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.
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.
Click the arrow above to see the picks.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.