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.
Pros:Textured finish makes the phone easy to gripLightweightSlim profile retains the lines of the phoneMetallic button accents look coolAttractive design
Cons:Limited case color optionsNo port or camera lens coverageLacks water/dust resistanceNot ideal for people who spend a lot of time outdoorsCase 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.
Pros:Available in tons of color optionsSlim profile1-piece design1-year limited warrantyProtects against daily wear and tear
Cons:Case prone to attracting lint and dirtCase is made in China, which may be a dealbreaker for someRubber may wear down over timeNo added protection against the elementsOnly 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.
Pros:Handy holster clip makes this ideal for belt/trouser storageMultiple color optionsAttractive case design that is also texturized for better gripDoesn’t block heart rate monitorPhone can easily be removed from holster without removing it from the case
Cons:Multiple moving pieces on case may break off easilySnap-on case design may easily snap off on impactNo added protection against water damageNo added battery lifeBelt 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.
Pros:Clear case designTPE rubber at edges and corners absorbs impactPort for back cameraDrop-safe from 6 feetTested to withstand 18 hours of intense vibration
Cons:No waterproofingHas impact and vibration resistance, but not military grade rated like other cases from GriffinMost grippable areas are the edges, not the whole case bodyMay 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.
Pros:Slim profileMulti-position standFolio design protects front, back, and sidesCase looks very professionalReasonably priced
Cons:Leather-like material may not be premium enough for some tastesFolio design blocks notification area on screenLimited color/style optionsVery limited impact/drop protectionNo moisture/dust protection
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