The Ghostek Bullet for the Galaxy S5 is a rugged style case which combines a polycarbonate hard shell that clips on around a semi-thick TPU skin. The case is a little thicker than most, but not overly bulky.
With the Bullet, Ghostek set out to create a rugged case with functionality. In doing so, they came up with a design that utilizes a thick TPU skin, a polycarbonate hard shell, and even include a stick-on screen protector.
With the way the Bullet is built, there were definitely some compromises along the way. It’s a tad bit thicker than we’d like to see, even though it’s not overly thick.
The main complaint is with its durability. The kickstand is stable but is very easy to break. The way the hard case fits on over the TPU is also kind of flimsy and the front piece of it is so thin than it’s very bendable and flexible and that’s not something we like to see on such a case.
If you drop your Galaxy S5 while in the Bullet, your device should be fine, but we can’t say the same for the case.
The Bullet utilizes a front-to-back install design for the polycarbonate portion of the product, which uses little teeth to hold the front and rear of the plastic together over the TPU. In the event of a drop, it’s very likely that the case will pop open and potentially chip those teeth.
Your phone will be fine since it’ll be wrapped in the TPU, but this hard case design should be done away with from our testing of similar quality and style cases for many years now. There is a lifetime warranty though, so that may alleviate some anxiety about such a thing occurring to your case.
Good drop protection
Not very durable
The Ghostek Bullet is an okay case, but it has somewhat of an identity crisis. It’s rugged, as in it protects well, but it’s not durable. The way the hard shell installs over the TPU skin is not safe for the case at all. The front piece of that shell is just not that strong. The kickstand is also very fragile.
If you like the functionality of the case such as the kickstand, and the style, this is still a decent pick up but don’t expect it to be as resilient as an OtterBox.
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