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  1. Oscar Maradiaga's Avatar
    I HATE CASES WITH A PASSION.
    But do to recent events having my note 5 fall and crack the glass back I'm not taking that chance again. So i want a case that doesn't raise from the front i recently bought this spigen and I dont like how it feels when I type. It leaves an indent on my pinky and starts to cut into my skin. I need a case that doesnt raise the front with the bulk. I want something that doesnt feel like a case is being used. Any suggestions would be great with pictures.Best minimal case for Note 5-71ykew7rr2l._sx522_.jpgBest minimal case for Note 5-61yqq3bhcxl._sl1000_.jpg
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    11-19-2015 09:46 AM
  2. JessePinkman's Avatar
    I just received my Caseology Vault series case on Saturday and am loving it so far. I can't post link/pictures at work but it's easily found for ~$15 on Amazon. It pretty much fits the bill for exactly what you're looking for.
    11-19-2015 09:51 AM
  3. Dhanikz's Avatar
    Spigen liquid crystal. Barely there. Love it!
    11-19-2015 09:51 AM
  4. Tommy Bayshore's Avatar
    I'm with you, i hate them too, this case is super thin, you cant even tell its on, the sides are dark metallic, fits like a glove, access to all ports perfect, i've tried about 15 cases and this one is the best of them all, again, its super thin but gives great protection...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...cUvbUpU4842925
    11-19-2015 09:58 AM
  5. linkiik121's Avatar
    Spigen liquid crystal. Barely there. Love it!
    This

    Posted via Note 5 64GB AT&T
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    11-19-2015 10:04 AM
  6. Tommy Bayshore's Avatar
    Not a fan of the spigen case, it's all gel and will turn yellow after a while, the one i listed is a TPU but has the metal sides and just looks and feels much better and won't turn yellow, i actually had the case spigen case and dumped it for the versus case i posted a link to...
    11-19-2015 10:09 AM
  7. Android Curious's Avatar
    Do the cases you guys are suggesting provide drop protection?
    11-19-2015 10:16 AM
  8. Harlemknight's Avatar
    Tech21

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    11-19-2015 10:21 AM
  9. dpham00's Avatar
    Do the cases you guys are suggesting provide drop protection?
    Ballistic, tech21,otterbox, Pelican all offer drop protection. Spigen has some, depends on the case
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    11-19-2015 10:25 AM
  10. linkiik121's Avatar
    Not a fan of the spigen case, it's all gel and will turn yellow after a while, the one i listed is a TPU but has the metal sides and just looks and feels much better and won't turn yellow, i actually had the case spigen case and dumped it for the versus case i posted a link to...
    The spigen is TPU. No yellowing here. It's also cheaper.

    Posted via Note 5 64GB AT&T
    11-19-2015 10:46 AM
  11. MikeekiM's Avatar
    By far, the Ringke SLIM case is my go-to minimalist case... Absolutely no drop protection, but will protect the device from scratches and fingerprints... Also has a very small raised screen lip to protect against face-plant drops (which pretty much becomes no screenlip and no protection if you are rocking a tempered glass screen protector). I also like it because it has absolutely no screen bezel, so you have the benefit of using a "naked" screen with at least some protection from scratches and fingerprints...

    I would say that I use the Ringke SLIM case about 50% of the time... The other 50% of the time, I split between 2 Verus cases that add more bulk (but not much) and provide better drop protection and screen "face-plant" protection...

    It's crazy how thin this case is...

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    11-19-2015 10:50 AM
  12. CMSevilla's Avatar
    Diztronic: Dirt cheap, super slim, all matte black, provides decent protection against small drops.

    Amazon.com: Galaxy Note 5 Case, Diztronic Full Matte Flexible TPU Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Black (NT5-FM-BLK): Cell Phones & Accessories
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    11-19-2015 11:00 AM
  13. Android Curious's Avatar
    Absolutely no drop protection, but will protect the device from scratches and fingerprints...
    I'm confused... if the OP wants a case because he dropped his phone and cracked the glass, how would a case with no drop protection help him?
    11-19-2015 11:07 AM
  14. CMSevilla's Avatar
    It doesn't sound like he used a case at all, so theoretically, a case is better than no case. I've dropped mine on a slim TPU case and it was fine, but after I dropped it again I realized I was obviously being careless so I got a Commuter.
    11-19-2015 11:23 AM
  15. MikeekiM's Avatar
    By far, the Ringke SLIM case is my go-to minimalist case... Absolutely no drop protection, but will protect the device from scratches and fingerprints... Also has a very small raised screen lip to protect against face-plant drops (which pretty much becomes no screenlip and no protection if you are rocking a tempered glass screen protector). I also like it because it has absolutely no screen bezel, so you have the benefit of using a "naked" screen with at least some protection from scratches and fingerprints...

    I would say that I use the Ringke SLIM case about 50% of the time... The other 50% of the time, I split between 2 Verus cases that add more bulk (but not much) and provide better drop protection and screen "face-plant" protection...

    It's crazy how thin this case is...

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    Ah...sorry... Re-read the OP post... This case would not work for you since you are buying a case to avoid your previous experience with dropping the phone...

    Good luck... Drop protection and "minimalist" design have an inverse relationship...

    My "go-to" cases that I think are a good trade-off between size and drop protection are the Verus High Pro Shield and the Verus Verge cases... I also like the Vault series from Caseology...

