Nexus 5 Ballistic Shell Gel Case

Ballistic SG Shell Gel Cases

Nexus 5 Ballistic Shell Gel CaseBallistic’s SG Shell Gel Case for the Nexus 5 is a very rugged, hybrid case that emphasizes protection at each of the four corners of the device and has a very thick silicone skin to further protect against drops and other impacts.  It’s currently on a very good sale and shipping out now!

The Ballistic SG is a hybrid rugged case which features a thick silicone skin with a polycarbonate shell that goes around it for extra support.  The polycarbonate shell has a textured back which assists in grip and adds a bit of style to the case.  The rubber skin that fits around the Nexus 5 is extremely thick and protrudes out from several different angles.  What’s most noticeable is the extra support added to each corner of the case, which will greatly reduce the amount of screen shatters.

There are cutouts over all of the integral ports and features, and there’s buttons designed into the silicone to accommodate the volume and power buttons.

It’s possible to take the polycarbonate shell off, but it’s recommended you keep it on because it holds the rubber firmly in place and it’s not a very ergonomic case unless that back is intact.

These are currently available in three different colors including White/Black, Pink/Grey, and Black on Black!

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Caseology Blue Leather Nexus 5 Case

Caseology Slim Fit

Caseology Blue Leather Nexus 5 CaseCaseology has created a cool lineup of hybrid TPU cases that are available in several different color/texture combinations including leather and matte finishes.  There’s over 10 options to currently choose from and they’re currently on sale for an excellent price.

These are basically constructed cases that will do an okay job of protecting your Nexus 5 from drops and other minor accidents, and will also look great doing it as well.  Depending on the style, you’ll either get a case with a matte back that assists in grip and gives your case a premium feel.  The leather options are crafted with a synthetic leather that will be able to absorb some shock from falls a little better so the leather options are a bit more rugged.

All of the cases have double layered TPU, so their durability is very good compared to some single layered TPU cases that are usually around the same price too!  Caseology has precision-cut all of the proper cutouts on this case for complete operability as well.  These types of cases are very easy to take off and put back on, so if you ever wanna go commando with your phone it’s not a hassle at all.  You’ll also want to take the case off every now and then to clean out gunk that gets trapped inside anyways.

These are definitely very attractive cases at a very attractive price, and if you’re looking for something minimalistic but still unique, these cases are a good pickup.

They are currently available in many different colors, including white, black, brown, red, blue, pink, and turquoise in varying textures.

Poetic Slimbook for Nexus 5

Poetic Slimbook for Nexus 5

Poetic Slimbook for Nexus 5The Slimbook from Poetic is a Nexus 5 Folio Case that is draped with a good quality synthetic leather on the exterior, and soft microfiber material on the interior.  It also folds into a stand for your Nexus 5 that allows you to view content and type without having the hold your device out in front of you.  The Slimbook is currently on sale, and Poetic expects to begin shipping out the first units on November 15th, 2013.

This is a wallet-style folio case that your Nexus 5 will kind of snap into.  It provides complete protection all around when closed, and it’s held together by a magnetic clasp.  There is also some light-colored stitching along the sides of the case with a Poetic brand seal added to the bottom corner.

The folio also folds backwards on itself, allowing you to use it as a stand for media consumption.  It supports a single angle which is also good for allowing you to type on, but the phone is really not that big to allow for comfortable two hand typing as you would on a computer or laptop keyboard and some tablets.

If you were to drop your Nexus 5 while in this case, it’s very well protected.  The PU leather does a great job at dampening shock from falls and drops and keeps your entire device covered from end to end and side to side.

Get your Slimbook today while it’s on sale!

Maxboost Nexus 5 Case with Holster

Maxboost Case Shell with Holster

Maxboost Nexus 5 Case with Holster

As far as very basic cases, go Maxboost has one that while thin, offers a holster with belt clip that also turns into a stand.  It’s very thin and light and has a soft touch finish, and it’s currently on a special pre-order sale for a fraction of its original cost.  The case will begin shipping out on November 7th, 2013.

