The best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases and covers
Case makers pulled the trigger on their Galaxy S5 produce before the phone was even announced, and kept on piling until most major brands could say they have S5 wrappings on offer.
Samsung also chipped in, with brand new S View covers, which we previewed while we were galloping around the MWC expo show floor. These were necessary not only on account of the larger dimensions, in comparison with last year's Galaxy S4, but also because of the embedded heart rate and fingerprint sensors.
The extra features of the Galaxy S5 require additional case or cover openings, so let's preview what's currently on offer to wrap your precious flagship, when the delivery guy hits your doorsteps. There is durable protection, wireless charging, slim fits, folio stands, and even cases with payment card compartments, check them out below.
The official S View cover case for the Galaxy S5 replaces your phone's battery cover on the rear, and folds onto the screen at the front, yet leaving a window of interaction with your phone. The S View window also serves for notifications, and the phone unlocks as soon as you flip the cover open. It is going to cost you, though, as the price in Europe is revealed to be north of EUR 50 and GBP 45, which will likely translate to at least $60 in the US.
As the name suggests, this one adds Qi wireless charging abilities to the Galaxy S5, for a price. It is basically the same as the normal S View, but with a charging coil integrated in the back, which warrants a higher price, making it the most expensive official case for the S5 so far. Available in black or white, its price in UK is 55 pounds sterling, likely to translate into about $80 stateside.
If you want a cheaper way to officially add wireless charging to your S5, Samsung's S Charging Cover will run you less than the S View version, and still let you charge the handset by simply putting it on the pad accessory - gently provided by Samsung, of course.
Spigen's cases have always been a good value for the money, and the Galaxy S5 edition doesn't disappoint. Not only does the Ultra Fit case snuggle tightly to the body of the handset, but it is also patterned in the perforated look of the S5 itself, and offered in the original colors, so you lose nothing of the looks, while gaining in protection. Spigen sells it for $14.99, but Amazon has it for less.
If you don't like Spigen's imitation of the Galaxy S5's perforated back, there is the Ultra Hybrid case from the brand, too. It offers clear back, so the original design is visible, and bumper protection on the sides.
How about a durable protection case with an extremely thin design? The Slim Tough option from Case-mate is precisely that - its two-piece chassis is enhanced with a metallic bumper and metal buttons, adding style to the extra protection, too. The bumper rim protrudes slightly over the screen, so it doesn't touch the surface when the phone is placed face-down.
Case-mate's Stand Folio cover is a bit more expensive, but besides added protection for the front and back of your Galaxy S5, it also doubles as a stand when you watch movies or YouTube videos on your big-screen handset.
With reinforced corners, and dual-layer shock absorbance, the AIR PROTECT Grip Max by Belkin is just what the orthopedist ordered for your Galaxy S5's own safety. It comes in five colors, and is as slim fitting, as dual-layer cases can get.
Designed in California, Incipio's cases have always combined features and style. The feather SHINE case is aimed at those still longing for a metal chassis on the Galaxy S series. It provides brushed aluminum finish on the back, but is built of Plextonium material for flexible protection.
We are getting to the point where you are more likely to forget your wallet at home, rather than your smartphone. That's precisely what Incipio is banking on with the Stowaway Galaxy S5 case. It features a credit and ID card compartment, so you can still be a paying customer at the pub when you forget your wallet, and then they can identify you when you slide under the table in the wee hours of the morning.