Generic eBay hardcase reviews: Who knew $0.99 could be so good! (Quicksand Wins!!!!!)

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Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. These are minimalist cases! They’re meant for people who would prefer going bare back, because the best is nothing at all. Scuffs, scratches, and the last time you looked, things that just shouldn’t be there, no protection can be too risky. Even though that’s what you want.

A hardcase gives you the absolute minimum coverage, so it can be as close to nothing as possible.

They won’t protect well against drops with any substantial height, drunk stumbling Friday nights, Nexus Frisbee, or if your name happens to be Freddy Fumblefingers. Please buy something softer, thicker, rubberier, or with multiple layers, because sir or madam, these cases will not be able to keep up with you.

They will protect well against scrapes, dirty tables, fake bumping into people to say “hello”, or if your better half has long sharp nails and you need a protective shield.

Currently I am using my white Ringke Slim as a baseline for comparison. It’s a great minimalist case. Fits snug and solid, and was exactly what I was looking for. I looked at eBay and saw a bunch of cases for $0.99. I figured, I’ve spent more money on dumber things, let’s take a shot and see how these compare.

I ended up buying 5 cases in 3 different styles. I limited myself to the top end only, the crème de la crème, the $0.99 category. Yes I know, big spender. Each of these cases also included free shipping. I don’t know how, but each one, all in, is literally just under a buck.

*EDIT: Some of you may be worried because you scratched the corners of your Nexus 5/heard people have scratched the corners of their Nexus 5 with hardcases (Ringke Slim, Spigen Ultra Fit, etc.) If you think you might have problems scratching your Nexus 5 taking a hardcase off, watch these video tutorials I've made. And stop worrying! :)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2601790

Card Trick:

Properly bending the case over corners (1 at a time): Use the camera cutout with your index finger as the pivot point/fulcrum to make it easier to bend the case out and over the corner.



http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Hard-Plastic-Back-Cover-Case-Skin-For-NEW-LG-Google-Nexus-5-4-E960-Candy-Color-/251377476993?pt=US_Cell_Phone_Screen_Protectors&var=&hash=item3a8743e581

First up was the candy color hardcase, in dark blue. “You’re my boy Blue!” (UPDATE: Not Recommended. Case design is not consistent, see below)

The pictures just don’t do justice to how deep of a blue this is. It’s fantastic. Build quality wise, other than the spot where you can clearly see they took it off the mold, it’s not bad. The button cut outs are correct. The headphone and micro USB cut outs are also good. The camera cutout is acceptable and there is enough space to make sure nothing is blocked, but it isn’t quite centered.

It’s a smooth plastic so it may be slippery depending on your hands. If they’re moist, no problem, but if you have dry hands, have a decent grip. Like the back of the black Nexus 5, this finish is a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

There are no sharp edges, and the plastic is a little softer and more malleable than the Ringke Slim (it’s thinner plastic). While the case fits snugly with no risk of coming off, the softer material makes it easier to bend to put on/take off the phone. Though there is less corner coverage than the Ringke Slim. The lip over the front is also miniscule, so while you could place it face down and not have the screen touch the table, you probably wouldn’t want to take the chance.

Overall, this case has an amazing shade of blue. But other than that, it’s definitely just an average case, along the “get what you pay for line.” Okay deal for a buck but don’t expect much more. If you want a case with colors that are really intense and pop, this one will suit you well. I’ll use it on occasions when I feel like there’s just not enough color around.

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Znamir81 ordered the same blue Candy color case as above and got something completely different. Maybe the seller sent him the wrong case, but either way, should probably skip the Candy Color cases. The power button cutout is different, it is larger and includes the simtray/eject. See this post for full details.

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http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Case-Semi-Clear-Ultra-Slim-Skin-Shield-Cover-For-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-w-s-Film-/321261886455?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item4accb35bf7

Next up are a pair of semi-transparent frosted hardcases. I got these in blue and black. They each came with a screen protector (I don’t use screen protectors so can’t comment) which was a nice gesture for a buck. They also included little keychain nub touchscreen pens. You can tell they’re cheap and hollow, but when you’re in a pinch, or maybe if you don’t want to take off your mitts in the cold, they might come in handy. I tested them and they work quite well.

Both cases were made well, no complaints. No sharp edges, no remnants of the mold where it was detached either. The material is again smooth plastic, but with a neat absorbent coating or something. My hands were semi wet/warm and I was leaving fingerprints and smudge marks all over the place. But looking at the case, the fingerprints would just dry up and disappear. It was neat, don’t know how long it will last but it was nice how I didn’t have to wipe it, it just went away on its own. Definitely not fingerprint magnets.

The cases fit snugly, and the lip is enough that if you would like to put it face down you could. Corner coverage again is minimal, and less than the Ringke Slim, a little bit more than my boy Blue up there.

The colors, while I quite like them, don’t meld too well with the black Nexus 5. The nice bright blue, turned into a dirty teal color, and the black just looked smoke gray. I think these cases would look fantastic on the white Nexus 5 (especially during the summer months). I do like that you can see the Nexus branding through the case though.

You can also see dark spots around the edges, those are where the case has more pressure against the phone than on other areas. It’s more prominent on the black Nexus 5, but I’m sure it would be minimalized or not show at all with the white.

