Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover Review
The Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover is an official Galaxy S5 case that snaps on the back of the Galaxy S5 to add wireless charging with a Qi charger like the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad mini.
The best part about this case isn’t the premium design, it’s the fact that with wireless charging you no longer need to undo the small USB charging port cover on the Galaxy S5 every night or every time you charge the phone.
If you hate the hassle of covering that charging port or finding a cord in the dark to charge the Galaxy S5 you’ll love the Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover, but it’s not perfect.
The biggest challenge with the Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover and the mini charging pad is that the charging stops after it tops off. this is fine for use in an office where you just want to charge up before you head out for the evening, but overnight it means the Galaxy S5 will start to drain and lose 10% or more of the battery life while sitting on the charger.
At $70, plus another $50 for the Wireless Charging Pad mini this setup is not cheap, but you can save by using another Qi compatible charger if you can find one that works. The Nexus 5 wireless charger did not line up right for me to use with the Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover or the regular Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging back.
The Nexus 4 wireless charger works, and didn’t turn off when the battery was completely charged, but the angle isn’t great and it can take a few tries to line up the charging area.
Like the normal Galaxy S5 S View Flip Cover users get a new leather back that feels more like a premium product than the dimpled back that comes with the Galaxy S5. The front of this case includes a small window that allows users to see incoming calls, the time and weather as well as steps on a pedometer. There is also a camera shortcut to take a square photo that is perfect for Instagram.
When you snap the S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover on the back of the Galaxy S5 you still get a water-resistant seal so you can take the phone in or near water just like before. This case does make the Galaxy S5 thicker than the standard back. Even though it is thicker you don’t lose access to the heart rate monitor.
I really like the feel of this Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover. The black leather material is soft and it really dresses up the device. The two-tone look of a black case on a white Galaxy S5 is quite striking.
I mainly use the small S View window to se the time, weather and to take or reject calls. You can swipe to accept a call on the Galaxy S5 and keep the cover closed so you don’t get any face grease on the screen. The video below shows the S View Flip Cover features on the regular version, which are the same on this wireless charging model.
I occasionally use the camera shortcut for Instagram photos or a quick shot to Facebook, but prefer to open it and use the regular camera app for any important photos.
When using the Galaxy S5 camera it is easy to hold the flip cover down and away from the lens. While using the device the cover folds back or can stay open like a book. I normally fold it all the way back. If you use it like this for a long time there may be a small gap when you close the screen, but it returns to the normal closed position after a few minutes. The weight of the phone is enough to fold the cover all the way back and set it down so you can see the screen and use the phone on a table.
I really like the design of the Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S View Flip Cover and the convenience of the wireless charging, but i wish the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad mini did not stop charging when the battery is full. This leads to many days starting off without 100% battery life.
Spigen Galaxy S5 Case Neo Hybrid
There are many Spigen Galaxy S5 case options, but the Neo is one of the most interesting cases thanks to a six color options. Users get a soft back that is grip-able thanks to dimples like the Galaxy S5's original design.
The back of this case is available in black only, but users can pick from six colors for the hard polycarbonate edges that accent the black finish of the back of this case. The red and yellow color options both look very sharp as accents.
This case offers protection for the edges of the device and while it will not add to the water-resistant properties of the Galaxy S5, it should stand up to water as well.
$29.99 at Spigen