MEGATech Reviews – Proporta Cases for Samsung Galaxy S5 Michael Kwan June 13, 2014 MEGATech Reviews So, you’ve spent hundreds of dollars to get the latest smartphone. You’re not going to let it brave the world in its raw nakedness are you? As the saying goes, you should always use protection and the good folks at Proporta have several cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that might tickle your fancy. We’ve collected three such cases for your consideration, sorted from cheapest to priciest. Quiksilver Case with Redemption Multicolored Print Starting at the most basic level is this hard shell Proporta case made in collaboration with Quiksilver. It’s a plastic snap-on case that is primarily designed to protect the back of your Galaxy S5 against errant drops, dings and scratches. It is very lightweight and slim, so it won’t add much bulk to your phone at all. How you feel about the “Redemption” colorful grid design is largely a matter of personal preference, but I do appreciate that they put in the right cut-outs to provide easy access to your power button, volume buttons, USB charging port, headphone jack and so on. I wasn’t as pleased with the super slippery finish, however, as it constantly felt like the phone was about to slide out of my hands. The Quiksilver branding will win a few points with certain people and you might like the simple approach to protecting your Galaxy S5. Whether it’s worth the $26.95 asking price is entirely up to you. Proporta Leather Folio Case with Aluminum Lining If you’re looking for a Galaxy S5 case that offers a little more function to go with its form, this leather folio case might be more appropriate. There is a plastic shell on the inside that holds your phone in place and the overall design is similar to some of the “wallet” cases that you find elsewhere. There’s even a single card slot on the inside for your driver’s license or credit card, though you can’t really fit more than one card in there. The aluminum lining provides some extra sturdiness to this leather case by Proporta and the simple magnetic closure tab keeps the whole package closed when not in use. The “folio” part of the case works in theory, but I had trouble keeping the phone in a propped up position for video watching. I also noticed that the case is quite thick. While this gives a good sense of protection in case you drop your S5, it also adds a good deal of bulk to an otherwise slender smartphone. The overall build quality is certainly commendable and, because of that, I’d say it’s worth the MSRP of $39.95. Barbour Galaxy S5 Case with Tartan Lining Offering what Proporta says is a “quintessentially British take on cell phone protection” is this Barbour Samsung Galaxy S5 case. It takes on the same basic form factor as the Proporta leather folio case above, including the same magnetic tab closure mechanism. You still get the same cutouts for the speaker and camera, though I find this Barbour case to be even bulkier than the previous option. On the inside, you get the same kind of “tray holding system” for holding your Galaxy S5, but there is a pocket that runs the full height of the case on the inside rather than a single card slot. I was hoping I could fit more stuff in here, but once I placed more than one card, the case wouldn’t close properly. Some people may say that the black and brown exterior, coupled with the tartan design on the inside give this Barbour S5 case a more masculine look. As with the previous case, though, I’m not sure I like this added bulk. The Barbour case comes at a slight premium, priced at $54.95, but you do get the sense of having a premium leather case here, even if it means you get more bulk as a result. Just look at how much thickness there is between the phone and the back of the case! MEGATechie Pro-Portable or MEGATechie Unsolved Case? Different people have different priorities when it comes to their cell phone cases. Some people might want nothing more than a simple plastic back to protect against the occasional scratch or bump. More recently, we’ve witnessed the rising popularity of “wallet” style flip cases, like the leather folio and Barbour cases shown here. Of the three, I prefer the second case the most for its relative simplicity and robust protection. That being said, I still like the official Samsung Flip Wallet Cover or S-View Flip Cover better, simply because they replace the battery cover on the back rather than snapping on top of it. This significantly reduces the bulk normally associated with these kinds of cases and the Qi compatible version is even better. If Proporta came up with something similar at a competitive price, they could have a winner on their Galaxy S5 hands. Share This With The World!