I quite like these cases, but due to the color of the phone, I’ll probably only use them at the gym for wear and tear. The black phone really dulls the colors, but otherwise I highly recommend them (for white Nexus 5 owners) as the build quality, finish, and finger print magic are quite good. The screen protector, and touchscreen nubs are a good bonus. Fantastic deal for $0.99.

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Here are a few pics of the semi transparent on a white Nexus 5 from EddyOS. Those of you with a white Nexus 5 who are interested in the semi transparent cases, know that they will look much better on your phone.
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http://www.ebay.ca/itm/HOT-QuickSand-Matte-Hard-Skin-Cover-Case-For-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-w-s-Film-/321261912603?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item4accb3c21b

Last is a pair of quicksand cases. There are some bigger brands that people have mentioned here that do this style, such as Bear Motion and Poetic. So let’s see how a generic version at a fraction of the price compares. These cases also came with screen protectors and touchscreen nub keychains as a bonus.

I ordered Black and Orange. At first I was going to order the Bear Motion case, but when they didn’t have black, the $0.99 club came calling.

Firstly the colors, the black is fantastic, just a slightly off black, gritty, scattered color. The “orange” on the other hand, yeah… Not quite the citrus fruit I was looking for. It’s more of a watermelon pink orange. I don’t have a problem with that; I love watermelons and their mushy, juicy, deliciousness. But for a phone, wrong fruit for me. I’ll probably give it away, or save it for a bright summer day.

Build quality is excellent! The material is durable and malleable. I love the texture of it. It’s grippy without being tacky/sticky, and it feels like something you just want to hold. I actually don’t miss the phone being naked when the quicksand is on it. I would love a phone manufacturer to make a phone with a quicksand style back!

Fit and finish are perfect. All of the cutouts line up correctly, everything is centered and it is snugly fit. There is a good amount of lip on the front to place it face down if you like and there is more corner coverage than either of the previous 2 styles. The coverage on the top corners is equivalent to the Ringke Slim, while the bottom is slightly less but still comparable.

Honestly, this is the best $0.99 I’ve ever spent, and it’s replacing my Ringke Slim as my primary case. I’ve ordered all of the remaining colors for random days when I’m in the mood for a ridiculous bright green or sky blue. Gray will be nice too.

Overall, this is the minimalist case deal of deals for me. $0.99 gets a fantastically built case, perfectly lined camera and button cutouts, screen protector (don’t know quality), and touchscreen nub.

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The only down side to any of the cases I’ve listed, is of course the delivery time. A buck doesn’t get you next day air, it’s in the ballpark of 3 – 4 weeks. If that’s no problem, and you’re a fan of minimalism, consider skipping the big names, and join the $0.99 club!

Few more black quicksand case pics from today. Just because I still can't get over how this can only be $0.99!
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Here are the rest of the colors for the Quicksand cases:




Feb 21, 2014 "B-Type" Quicksand Cases:

Mini Review:

NOTE: For these ones, just do an ebay search for “Nexus 5 Quicksand” and you will see them.

This is the seller I used. I suggest doing your own ebay search to see if there are sellers offering the cases with a lower price. At this current moment, the seller I used is at $2.05 and I saw some for around $1.98.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thin-Quicksand-Frosted-Hard-Case-Cover-Skin-For-Google-Nexus-LG-5-/171189921854?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item27dbb6e83e

Okay, here are the “B-Type” Quicksand cases. These ones differ from the ones I reviewed in the OP in a couple of ways. The camera cutout is slightly different. It has an upside down tear drop versus a light bulb style cutout. All of the remaining cutouts, power, volume rocker, headphone jack, and USB port are all accurate and centred. The camera and flash also line up nicely in the middle of the tear drop.

The more noticeable difference you will see between these ones and the original Quicksand cases (other than the camera cutout) are the Quicksand finish itself, and finer “neatness” details. This case is a little bit more “rough around the edges,” not in a sense of actually being “rough” to the touch, but more along the lines of not being completely neat and tidy. For example there are a couple spots on the bottom and top where there are a couple of extra bits from the moulding process remaining. They aren’t sharp or really all that noticeable unless you are actively looking/focusing on finding them, but they are there.

The other is the finish. This Quicksand finish is ever so slightly different. The finish is a little less “quicksandy” (yeah yeah not a real word) and a little more “plasticy”/rubbery with texture. It still has a quicksand finish, and you can tell it’s there, but it is not as prominent. It still feels nice in the hand, grips well, and won’t slide around. It’s seems like a quicksand “lite” I guess. One thing I did notice was that this finish seems incredibly durable, like it is meant to take a beating. To me it seems as if they took a quicksand case, and gave it one more protective coating dip or something. It lost a bit of the quicksand, but gained a bit of toughness. Not an entirely bad tradeoff. I have no problems with the durability of the normal Quicksand cases, but it can’t hurt to have a little extra shielding.

