The Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) are two of the best smartphone’s we’ve ever seen, and if you’re picking between them it probably won’t be an easy choice. Once you make a decision though, you may realize you need a new case to protect your phone from potential drops, scratches and worse. You could always go the naked route, but we know many of you will want to cover up your new Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8) to keep them looking fresh until the day you sell it someone else. Well look no further, we’ve rounded up the best gear available today for protecting your precious new smartphone whether you choose the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8).
The Dot View Cover, HTC’s very own flip cover case for the One (M8), protects your device on all sides while offering unique dot matrix-style notifications on the front cover. You can see the time, weather and notifications as well as answer/reject incoming calls without ever opening up the case. The Dot View Cover comes in blue, black, orange and red models, though it looks like only the black version is available for immediate order.
Incipio’s HTC One (M8) case offers a sleek brushed aluminum (black or silver) look the reflects the beautiful metal design of your phone hidden just underneath. It also boasts a silicone core for absorbing all force on impact in case of drops and precise button cut-outs that won’t get in your way from using the phone.
Speck’s take on the HTC One (M8) goes in a different direction, offering an easy-to-grip striped rubber backing for anyone worried that HTC’s sleek metal build could slip out of their hands a little too easily. It also offers reinforced corners and raised edges to protect the screen, all while looking pretty snazzy with a black and white design.
Barely There’s clear case is the perfect option for anyone looking to protect their new smartphone while still showing off HTC’s beautiful design. The slim clear plastic won’t add much weight to the device, while its raised edges keep your screen protected at all times. This isn’t the toughest case on the market and your phone might still take some damage from a drop to the ground, but it manages to offer daily-use protection while preserving the phone’s intended look.
Otterbox has a reputation for building some of the most protective smartphone cases around, and this is no exception. The Otterbox Defender Series case offers multi-layer coverage for your M8 on all sides, a screen protector and even port covers. Despite all that protection, you can still use your smartphone normally.
Samsung’s own flip cover for the Galaxy S5 covers your phone from scratches and bumps on all sides while still offering a small window that automatically displays the date, time and weather. You can also read incoming notifications, answer calls and even use the camera without ever opening the front cover. The case comes in black, white, green, pink and rose gold variants.
If you like the idea of the S View window case but don’t full like paying for Samsung’s expensive flip cover you can pick up a much cheaper version from Spigen. This flip cover case offers a sleeker design and built-in kickstand for watching videos, along with all the features included in the S View case. It comes in black, white, brown, metallic black and metallic white models, matching most available Galaxy S5 colors.
Otterbox’s Galaxy S5 case offers the same high degree of protection we’ve come to expect from the company. The multi-layer case promises to withstand the drops and bumps that come from daily use or random accidents. It also offers raised edges and a built-in screen protector to keep your display safe at all times. The Otterbox Defender Series comes in a variety of two-tone designs.
For such a low price this case packs in a ton of features, including a built-in wallet for storing your credit cards and ID as well as a kickstand. Made from animal-friendly fake leather it also offers access to the camera and heart rate monitor on the back so it never needs to come off. Beyond simple black and pink color options, the company also offers polka dot and striped designs for more adventurous Galaxy S5 owners.
If you’re looking for a case that won’t hide the Samsung Galaxy S5′s dimpled plastic back panel this model from Griffin Technology is a solid choice. It still protects the back of the device from scratches and dings with a clear polycarbonate shell while offering reinforced corners for absorbing impact during falls.
Well, that’s the end of out list. We hope we were able to help find a case that works for you, but if you ended up with a different cover for your Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8) let us know what you bought and why in the comments.