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After the Nexus 5's unannounced unveil this morning, you're probably wondering about your soon-to-be new phone's official case options. Well, here they are - Google's announced two different case types for the Nexus 5, in the form of bumper cases and the new quick cover case. Bumper cases, pictured below and in the thumbnail of this post, come in four colors - red, black, gray, and highlighter yellow. They protect all sides of the phone, with cutouts only for the camera button and flash. The only bumper case available at the moment is the gray version, though it now shows up as 'out of inventory.' They all cost $34.99, and the rest of the colors are 'coming soon.'

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Perhaps more interesting to some people is the new Quick Cover case, however. Presumably utilizing magnets, the Quick Cover automatically unlocks your phone when opened, and has a cutout for the front-facing camera earpiece speaker. Unfortunately, Google and LG did not decide to give the Quick Cover a window on the front flap for the rear camera, meaning the camera is blocked unless you hold the case ajar. The Quick Cover is composed of what looks to be a thin, cloth covered flap and a harder, matte plastic backing. It will cost $50 and is, too, 'coming soon.'

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Nexus 5 Bumper Cases, Nexus 5 Quick Cover

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • wideopn11

    I want flip case. Why you no let me order now? I hope I don't scratch my new nexus waiting on the damn case.

  • TehFoz

    I was able to get the grey bumper case with my N5 order.

    http://i.imgur.com/7AspiAy.png

    • RJM7787

      Yeah only the grey is available it seems. I'll hold out for the black, but hopefully soon because I want to use a case the very first day my n5 gets here!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yep, and now it's sold out!

      • jonathan3579

        It still shows shipping in 2 days for me.

        Edit: 10 seconds after, it says sold out. Damn!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Weird, shows out of inventory for me. Try adding it to your cart.

  • Nexii

    It's not the camera it has a hole for, it's the earpiece.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yep, just saw that.

      • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

        also rear cam also has an opening...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Again, I mean the front portion - if you flip it back, the camera is blocked. This is the #1 problem with nearly all flip covers except Samsung's.

          • TY

            Why except Samsung? Do you refer to the S view cover? The "window" still have a plastic cover which will distort the view. LG G2's window, on the other hand, is actually hollow.

          • Jaime

            The s cover doesn't distort the photos and is way more useful than LG's.
            Also being hollow the LG's cover doesn't protect your screen very well (and that's the premise of the flip covers)

          • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

            okay, I get it now. :)

          • RitishOemraw

            The flip cover, how does it look like from the back? Is the back covered? Because I was hoping that the front cover was attached only through a bumper casing(meaning my white back is still exposed to the elements

            EDIT: nvm saw the picture linked below....guess I'll be in the market looking for a sleeve like the one that came with the Nexus One, loved that sleeve!

    • Ramrajkumar

      Does it have a cutout for Headphones jack....?

  • Vito Lee

    The Quick Cover opening is for the speaker not the camera.

  • wideopn11

    I see an opening for the rear camera...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I mean on the front. If you flip back the cover, the rear camera is blocked.

      • akshay7394

        But even on the front, that's a hole for the earpiece. Not the front camera. right?

      • wideopn11

        Oh I see what you mean now...have to let the front cover dangle or it blocks the rear camera when folded over.

  • Anthony Tran

    I really hope Trident comes out with a case soon. I used their case for my Galaxy Nexus and that thing was beastly. I will either end up getting Trident or Otterbox for the long term, but I may end up having to get a cheapo case until the nicer ones come out.

    • Simon Belmont

      I grabbed a cheaper case to put my N5 into until I can figure out what I really want. I figure it'll serve me well until that time.

      I kinda like the different colors, but jeez $35 (without shipping, I might add) is expensive. I guess we'll see what else comes out.

      • Anthony Tran

        Yeah, Google's official accessories are always ridiculously expensive. I guess to offset the amazing prices of the devices, which is kind of understandable. Getting a phone like the N5 off-contract unlocked for only 350-400 bucks is crazy cheap, so I guess they feel a $35 case is acceptable, lol.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah, I agree. Especially when I can get a decent TPU case that does the same job for a couple bucks online.

          I'm still on the emotional high about getting my N5 ordered right now. Hahaha.

          • Anthony Tran

            Same, lol. I might get the slim armor by Spigen for now. It actually looks like a pretty decent case, and it's only $18 on Amazon right now. Free shipping if you have Prime :)

    • AndroidUser79

      Trident has the Aegis series on their schedule and they said that it can come out in Dec or Jan. I got this update for my Facebook query.