So, ultimately it’s not quite as clean and “finished” as the original Quicksand cases, but it’s still pretty good in my book. Also, since the original Quicksand cases are no longer $0.99, going up to $2.99+ now, these ones are still an okay buy at around $2.00 shipped. Also, you get more colour choices, so that’s a bonus. If you can find the original Quicksand cases in the colour of your choosing, I still recommend them first. But if you can’t find the colour you want, these ones aren’t a bad backup and are still pretty good cases. You’ll never beat the original $0.99 Quicksand cases, but I still like these too. And as you’ll see, the red is a nice deep red too!

Red “B-Type” Quicksand Case:

I really like the shade of red this case came in. I've been wanting a red case for a while, but the original Quicksands didn't come in it. Only that watermelon pink-orange colour... This shade is quite nice. It isn't overly bright (like an orange-red) or very dark (like a blood red), but a nice deep saturated red. They did well with this shade.

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White "B-Type" Quicksand Case:

The white is white. By that I mean not "off white" or "eggshell" but white. It gives a good Stormtrooper look. I think with the slightly different coating this has, that I don't believe it will stain as easily. The lighter colours of the original Quicksand cases (like my lime green case) tended to pick up stains a little bit easily, but this slightly different coating seems like it will hold up a bit better against that (we'll see of course). So stick with the darker colours for the original Quicksand cases, but if you want to venture into lighter colours, these ones might be the better option.

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Watermelon Pink-Orange Original Quicksand vs. Red "B-Type" Quicksand:

Here's a comparison between the original and B-Type Quicksand cases. You can see the different camera cutout as well as clear difference in colour. Whoever marketed that watermelon pink-orange case as "Red" should be smacked in the back of the head. Whoever said it would be good to call that case "Orange" as well, should also be smacked in the back of the head. It's clearly a Watermelon Pink-Orange....

But you can see what a real red actually looks like. The pictures don't show the finer details, but there are a couple imperfections on the top and bottom of the red case (and white) that I was mentioning earlier. You might be able to see them in the pictures of the white case + phone.

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Wrap Up:

So I'm not disappointed with these cases. Sure, they're not as good as the original cases, but they're not far off. They also do gain a bit more of a durable finish, even if it does lose some of the Quicksand goodness. If the original Quicksand cases are the base line of 100%, I'd put these ones at 80% - 90%. Still pretty good, not perfect, but you won't be disappointed if you buy it. Also, with the additional colour choices, and lower price (now that the originals are no longer $0.99) I'd say they're still a good buy.
 
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I'm deadly afraid of scratching my phone with slim cases. How is the material? Have you gotten any scratches from it?

Which one?

I haven't had any issues with scratches with any of them. My phone is still perfect. I also tend to baby my electronics though, and am very careful when putting on/taking them off. I also did swap around all of these cases a bunch of times as well as the Ringke Slim and still have no scratch issues.

In general all of these cases had more flex and were a softer hard plastic (bit of an oxymoron but you get the idea) in comparison to the Ringke Slim which is excessively rigid. I also didn't have any scratch problems with the Ringke Slim though, as some others have mentioned they did.

In any case, these cases are all easier to bend outward and are very smooth. There are no sharp edges on any of them. There's always a risk especially with how soft the side plastic is on the black Nexus 5, but I think if you're very careful you won't have a problem.
 
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Which one?

I haven't had any issues with scratches with any of them. My phone is still perfect. I also tend to baby my electronics though, and am very careful when putting on/taking them off. I also did swap around all of these cases a bunch of times as well as the Ringke Slim and still have no scratch issues.

In general all of these cases had more flex and were a softer hard plastic (bit of an oxymoron but you get the idea) in comparison to the Ringke Slim which is excessively rigid. I also didn't have any scratch problems with the Ringke Slim though, as some others have mentioned they did.

In any case, these cases are all easier to bend outward and are very smooth. There are no sharp edges on any of them. There's always a risk especially with how soft the side plastic is on the black Nexus 5, but I think if you're very careful you won't have a problem.

That's great! The blue looks amazing, so i'll probably be ordering a few. They're all 1.68 though, how did you get them for .99?
 
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That's great! The blue looks amazing, so i'll probably be ordering a few. They're all 1.68 though, how did you get them for .99?

All of the links I provided were from the exact seller I used. They all still say $0.99 (USD)

I'm not sure how you're getting $1.68.

Those are links to the Canadian eBay.

*edit: sorry, I did see the $1.68...

I guess on the candy color cases they raised the prices. It was $0.99 when I ordered in November. It still says that price as well until you choose a case. Sorry.

The other ones are still $0.99.
 
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All of the links I provided were from the exact seller I used. They all still say $0.99 (USD)

I'm not sure how you're getting $1.68.

Those are links to the Canadian eBay.

*edit: sorry, I did see the $1.68...

I guess on the candy color cases they raised the prices. It was $0.99 when I ordered in November. It still says that price as well until you choose a case. Sorry.

The other ones are still $0.99.

The cases are all great, thanks for the review and pictures. I ordered 4 of the quicksand ones and that dark royal blue hard case. :good::good::good:
 
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The cases are all great, thanks for the review and pictures. I ordered 4 of the quicksand ones and that dark royal blue hard case. :good::good::good:

No problem, glad I could help.

Let me know what you think when you eventually get them. I'm sure they ship them by sail boat on calm days.

I definitely agree on your 4 quicksand choices! I think it's just such a good deal.

