Already drooling over the Nexus 5X announced at today’s Google event? Then it’s time to start shopping for a case. As any smartphone owner knows, finding a great case around the launch window for a new phone can be tricky. Supplies are often very limited, and not every case maker opts to make designs that fit all new phones. If you’re planning on ordering a new Nexus 5X, get ahead of the crowds and pre-order a case for your new phone ASAP. Here are five solid options that we consider to be the best of the best of what’s on sale right now. You can also check out our guide to the best Nexus 6P cases on sale now.
1. Verus High Pro Shield LG Nexus 5X Case
We’re big fans of cases that have dual layer construction. It may make them a little more time-consuming to install and remove, but having two different types of material can really help improve the quality of drop protection. This line of cases from Verus consists of a soft, impact-absorbing jacket, which is paired with a hard bumper. All cases in this line are black, with a pop of color around the bumper. Color options include gold, silver, red, and blue. If you’re looking for a thin case that won’t add a lot of bulk to your new Nexus 5X, this attractive case will fit the bill nicely. It looks polished and professional, and costs less than you’d expect for such a nice design.
Price: $16.99 (72 percent off MSRP)
2. Spigen Ultra Hybrid Clear AIR CUSHION Nexus 5X Case
Some people like their smartphone’s case to be a colorful reflection of their personality. Others, however, prefer a case that’s barely there, something that lets them show off the design of the phone itself. If you like clear cases, this tough case from Spigen should be at the top of your list. There’s a 1.2mm raised lip to protect your screen, while button covers protect the all-important controls on the exterior of your device.
Price: $14.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
3. TUDIA Slim-Fit MERGE Dual Layer Protective Case for Nexus 5X
This simple snap-on case is a great option for those on a tight budget. This case is made from two different materials, to enhance its durability. The inner sleeve is made from TPU, which is great for dispersing the shocks associated with minor drops and impacts. On top of that, there’s a polycarbonate shield that feels good in the hand, and is durable against scratches.
Not a fan of the mint green case color pictured above? Other case colors include rose, matte black, and slate grey.
Price: $12.90 (57 percent off MSRP)
4. Cimo Premium Slim Fit TPU Cover for LG Google Nexus 5X
If your bank account is looking particularly low after the purchase of a new smartphone, this bargain case is a smart buy. It’s a slim, simple case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your phone. The front edges protect the screen, while the TPU body absorbs shocks and impacts. The case has been treating to be anti-slip, so it’s easier to hold. This case is available in four different colors, including black, purple, blue, and smoke.
Price: $6.98 (77 percent off MSRP)
5. Tauri LG Google Nexus 5X Wallet Case
Looking for a wallet case? This style offers storage space for cash and three cards. It can also fold into a stand for watching videos or chatting with friends over Skype. This wallet case is available in black, blue, hot pink, and purple. The front of the case protects your screen, and closes magnetically.