TUDIA makes some very unique, and aesthetically pleasing gel cases, and they’ve brought one of their more popular variants, the WAV-HYBRID, to the Galaxy S5. Previously available for other devices such as the Moto X and Nexus 5, you can now order the WAV-HYBRID for the Galaxy S5 with 5 different colored stripe options including Gray, Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue.
Being one of the more unique designs of gel cases out for the Galaxy S5, it’s important to point out how this one is crafted. It mainly consists of TPU, with a polycarbonate colored stripe that runs from side to side on the rear of the case. There are two finishes at work in the TPU mold, a glossy smooth finish at the top and a textured, matte finish for the bottom 3/4 of the case. While the glossy portion serves no function except for a design choice from TUDIA, the matte portion of the case is what really sets this one apart from the rest.
There are valleys designed into the majority of the case that greatly assist in ergonomics and overall grip, meaning less accidental drops. It also feels really great, and high quality while in your hand. It feels almost as if it were sandblasted or something because the texture is so fine. TUDIA incorporates a polycarbonate stripe that mainly assists in keeping the case’s structure rigid and slightly helps it from buckling or caving under pressure.
There’s precise cutouts for all of the ports, USB 3.0 port, rear speaker, and camera hardware and buttons molded directly into the TPU for the power button and volume buttons. There’s also enough room for the Heart Rate Monitor function to work, but the Fingerprint Scanner can be slightly obstructed by the edge of the lip, but you will eventually get used to it.
Overall, this is one of the best TPU gel cases out for the Galaxy S5, and it’s usually kind of pricey but it’s on a great sale right now for a low price, so check them out.