I bought the blue case for exactly the same reason. The color is just intense. It does suck that they raised the price though. But $1.68 is still dirt cheap in comparison to most cases.
 

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i was about to make a new thread and say i got a hard case for 3$ locally (toronto) and a bumper case that im in love with.
anyways the hard case like you mentioned was shockingly good, no sharp edges, no left over molds, its nice and smooth
and best part of all its not super hard plastic, you can bend it and its semi flexible sort of .
its the black version of the (solid) blue one you got.

the bumper is also shockingly good for 5$ and its the one im currently using :D

the only question i have is, doesnt the quicksand kind of feel rough on the phone ? since the inside of the case is also the same rough material ? logic tells me that putting it on and taking it will scratch the phone since the case kind of acts like sand paper ? sorry for my ignorance !!
 
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I've got same one, Unfortunately it came with chipped of corner but function is still good :) also seller send me a replacement one so all is well :victory:
 

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i was about to make a new thread and say i got a hard case for 3$ locally (toronto) and a bumper case that im in love with.
anyways the hard case like you mentioned was shockingly good, no sharp edges, no left over molds, its nice and smooth
and best part of all its not super hard plastic, you can bend it and its semi flexible sort of .
its the black version of the (solid) blue one you got.

the bumper is also shockingly good for 5$ and its the one im currently using :D

the only question i have is, doesnt the quicksand kind of feel rough on the phone ? since the inside of the case is also the same rough material ? logic tells me that putting it on and taking it will scratch the phone since the case kind of acts like sand paper ? sorry for my ignorance !!

Nice, $3 is still pretty good, especially without the wait time. And $5 for a bumper is good too.

After seeing that these $0.99 cases that I figured would be just cheap pieces of garbage were comparable or better (the quicksand for me) than cases 10 - 20x their price; I don't think I'm going to bother with a bigger brand name anymore on any future phone.

The 3 - 4 week wait is worth it when I can buy a variety of different styles of cases and swap them around for the price of 1 Spigen or Ringke. I still think my Ringke Slim is a great case, but I've been spoiled by $0.99 haha.

As for the quicksand texture, don't think of it as a coarse scratching material. Think of it along the lines of 1000 grit smooth sandpaper, but not sand, instead a textured/coated plastic. It's difficult to describe really, but it's not a material that will scrape the phone up. It just adds a nice grip.

I hate you man... Last hour or two I've spent on ebay browsing $0.99 covers and clicking 'Buy it now' more often than not. You've got me addicted! :D

Haha, at least it's a cheap addiction! You're not burning a hole in your wallet at $0.99. :good:
 
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damn them not delivering to the UK, its a conspiracy i tell you!

There are other sellers that sell the same stuff, you don't have to use the one I did.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-QuickSand-Matte-Hard-Skin-Cover-Case-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-Green-Film-/271331661823?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item3f2ca097ff
This seller has the blue and black quicksand and is located in the UK.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hard-PC-Snap-On-Plastic-Back-Case-Cover-Shell-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-/231088070573?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item35cdec1fad
This one has all of the candy colors and ships to the UK.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Shield-Case-Semi-Clear-Ultra-Slim-Skin-Cover-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-/281217108571?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item4179d88a5b
These are the semi-transparent cases, ships to the UK.

If you do a http://www.ebay.co.uk search and just look up "Nexus 5 hard case" you should find the same cases that ship to you. They're all coming from the same factories anyway, I'm sure they wouldn't exclude the UK. It's probably just because the links I posted were for the Canadian site.
 
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Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. These are minimalist cases! They’re meant for people who would prefer going bare back, because the best is nothing at all. Scuffs, scratches, and the last time you looked, things that just shouldn’t be there, no protection can be too risky. Even though that’s what you want.

A hardcase gives you the absolute minimum coverage, so it can be as close to nothing as possible.

They won’t protect well against drops with any substantial height, drunk stumbling Friday nights, Nexus Frisbee, or if your name happens to be Freddy Fumblefingers. Please buy something softer, thicker, rubberier, or with multiple layers, because sir or madam, these cases will not be able to keep up with you.

They will protect well against scrapes, dirty tables, fake bumping into people to say “hello”, or if your better half has long sharp nails and you need a protective shield.

Currently I am using my white Ringke Slim as a baseline for comparison. It’s a great minimalist case. Fits snug and solid, and was exactly what I was looking for. I looked at eBay and saw a bunch of cases for $0.99. I figured, I’ve spent more money on dumber things, let’s take a shot and see how these compare.

I ended up buying 5 cases in 3 different styles. I limited myself to the top end only, the crème de la crème, the $0.99 category. Yes I know, big spender. Each of these cases also included free shipping. I don’t know how, but each one, all in, is literally just under a buck.







The only down side to any of the cases I’ve listed, is of course the delivery time. A buck doesn’t get you next day air, it’s in the ballpark of 3 – 4 weeks. If that’s no problem, and you’re a fan of minimalism, consider skipping the big names, and join the $0.99 club!

Thanks for the review, I ended up buying black and blue quicksand cases.
 

