15 Great Galaxy Nexus Cases

The Galaxy Nexus for Verizon has finally arrived, and with the launch come a number of great Galaxy Nexus cases. These Galaxy Nexus cases are designed to work on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but may also fit the GSM version.

While your local Verizon store only has a few Galaxy Nexus cases, I’ve crawled the web to find the best collection of Nexus cases from top case makers. Wether you need tough protection or a fashion accessory, you should find a case that fits your needs and your Galaxy Nexus below.

Read: Galaxy Nexus Review – Editor’s Choice

Because most users will need the extended battery, we’ve searched for user reviews to find out which cases will fit the Verizon Galaxy Nexus with the extended battery. The good news is that the extended battery adds very little bulk, so most Galaxy Nexus cases will fit over it. If the status is unconfirmed, you may want to order from a place with a good return policy.

CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Barely There Case – $20

Extended Battery – YES

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Casemate Barely There Galaxy Nexus Case
Casemate Barely There Galaxy Nexus Case

The CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Barely There case offers protection from scratches and small drops without adding a lot of bulk to your device. This is a snap on case, which will add protection to your device, but the top and the bottom of the case does not offer a lot of protection. This case comes in black and in a bright pink.

CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Tough Case – $35

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Tough Case
CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Tough Case - Rugged Protection

In addition to the slim case above, the CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Tough Case is available. This case brings rugged protection to the case with form-fitting silicon protection, bolstered with a hard plastic shell. You can get this rugged Galaxy Nexus case in black and bright pink.

CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Pop! Case – $35

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Pop! Case
CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Pop! Case - With Rubber Grip

The CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Pop! cases offer a plastic hardshell with rubber grips along both sides to help you keep your Galaxy Nexus in your hands. The case provides cutouts to all the important ports and adds additional protection to the front, to keep your display from scratching if set facedown on a table. The Galaxy Nexus Pop! cases are available in white and pink.

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Incipio Galaxy Nexus Sylicrylic – $30

Extended Battery – YES (small gaps on sides)

Incipio Syrlicrylic Galaxy Nexus Case
Incipio Syrlicrylic Galaxy Nexus Case - Hard Shell, Silicone Core

The Incipio Galaxy Nexus Sylicrylic case is a hard case that comes in a variety of colors and includes a screen protector. Thanks to the silicone core and hardened outer cover, you get more protection than a standard silicone only case. Available in four colors, this is a nice case option that will fit the Galaxy Nexus with an extended battery.

Incipio Galaxy Nexus Feather Case – $25

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

Incipio Galaxy Nexus Feather Case
Incipio Galaxy Nexus Feather Case - Hard Shell, Thin Case.

If you want a slimmer profile, check out the Incipio Galaxy Nexus Feather Case which has a 1.5mm thickness. This hardshell case comes in 3 colors, pink, grey and black. You also get a screen protector and full access to the important ports and buttons.

OtterBox Defender for Galaxy Nexus – $50

Extended Battery – YES

Otterbox Defender for Galaxy Nexus
OtterBox Defender for Galaxy Nexus -- Rugged Protection

When it comes to protection, it is hard to beat the OtterBox Defender Galaxy Nexus case. This two piece case includes silicon and hardened plastic to keep your Galaxy Nexus safe from shocks and drops. It also includes a holster to attach to your belt, pocket or bag. You can find this one online or at most Verizon retailers. You also get a screen protector.

OtterBox Commuter for Galaxy Nexus – $35

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

OtterBox Commuter Case for Galaxy Nexus
OtterBox Commuter Case for Galaxy Nexus - Semi Rugged Protection

If you don’t need as much protection as the Defender, the OtterBox Commuter case for the Galaxy Nexus will still give you a decent amount of protection, but offers a slimmer fit.  This OtterBox case is more aimed at average users that want extra protection, over construction or outdoor workers. You get a screen protector as well.

Seido Surface for Galaxy Nexus – $30

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

Seido Surface for Galaxy Nexus
Seido Surface for Galaxy Nexus -- Case and Holster

Seido is known for making great cases, and the Seido Surface and Surface Combo cases for the Galaxy Nexus look to be more of the same. The Surface cases fit both the International and Verizon 4G LTE versions of the Galaxy Nexus, and come in black and amethyst. For $30 you get a snap together case that protects your Galaxy Nexus, and for $20 more you can get the combo which includes a compatible Surface holster.

Body Glove Icon Galaxy Nexus Case – $20

Extended Battery – Unconfirmed

Body Glove iCon Galaxy Nexus Case
Body Glove Icon Galaxy Nexus Case

The Body Glove Icon case for the Galaxy Nexus is a hard case with a soft touch finish. This case slides on to your Galaxy Nexus and comes in two colors. This simple case offers access to all the ports and buttons you need, so you can leave the case on your Galaxy Nexus all the time.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Shell and Holster – $30

External Battery – NO

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Shell and Holster
Verizon Galaxy Nexus Case with a Kickstand

If you miss the kickstand from your previous phone, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Shell and Holster adds it back and includes a holster that protects the front of your device. Unfortunately this case doesn’t appear to work with the extended battery according to early users, so try before you buy.