  • Hobie Helbich

    the cutout on the front is for the speaker, not the front-facing camera.

    • Miah

      No, it's for the earpiece.

      • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

        That's what he meant..

  • Amer Khaznadar

    Only the Black QuickCover is available in France (Dispatched from warehouse in 1 - 2 business days), everything else is "coming soon".

  • tkeunebr

    $50 for the quick cover? Seriously?

  • Simon Belmont

    Yikes. Those are expensive. Yeah, I know. I just dumped $400 on a phone, so I shouldn't complain, but jeez.

    I think I'll wait and see how people like them first. Cheers.

    • NinoBr0wn

      No, $400 for the phone is paying for the tech inside. $34.99 for what is essentially an even cheaper version of the casing around said phone, is laughable, especially when you can get the same thing for less than a 10 spot elsewhere.

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly how I feel about it, man. A TPU case that's on eBay for a couple bucks can do the same job and look fine.

        In fact, I bought a TPU case for my N5. I'll put it in that until I decide on something else (or just stick with it).

  • RitishOemraw

    I want a sleeve just like with my Nexus One, though I'll settle for the Quick cover now I think.
    Why does the cover not come in red or white? :(

  • AkhilSood

    Is it just me or the Nexus 4 was a way better looking phone than this? Specs are awesome, but that phone has a premium feel to it.

  • SenorPilkington

    Why no white bumper to match the white N5?

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    Cruzerlite Nexus 5 case, $12.99 Done!

  • GalaxyNexusOwner

    Have you noticed there are fancy covers, the new phone, the new Android version and everything but one detail is missing everywhere?

    The Galaxy Nexus is - by today - officially written off. There will not be any Update to 4.4 for that brilliant device. It's not only about the treat, the trick will always be there...

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      Why do you say that? The official announcement says that 4.4 is designed to work with a lot of older devices, so it would make sense that 4.4 is coming to the Galaxy Nexus.

    • ProvoAggie

      I noticed that as well. I just ordered a Nexus 5 to replace my Galaxy Nexus but that was a little bit disappointing. Especially since 4.4 is supposed to be easier on lower spec'd phones...you'd think they'd be able to go back 2 generations of Nexus devices.

    • Gabernasher

      Didn't the Nexus S lose support when the 4 came out?

  • RockAndRock

    Cases for Nexus 5... And the Nexus 4 ? Nothin' ?! Oo

  • Cory_S

    I wouldn't use that camera as a button if I were you :)

  • Baris Uraz
  • Chandler52

    In German Play Store the Flip Covers can be ordered as being ready to ship 1-2 days. the plastic ones are just "coming soon". however, additional shipping cost are added for the cover, even if combined with the phone in one order ...

    better question: what about a wireless charger? no announcment, none included.. so a dead option?

    • n0th1ng_r3al

      Go on Ebay and buy one, nobody buys them, it just has to be Qi compatible. You have many to choose from.

      • Chandler52

        thx :)

  • NinoBr0wn

    34.99 hahahaha

  • Slawootsky

    C'mon, no purple or blue?

  • Hungry

    As I ordered my phone, I also went on to Amazon UK to order a case. The plan was to hopefully receive the case soon after my phone arrives, so I don't scratch it (my old galaxy note, which I couldn't bear to bulk up even more with a case, now looks like its been dragged through a hedge backwards).

    I found one called a Fusion Hard Case from Orzly. It was super cheap, so I figured if it was rubbish, I could use it as a place filler till there was more choice available.

    Well the case arrived this morning surprisingly and my phone still has not :-( It looks like a good case though, bumper-esq but with a clear hard back so it still protects the body and edges etc so that was a brilliant find.

    But I am just shocked at how quickly it came. So I now have a case from a 3rd party manufacturer and no phone! sigh - hurry up Google, its not the case I was looking forward to!!

  • DiamondAvatar

    Is there a case like the iPhone 4 bumpers?

  • Martin Shepp

    Looks like a nice case but there's hardly any stock, I've tried to order one but can't seem to find stock anywhere. In the end gone for a Sonivo Fusion Case from amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GC44LM6/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i4?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0PYJB3BERWB9SGTDXEQ1&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=429454147&pf_rd_i=468294 it's in stock and I received it in a couple days.

  • confused buyer

    I am buying the new nexus 5. Which gives the best protection the bumper cover or the flip cover. Ideally I would like the bumper and flip combined. Is there such a thing?

  • tara

    for the samsung galaxy s4 case, is the front if it (flippy bit) removable