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Can anyone with the second and/or third case let us know how tight the cases are? I know some scratch up the corners of the phone during installation
 

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Well, just ordered quicksand in all colors (ordered black one before) and I'm thinking if maybe I should have bought two or three pieces of each color. You know, just in case :)

I don't think the quicksands I have will wear out anytime soon. But I'm probably going to buy extras anyway, they're just such great cases. Also, just in case they up the price! :p I don't think I could handle any blasphemy like $1.50 or something!! haha.

Thanks for the review, I ended up buying black and blue quicksand cases.

No problem, hope you enjoy them.

Can anyone with the second and/or third case let us know how tight the cases are? I know some scratch up the corners of the phone during installation

Well I reviewed the cases in the OP, so I guess I might have the 2nd and/or 3rd one! :good:

In terms of tightness, they're snug, and there's no risk of them falling off. They don't wiggle in the case or anything. They fit the same as the Ringke Slim. All of the cases I mentioned though (including the 2nd/3rd you were referring) are easier to put on and take off than the Ringke Slim I have that I was comparing them to.

This is because the type of polycarbonate these cases are using is not as rigid and stiff as the Ringke Slim (or Spigen Ultra Fit). They have a little bit more of a flex and give to them. When you are installing or removing the phone you can bend the sides out further, minimizing the rub against the corners of the phone. The Ringke Slim (and Spigen Ultra Fit) are very stiff cases, so some people were scraping the corners as they tried to pull the phone out because they didn't or couldn't bend the case out enough. The corners on the cases listed in the OP are also rounded and tapered more, and there are no sharp edges.

So rounded corners plus a little more flexible polycarbonate, and if you take care when putting it on (ie: don't just snap it in) and taking it off (ie: bend the corners out, not just pull on the side of the case), you should have no issues.

Do keep in mind though, I've never had the scraping problem with my Ringke Slim either. I followed the same procedure with these cases as I did with the Ringke, and have had no issue. It was in fact much easier.
 
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    Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. These are minimalist cases! They’re meant for people who would prefer going bare back, because the best is nothing at all. Scuffs, scratches, and the last time you looked, things that just shouldn’t be there, no protection can be too risky. Even though that’s what you want.

    A hardcase gives you the absolute minimum coverage, so it can be as close to nothing as possible.

    They won’t protect well against drops with any substantial height, drunk stumbling Friday nights, Nexus Frisbee, or if your name happens to be Freddy Fumblefingers. Please buy something softer, thicker, rubberier, or with multiple layers, because sir or madam, these cases will not be able to keep up with you.

    They will protect well against scrapes, dirty tables, fake bumping into people to say “hello”, or if your better half has long sharp nails and you need a protective shield.

    Currently I am using my white Ringke Slim as a baseline for comparison. It’s a great minimalist case. Fits snug and solid, and was exactly what I was looking for. I looked at eBay and saw a bunch of cases for $0.99. I figured, I’ve spent more money on dumber things, let’s take a shot and see how these compare.

    I ended up buying 5 cases in 3 different styles. I limited myself to the top end only, the crème de la crème, the $0.99 category. Yes I know, big spender. Each of these cases also included free shipping. I don’t know how, but each one, all in, is literally just under a buck.

    *EDIT: Some of you may be worried because you scratched the corners of your Nexus 5/heard people have scratched the corners of their Nexus 5 with hardcases (Ringke Slim, Spigen Ultra Fit, etc.) If you think you might have problems scratching your Nexus 5 taking a hardcase off, watch these video tutorials I've made. And stop worrying! :)
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2601790

    Card Trick:

    Properly bending the case over corners (1 at a time): Use the camera cutout with your index finger as the pivot point/fulcrum to make it easier to bend the case out and over the corner.



    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Hard-Plastic-Back-Cover-Case-Skin-For-NEW-LG-Google-Nexus-5-4-E960-Candy-Color-/251377476993?pt=US_Cell_Phone_Screen_Protectors&var=&hash=item3a8743e581

    First up was the candy color hardcase, in dark blue. “You’re my boy Blue!” (UPDATE: Not Recommended. Case design is not consistent, see below)

    The pictures just don’t do justice to how deep of a blue this is. It’s fantastic. Build quality wise, other than the spot where you can clearly see they took it off the mold, it’s not bad. The button cut outs are correct. The headphone and micro USB cut outs are also good. The camera cutout is acceptable and there is enough space to make sure nothing is blocked, but it isn’t quite centered.

    It’s a smooth plastic so it may be slippery depending on your hands. If they’re moist, no problem, but if you have dry hands, have a decent grip. Like the back of the black Nexus 5, this finish is a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

    There are no sharp edges, and the plastic is a little softer and more malleable than the Ringke Slim (it’s thinner plastic). While the case fits snugly with no risk of coming off, the softer material makes it easier to bend to put on/take off the phone. Though there is less corner coverage than the Ringke Slim. The lip over the front is also miniscule, so while you could place it face down and not have the screen touch the table, you probably wouldn’t want to take the chance.

    Overall, this case has an amazing shade of blue. But other than that, it’s definitely just an average case, along the “get what you pay for line.” Okay deal for a buck but don’t expect much more. If you want a case with colors that are really intense and pop, this one will suit you well. I’ll use it on occasions when I feel like there’s just not enough color around.

