The original Nexus 5 is still looked upon by many as the best Nexus phone of all time, balancing specs with price to provide a memorable experience. This time around, Google has given the world two Nexus devices, the Huawei-made Nexus 6p and the LG-made Nexus 5x. It remains unseen whether or not the Nexus 5’s long-overdo successor will end up having the same long-term impact as the original, but there’s a lot to love about the Nexus 5x.
For those looking to keep their new purchase protected from scratches, dings, and other potential hazards, it is highly recommend you pick up a case. Of course, there’s a ton of cases out there, and so we’ve done our best to help highlight some of the best cases out there.
If you’re looking for a basic, no frills case than Adopted’s protected case could certainly fit the bill. This case is available in three colors: carbon, clear frost, or blue. There may not be any fancy features here, but you do get a solid case that helps protect your Nexus 5x from drops, scrapes, and scratches. Pricing isn’t on the lowest spectrum, but $20 isn’t a bad asking price by any means.
Speck’s Candyshell grip case is a well-known case option that provides excellent grip, meets military drop test standards for shock absorption, and has a raised bezel around the front that helps protect the screen. All buttons and cut-outs are precise to the fit of the Nexus 5x, making this not only a great protective case but an attractive one as well. The Speck Candyshell is available in either black/Slate or White/Black and while $35 isn’t cheap per say, this is still a fairly affordable case.
The Nexus 5X Folio case by Adopted is designed to protect both the front and back of your phone, with a front flap that covers your screen when it’s not in use but easily fold behind when you need access. The case has woven fabric material on top of its plastic coating and comes in either light or dark gray. At around $40, this is one of the more expensive options on this list, but also arguably one of the most attractive choices as well.
The i-Blason dual layer case for the Nexus 5x might be a bit bulkier than some of the others on this list, but that’s because it double-enforced to protect against shock, impacts, scratches, dents, and more. On the outside you’ll find a polycarbonate shell, with a secondary silicone sleeve on the inside. This case also has the added benefit of a kickstand, and is actually one of the most affordable options available at $13.
The Spigen Thin Fit is a pretty simple looking case, though it is still a reasonably attractive one at that. Spigen is one of the best known case brands out there, and the Thin Fit upholds this well-earned rep by providing excellent protection against scratches, dents, and minor drops. This case is really light and doesn’t add much bulk. You can get the Thin Fit in your choice of black, white, or mint at a price of around $12.
While many of the cases on this list hide the Nexus 5x’s aesthetics, or even enhances them by offering arguably better looks, the Fusion is for those who want to show off the 5x’s rear with a high-quality clear case. The transparent case adds very little weight and bulk, and for those who want a little bit of flash, there’s a smoke black version that adds a bit of tint to the sides – or there’s a model that’s completely clear. The Fusion is priced affordably at $12.
Honestly, the Spigen Air Cushion is a lot like the Fusion, and so it largely comes down to which brand you prefer. Just like the fusion, this clear design is for those who want to show off the natural looks of the 5x, while providing extra protection from scratches, scuffs, and drops. Spigen’s clear case is slightly more expensive at $15.
While the primary function of a case is to protect your phone from drops, dings, and scratches, many of us care just as much about style. The Verus High Pro is the perfect fit for these types of Nexus 5x owners, offering an attractive design that is comprised of a TPU layer and reinforced by a polycarbonate frame, all with a look that has a metal sheen to it. The High Pro comes in your choice of crimson red, electric blue, satin silver, shine gold, steel silver and at a reasonable price of around $17.
The Ringke slim is a fairly basic looking case that comes in your choice of black, crystal (clear), mint, royal gold. The design here might be basic, but it’s still fairly attractive and of course the main draw is the slim frame that adds almost no noticeable weight and bulk. The case is designed to protect all four corners and the side edges of the Nexus 5x. The Ringke Slim is priced at just $11 and has the added bonus of a free screen protector.
For those that want to spend as little as possible, the Cimo case is easily the cheapest here starting at around $7 and going up to $10 depending on if you get the case in matte black, matte blue, matte purple, matte smoke, wave black, wave clear, wave purple, x black, and x clear. Made of shock absorbing TPU, the case offers excellent protect from drops, dings, and bruises. The Cimo case also offers anti-slip technology to help provide a solid grip.