Verizon Silicon Cover – $20

External Battery – Unconfirmed

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Silicon Case
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Silicon Case

Verizon offers a small silicon case that covers the Galaxy Nexus in black, purple and blue. There is also a matte black option. These cases are simple, but offer an additional layer of protection for users who are prone to drop their phones. available online and at most Verizon retailers.

RocketFish Galaxy Nexus Case – $25

External Battery – YES

Rocketfish galaxy Nexus Case

Available only at Best Buy in store, the RocketFish Galaxy Nexus case is a snap on case that offers a matte black finish and works with the extended battery in place. Note that there appears to be some manufacturing differences so some cases fit the extended battery better than others so you will have to head in store to purchase your case. Check out XDA for a few user images of the RocketFish Galaxy Nexus case.

Diztronic Matte Black Galaxy Nexus Case – $10

External Battery – YES

Diztronic Matte Black Galaxy Nexus Case
An Affordable Galaxy Nexus Case

At $10 it’s hard to argue with this the Diztronic Galaxy Nexus case. This case offers side and rear protection, and includes a screen protector. If you only need a case for special trips, or want to get one to hold you over until you find one you like, the Diztronic Galaxy Nexus case is a good option.

Cruzer Lite Galaxy Nexus Case – $10

External Battery – YES

 

Cruzer Lite Galaxy Nexus Case
Cruzer Lite Galaxy Nexus Case - Show Your Android Love

If you want to show off your love for Android and protect your phone, the Cruzer Lite Androidified Galaxy Nexus case is your top pick. This Galaxy Nexus case fits the Verizon version and the international version and offers an Android logo print on the exterior of the case. Not for everyone, but I’m sure we have an Android fan or two around.

Skinomi Carbon Fiber Skin for Galaxy Nexus – $20

External Battery – Unconfirmed (Likely)

Skinomi Carbon Fiber Galaxy Nexus Skin
Add a Carbon Fiber Skin to Your Galaxy Nexus

If you want to spruce up the back of your Galaxy Nexus without adding bulk, the Skinomi Carbon Fiber Galaxy Nexus skin should do just that. We expect to see options from Gelaskins, BodyGuardz and DecalGirl in the near future, but if you cannot wait, this option looks like it will work. I am guessing it will fit the Extended battery cover as well. The kit includes a screen protector.

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  1. Got this for $6.45 (free shipping) on eBay and it fits perfectly. The case is really thin compares to most cases. It’s a 2 piece snap on which stays on really well and kinda hard to remove, which is good imo. Protects the front of the phone as well. And it’s a hard case, not like the gel cases that collect a lot of dust.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/RUBBERIZED-BLACK-SKIN-FACEPLATE-HARD-CASE-COVER-SAMSUNG-GALAXY-NEXUS-I515-/190611008040?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c614d2a28#ht_1264wt_922

    • Do you have the GSM or LTE phone?  I purchased a case that looks exactly like that from Verizon (manf. Qmadix) for $20 and it is not a perfect fit.  Not sure if it is the same as on your eBay link, since a manf isn’t listed.  The Qmadix case might fit better if the phone was slightly more curved or a little thinner, and it is nearly impossible to remove without damaging the case, the phone, or your fingers.  Overall, not impressed for $20, but I also wasn’t impressed with the limited offerings at Verizon.  Hence the reason I’m reading this article…

    • exactly… i have the extended battery arriving in the next couple of days and *love* the kickstand case i bought when i checked out of verizonwireless.com to buy the device. if i can’t use the extended battery w/ the case i’ll constantly be switching between one and the other, or more likely will only use one until a kickstand case that works with the extended battery comes out.

        • I tried it as well after receiving the extended battery & cover for xmas. I feel it’s risky to leave the kickstand cover on there – 1. I feel it might slip out at some point; 2. it might bend/ruin the case for the regular battery & cover. 

  2. Can anyone confirm that the OtterBox Commuter is Verizon compatible? I emailed the company a few days ago and they responded with “We don’t think so”. I don’t live near a store and ordering it would take weeks, so I just want a solid answer before I pull the trigger.

    • It is, but I am disappointed by it and plan to take it back.  The screen protector is very cloudy (looks almost like it was over sprayed with clear coat paint.  It makes the screen look pixelated, and the whites have a prism effect. 

      It is bad enough I am taking it back.

      • just picked up mine yesterday. the guy at the store offered to put the screen protector on for me and he did a beautiful job. it’s as clear as glass – literally. He used dust remover spray and a microfiber cloth as well as the smoothing card and fabric in the otterbox case. took him 5 minutes. 

