10 of the best LG G5 cases
LG has finally embraced premium materials for its flagship range, decking the LG G5 out in metal. The end result is a phone that looks and feels far more high-end than its predecessors, but those good looks combined with its high price give you incentive to protect it.
Plus the paint/primer coating on the exterior of the G5 is prone to chipping if your shiny new LG tacks a tumble.
Fortunately, there's no shortage of cases to choose from. Leather and plastic, bulky and strong or slim and stylish, there's something for everyone and these are ten of the best.
LG G5 Quick Cover
LG itself has realised the need to protect its flagship and the result is the LG G5 Quick Cover. This is a slim case which fully protects both the front and back of the phone.
But cleverly you don't even need to open it to interact with your handset, as a window lets you view the always-on display, showing you the time, date and any notifications. You can also swipe across the semi-transparent mesh covering the rest of the screen to answer calls.
It's not the cheapest of cases, but with features few can match and the ability to keep the G5's screen protected even when using it, the Quick Cover is worth more than a quick look.
VRS Design Layered Dandy
One of the great shames of keeping a smartphone protected is that you inevitably end up hiding the design that countless engineers likely spent months perfecting.
So the least you can do is put it in a case that's as stylish as the phone and the VRS Design Layered Dandy is one such case. It uses a leather texture finish rather than actual leather, but it's a convincing effect, giving it the look of a premium wallet.
There's a flap at the front to cover the G5's screen and a magnetic clasp to keep it in place, giving your phone all-round protection. It takes advantage of its wallet stylings by also including card slots and a money compartment, so you can leave your actual wallet at home.
Spigen Neo Hybrid case
Unlike some cases on this list the Spigen Neo Hybrid doesn't cover the G5's screen, but it does offer sturdy protection to the back and sides, thanks to a hard polycarbonate frame and a shock absorbing pattern.
Plus, while it won't fully protect your phone's screen, the Neo Hybrid does have a lip above the screen and camera, to help defend them against scratches.
But this case does more than just protect, it also looks good while doing it, with a slim design and a stylish pattern on the back.
Ringke Onyx case
You can get a good case for very little outlay and the Ringke Onyx is proof of that. It looks chunky in pictures, but is actually fairly slim and lightweight, so you shouldn't mind strapping your phone into it.
The case also sports a geometric pattern, which gives it a unique look, while also serving to disperse heat and absorb shocks.
Hopefully you won't need to absorb too many of them though, as the case is designed to be anti-slip, so you might have to work at dropping it. A port cap keeps dust out too, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Most of the cases on this list are quite understated, but the Caseology Wavelength is an exception. It comes in a range of bright colours such as blue, pink and mint, with a gold or silver edging for a two-tone effect.
The ridged, wavelength pattern is eye-catching and has the added benefit of providing extra grip. Bold looks aside the Caseology Wavelength is a fairly conventional but highly competent case, with two layers of drop protection so your LG G5 has the best chance of surviving falls.
If you like to wear your love of Android on your sleeve, or on your phone at any rate, the Cruzerlite Bugdroid could be the case for you.
You only need to look at it to see why, with its circuit board pattern and Android robot on the back. The case is available in a range of both vibrant and more understated colors, so you're sure to be able to find one that's your style, as long as your style is robots.
In terms of protection it's designed to be durable and provide damage resistance to your beloved G5, as any good case should.
Caloics Paladin Series
The Caloics Paladin Series is one of the cheapest cases on this list, but you wouldn't know that by looking at it.
The combination of soft inner layer and hard outer shell in two different colours gives it a stylish appearance and also serves to offer two levels of protection.
But really this is a case you buy if you don't want to spend much but also don't want to deck your phone out in the case equivalent of a garbage bag.
The i-Blason Prime is almost a swiss army knife of cases, not just protecting your LG G5 but also incorporating a kickstand and a belt clip.
It doesn't skimp on the protection part though, with a strong, rugged build designed to be impact resistant and evenly disperse shock. The i-Blason Prime also has cushioned corners, to further protect against drops and bumps.
All of these functions make it slightly chunkier than some cases, but not by much and it's a small price to pay for full protection and movie watching convenience.
Skinomi TechSkin Carbon Fiber
If you want to keep bulk to a minimum, one of Skinomi's TechSkin cases could be the answer. As skins they look a bit like thick stickers, attaching to the back and sides of your LG G5 to provide protection against scratches.
A screen protector is also included in the box so you can give the display similar protection, all while retaining the G5's size and shape.
There are a variety of styles available, with this carbon fiber option giving it a patterned finish. These won't provide as much protection as most cases, but they'll keep your G5 safe from general wear and tear and you'll still be able to enjoy your phone in almost all its glory.
Kingsource Leather Belt Clip Holster
Skinomi's cases are slim, but ultimately the best way to enjoy your LG G5 is without any case at all. That comes with inherent risks, so you could always compromise and get a pouch like this Kingsource one.
It has a faux-leather finish, so it looks smart and a magnetic flap ensures your phone stays inside it and is fully protected when not in use. Then when you do want to use it just take it out. The hope is that while your LG G5 is actually in your hand it will be at minimal risk, just remember to put it back in the pouch when you're done.