Urban Armor Gear Case for Samsung Galaxy S5, Ice
- Feather-light composite construction
- Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
- HD Screen protector with cleaning kit guards against scratches
- Easy access to buttons and ports
- Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
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Color:ICE Â |Â Product Packaging:Standard Packaging The armor shell and impact-resistant soft core of the Urban Armor Gear Composite Case are designed to keep your Samsung Galaxy S 5 safe. An HD screen protector guards against scratches, while scratch-resistant skid pads and screen surround help to mitigate damage to the rest of the case.
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On this particular model, I wish that the pads for the volume control buttons were just a little more prominent. Samsung moved the buttons higher than they were on the S4 and I frequently push the down button when I am trying for the up button. Perhaps this wouldn't be a problem for someone who was coming from a completely different phone, but increasing the thickness of the pads just a little bit would help, too.
The Galaxy S5 has a cover on the charging port to make it waterproof (resistant). It is possible to get that cover open with the UAG case on the phone, but it takes a little bit of effort and a good fingernail. An extra millimeter in the length of that opening in the case would help with that.
I tend to be picky when asked to review something. These issues would make a very good case even better, but I am happy with the case and the product line and will likely buy another for the next phone.
The good: The case seems to be made of a pretty durable material.
The corners are covered with resilient hard rubber bumpers which I assume will work well in a drop on to hard surfaces.
It is pretty easy to take the phone in and out of the case.
All the openings line up very well with things like the camera, the speaker, and the ports.
It is a rugged and attractive looking case.
The less than good:
The case texture is slipperier than I had anticipated, but it does have some small knurled spots along the side, which helps a little. If it had a better gripping surface, I would have awarded 5 stars.
the charging port on my S5, which already has that tiny little door that is difficult to open, is made even more so because it is recessed through the bottom opening of the case. Not insurmountable, just difficult.
Updated 10/7/2015 I did fumble it the other day (largely because of that slippery texture I mentioned earlier), and it landed flat face down on concrete. Not a scratch on the phone, so I have to say it did the job it was purchased to do.
Updated 5/21/16 My phone and case received the ultimate test last week. I had my phone in my shirt pocket, and when I leaned over a railing in the warehouse I was shopping in, my phone slipped out and dropped from the second floor balcony to the concrete floor, landing on one corner. It bounced once, then landed on its face. Fearing the worst I retrieved it and found not even a scratch on the case or the phone. Slippery or not, I'm completely sold on the protection offered by this cover, but am leaving my review at 4 stars because of that slippery texture.
Composite Feather-Light cases feature our patented hard outer shell and soft impact resistant core
• Soft raised rubber screen-lip and rear skid pads provide 360-degree protection for your S5
• Ultra-Responsive Tactile Buttons deliver a crisp, clean click-feel for improved functionality
• Meets military drop-test standards [MIL STD 810G 516.6] providing increased shock protection
• Oversized Audio and Charger ports allow for use with most headphones, earbuds, and charging cables