The Samsung Galaxy S5 is upon us, and we're starting to take our first look at some third-party cases. Up first are the Speck CandyShell and CandyShell Grip cases. They're similar in form, function and design, with the Grip case adding, well, grip. Both cases sport a glossy finish to them. That in and of itself tends to be just a wee bit slick, but the matte edging — and the grip on the grip case, which is made of the same material — helps you keep a hold on the edges.
It's simple enough to get the Galaxy S5 into the case — just slip it in there, making sure you've got all the edges properly seated. You don't have to remove the phone's battery door or anything, which is nice.
The cases protect the back and dies of the phone, and they keep the display a millimeter or so off the table if you leave it laying face-down. You've still got buttons for volume and power, and they all work just fine. There are cutouts for the camera, speaker, headphone jack, infrared port and and microphones. You also can get to the micro USB 3 port at the bottom of the phone, though you have to dig at it a little more when the case is on.
By only real complaints with these cases are that the glossy areas can scratch a little bit — and how noticeable that is depends on the color you have — and they tend to collect dust and lint. I'd consider those pretty small complaints, though, and all in all this is a simple, solid case.