Maxboost’s Nexus 5 case is made from a single mold of polycarbonate that not only has a soft, rubberized finish, but also very light and somewhat sturdy.  It’s just bendable enough to fit around your device and securely fasten it within its grasp.  There are cutouts over the rear camera, buttons, and charging port.

This case also includes a holster, which has a variety of functionality.  When your Nexus 5 is put in the holster, it protects the whole front of your device with the case protecting the back.  This gives you full, 360 degree protection.  The holster obviously has a belt clip, which should be able to fasten around most belts and clip onto pants securely.  The belt clip can also open up and act as a stand, which basically turns itself into a media dock for your Nexus 5.  In the landscape orientation, you’ll be able to view movies, video, and other sorts of content.  You can even sit back and play games if you have a wireless gaming controller.

This case is very, very thin.  That being said, I wouldn’t quite call it rugged or protective versus drops.  It’ll definitely preserve your Nexus from getting scratched and scuffed up, but dropping it may result in a broken display or even a chipped case because of how thin it is.  I’d only recommend this case if you don’t need anything rugged, and just need a solution immediately for clipping your Nexus 5 to your side.

If you need a Nexus 5 holster or belt clip, this is currently the only one available, and it’s best to get it now while it’s on sale!

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Nexus 5 Hyperion Explorer Cases

Hyperion Explorer

Nexus 5 Hyperion Explorer CasesHyperion is the first company to launch a very rugged case for the Nexus 5, and definitely the first such case to have a built-in kickstand.  Their Explorer series is a hybrid solution that comes in a huge variety of colors and is the product of a combination of both polycarbonate and a thick silicone rubber.  These are currently available to order in several different colors!

For the amount of protection that these cases offer, it’s actually very light: weighing in at 1.7 ounces.  It is a little thick however, but that’s to be expected for the amount of protection.  The core of this case is the silicone rubber, which is firm and more than ample strong enough to resist the impact from drops and falls.  Hyperion has also placed extra cushioning points on each of the four corners to further protect your device from screen shatters that typically stem from those areas.

As you would expect, there are cutouts and buttons for all of the Nexus 5 features, so you’ll have complete use of your device without having to take the case apart unless you need to change out the micro SIM.  Curiously, there is a hole on the back of the case, and we can’t for the life of us figure out its meaning.  It does appear to be over the LG logo, but we’re not 100% sure.  There has been no clue as to if it’s a rear microphone, and it’s not the speaker because the stereo speakers are on the bottom of the Nexus 5.

Also on the back is a kickstand, which can hold your Nexus 5 up in the landscape orientation.  It clicks back into place when not in use.  The polycarbonate shell that has the kickstand also has a very, reptilian-like scale texture on the back for both design and increased grip.

Hyperion stands behind their products as well, as evidenced by their 2 year warranty.  They claim it to be a NO HASSLE replacement warranty, and the fact that it’s for two years is a good assurance that you’ll have a functioning case throughout the entire lifespan of your device if you get your new Nexus device at least every other product cycle.

Go check out these cases and see all the colors available today!

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Nexus 5 Release Date Hinted by Case Release Dates?

Do Nexus 5 Case Release Dates Hint Toward Launch?

It seems that any time a new device is on the verge of being released, cases for the new device begin popping up on various retailers such as Amazon with ship dates.  Without fail, a blog will pick this up as a hint toward a possible release date of said device, but is it in vain?  Possibly.

Device launches are kept extremely close to the chest by companies such as Google and Apple, among other device manufacturers.  This is done so the companies can control the PR flow on their own without letting it get out of hand and without impeding the sales of their current lineup of devices.  On the flip side of that, there’s also a need for case manufacturers to begin production of cases so that the accessory ecosystem can begin growing at or around the time of the device’s release.  Because of this, we know that some manufacturers most definitely receive measurables and dimensions of upcoming devices so they can begin the design process and start getting their factories ready for mass production.

