The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s flagship smartphone, which means it is pretty pricey. If you blew out your bank account buying a new phone, these inexpensive cases can help protect your investment without pushing you further into the red. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases you can buy for under $30.
1. Case Mate Emerge for the Samsung Galaxy S5
Retailing for around $20, the Case Mate Emerge provides impact-reducing silicone construction for a reasonable price. It may not have a tons of features, but it is a simple design that offers basic-level protection.
Textured finish makes the phone easy to grip
Slim profile retains the lines of the phone
Metallic button accents look cool
Limited case color options
No port or camera lens coverage
Lacks water/dust resistance
Not ideal for people who spend a lot of time outdoors
Case may come off too easily for some tastes
2. PureGear Slim Shell Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5
Retailing for around $25, this is a fairly simple case that is suitable for most lifestyles. This case comes in a number of cool color combinations, and is very easy to pop on and off.
Available in tons of color options
1-year limited warranty
Protects against daily wear and tear
Case prone to attracting lint and dirt
Case is made in China, which may be a dealbreaker for some
Rubber may wear down over time
No added protection against the elements
Only have 30 days to get your money back, which may not be enough time to notice design flaws
3. i-Blason Transformer Slim Hard Shell Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5
The i-Blason Transformer Slim retails for around $15. This case is inexpensive, but provides decent protection and looks pretty darn cool, too. The elevated edges of the case provide additional protection for the screen of your Galaxy S5. Plus, it has a kickstand built right in.
Handy holster clip makes this ideal for belt/trouser storage
Multiple color options
Attractive case design that is also texturized for better grip
Doesn’t block heart rate monitor
Phone can easily be removed from holster without removing it from the case
Multiple moving pieces on case may break off easily
Snap-on case design may easily snap off on impact
No added protection against water damage
No added battery life
Belt clip only rotates 180 degrees
4. Griffin Survivor Clear for the Samsung Galaxy S5
Available for around $30, the Survivor Clear case makes it look like you don’t have a case at all. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants to show off the design of their smartphone. This is the ideal case for a serious Samsung fanboy (or fangirl) who really wants to enjoy the color, case, and lines of the S5.
Clear case design
TPE rubber at edges and corners absorbs impact
Port for back camera
Drop-safe from 6 feet
Tested to withstand 18 hours of intense vibration
Has impact and vibration resistance, but not military grade rated like other cases from Griffin
Most grippable areas are the edges, not the whole case body
May not appeal to people who want wallet, kickstand, or other storage built-in
5. X-Doria Dash Folio Spin for the Samsung Galaxy S5
The X-Doria Dash Folio Spin retails for around $30. This is the ideal case for business professionals who want to have a polished look, as well as people who need a stand for watching videos or video conferencing.
Folio design protects front, back, and sides
Case looks very professional
Leather-like material may not be premium enough for some tastes
Folio design blocks notification area on screen
Limited color/style options
Very limited impact/drop protection
No moisture/dust protection
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