Best rugged armor cases for the LG G5

Best rugged armor cases for the LG G5
We know the drill: you've recently got yourself an LG G5 and are now looking for the best rugged armor cases to help protect your shiny new handset. If that's the case, then you've landed on the right Phone Arena post! 

The LG G5, the first commercial smartphone from a big brand to adopt the modularity principle, is not your common handset. Modular as the LG G5 may be, however, there's no G5 Friend that can help protect the handset against drops. As such, it's probably a good idea to invest in a rugged armor LG G5 case to ensure that your handset survives the occasional slips. 

If an exceptional rugged armor case for the LG G5 that can be purchased in the US has slipped under our radar, drop us a hint in the comment section below!

Urban Armor LG G5 Case Series


  • Extreme protection
  • Oversized tactile buttons


  • No major cons

Urban Armor Gear makes some of the most amazing rugged armor cases around and the LG G5 model is going to be our first recommendation for today. 

The UAG LG G5 case is made out of a shock-absorbing core and a hard armor shell, a combination that's durable enough to meet military drop test standards. The scratch resistant skid pads add another layer of protection. 

One notable UAG signature is the inclusion of oversized buttons that are covered in a rubbery material which significantly enhances grip.

Lifeproof Fre


  • Water resistant
  • Dustproof
  • Drop test certified


  • Expensive

If you want extreme protection, check out the Lifeproof Fre case for the LG G5. This case offers heavy-duty protection by protecting your handset against water, dirt, snow, as well as drops. 

Slide your G5 into a Lifeproof Fre case and it can survive dives in up to 6.6 meters of water for up to 1 hour, walks through all the dust you can find, as well as drops from up to 6.6 meters. How’s that for ruggedness? 

On the downside, the Lifeproof Fre case costs $79.99, which is a lot by case standards.

OtterBox Defender Series


  • Built-in screen protector


  • Bulkier than most other rugged cases

If you own an LG G5 and need a case that goes all-in on protection, check out the OtterBox Defender series, the norm for rugged armor cases. 

For the ultimate drop protection, this case integrates three different layers: a hard polycarbonate shell, a rubber exterior slipcover, and a screen protector.

Aimed to offer advanced protection for the LG G5 even in hostile work environments, the Otterbox Defender series includes a holster that can act as either a belt clip or a kickstand.

Supacase Unicorn Beetle


  • Built-in kickstand
  • Affordable
  • Port covers


  • Extra bulk
If you’re often taking advantage of the G5’s 5.5-inch IPS display for video content consumption, then a rugged armor case with a built-in kickstand might hit the nail straight on its head. 

One very popular contented in this sub-category of rugged cases is the Supacase Unicorn Beetle. The case is made out of a front casing with a built-in screen protector and a back cover made out of a hybrid material. The port covers also add a certain degree of dust and debris resistance, although this isn’t certified.

Spigen Resilient Ultimate


  • Slim 
  • Lightweight


  • Minimal drop protection

Most cases on this list are a bit on the bulky side and some even take this to the extreme. One slimmer alternative to every rugged LG G5 case listed here is the Spigen Rugged Armor case. 

In its attempt to maintain a slim profile, the LG G5 Rugged Armor case is made out of a single layer of TPU. This material offers shock absorption and its carbon fiber texture allows a good grip of the phone. The glossy accents on the back are subjectively good-looking but they’re only there for aesthetic purposes. 

Unfortunately, Spigen says that its Rugged Armor case for the LG G5 only protects the phone against small drops. Look elsewhere for advanced protection but no further for an acceptable middle ground between armor and basic cases.

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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)



1. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the most hated phone in 2016 even though it doesn't deserve it , as a smartphone its great and LG took a risk and people are attacking them for no reason

2. Fona13A unregistered

It's not a bad phone, the modularity could have been executed better.

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

yep but the phone is great , the battery is good , the screen is good , the cpu and gpu are good and the cameras are fantastic . it checks every mark for a flagship , it has some issues but i just think that it got more hate than it deserves

4. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Seems to me some people are unfairly harsh on the G5 but I think a lot of tech fans are disappointed by it. The camera and battery life have not improved much over previous LG flagships. It has a modularity feature that people aren't interested in, and Moto does it better. Combine that with the fact that competitors such as Samsung and HTC have put together compelling phones and you can see why LG hasn't sold the G5 in large numbers. On the plus side it does have good hardware, solid performance and a removable battery. Also I think it looks better in person than in pictures. To me it's a decent phone. If I had one I would probably get the UAG case.

5. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

i agree on many of the things youve said but not the camera .. the camera is easily to 5 .. (galaxy, htc10,iphone 6s and the P9) when it comes to stills ... the problem was the build and the price of the mods .. they can make it right with the V20 .. it got so much hate to the point that people make you look at it as a cheap sub 200$ phone

6. Romantico3pe

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

My lg g5 is the best phone i ever had no problems whstsoever and not screen burn in like samsungs crapoled displays

7. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Are the cases modular as well?

8. shnibz

Posts: 514; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Something tells me this article is not very needed amongst PA readers... Or anyone for that matter

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