If you’ve been hoping for some innovation in the smartphone market, then you have to check out the modular majesty of LG’s flagship. You can snag modules to enhance the sound or the camera right now, and more are expected to follow. The basic phone will be tempting enough for many, but if you want to keep those smooth, metal curves in perfect condition, you need to shop for the best LG G5 cases and covers. Allow us to guide you.
LG found a way to achieve an all-metal body without any antenna bands in the G5 and the result is gorgeous, so you may not want to cover it up. Enter Speck’s latest version of the classic CandyShell, a completely clear case that also delivers military grade drop protection. Raised bezels protect the screen, the button covers are responsive, and the cut-outs are precisely where they should be. This is also a comfortable case to hold. If you’re not keen on the clear version, you can also get a translucent variant that’s tinted in onyx black.
Outdoors types seeking real protection from bumps, falls, and even dunks, will be interested in the aptly-named Lifeproof Fre case. This case scores an IP-68 rating, which means it can handle immersion in up to 6.6 feet of water for up to one hour. It also meets military drop test standards for falls from up to 6.6 feet. It does inevitably add bulk, and it’s a little tougher to operate your phone with the case on, but if you’re working outdoors, or you just want solid protection, it will certainly do the job. It comes in black and grey with a Lifeproof logo on either side and etched into the back.
Here’s a slim case from Incipio that provides decent protection without adding too much bulk. There’s a transparent back cover made of tough, frosted polycarbonate, and it’s bolstered by a flexible TPU bumper that comes in a variety of colors including hot pink, cyan, black, and turquoise. The cut-outs are perfectly placed and the button covers work well, as we’ve come to expect from Incipio. If you prefer a crystal clear back panel, then you can opt for the Octane Pure case instead.
It may be fairly basic in terms of protection, but LG’s Quick Cover case offers some seriously handy functionality and it protects the screen from damage. Your G5 snaps into place in a thin shell. There’s a window in the front cover for at-a-glance information on the time, date, and notifications, even when the case is closed. The metallic finish also supports touch and it’s semi-transparent, so you can actually swipe to take a call or turn off an alarm without opening it.
If you like a chunky, industrial aesthetic, then UAG cases will definitely tick your boxes. A tough, transparent shell with a hexagonal pattern comes finished in red, grey, blue, or clear. There’s also an impact resistant core to absorb drop shock and some outer reinforcement in the corners where you need it most. The skid pads prevent your LG G5 from sliding around on flat surfaces and the ridged grips on either side prevent it from slipping out of your hands. The over-sized button covers are very easy to find and use, and the openings are spot on.
This is a pretty slim, minimal case for Trident as they tend to make really tough, rugged cases. The Krios is made from a typical combination of malleable and durable TPU with virtually unbreakable polycarbonate. This is a completely clear case, so your G5 shines through from within. The reinforced corners also raise the G5 off any surface, protecting it from every angle. The openings on this case are generous, so there’s no interference with controls, ports, or the camera. This is also a recyclable case that will degrade when you eventually throw it out, making it a relatively eco-friendly option.
A curved wave pattern on the back and some interesting color combinations make this an eye-catching case. The body is malleable TPU, but there’s a tough polycarbonate frame that adds some resilience. The openings are a little tight around the ports, fingerprint sensor, and camera, and there are button covers for the volume controls on the side. The wave pattern also adds some grip and the TPU extends a little at the front to safeguard the screen. The back is fairly plain, apart from a small logo, but the Caseology name is etched on the side.
Spigen does a pretty good line of basic cases that look more expensive than they really are. This one’s a perfect example, because it’s made from simple TPU, but it has two carbon fiber effect panels on the back that elevate the design. There’s also an etched Spigen logo on the back. The button covers and openings are all present and correct. A special pattern inside, along with air pockets at the corners, ensures that small drops and bumps aren’t a problem, and there’s a raised lip around the screen.
Let the low price temper your expectations here, because this cheap, polyurethane case is not the best quality. Still, if you’re looking for a wallet style offering it could fill the gap until we start to see some real leather cases. You’ll find three card slots and a larger money pouch inside, opposite the thin cradle for your G5. There are cut-outs for all the ports and features. The best thing about his case is probably the fact that you can bend it back to prop your phone in landscape view. It also comes in five different colors.
These plain, transparent cases are pretty good value for money. They combine a soft TPU bumper that’ll take the sting out of any impact with a polycarbonate back panel. You can get a clear version or have the bumper tinged with gold or black. The cut-outs are accurate, the button covers work well, and you get wee dust caps to keep debris out of your ports. It’s not an especially rugged case, but it provides a layer of protection without impinging too much on the G5’s design, or on your wallet.