Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Want to make sure it stays in the best nick possible? Here's a selection of great cases for the Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be waterproof, but that doesn't mean you'll want to send it out into the wild completely unprotected. There are countless cases already on the market for Samsung's flagship Android device, and to save you the bother of having to sift through them all, we've selected a few which are worthy of your time, attention and hard-earned cash.
At the cheap and cheerful end of the scale we have this low-cost but surprisingly rugged option. As the name suggests, it's actually a fusion of two different materials - the inner section is soft-touch rubber while the outer portion is made of tougher plastic. This means the case not only cushions your precious phone but also provides a rigid shell to protect against serious damage. For an added bonus, the case has a kick-stand on the back so you can rest the phone on a flat surface to watch movies. It may cost a lot less than some of the other cases in this roundup, but the ArmourDillo Hybrid is a solid choice.
Samsung's own budget effort may be slightly more expensive than other cases of this type, but it offers the kind of quality you'd expect from an official effort. It's made out of a soft rubber material which is robust enough to protect the phone should you drop it on a hard surface, but doesn't add too much bulk. The transparent nature of the material means you can still see the phone's lush design, and we like the fact that the front edges of the case curve around, shielding the corners of the S5's front panel, allowing you to lay it face-down on a table without any fear of the screen getting marked or scratched.
Like ArmourDillio's effort, the Spigen Neo Hybrid case is actually made up of two different parts. The internal section is black rubber which is framed by a solid plastic rim. When fixed to the S5, it makes the entire device look a lot like an oversized iPhone 4 - which could be a positive or negative thing, depending on how dedicated an Android fan you are. Visual connections to Apple products aside, this is one classy case, boasting excellent quality, superb protection and an eye-catching design. The only thing you need to be careful of is actually dropping it - the plastic surround is likely to pick up marks pretty fast, which will take the shine off the overall look.
Those of you familiar with mobile phone cases will surely have heard the name OtterBox before - this particular manufacturer has cornered the market when it comes to ridiculously chunky cases. However, if you need to know that your phone is protected at all times, then this is a sensible option, despite the fact that it's the mobile equivalent of donning a full suit of armour. The Defender comes in three sections - an internal two-part rigid plastic shell (complete with plastic screen cover) sits inside a rubberised outer case. To cap it all off, this can then be inserted into a plastic holster is meant to be clipped to your belt. Clearly aimed at those who work outdoors, the Defender takes no prisoners in its aim to provide the best protection imaginable - if you want strength over beauty, then this is the best choice.
Samsung's S-View cases have become extremely popular of late, so it should come as no great shock to see that the Korean company has rolled out a new variant for the S5. Fitting the S-View case actually requires you to remove the phone's battery cover - the back of the case clips into place instead (don't discard that battery cover though, as you'll need it if you ever remove the case in the future). Once fitted, the panel on the S-View shows a small portion of your phone's screen, where updates and notifications can be displayed. You can configure your S5 to unlock whenever you open the case, and even have a unique wallpaper for the S-View window. Once in place, the S-View case gives Samsung's phone a truly classy feel thanks to the leather-feel material used on the front flap. The only criticism we have is that after a while, the flap doesn't sit flush with the front of the phone when closed, but there's a solution available - small magnetic clasps can be fitted to ensure a tight fit.