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    Znamir81 ordered the same blue Candy color case as above and got something completely different. Maybe the seller sent him the wrong case, but either way, should probably skip the Candy Color cases. The power button cutout is different, it is larger and includes the simtray/eject. See this post for full details.

    Some examples:
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    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Case-Semi-Clear-Ultra-Slim-Skin-Shield-Cover-For-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-w-s-Film-/321261886455?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item4accb35bf7

    Next up are a pair of semi-transparent frosted hardcases. I got these in blue and black. They each came with a screen protector (I don’t use screen protectors so can’t comment) which was a nice gesture for a buck. They also included little keychain nub touchscreen pens. You can tell they’re cheap and hollow, but when you’re in a pinch, or maybe if you don’t want to take off your mitts in the cold, they might come in handy. I tested them and they work quite well.

    Both cases were made well, no complaints. No sharp edges, no remnants of the mold where it was detached either. The material is again smooth plastic, but with a neat absorbent coating or something. My hands were semi wet/warm and I was leaving fingerprints and smudge marks all over the place. But looking at the case, the fingerprints would just dry up and disappear. It was neat, don’t know how long it will last but it was nice how I didn’t have to wipe it, it just went away on its own. Definitely not fingerprint magnets.

    The cases fit snugly, and the lip is enough that if you would like to put it face down you could. Corner coverage again is minimal, and less than the Ringke Slim, a little bit more than my boy Blue up there.

    The colors, while I quite like them, don’t meld too well with the black Nexus 5. The nice bright blue, turned into a dirty teal color, and the black just looked smoke gray. I think these cases would look fantastic on the white Nexus 5 (especially during the summer months). I do like that you can see the Nexus branding through the case though.

    You can also see dark spots around the edges, those are where the case has more pressure against the phone than on other areas. It’s more prominent on the black Nexus 5, but I’m sure it would be minimalized or not show at all with the white.

    I quite like these cases, but due to the color of the phone, I’ll probably only use them at the gym for wear and tear. The black phone really dulls the colors, but otherwise I highly recommend them (for white Nexus 5 owners) as the build quality, finish, and finger print magic are quite good. The screen protector, and touchscreen nubs are a good bonus. Fantastic deal for $0.99.

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    Here are a few pics of the semi transparent on a white Nexus 5 from EddyOS. Those of you with a white Nexus 5 who are interested in the semi transparent cases, know that they will look much better on your phone.
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    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/HOT-QuickSand-Matte-Hard-Skin-Cover-Case-For-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-w-s-Film-/321261912603?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item4accb3c21b

    Last is a pair of quicksand cases. There are some bigger brands that people have mentioned here that do this style, such as Bear Motion and Poetic. So let’s see how a generic version at a fraction of the price compares. These cases also came with screen protectors and touchscreen nub keychains as a bonus.

    I ordered Black and Orange. At first I was going to order the Bear Motion case, but when they didn’t have black, the $0.99 club came calling.

    Firstly the colors, the black is fantastic, just a slightly off black, gritty, scattered color. The “orange” on the other hand, yeah… Not quite the citrus fruit I was looking for. It’s more of a watermelon pink orange. I don’t have a problem with that; I love watermelons and their mushy, juicy, deliciousness. But for a phone, wrong fruit for me. I’ll probably give it away, or save it for a bright summer day.

    Build quality is excellent! The material is durable and malleable. I love the texture of it. It’s grippy without being tacky/sticky, and it feels like something you just want to hold. I actually don’t miss the phone being naked when the quicksand is on it. I would love a phone manufacturer to make a phone with a quicksand style back!

    Fit and finish are perfect. All of the cutouts line up correctly, everything is centered and it is snugly fit. There is a good amount of lip on the front to place it face down if you like and there is more corner coverage than either of the previous 2 styles. The coverage on the top corners is equivalent to the Ringke Slim, while the bottom is slightly less but still comparable.

    Honestly, this is the best $0.99 I’ve ever spent, and it’s replacing my Ringke Slim as my primary case. I’ve ordered all of the remaining colors for random days when I’m in the mood for a ridiculous bright green or sky blue. Gray will be nice too.

    Overall, this is the minimalist case deal of deals for me. $0.99 gets a fantastically built case, perfectly lined camera and button cutouts, screen protector (don’t know quality), and touchscreen nub.

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    The only down side to any of the cases I’ve listed, is of course the delivery time. A buck doesn’t get you next day air, it’s in the ballpark of 3 – 4 weeks. If that’s no problem, and you’re a fan of minimalism, consider skipping the big names, and join the $0.99 club!

    Few more black quicksand case pics from today. Just because I still can't get over how this can only be $0.99!
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    Here are the rest of the colors for the Quicksand cases:




    Feb 21, 2014 "B-Type" Quicksand Cases:

    Mini Review:

    NOTE: For these ones, just do an ebay search for “Nexus 5 Quicksand” and you will see them.

