Protection options

In boiling down the best cases currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S5, I tried to provide a good mix of well-designed, affordable cases with more-expensive models that offer some unique attributes.

Of course, when it comes to protective cases, personal taste is a big factor (and plenty of people don't bother with them), and we may have missed a few that you think should have been included. We'll be updating this list as more products arrive, so feel free to make any suggestions or criticize our picks in the comments section below.

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Urban Armor Aero

A lot of people like Urban Armor Gear cases because they're very protective yet manage to maintain a slick, industrial look. Available in multiple color options, with some price variation according to color.

Price: Around $30

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Speck CandyShell Inked

Speck, one of the leading case makers, is bringing its usual assortment of case options to the GS5. You can get the standard CandyShell (solid colors) or opt for one fothe models in its new Inked line (the one you see here is called "flowers").

Price: $34.95

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Spigen Wallet S

Spigen offers some of the best cases for the money, which is why I've included several models in this round up.

This is the Wallet S, a folio-style case with slots for credit cards and cash. Also available in black.

Price: $24.99

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Speck CandyShell Grip

I also like the CandyShell Grip, which has been available for other phones for the last few years.

Price: $34.95

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid

The Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear is a simple and slim clear case that preserves the look of the GS5 without adding much bulk. It also  comes in versions where the side bumper is a color instead of clear.

Price: Around $12

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Spigen Tough Armor

The Tough Armor is Spigen's toughest case, but it still looks fairly sleek. Available in multiple colors.

Price: Around $20

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

I've always liked Spigen's Neo Hybrid cases for other phones and it's now available for the GS5. It's slim but also offers decent protection and has a nice soft-to-touch feel to it. Available in difference trim color options.

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Bear Motion Folio

Bear Motion's Folio Case is pretty generic, but it's very inexpensive at $10 and comes in multiple colors. A step-up model that's allegedly made of real leather is available for $15.

Price: $10

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Ballistic cases

Ballistic, known for its tough cases, has a full line up of cases for the GS5. I'm personally a fan of its slimmest case, the Jewel )on the far right in the picture), which comes in a few different colors, including clear.

Price: $19.99


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Samsung S-View cover

The S-View Cover for the Galaxy S5 features a rectangular peephole cut into the cover, giving you partial access to the screen.

The phone can sense when the cover is closed and switches to a minimized view when new updates arrive, putting the information in a tiny window that lines up with the cover's cutout. In this view, you can get access to information such as the time, battery status, the current music playlist, and caller ID.

The list price on this case is high ($49.99), but you can find it for significantly less online.

A step-up model, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover ($69.99) has an integrated Qi chip in the back cover for inductive charging. You have to buy a separate Wireless Charging Pad, but once you do, you can simply lay your device on the pad to juice it up.

Available in black or white.

Price: Around $35 (online)

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Incipio DualPro

There's nothing terribly fancy about Incipio's DualPro case, which has a rigid exterior and soft interior, but it's a solid case for the money. Available in multiple colors.

Price: Around $15

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Incipio Plexfolio

This is Incipio's take on the folio-style case. The Plexfolio converts into a stand for video watching and is available in a few different color options.

Price: Around $25

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iSkin Claro

If you're looking for a simple translucent case, the iSkin Claro is clearly a good choice. It gives your S5 a naked yet protected look. Available in pink and carbon as well.

Price: $24.95

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Otterbox Defender Series

OtterBox has a full slate of cases available for the GS5, including its flagship Defender Series tough case (available in a few different color options). If you don't want a case this protective, Otterbox does offer slimmer cases and has brought out a more fashion-forward case called the Symmetry.

Price: Around $35 (at Amazon.com)

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Tech21 Impact Mesh

The Tech21 Impact Mesh is another one of my favorite cases for other phones. It comes in clear and smokey versions and Tech21 makes variations of it in other colors.

Price: $34.99

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PureGear Dual Tek Extreme

PureGear makes a few different Galaxy S5 cases, with more on the way. If you're looking for something that's tough but not too bulky, there's the DualTek Extreme Shock case (I like it for other phones as well). It comes in multiple colors.

Price: $29.99

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Cygnett Thread Flip

I liked Cygnett's folio-style cases for the Galaxy S4, particularly the FiberFlip. Now it's got a new folio case for the GS5, the Thread Flip, which has smooth finished hard shell exterior that looks pretty stylish.

Price: Around $30

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Obliq Extreme Pro

Obliq's one of those no-name companies that you see selling cases on Amazon. They look a lot like models from Urban Armor, but cost significantly less. Knockoffs? Could be.

Price: Around $12

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Skech Groove

Skech makes several cases for the GS5, including a decent folio-style model, the Polo Book. However, I do like the pattern on its simple slim case, the Groove, which is available in multiple color options.

Price: Around $20

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