While it’s not crazy to think that some companies get their hands on such information through other means, we do not see why release information would be provided to these case manufacturers and why they would even coincide their case release dates with a phone release.

For example, SPIGEN makes some very good cases for a wide variety of flagship smartphones.  Some of their Nexus 5cases advertise an October 31st, 2013 ship date, which closely matches the schedule of rumors and buildup for the Nexus 5 based on the quality and proximity of recent leaks.  However, SPIGEN is actually already shipping out some Nexus 5 cases to buyers without the device even officially in existence yet.

Other popular companies, such as Poetic, list their cases as releasing on November 17th, 2013.  This date has not been attributed to any likely Nexus 5 launch date even though it closely matches that of the Nexus 4 last year.

It would make no sense for case manufacturers to hold off releasing their cases to match the device launch date because a customer is more swayed to purchase a product that’s already ready to ship as opposed to pre-ordering a case.  It’s in the company’s best interest to make them and begin shipping as soon as possible.

And if these case manufacturers were somehow privy to the release plans of these major handsets, would they be allowed to so easily display these release dates on their listing pages without reprise from the company whom they’re developing cases for?  After all, they want to retain a great working relationship in order to get schematics sooner to get their cases out the door quicker, so why would they jeopardize that?

While it’s possible that these companies are guesstimating device availability based on the timing of receiving certain information about the device, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be left in the dark regarding device launch plans, and should be more worried about getting the cases out the door the quickest once they receive the final design of the handset for which they’re developing the case for.

Could the Nexus 5 release on October 31st?  Possibly, and if it does it’s pure coincidence and an accurate estimate, nothing more.  But it does make good blog fodder for the news cycle.

SPIGEN Nexus 5 Ultra Fit Hard Case (Champagne)

SPIGEN Ultra Fit Matte Hard Cases

SPIGEN Nexus 5 Ultra Fit Hard Case (Champagne)

Sometimes you might not be interested in a very rugged case and just want something as light and thin as possible.  SPIGEN’s Ultra Fit Hard Cases are now available for the Nexus 5 in 3 different colors which include a Champagne Gold (pictured above), Black, and White.  They’re priced pretty well and will do a great job of preventing your Nexus 5 from getting scratched and beat up.

These are very, very basic cases which aren’t rugged by any means, but are still good for casual protection.  These cases are more of a way to protect your Nexus from getting scratched while in your pocket or purse, but don’t have much in the way of impact protection from drops and tumbles.  The cases are beautifully colored, however, and SPIGEN is notorious for the excellent paint jobs on most of their cases.  Since the launch of the iPhone 5s, the new Champagne Gold color has been a hot color and SPIGEN is beginning to apply the color on most of its products.

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To set these hard cases apart from some of the competition, SPIGEN has done a little extra with theirs.  For starters, they coat them with urethane which protects it from discoloration from wear and UV exposure.  The urethane also has a matte finish to it that gives the case more of a premium feel and also helps with your grip when in use.

There’s no buttons designed into this case, rather SPIGEN has opted for cutouts which is par for the course on other cases in this category.  SPIGEN has made cutouts for the stereo speakers though, which is something new with this year’s version of the Nexus handset.

If you want something basic, light, and allow you to use most of your dock accessories, this is a good case.  Dropping your Nexus 5 while in this case may result in something being damaged though, so keep that in mind before making your final decision.

If you like what you see though, pick yours out today!

SPIGEN Nexus 5 Ultra Fit Hard Case (Black)

Poetic Atmosphere Nexus 5 Case

Poetic Atmosphere

Poetic Atmopshere Nexus 5 CasePoetic’s Atmosphere case is a very thin hybrid case that combines a transparent polycarbonate back with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) side and front that keeps bulk down to a minimum but the level of protection very adequate.  These are currently available to pre-order at a ridiculously low introductory price until they begin shipping out, which is tentatively scheduled for November 18th, 2013.