    This is the seller I used. I suggest doing your own ebay search to see if there are sellers offering the cases with a lower price. At this current moment, the seller I used is at $2.05 and I saw some for around $1.98.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Thin-Quicksand-Frosted-Hard-Case-Cover-Skin-For-Google-Nexus-LG-5-/171189921854?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cases&var=&hash=item27dbb6e83e

    Okay, here are the “B-Type” Quicksand cases. These ones differ from the ones I reviewed in the OP in a couple of ways. The camera cutout is slightly different. It has an upside down tear drop versus a light bulb style cutout. All of the remaining cutouts, power, volume rocker, headphone jack, and USB port are all accurate and centred. The camera and flash also line up nicely in the middle of the tear drop.

    The more noticeable difference you will see between these ones and the original Quicksand cases (other than the camera cutout) are the Quicksand finish itself, and finer “neatness” details. This case is a little bit more “rough around the edges,” not in a sense of actually being “rough” to the touch, but more along the lines of not being completely neat and tidy. For example there are a couple spots on the bottom and top where there are a couple of extra bits from the moulding process remaining. They aren’t sharp or really all that noticeable unless you are actively looking/focusing on finding them, but they are there.

    The other is the finish. This Quicksand finish is ever so slightly different. The finish is a little less “quicksandy” (yeah yeah not a real word) and a little more “plasticy”/rubbery with texture. It still has a quicksand finish, and you can tell it’s there, but it is not as prominent. It still feels nice in the hand, grips well, and won’t slide around. It’s seems like a quicksand “lite” I guess. One thing I did notice was that this finish seems incredibly durable, like it is meant to take a beating. To me it seems as if they took a quicksand case, and gave it one more protective coating dip or something. It lost a bit of the quicksand, but gained a bit of toughness. Not an entirely bad tradeoff. I have no problems with the durability of the normal Quicksand cases, but it can’t hurt to have a little extra shielding.

    So, ultimately it’s not quite as clean and “finished” as the original Quicksand cases, but it’s still pretty good in my book. Also, since the original Quicksand cases are no longer $0.99, going up to $2.99+ now, these ones are still an okay buy at around $2.00 shipped. Also, you get more colour choices, so that’s a bonus. If you can find the original Quicksand cases in the colour of your choosing, I still recommend them first. But if you can’t find the colour you want, these ones aren’t a bad backup and are still pretty good cases. You’ll never beat the original $0.99 Quicksand cases, but I still like these too. And as you’ll see, the red is a nice deep red too!

    Red “B-Type” Quicksand Case:

    I really like the shade of red this case came in. I've been wanting a red case for a while, but the original Quicksands didn't come in it. Only that watermelon pink-orange colour... This shade is quite nice. It isn't overly bright (like an orange-red) or very dark (like a blood red), but a nice deep saturated red. They did well with this shade.

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    White "B-Type" Quicksand Case:

    The white is white. By that I mean not "off white" or "eggshell" but white. It gives a good Stormtrooper look. I think with the slightly different coating this has, that I don't believe it will stain as easily. The lighter colours of the original Quicksand cases (like my lime green case) tended to pick up stains a little bit easily, but this slightly different coating seems like it will hold up a bit better against that (we'll see of course). So stick with the darker colours for the original Quicksand cases, but if you want to venture into lighter colours, these ones might be the better option.

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    Watermelon Pink-Orange Original Quicksand vs. Red "B-Type" Quicksand:

    Here's a comparison between the original and B-Type Quicksand cases. You can see the different camera cutout as well as clear difference in colour. Whoever marketed that watermelon pink-orange case as "Red" should be smacked in the back of the head. Whoever said it would be good to call that case "Orange" as well, should also be smacked in the back of the head. It's clearly a Watermelon Pink-Orange....

    But you can see what a real red actually looks like. The pictures don't show the finer details, but there are a couple imperfections on the top and bottom of the red case (and white) that I was mentioning earlier. You might be able to see them in the pictures of the white case + phone.

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    Wrap Up:

    So I'm not disappointed with these cases. Sure, they're not as good as the original cases, but they're not far off. They also do gain a bit more of a durable finish, even if it does lose some of the Quicksand goodness. If the original Quicksand cases are the base line of 100%, I'd put these ones at 80% - 90%. Still pretty good, not perfect, but you won't be disappointed if you buy it. Also, with the additional colour choices, and lower price (now that the originals are no longer $0.99) I'd say they're still a good buy.
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    could you get back to us and show us some pictures of the rest of the colours excluding black one cos i've already got that one and been thinking about getting the other colours but aint been 100% onit

    Hmm, I'd actually like you to compare the new shipment with the old when you get them. My cases seem to have less corner protection and the cutouts are slightly different.

    Okay, so I got the rest of the cases in and here's an update. Yes there are slight variations in the cutouts on the cases, as well as the corners. The difference in the corners isn't that much, but there is a difference. The main variation is really in how the corners arch vertically.

    If you have smaller cutouts around the usb port/headphone jack, you will have slightly larger cutouts around the power/volume buttons. The corners will arch vertically at a more abrupt angle.

    If you have the wider cutouts around the usb port/headphone jack, you will have slightly smaller cutouts around the power/volume buttons. The corners will arch vertically at a more gradual, rounded angle. You will also have a tiny bit more corner coverage.

    Here are some pictures of all of the cases together. You can see the difference in cutouts and corners. The fit and feel are exactly the same. They both still feel fantastic in the hand and both have that nice texture.

