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Nexus 5 cases: 12 of the best money can buy

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 7 months ago

We love the Nexus 5 here at AndroidPIT, and while some of us think we are too cool to actually protect the thing, some of us are so clumsy they're on their second or third Nexus 5 already. So if you don't feel like spending the money you saved by buying a Nexus 5 on getting another one when your drop the first, here are our picks for the twelve coolest Nexus 5 cases around.

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Is the official Google option the best Nexus 5 case? / © Google

For the simplistic

Though the Acase Superleggera Pro Case may have the most complicated name on our list, the product is anything but. A mixture of polycarbonate outer and silicone interior, this simple case allows access to all of the Nexus 5 buttons while giving your phone what it needs to stay safe. It's slim, soft and doesn't scratch, but it's possibly a little on the pricey side at 24.95 USD.

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The Acase Advance Superleggera case isn't much to look at, but it works. / © Acase Superleggera

For the all-round benefit

This is a nice effort from reputable brand Spigen. Great design with a scratch proof, see-through back panel, black side bumpers to defend against serious drops, "air cushion" technology on the corners, and complete access to all ports. At 9.99, it's a surprisingly high-quality case which does everything you could ask without taking anything away from the true Nexus 5 design. Not to be overlooked. 

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Spigen's Nexus 5 case does everything a good case should. / © Spigen

For the Star Wars nerd

There's nothing to be said about this case. If it's for you there's nothing I can say that will make you buy it any faster than you probably already are. For the Star Wars geeks out there, who wouldn't want Han Solo frozen in carbonite immortalized on the back of a smartphone named after the Bladerunner franchise? It doesn't get much more sci-fi invested than this for just 9.79 EUR.

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I'm going to "force" myself not to make a Star Wars pun about this cool Nexus 5 case... © ANDROIDPIT/Aestheticase

For the purist

If you're of the elite that has never even touched an Android outside the Nexus line, for fear of being sullied by the experience, then there's really no two ways about it: you need an official LG QuickCover for your Nexus 5, sold direct from the Play Store, where all good Nexuses come from. If a front-flip cover is not quite your style you can also grab the official Google bumper case for the Nexus 5 (pictured at the top of the page) instead. They'll set you back 29.99/39.99 USD respectively.

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The official LG quickcover case is a solid option for your Nexus 5. © ANDROIDPIT/LG/Google

For the SWAT Team

If you see yourself as a bit of urban assault type or perhaps an outdoor maniac that tends to damage your phone a lot through drops and the like, then perhaps you need this tactical hard case from Future Armor to protect your beloved while you're on a mission. 5.60 USD isn't a bad investment on some tactical gear for your Nexus 5.

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They say you're either SWAT or you're not. And with this case, you definitely are. © ANDROIDPIT/Future Armor

For the executive

If you're a suited, briefcased and gentlemanly type that needs a smartphone case to match your latest dinner jacket, then the SOJITEK could be just as important to your self-presentation as your business card. It's all leather – so not exactly ideal for the animal-friendly – but it's got nice credit card sleeves and doubles as stand for watching art house French films whilst on those pesky long haul international business class commutes. At 9.89 USD on Amazon, it's a business deal worth closing.

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SOJITEK's Nexus 5 case are really mean business. / © ANDROIDPIT/SOJITEK

For the collector

If you're on an NSA-style mission to collect the fingerprints of everyone you know then you can't go past this super slick looking fingerprint magnet made of aluminum. You can grab this on Deal Extreme for 4.54 USD and start amassing your database of all of your ''can I just borrow your phone for a sec?'' friends.

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At 4.54 USD this is an extreme deal from © ANDROIDPIT/YiYi

For the minimalist

If you want some added protection but don't want to cover up the beauty of your Nexus 5, then you need a crystal clear case from Ringke Fusion. This one will set you back just 7.99 USD from Amazon and it will keep your beauty intact without making it look like it's wrapped in bubble wrap.

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If you don't want to detract from the Nexus 5 design, you might be interested in this Ringke Fusion case. © ANDROIDPIT/Ringke Fusion

For the shutterbug

There's something super cool about old cameras, which is probably why they have been seeing such a renaissance of late. If you want all the convenience of your digital camera embedded in your smartphone, but want to pass yourself off as a hipster vintage photographer when you Instagram your lunch, then this is the case for you. Get a retro Leica M6 look on this case for 14.99 USD.

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It might not give the strongest protection, but it sure looks cool. © ANDROIDPIT/Aestheticase

For the power hungry

If your Nexus 5 is always losing juice, perhaps you need a little more gogo in your case mojo. That's where the i-Blason PowerGlider comes in, which will add an extra 2,500 mAh to your power source, as well as providing a rather nicely designed rubberized case for your precious. It's not the cheapest option, but for 64.95 USD you can double the runtime of your Nexus 5.

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These cases from i-Blason will help combat the quickly depleting battery of the Nexus 5. © ANDROIDPIT/i-Blason

For the hipster

I miss my GameBoy, but perhaps not so much that I want to play it again. But the look of the thing that started it that's another story. What this case lacks in smooth lines and slickness it makes up for in hipster cache. Lay this thing down on the table while you sip your latte and you've have a bevy of bearded musicians/poets/performance artists coming up to congratulate you on your retro styling. Available for 8.94 USD on Amazon.

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These cases look good, but they just make me miss my Game Boy. © ANDROIDPIT/Trek Cases

For the lumberjack

If you need timber at all costs, then check out the awesome collection by Carved. There's a style to suit everyone, from jigsaw puzzles to etched timer designs to walnut, redwood and ash grains. Prices range from 26-36 USD but these are some of the coolest cases for the Nexus 5 I've seen.

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The Moto Maker store isn't the only place you can get your hands on wood-effect smartphone cases. © ANDROIDPIT/Carved

What's your favorite case for the Nexus 5? How many cases do you have?

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.


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  • Philip 6 months ago Link to comment

    I own the google bumper case and I am rather disappointed with it. The nice mat coating tend to peel of with time and doesn't look very nice. Considering the price it costs I would expected to last longer than a couple of weeks. Would not buy again.

  • Oinq 6 months ago Link to comment

    And what about the Ballistic case? It might be pricey but for me it's the one that offers best protection!

  • Pongsate Tangseng 6 months ago Link to comment

    Does the aluminium one block signals?

  • Leonardo 7 months ago Link to comment

    I am now rocking the google bumper case...but I like that crystal clear one, will definitely give a try...thanks for sharing these.