Spigen Samsung Galaxy S5 Tough Armor Case Review

This is it folks, the biggest and baddest Galaxy S5 case offering from Spigen! If you’re all about protecting your brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy S5, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up Spigen’s Tough Armor case. In comparison to the barely-there offerings of Spigen’s other case lines, the Touch Armor means business in the department of protection – without being too bulky like some military grade cases out there.

Above all, this is by far the bulkiest of all the Galaxy S5 cases from Spigen. Without a doubt, it’s something warranted considering the sound protection it delivers to the already water resistant smartphone. Similar to the Slim Armor case, the Tough Armor utilizes a TPU inner case for shock absorption, and a rear polycarbonate frame for support. With that plastic polycarbonate frame, it somewhat emulates the look of metal with its color, but upon touch, it’s evidently plastic.

Not surprisingly, the case is bulky in comparison to the other cases in Spigen’s line – though, it’s still slimmer than some Otterbox cases. Even though it’s still a handful to hold, it does well to protect the smartphone from serious drops. Heck, we even managed to drop it from a height of 4 feet, and it survived through it. Still, we wouldn't recommend having that occur over and over again, just because the display is left exposed. Normally, a case of this size makes it difficult accessing the phone’s various ports and buttons, but interestingly enough, that’s not the case here. Everything, including the 3.5mm headset jack, is within reach and easily accessible.

Factoring its toughness and all, it doesn’t surprise us that Spigen only offers the case in neutral colors – like smooth black, gunmetal, metal slate, and copper gold. There are no colorful options this one, not surprisingly, especially when the central focus here is to give the handset an impervious nature. Sporting a price point of $29.99, it's clearly one of the pricier models in Spigen’s lineup, but nonetheless, it’s still far more competitive than some other rugged cases from the competition. Fortunately, there’s Amazon to the rescue, since it’s priced between $17.99 to $19.99 through them.


  • Strong protection
  • Ports and buttons are easily accessible


  • Bulkier size
  • Neutral color options

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1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i got the Tough Armor for my S5 before i even got the phone due to the pleasant experience i had with it on my 5S. i got the black one just like i did for my iPhone and let me tell you the online pictures of the black one don't do it justice online. it looks very clean and stealth in real life. the only downside to it is that the USB Port opening isn't large enough for me to get my finger in to pry open the USB port cover.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

okay, i've really got to share this story i have with you guys. i posted a review of the Tough Armor for the S5 on the Spigen website and i expressed my concern about the cut-out in the TPU not being large enough for me to fit my finger into to open the USB cover so fast forward a couple of days and i receive a strange package in the mail by Spigen and what i found in it was a TPU cover for my Galaxy S5 with an improved design that allows me to open the USB cover more easily and a note thanking me for my feedback so my high regards for Spigen are through the roof now and i retract my concerns about this case. it's perfect now. http://i57.tinypic.com/102s7ev.jpghttp://i61.tinypic.com/2yply77.jpg

6. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

That's great.

2. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

It certainly looks better with a case!

3. polarbear7

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I wish the review was a little more in depth than "it's pretty, it's sturdy, it comes in this and that color". I would of liked to know if it handles the slightly larger wireless charging back cover. Also if wireless charging is capable through the case. Not going to go around to all case reviews but wish they would all be a little more than they are.

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

This looks like the slim armor on my Note 3. Best case I have ever had. I like it a ton better than the Otterbox on my last phone.

7. calebchoo88

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

wow..this case look sleek and stylish!! love it

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