Spigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo Hybrid Case Review

During the last few years, we’ve covered a handful of cases from Spigen for Samsung’s flagship smartphones. Out of all of them, the Neo Hybrid Series stood out immensely for its peculiar looks, streamlined construction, and protective qualities. Of course, with this year’s flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Spigen adjusted the case accordingly to complement the prized smartphone.

There’s nothing too different with this year’s Neo Hybrid case for the Galaxy S5, since it brings over the same ‘flatter’ looking design with last year’s model. Even though we were hoping to see a curvier design, we’re still nonetheless pleased by its attractive looks – albeit, the flat and straight angled design of the case doesn’t make it the most comfortable to hold in the hand.

Just like before, this Neo Hybrid case is comprised out of two components – a UV coated polycarbonate frame that wraps around the sides of the phone, and a high polymer coasted premium cover that gives it some shock protection. Now it’s worth mentioning that Spigen is able to accentuate the case’s look thanks to the colorful options that are available. They include dante red, metal slate, reventon yellow, satin silver, electric blue, and copper gold.

Trying to make out and feel its physical controls isn’t an issue, since the case retains their distinctive feels and springy responses. In terms of protection, minor drops and falls won’t adversely affect the phone, but don’t think for a moment that the case will protect it from serious accidents.

Bargain buyers will want to look elsewhere, mainly because the Neo Hybrid case is attached with a $29.99 price through Spigen’s very own site. Then again, bargain hunters will a find a discount if they choose to get it from Amazon, where it’s priced from $17.99 to $24.99 depending on the color option. Overall, it still continues to be one of our favorite case series from Spigen, but if cost is an issue, you’ll want to look at other options.


  • Accented bumper colors accentuate its looks
  • Minimalist design that's attractive
  • Moderate protection


  • It's pricey to pick up

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1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Hey John V., is it easy to bring a hamburger menu in google apps when this case is on because of the lip ? i.e. if I had to swap from left of the screen to bring in menu options particularly in Google apps, does this case hinder ? As I have had problems in the past. Thanks.

2. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Considering the thicker bezel of the S5 i think that should help a bit as compared to S4

3. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

This case actually makes the phone look sexy and more appealing to hold. If I had an S5, I would get this in a heart beat. Just up'd the value big time!

4. cjo1992

Posts: 25; Member since: May 04, 2012

I wonder if it's like the neo hybrid for the s4 where the plastic band was cheap and broke after like a month.

5. mwellscubed

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

I have this case, and I find it INCREDIBLY uncomfortable to hold. The corners are way too sharp, there's no natural way to hold the phone, and if you cradle the phone onto your pinky finger like I do when one-handed texting, the cut-out near the charger port digs into your finger pretty badly. It is very striking to look at, but I can't recommend it.

6. edditnyc

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

I really like this case. I run with it in my hand all the time so I like the feel of it and it's not too bulky. The one major gripe I have is the cut out for the heart monitor is way too small and deep to use reliably. I've tried many different ways but it's too much of hassle and it ruins the experience if you want to use the heart monitor with any regularity. If you can overlook that, it's great.

7. thenawab12

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

I bought this case for my s5 and it seems really tight. Is that normal?

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