case off, because I wanted a sleek thinner look I dropped it on its side cracking the screen. Good quality product magnetic kickstand and a plastic outercase that acts as an exoskeleton. I just wish Seideo they could hack an extended battery for the nexus 5.

  • I chose the Google bumper because you can charge wireless, with case on.