    I like the buttons on the Verus cases better than the hard rubber injection molded buttons of the Caseology Vault... The buttons on the Vault are harder to press, while the Verus buttons are like real buttons (and depress very easily...maybe too easily for some)...

    Images of all cases mentioned below...

    Verus High Pro Shield in Electric Blue
    Best minimal case for Note 5-71rd7rmva2l._sl1500_.jpg

    Verus Verge in Military Green
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    Caseology Vault
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    11-19-2015 11:28 AM
  16. OldCookie's Avatar
    Listen to me. I've tried all the cases listed here. If you're looking for a thin case that isnt made for drop protection, but scratch protection, Spigen thin fit, exact fit case is the best out there, in terms of thin factor, look, and protection.

    Just like you, I hate cases and never drop my phone. I only wanted something to protect the back but did not like vinyl wrap type protection like d brand skins. So thinnest possible cases was what I wanted.

    I'm using the Spigen thin fit case.
    Thinnest, looks the best in design, scratch protection on back. And it's just thin, it's awesome. The power and volume buttons areexposed. Which leaves the metallic bumper exposed and it looks quite nice.

    Only bad thing about this case is it leaves oil stains or finger prints due to the material of the case. It's not that bad, but it is slightly noticeable, but also easily wiped down.

    The next best thin case I recommend is the diztronic case.

    What's different about this one is that it wraps around the whole phone and does not leave oil stains because of material. Bad side to this imo, it doesn't look as good and it isn't as thin. Like the spigen thin case, it does not offer drop protection, if any, to the lowest degree.

    I recommend those two cases with the main deciding factors; thin factor, design/look and, material/stains.

    If you are looking into thick cases, I recommend the Caseology vault series. Feels very nice and premium. I would have picked this one if it wasn't so thick.

    Disregard the reviews on some thin/thick cases. Some people don't understand that there are different type of cases out there. Drop protection cases which will be thick. And thin cases, which essentially is just to protect the phone from scratches or nakedness. And then there's the ones in the middle which I call are identity crisis cases.

    Avoid clear, invisible, silicone or whatever those cases are called. Those will probably yellow over time, reveal dust, and are just tacky looking imo.

    Hope it helps
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    11-19-2015 12:55 PM
  17. Oscar Maradiaga's Avatar
    It doesn't sound like he used a case at all, so theoretically, a case is better than no case. I've dropped mine on a slim TPU case and it was fine, but after I dropped it again I realized I was obviously being careless so I got a Commuter.
    Your correct i never used a case but after having droppes it on concrete by accident and watching the aftermath. I have to go with a case. But i hate the lip raised over the phone its annoying and just completely hides the phone period. The case im looking for i just want it to be thing and no lip st this point I'm about to go caseless again and just have told make sure i dont let this phone slip out of my pocket again.
    11-19-2015 01:02 PM
  18. Oscar Maradiaga's Avatar
    It doesn't sound like he used a case at all, so theoretically, a case is better than no case. I've dropped mine on a slim TPU case and it was fine, but after I dropped it again I realized I was obviously being careless so I got a Commuter.
    Your correct i never used a case but after having droppes it on concrete by accident and watching the aftermath. I have to go with a case. But i hate the lip raised over the phone its annoying and just completely hides the phone period. The case im looking for i just want it to be thing and no lip st this point I'm about to go caseless again and just have told make sure i dont let this phone slip out of my pocket again.
    11-19-2015 01:03 PM
  19. Android Curious's Avatar
    There has to be a happy medium, right? Not too thin, so it provides some drop protection. But not too thick that it's too bulky. Doesn't this case exist for the Note 5 ??
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    11-19-2015 01:11 PM
  20. macdarwin's Avatar
    I love tge Ringke Fusion smoke. It looks good with the phone and its got a charger and headphone port cover.

    Oh and its not slippery to hold too.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-19-2015 01:17 PM
  21. MikeekiM's Avatar
    There has to be a happy medium, right? Not too thin, so it provides some drop protection. But not too thick that it's too bulky. Doesn't this case exist for the Note 5 ??
    For me, the answer yes... I've been pretty consistent about my opinion in this thread, as well as in the sticky "case" thread...

    But it is just that...my opinion... YMMV...

    • Caseology Vault
    • Verus Verge
    • Verus High Pro Shield
    11-19-2015 01:17 PM
  22. RC51 RIDER's Avatar
    Mine is a UAG case with minimal bulk and with excellent protection if you ever drop your phone

    Posted via the Android Central App RC51 RIDER W/ NOTE 5
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    11-19-2015 01:22 PM
  23. Android Curious's Avatar
    • Caseology Vault
    • Verus Verge
    • Verus High Pro Shield
    That High Pro Shield case looks good.
    11-19-2015 01:38 PM
  24. bstarr3's Avatar
    I started with an artech21 case that I bought at Verizon store. Found it too thick and kind of sticky getting in and out of pocket. My wife had a poetic affinity on her iphone 6s which I really liked, so I got one for myself and I really like it. A bit of protection, clear to show of the black sapphire back, and nice grip on the edges without being too big.
    11-19-2015 01:49 PM
  25. Oscar Maradiaga's Avatar
    I found this on amazon but i would love it without the front ocverhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B014H65BH4/ref=mp_s_a_1_15?qid=1447970868&sr=8-15&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=galaxy+note+5+tpu&dpPl=1&dpID=41NjPuJYYnL&ref=plSrch
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    11-19-2015 04:14 PM
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