Just because you want an S-View type cover for your Galaxy S5 no longer means you must sacrifice protection. Spigen has just announced the Slim Armor View for the Galaxy S5, offering an interactive window that shows missed alerts and media controls with the help of their free app. The Slim Armor View from Spigen is now available to order in Black and White.
UPDATE 7/15/14: There are currently a lot of glitches and bugs with the Spigen software that allows the window features to work. While the case itself is solid, the software still needs some fixes to be fully functional.
It has been in the making for quite some time, but the Slim Armor View is now available for the Galaxy S5. While Samsung’s handset has the S-View cover that allows increased functionality through the flip cover’s window, it has been largely exclusive to the company’s own S-View Covers and Cases. With the Slim Armor View, you get roughly the same functionality with the assistance of a Spigen-coded Smart View Plus app available for free in the Play Store.
One of the main drawbacks of using an S-View Cover with your device was the lack of ruggedness. While it protects as well as a normal case, it didn’t have the extra level of protection offered in some of the more heavy duty cases. Seeing this, Spigen advanced its Slim Armor case by transforming it via the flip cover with the interactive window in place.
The inside of the flip cover is lined with a soft material that will prevent scratching and even somewhat help remove oils from your fingers and face that can accumulate on the screen. The flip also has the ability to completely fold around to the back of the case so it gets out of your way while using your Galaxy S5. When you close the front flip, it also puts your screen to sleep and wakes it back up when it’s opened.
The case portion of the Slim Armor View maintains the same level of protection as the Slim Armor, utilizing Air Cushion technology at each of the four corners and the web pattern on the interior of the TPU skin. The buttons are also extremely easy to press, something that cheaper cases make into a rather difficult task and feat in itself.
Dropping your Galaxy S5 while in this case shouldn’t make you worry, as there’s a few materials in play to help your device withstand the force of most drops and accidents. The polycarbonate keeps the case solid and the TPU dampens most shock with ease. The front cover being closed also adds another level of protection the original Slim Armor doesn’t offer.
The Smart View Plus app will allow you to check all sorts of notifications on your device without opening the flip, including missed calls, texts, and more. You can also control your MP3 player and camera as well, which is extremely convenient for snapping a quick pic and not worrying about fumbling with the cover. The Smart View App is not available to download before the case’s release on July 1st, 2014, so if you download the app currently in the store you may need to download the new version when it’s released.
Overall, this is the most functional and rugged case that will be available for the Galaxy S5. There are more rugged cases, but they simply do not offer this level of functionality. It’s priced relatively low as well, considering the increased utility and protection.