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There is a growing selection of third party cases already available for the Nexus 5, but Google's offerings, tucked away at the bottom of the Play Store page, are poised to be the first ones many people see. There are two types of cases available: the official bumper case and the LG QuickCover. Liam provided a quick look at the former option already, but what about the latter? It's a solid, snug-fitting case that I strongly want to recommend, but at $49, doing so doesn't come easy.

Look and Feel

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The Nexus 5 is a plastic phone, and though it's very well put together, it feels a little too frail for my tastes. The QuickCover case gives it a more solid feel. It hugs the phone very snugly, and while it doesn't feel quite as soft as the phone itself, the case still feels great in the hand, and the material lining the inside of the cover feels even better. The exterior is still plastic though, and there will be no confusing it for anything but.

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The QuickCover isn't as thick as the bumper case, as neither the power button, nor the speaker, nor the volume buttons are covered when the device is in use (the volume buttons are covered when the case is closed, but more on that later).

It could be thinner, for the backing extends out farther than the Nexus 5's protruding camera. But as it is, the QuickCover is sturdy enough to stand up on its own. In fact, the entire thing, including the flimsy looking cover, is very rigid. I actually popped up one of the corners of my Nexus 5's backing as I attempted to take the it off (but don't worry, the corner popped back in just fine).

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Conversely, the QuickCover is extremely easy to put on. This is especially good considering that the instructions it comes with aren't exactly helpful. I couldn't quite make out just what LG was telling me to do, but thankfully nothing was needed to get the case on other than general intuition. Start at the top of the device, pop it in, and then press down on the bottom.

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This case is available in both black and white. Going with white is always a gamble, as it isn't likely to hold up as well over time as a black case would. This seems to be especially true for the QuickCover. Just placing it on a table or trying to remove the phone from the case has left unwanted marks. Thankfully, I haven't yet had any trouble removing them.

Cover and Openings

Though a case only really needs to do one thing to excel at its job, some offer a little extra, and the QuickCover is one of them. Flipping open the cover will automatically awaken the Nexus 5, and closing it will put it back to sleep. It's a nice feature that can help prevent wear and tear on the power button.

Unfortunately, the case feels designed to reduce just how often you use any of the buttons. Pressing the power button requires an extra bit of effort when the case is on, like you're trying to poke something that's been placed at the base of a shallow hole (okay, that's precisely what you're doing).

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The volume keys fare worse. Since the Nexus 5's are situated on the left side of the device, the cover blocks them whenever it is closed. On the positive side, there are grooves in place to mark where the buttons are, making adjusting the audio very easy. On the negative side, trying to toggle sound while you're actually using the phone is an absolute pain. It's possible, but forget about doing it one-handed.

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The other openings are just fine. The bottom-facing speaker is not hindered in any way, and there's an opening cut in the cover for the earpiece in the front. The charging port at the bottom is perfectly accessible, and I had no trouble plugging earbuds into the headphone jack at the top. It's worth noting, though, that there isn't an opening for the LED notification light. I'm not sure I would want a second hole in the front of the cover, but it's still a hindrance nonetheless.

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Final Thoughts

This is a portfolio case, and that inherently introduces some issues. The Nexus 5 won't be as easy to use as an actual phone, as you will first have to flip over the cover to even see who's calling, and you then have to fold it back if you intend to hold the device to your ear. I don't count that as a strike against the QuickCover, though, as customers already know this going into the decision. As impractical as portfolio cases are, they're the type I'm most inclined to use. I could say it's because I enjoy the extra layer of screen protection they provide, but really, I just like how they look. This case does not disappoint me in that regard.

But at $49, the QuickCover is tough to recommend. It looks and feels like a well-made case, but it doesn't have the premium look I would expect from something so costly. It's $15 more expensive than the Portenzo Hardback, a case for the Nexus 7 that's both handmade and significantly bigger. As nice as the QuickCover is, it needs to offer more in order to be truly compelling.

All that aside, it's a good case. I like it, and if money isn't an issue for you, then there's a decent chance you will too.

Black LG QuickCover for Nexus 5 on Google Play

White LG QuickCover for Nexus 5 on Google Play

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • remister

    Quick Nope.

  • M1lkm4n

    for everyone interest: Nexus 4 Kit Kat OTA URLs: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2145848&page=222

  • Patruns

    No hole for the LED notification light either.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      That's true, but I'm not sure I would want that many holes in the cover. Still, I'll update the post with a note of that.

  • Kurt

    The really stupid thing about these are that you can't have the cover fully open and take pictures/video with the rear facing camera. Same thing goes for the Galaxy SIII covers. I think the same thing with the S4 as well but I kind of remember seeing a cutout on the front of those.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Why not? I've never had an issue with leaving the cover hanging below for the few moments I needed to snap a shot.

      • Mr E

        It's definitely not impossible, but seems like it could be annoying. I personally haven't gotten a flip cover for this reason, as well as making it harder to use the phone one-handed.

      • closingracer

        I have a Galaxy s4 with the smart case and while I do leave it hanging sometimes I tend to pull it back and like I don't have to worry about it covering the lens at all. I am selling my Gs4 for the Nexus 5 but without the cutout I might just buy a bumper instead

    • Mr E

      Some of the S4 cases do have a window cutout, that seems to allow for camera use, but then you are shooting through that extra layer of (probably dirty) glass/plastic.

      • closingracer

        I have the official Samsung smart cover and the cutout plastic is pretty dirty with dust and fingerprints and I cant tell the difference in photo quality between holding it back and hanging it

  • invinciblegod

    I still think the Spigen Neo Hybrid is the best case I've used so far. Though admittedly, I've only used a $3 monoprice case, a $5 ebay aluminum bumper, and the Nexus 4 bumper.

  • Cro0707

    Someone from Verizon advise LG about back logo and here you go... :)

  • Emulators + Android = Win

    I just love overpriced stuff don't you.

  • Konstigt2

    When it's closed, does it snap shut with magnets? I didn't find anything about that in the article.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      No, it does not, but so far at least the cover sits flush with the screen without them.

  • cdbbrian

    Can the cover be flipped back to use as a stand?

  • David Martin

    Nexus phones are my favorite and I am still looking to replace my existing Nexus with Nexus 5. The QUICKCover mentioned in the post looks brilliant. Can you suggest where would I find it?
    For handset: http://bit.ly/1emRnGo

  • ajr30

    Does it work with a wireless charger? You mentioned it was a little thick but I'm curious if it makes it too thick to use with a Qi charger.

    • James Hitch

      It works perfectly with the Nexus wireless charger (made for the Nexus 5 and 7). The case has magnets in the back that adhere to the charger very strongly and seems to charge just as quickly as without the case. This probably explains why the case is thicker than it could be.

  • James Hitch

    I do think the cut out hole could have been over the LED instead of the ear piece. I mean who answers the phone then closes the case (not tried answering the phone and closing the case yet, will it hang up?)