Best Nexus 5 cases and covers
Case manufacturers didn't wait for the official Nexus 5 announcement to pull the trigger on their tailored covers, inducing hilariously snarky comments over at the Amazon review crowd.
Now that the handset is in the shops, with one of the best value-for-money propositions in the Android world, we are rounding up some of the more notable cases and covers for its protection, aesthetics, handling enhancements, or just plain old showing off.
Take a peak at what's currently poised to hit the market for your Nexus 5 in the slideshow below. We'll be updating the list periodically as currently many big names are still dragging their feet with their Nexus 5-tailored wrappers, but an influx of more cases shouldn't be far behind amidst a global rollout.
We'd be remiss not to start with the official LG QuickCover for the Nexus 5. It's a pricey one, so they'd better made sure it fits like a glove. You can access your home screen immediately after opening the flip cover without unlocking the Nexus 5 first, and the matte unibody case works with the wireless chargers for the Nexus line.
The Bumper case is a more traditional protection for less than the LG Quick Cover, and is available in several colors, including flashy red, but also black, grey and white. Made with a tough outer shell and soft lining, it works with the Nexus Wireless Chargers, too.
From the 3rd party cases for the Nexus 5 we start with Spigen, not least because it was the maker to tout and tease its wrappers way before the product was even announced. The Slim Armor line offers essentially the protection that the official Bumper case is offering, but for $10 less ($20 less if you order on Amazon), and is available in three color options.
Available in Metal Slate, Satin Silver and Champagne Gold, the Nexus 5 Neo Hybrid Case not only protects the Nexus 5 efficiently, but also preserves the original design of the Nexus 5. The Neo Hybrid is composed of UV coated hard polycarbonate frame combining onto the high polymer coated soft premium cover. With both soft and hard properties of polycarbonate and soft cover, the Neo Hybrid provides strong protection for the Nexus 5 while maintaining a sleek bumper style look. The frames and soft frame bumpers are two separate pieces that can be interchanged with different colored frames for a customized and personal look.
Cruzerlite's Androidified series is very fitting for a Nexus handset, as it sports the little green Andy on the back, or you can have it in many other colors, too.
Cruzerlite's new Experience line is even more tailored to the Nexus concept, as it sports printed Android iconography and paraphernalia on the back, for the true Andy fan.
Want even more protection? Cruzerlite's Spi-Force offers a rougher TPU case with a built-in kickstand to boot, making video calling, or watching movies on the Nexus 5 easier.
At a limited time $8.99 offer over on Amazon, the Ringke Fusion is one of the thinnest hybrids out there, providing a bumper shock protection for your Nexus 5, and a clear back for keeping the original design intact. Alternatively, you can print custom patterns for your Fusion, making the handset with it unique.
Another limited $7.99 preorder offer on Amazon, the Slim Nexus 5 case is an irresistible value. The slender design adds negligible bulk to your phone for a tight fit, keeping the original design front and center.
The Delight case combines a protective cover with a 2 card pocket holders, and folds for an additional standing view to watch movies or get on video calls. The design features a magnetic closure, but folds back somewhat awkwardly, often covering the display. It comes with an extra screen protector in the set.