Glass back does crack: best Galaxy A5 (2017) cases and covers


Samsung lifted the veil of secrecy over the 2017 crop of its A-series phones a little before the CES show last month, or "fashionably early" as is its habit lately. The Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 (2017) are in for a pretty major redesign, and Samsung also brought on features that will be ubiquitous for 2017, like the USB-C port and IP68 water resistance, in order to futureproof the handsets at least until next year around that time.

The phones sport fine specs, and one of the best battery endurance ratings for the capacity around, but Samsung decided to bring its premium glass and metal design downstream to the midrange line this year, so you do need a protective case on them at all times. 

Let's face it, glass phones fare way worse than metal ones in drop tests, no matter the Gorilla Glass generation of the chassis, so we are rounding up some of the best cases you can currently get for the middle of the pack - the 5.2" $400 Galaxy A5 - as it is shaping up to become the most popular one out of this year's bunch.

Samsung A5 Clear Cover ($15)


For an official, albeit "back to basics" gel case, Samsung's Clear Cover is pretty well priced, so we'd wager to guess it might become a hit among future Galaxy A5 (2017) owners. It showcases the phone's pretty blue, pink, gold or black glass chassis, and provides protection at the same time, all for the equivalent of fifteen bucks, which is a steal in Samsung land.




Not to be confused with the Clear Cover, the Clear View one lets you preview time, date, and various notifications without even opening the cover - magic. It's been a staple on Samsung's high-end (and now midrange) handsets for a while, and with a good reason. This protective cover is meant to enhance the user experience, as you can control stuff from incoming calls to music playback, all with the cover closed.




Spigen Liquid Air Galaxy A5 (2017) Case ($13)


Spigen's Liquid Air line is intended to absorbs shocks for extra protection, and is made of durable TPU material, which at the same time offers a soft-touch grip for better traction. It is easy enough to put on and take off as it is form-fitted, and is comparatively slim for an armor protective case.




Olixar Ultra-Thin Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 Case ($8)


Be a star with Olixar! We kid, but if you don't want to shell out the big bucks to protect your Galaxy A5, and it definitely needs protection (the Gorilla Glass 4 cover on both front and back means you'd better not drop it without a case), you can look at Olixar's ultra-thin offering. It will be barely visible on your A5, as the clear gel material flaunts the nanocoated glass hues underneath, is as flexible as silicone, and offers good traction in the hand. Moreover, the case has raised edges, so that the screen won't get smudged or scratched if you put the A5 face down on a flat surface while wrapped in it.



Samsung A5 Neon Flip Cover ($30)


Now, this is an interesting twist of an official case accessory from Samsung, and it looks like it is landing right in time for the new A-series. The Neon Flip cover glows softly when you receive a notification for an incoming call or message, so you can become aware without opening the cover. The lighting rim doesn't require an extra power source, too.


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Galaxy A5 (2017)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Glass back does crack: " OMG really I didn't know glass would crack.

6. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I think the author was trying to make an allusion to the famous saying, "Good black don't crack". I could be wrong, but that's the first thing that came to my mind.

8. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Glass back does crack, but is replace-able, and the phone is like new. Uni-body metal does dent, bend and scratch, but that's forever.

2. Pabliell

Posts: 187; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

"Glass back does crack" That's why I'm still asking myself: who was the idiot who called glass a "premium" material for a phone?

3. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well it is a lot better looking then any metal or plastic. But guess that is why so many are going to glass.

7. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

No kidding. I know manufacturers are trying to make their devices stand out from others, but the glass back thing is dumb.

4. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I've liked the look of a glass back since the iPhone 4, but functionally they're all just a crack waiting to happen.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They do but looks like they be around for a while. Get a good case.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

A5's and A7's crack on first pic looks nice.. I'll put it in ultra-thin case after it crack if I get that kind of crack :D

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