This is a very interesting hybrid case because it’s definitely not built like other hybrid cases.  Poetic seems to be the only brand that carries this particular style, and it’s a very thin yet still somewhat rugged solution.  The TPU is very thin and the back is plastic, but that’s a good thing because it’s going to allow your NEXUS logo to come through, which is what a lot of people are wanting, believe it or not!

Upon inspection of this case, there’s no doubt that it’s made specifically for the Nexus 5 even though the mockup pictures don’t quite match, yet.  The cutout on the back of the case gives ample enough room for the large 8MP OIS camera to come through, flash included.  There’s also a nice little strip running across it around the cutout and a matching strip on the bottom half of the case as well.  I don’t believe this is for added durability, but more just for look as it’s a signature trademark of the Atmosphere series of cases.

There are TPU buttons designed into the case as opposed to openings that allow the raw buttons to come through.  I’m a fan of TPU buttons because they actually keep dirt and splashes of rain from seeping in between the buttons and the crevice of the phone’s housing.  There’s a nice, beveled cut-out for the 3.5mm headphone jack and also some cutouts for the stereo speakers at the bottom.

There’s nice little intricate touches to this case as well, with the Poetic logo inscribed into the bottom quadrant of the TPU.  Poetic also offers a 3 year warranty on this case, which is absolutely the best warranty I ever see offered.  Poetic usually offers this same warranty on all of their cases, which to me means they stand by their products big time.

As stated above, this case will begin shipping out on November 18th, 2013, but you can order yours now if you don’t mind waiting for it while you have your Nexus 5.  At any rate though, it’s heavily, heavily discounted right now, so if you’re thinking about it you don’t have too much to lose by ordering pronto.

Order yours today!

Poetic Atmosphere Nexus 5 Case

i-Blason CandyGel Nexus 5 Cases

i-Blason CandyGel Hybrid Cases

i-Blason CandyGel Nexus 5 Casesi-Blason sells a boatload of low-priced cases for a number of smartphones and tablets.  They have just taken the wraps off their CandyGel Hybrid cases, which combines a TPU bumper and a hard clear back into a single protective solution.  i-Blason currently has the CandyGel cases for the Nexus 5 available in four different colors of TPU which include Black, White, Blue, and Pink, and they expect to begin shipping out the first orders on October 30th, 2013.

Hybrid bumpers are becoming the rage as manufacturers try to capitalize on their success.  What makes these bumpers attractive is they allow most of the design philosophy of the device they protect, in this case the Nexus 5, to come through.  The only things obscured is the sides of the device, but the rear and front of the device remain visible.  With the hybrid bumpers, however, the rear is actually protected by a transparent piece of polycarbonate which is part of the whole case itself.

Along the TPU portion of the bumper, which is textured with an anti-slip surface, there are buttons and cutouts for ports.  The TPU is great for absorbing the shock from falls as well, and keeps all four corners of your Nexus protected.  The TPU is thick enough to absorb most shock, which is great for drop protection.  The front and rear lips of the bumper also protrude outwards, allowing you to place your phone face down on a flat surface without it making direct contact, which is not out of the ordinary for these types of cases.

i-Blason also offers a One Year Warranty with this case, which is pretty good.  Some companies only do 30, 60, or 90 day warranties, but some other companies do 3 year warranties, so a year is a little above average.  For the price, it’s a pretty good warranty too.

You can order your CandyGel cases today, and i-Blason will begin shipping them out by the end of October!

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Ringke Fusion Nexus 5 Case in Dark Gray

Ringke Fusion Now Available in More Colors

Ringke Fusion Nexus 5 Case in Dark GrayThe Ringke Fusion, which has been one of the most popular hybrid bumper cases for the Nexus 4, was recently announced for the Nexus 5 and is now being made available in two more colors: Dark Gray and Mint.

We previously covered the Ringke Fusion here, and it’s an excellent case for the price, size, and protection qualities.  It also looks pretty good as well while letting the Nexus logo on the back of your Nexus 5 shine through unimpeded by a solid back.