    Cases Colours and Design Differences:
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    Now I labeled that first picture with numbers 1 - 6 because the style of case you receive is totally random. I got case #4 and #6 when I first ordered the quicksand cases. I received #1,2,3,5 the second shipment. So even within the same shipment, I got cases that had the different styles between them. I like all of them and I don't really have any problem with that, but just so you know, it's pretty much a toss up between what style you receive.

    Anyway, here are more pictures of the remaining colors on the phone. I did black and orange already in the OP, so here are the rest of them.

    Gray:
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    Gray is not bad. It's got an "I belong in an office look" to it. I don't mind it, but I prefer the black over it. The black just gives off a bit more of premium feel. The gray gives off an "I'm busy, I got **** to do!" attitude haha.

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    I like this shade of blue, it's calming. A nice summery feel to go along with the crap winter weather. Like I mentioned with the green below, I think this colour case may start to show stains easily. It hasn't yet, but I have a feeling it might just because of the brightness of the colour.

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    I really like the green, the color really smacks you in the face! Haha. It's bright. What I did notice though, was that it started to pick up stains rather quickly. Within a couple of days it's got a bit of orange/red on the bottom corners. Not sure how, because it's only been in my jeans pockets (which are various shades of blue/black), but it's something to keep in mind if you are thinking about the brighter colours.

    I think the green and the blue will probably show stains easily just due to how bright they are. So if that's a concern for you, you may want to stick with the other colours.

    *EDIT:* I was able to just wash the green case with a bit of liquid hand soap and the staining came off after working it in for a while. So it did clean up. I'm not sure how long that will be effective though, but for now, it seems to be working fine.
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    Nice! I take it you have a white Nexus 5?

    Mind posting a pic of it? I'd like to see how the semi transparent cases look on the white version.

    FINALLY got time to take some photos (on my work iPhones 4S) - this is the clear/white hard shell

    Link for anyone interested: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281217108571

    Included SPs would've done the job if I fitted them properly and didn't get fluff under them (bodged both) so for 99p it's quite the bargain!
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    dam this thread! just orderd 3!! red/black/green. hahaha... all the reviews over the last 6 pages sold the case to me.

    Chris - I live in UAE & none of the ebay links post here so I order through aliexpress. It's a bit more expensive than the $1.99 pricing but they do indeed ship to Germany. I've orderd from this site before & it is legit.

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Quicksand-Nexus-5-Hard-Case-Cover-Shield-For-LG-Google-Nexus-5-Screen-Protector/1470534056.html

    G'luck.

    Just remember, like I showed in the OP, the red isn't really red. It is more of a watermelon pink/orange. I bought it when they said it was "Orange" you bought it when they said it was "Red." Clearly that's the color that they just got wrong hahah.

    I got my quicksand cases today. They look nice, feel very nice, and generally have pretty accurate (but not 100%) cutouts. The case is hard, and not very bendable.

    Unfortunately this means it WILL scratch your phone. I tried on the orange one, took it off, put on the blue one, and then took it off. The phone looked unscathed from far but under scrutiny I could see a small scratch on the edge that revealed in shiny plastic beneath the Nexus 5 soft touch material. It is a very minor scratch, barely visible to the eye, but if you plan on taking the cases on and off it will most definitely scar your phone.

    That, or there is a way of putting them on such that they don't scratch?

    I've been swapping hardcases so often (daily, or even multiple times a day) and I have yet to have a single mark on my phone.

    The trick is to go one corner at a time and use the camera hole as the anchor for the flexing point, and the power button lip to pull outward. The quicksands especially are quite flexible, so you can bend them outward easily (much much easier than my Ringke Slim). In both install and uninstall go volume side first, then one corner at a time and flex the case out and over the corners. Opposite when taking it off.

    Here is a quick video I made, it's a bit blurry, but it shows exactly how I do it and it's never produced a single scratch. You can see they are very flexible, so I don't get how you say it is not very bendable.

    http://youtu.be/tlZHPmzADnA

    Here's another video I made using a card, if you're still having a lot of trouble with the above method, give this one a try.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bom9BWtUKS4

    Here are a couple of photos I took just now of the corners. Not a single scratch.

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    damn them not delivering to the UK, its a conspiracy i tell you!

    There are other sellers that sell the same stuff, you don't have to use the one I did.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-QuickSand-Matte-Hard-Skin-Cover-Case-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-Green-Film-/271331661823?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item3f2ca097ff
    This seller has the blue and black quicksand and is located in the UK.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hard-PC-Snap-On-Plastic-Back-Case-Cover-Shell-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-/231088070573?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item35cdec1fad
    This one has all of the candy colors and ships to the UK.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-Shield-Case-Semi-Clear-Ultra-Slim-Skin-Cover-for-LG-Google-Nexus-5-D820-/281217108571?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&var=&hash=item4179d88a5b
    These are the semi-transparent cases, ships to the UK.

    If you do a http://www.ebay.co.uk search and just look up "Nexus 5 hard case" you should find the same cases that ship to you. They're all coming from the same factories anyway, I'm sure they wouldn't exclude the UK. It's probably just because the links I posted were for the Canadian site.