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Best Nexus 5 Cases



Cases are a dime a dozen these days with a flagship device like the Nexus 5, and there are far too many cases and skins to count. Not to mention a few more launch almost every week or two that claim to offer something different, or better protection.

Even though the case options aren’t as big with the Nexus 5 as we expected, there’s still plenty of awesome options readily available from Amazon, Spigen, and even Google themselves on the Play Store. There was a lot of debate over getting the white or black Nexus 5, but in the end many of you will cover it with a case for protection anyways, even if you like the soft-touch rubber matte design on the rear.

Starting at just $349 contract-free Google’s Nexus 5 is an awesome smartphone for the price, and you’ll save some cash over a $500-600 Galaxy S4 or iPhone. This means you’ll have some spare cash to buy an awesome case. Below we’ll run through some of the best ones available, most popular, then what I use daily as well. Everyone has a different need or preference, so we’ll cover a few different approaches when it comes to a case.

Read: Nexus 5 Review

Google’s flagship Nexus 5 smartphone is the first device to run Android 4.4 KitKat, and its first Nexus smartphone to have full 4G LTE, aside from the Galaxy Nexus, which doesn’t really count. Add in a powerful processor and 32GB of storage it has plenty going for it.

There’s a few key areas to take into consideration when choosing a case. One being you’ll want to protect that 5-inch 1080p HD display, and secondly the 8 megapixel camera features optical image stabilization, and as a result it sticks out from the device body a little bit on the rear. Your case will adjust for that, and Google’s official cases do it perfect, then you’ll want the right fit for the ceramic power and volume buttons.

Not all cases are perfect, many make your device clunky and add extra size, and others are just right. Here’s a few worth taking a look at.

LG Nexus 5 Quick Cover

LG Nexus 5 Quick Cover

It would be silly not to start with the official LG Quick Cover for the Nexus 5. Offering a sleek design that doubles as a screen protector with a flip cover for ultimate protection. It's a pretty expensive case and others offer something similar, but this is made by LG. They cut out the buttons, instead of covering them, and the unibody design works with wireless charging. It comes in both black or white variants

$49.99 on Google Play

Sadly it doesn’t look like Otterbox has any plans to offer Nexus 5 cases, but there’s still plenty of excellent options listed above. From thin minimalistic cases, to extremely durable options with kickstands and all. Other honorable mentions are the CruzerLite series, not to mention a slew of colorful TPU cases from Tudai. Let us know what your favorite case is for the new Google Nexus 5, and any you’ve had issues with from the list above.

Read: Nexus 5 vs. Galaxy Nexus: It’s Worth The Upgrade



  1. Michael

    12/16/2013 at 7:31 pm

    I purchased a white Spigen case for a Nexus 5. Best money I’ve spent on a case. Fit and finish is probably the the best I’ve seen . All lines and fitting is perfect .The two layer style and thin ergonomics make it a perfect pocket case. Only complaint (smooth edges) but when you have a phone as nice as a Nexus 5 you always hold tight . Definitely recommended

    • STEVEN

      01/11/2014 at 12:18 am

      Which Spigen? Are you talking about the White Slim Armor? I just hate covering up my elegant phone with a case but it sounds like the clear options only offer minimal protection. Unless phones are made stronger, I don’t know what all the excitement is about plastic vs metal or exclusive colors when everyone says you should put it in a case. Ive never had a case ; Google told me the N5 is sturdy, but it seems the inter webs think you should put a case on it

  2. Stew McCall

    12/16/2013 at 9:34 pm

    I bought the spigen case with the clear back. Great case but…

    … Makes using the Wireless charger a hit and miss affair but it makes me wonder how many other cases where the case affects wireless charging.

    Maybe it’s a limitation that could make the more expensive Google case worthwhile. It just takes a couple of cases that reduce the Wireless charging to outweigh the cost of having got the $49.99 Google case to start with.

    • STEVEN

      01/11/2014 at 12:19 am

      Google told me the chargers don’t work with cases. However, Ive read where Spigen said its cases do work with the charger so you might want to contact them. Thats one of my hesitations as I don’t want to waste $50 on a charger that will make me take a phone in and out of a case multiple time a day. I have read reviews were people state they had better success with other wireless chargers

  3. Cory Gunther

    12/17/2013 at 9:25 am

    Hmm. Yea the Diztronic works for me with wireless charging


    01/10/2014 at 6:31 am

    The Spigen cases are a lot cheaper on Amazon. For example, the Spigen clear case is under $10 on Amazon. Im planning on getting the White phone and don’t want to cover that with a black case. Ive never had any case but this phone seems more fragile. Which clear case do you guys recommend? I don’t want something bulky though. Its weird as reviewers will call the same case bulky and not bulky. Is Spigen or Ringke a better company/case? Want maximum protection, least bulk while still showing off the white back since Ive never had a white phone


    01/10/2014 at 6:32 am

    Is this list in order of 1-11 in order of recommendations or are these just randomly ordered

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