The temptingly low price tag and impressive set of specs will have plenty of people rushing to buy a new Nexus 5X, but it would be wise to take steps to protect that protruding camera lens and the 5.2-inch screen. You may also decide that the understated, plastic curves could be dressed up to look a little prettier. Either way, you’re going to want to check out the best Nexus 5X cases and covers on the market. These are our top picks so far.
If you want a good protective case that will protect your Nexus 5X if you should drop it, then Speck’s CandyShell Grip is a solid option. The ridged pattern looks good, but it also adds some grip. The case meets military drop test standards (810G), thanks to a shock-absorbent rubber core and a tough outer shell. The raised bezel round the front protects the screen, preventing it from touching surfaces. The rubber button covers are well marked and easy to press, and the openings are precisely where they should be for access to ports, the fingerprint sensor, and camera.
This is an unusual folio case from Adopted that sports a microfiber finish. We’re used to seeing soft microfiber on the inside, but we’ve never seen it on the exterior before. The shell itself is a typical TPU case, and the cover is polyurethane covered with microfiber. There are cut-outs for the camera, flash, and fingerprint sensor on the back. The cover protects the display, but it also automatically puts the screen to sleep when you close it. There’s a geometric pattern of boxes on the front and the official Nexus logo. You can get this one in quartz or carbon, otherwise known as light and dark gray.
For anyone who likes the look and color of their Nexus 5X, this case is going to be a winner. It’s a completely crystal clear case. It combines a malleable bumper portion with button covers and cut-outs for your ports, with a tough, hard back panel. There’s also a large opening on the back, so as not to interfere with the camera, flash, or fingerprint sensor. You can also get a smoke black version of this slim, transparent case.
Here’s a fairly protective case with a different kind of look and design. The flexible TPU shell is always black with a mock brushed metal finish, but the polycarbonate bumper that goes on top comes in a variety of different colors. The button covers are pronounced, there’s a protective lip to safeguard the screen, and there’s a special pattern inside designed to dissipate shock. The cut-outs on the back are tight and minimal, and there are also openings for your ports.
Fans of minimalist cases will like this offering from Spigen. It’s a simple polycarbonate shell in black, white, or mint. It snaps onto the Nexus 5X and has cut-outs for the buttons, ports, camera, and fingerprint sensor. It has a soft-touch finish that makes it comfortable to hold and adds some grip. There’s a Spigen logo on the back, but other than that it is completely free of superfluous detail. If you want a light, thin case for basic protection, then it could suit well. It won’t cost you much, either.