  3. Thanks for the list. 
    You can mark the Seidio as a “No” for extended case per this review:

  4. The Case-Mate Barely there case DOES NOT come even close to fitting the Verizon GN with the extended battery. The bottom half is completely off and does not conform to the case leaving a large gap between case and the phone. This review led me to get it and I assure you it does not fit. Who confirmed this to “yes”??? Not even close.

  5. Just to add to help others to know absolutely not to get this case for Verizon GN + Extended is that the case is concave from the outside of the case and curves inward (fitting regular battery). Nowhere on the extended battery attached is it covex to accept the concave case. I’m really upset that this review said that it accepts the extended battery. It’s like night and day difference that the case doesn’t come even the vicinity of fitting. Beware to all and please fix the review for the Case Mate Barely there that it does not fit the extended battery.

  6. The Case-Mate Pop! case has been pulled from their site, presumably because they screwed up measurements of the cutouts.

    The ones that have been sold have cutouts that are too small for the micro-USB cable, meaning you have to take the phone out of the case any time you plug in.  Not good.

    • have they updated their inventory? the only review stated it was not compatible with the LTE version as it says in the description.. yet at the top of the page it states it IS compatible with CDMA. I was confused about that, so are you saying it definitely works with Verizon?

  7. The Body Glove Case fit with the extended battery pretty well. All the button opening were right on. Felt good! The only issues was it took 2 of us to pull the phone back out! They only had Purple so when I get a silver one I am going to leave it on for good.

  8. On Dec. 18, I received the following reply from Otterbox: 
      “No we do not have cases for the extended battery. Sorry.”

    • Check it out on youtube. There’s a video of a guy who puts his GN with extended battery in the Otterbox Commuter. It fits pretty well with just a little bit of an issue with it not being completely snug on the bottom of the phone.

  9. MY WIFE JUST WENT OUT AND GOT ME THE OTTERBOX DEFENDER.  I DO NOT SEE AN EXTENDED BATTERY, NOR DO I SEE ANY ROOM IN THE CASE FOR AN EXTENDED BATTERY.  THE OTTERBOX WEB SITE DOES NOT SPECIFY EXTENDED BATTERY.  IT IS A GREAT CASE, BUT I AM REALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE IS NO EXTRA BATTERY.

    PLEASE  SHOW ME HOW AN EXTRA BATTERY FITS INTO THIS THING OR UPDATE YOUR ARTICLE.  $60 IS BIG CHUNK OF CHANGE FOR CASE THAT IS NOT WHAT YOUR EXPECTING IT TO BE.

    • This article reviews whether the case fits thr Galaxy Nexus with the extended battery and alternate backplate, as the shape is slightly different and thicker than the stock version of the phone.

      No one suggested that these cases came with extended batteries, which sell at retail price for $49.99

    • Moron…The cases Don’t COME WITH An Extra Battery. No Case Does! The Reference Of Extra Capacity Battery Refers To People Who Are Intelligent Enough To Know They Need A Larger Capacity Battery Than The One That Comes With The Phone And Bought (As A Separate Accessory) An Extended Battery And Matching Phone Back Cover (Not To Be Confused With An Additional Protective Cover). Take The Otterbox Back, Then Return Your Phone To Verizon And Tell Them You’re Too Stupid To Own A Smartphone. Idiot!

  10. I just purchased the extended battery and put it in last night. I have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Shell and Holster, and unfortunately it won’t fit anymore. That’s too bad, because I really like the case.

  11. The CaseMate Galaxy Nexus Tough Case, second from the top, is horrible. the silicon casing fits fine, but doesn’t protect the phone. The hard shell is beyond difficult to put on and when you finally squeeze the phone and silicon cover in, the volume will raise or drop to silent on its own because the side buttons are being pushed. And the case makes the power button not line up so it is very difficult to push. 
    Like an idiot I bought this case without doing research and have to return it. 

  12. From all the lists above, i prefer to pick up Otterbox defender galaxy nexus case. It’s a cool stuff. If you don;t mind please visit our huge collection galaxy nexus cases at my site

    • God yes, I would love to use this case. I’m with supercereal though, probably not gonna see it for android since they would have to make so many different sizes.

    • The Twelve South case is awesome! Beautiful leather, opens like a book, has space for wallet items and appears to be high quality construction. Too bad they only make products for Apple!

  13. thanks for publishing this, josh…hard to find a good listing of cases that are confirmed to fit with the extended battery without having to go to all the different vendors’ sites.

  14. Anyone try the Seidio Active WITH kickstand? Ive read mixed reviews on the kickstand. Its a love/hate thing.

  15. Just got a Trident Kraken case today. I can’t imagine anything hurting my phone now. Not sure about extended battery thought as I don’t have one yet.
    The fit is superb and made for the LTE GNex.

  16. FYI, the Verizon Silicon Cover DOES work perfectly fine with the extended battery. I’ve had it since day one and had no issues.

  17. hi guys, where can i buy extended battery case for galaxy nexus, i got mugen power extended battery just deliverd while ago. any suggestion would help and i appreciate it..

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