When it comes to Android smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S line is about as ubiquitous as it gets. With the launch of the Galaxy S5 earlier this year, the market has become swamped with accessories and add-ons. It’s enough to make your head spin. We’ve waded through the mire to track down the best Galaxy S5 accessories out there — the ones that will help you get the most out of your smartphone. Let’s jump in.
Best Galaxy S5 smartwatch
Samsung Gear Live
Samsung’s Gear family of smartwatches were designed as companion devices for the popular Galaxy line of Android smartphones, so they are a no-brainer for our list of best accessories for the GS5. We’re particularly fond of the Gear Live, which runs on Google’s recently released Android Wear platform. A highlight of the device is its deft handling of voice commands. Also worth consideration are the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch and upcoming Moto 360. [Samsung Gear Live ($199.00), LG G Watch ($229.00) Motorola Moto 360 (coming soon)]
- Samsung Gear Fit ($199.99)
- Samsung Gear 2 Neo ($199.99)
- Samsung Gear 2 ($299.00)
Best Galaxy S5 expandable memory
64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card with SD adapter
You can’t got wrong with a bit of extra storage. We’re recommending a 64GB microSD card for its combination of storage space and pricing, but the Galaxy S5 can support cards with up to 128GB of storage. Use the extra space to store music and other media, apps and games, or whatever else you can think of. The bonus? Because the card is removable and includes a standard SD adapter your data is even more portable. [SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter ($39.99)]
- 32GB Samsung EVO MicroSDHC Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter ($19.99)
- 128GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS Memory Card ($115)
Best Galaxy S5 replacement battery
Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System
The Samsung Galaxy S5 already boasts some impressive battery life, but it never hurts to have a little bit of extra juice. A replaceable power cell makes an extra battery pack a must-have accessory for those times when getting a charge just isn’t convenient. You can snag the spare 2800mAh battery alone for $29.99. [Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System ($49.99)]
- Mugen Power 2950mAh Slim Extended Battery for Samsung Galaxy S5 ($44.50)
- ZeroLemon Galaxy S5 8500mAh extended battery with rugged case ($59.99)
- Mugen Power 5900mAh Extended Life Battery for Samsung Galaxy S5 with Black Door ($89.50)
Best Galaxy S5 charging system
Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Cover and Charging Pad
You can buy an extended battery to delay the need for connecting your Galaxy S5 to a charger, but you can’t avoid the issue forever. When it does come time to re-up on power, what’s more convenient than wireless charging? With Samsung’s wireless charging accessories you get everything you need to make powering up as simple as placing your phone on the provided charging matt. [Wireless Charging Cover ($29.99), Wireless Charging Pad mini ($49.99)]
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover ($69.99)
- Samsung Wireless Charging Pad ($59.99)
- Tylt Band Car Charger ($39.99)
- Energi Sliding Power Case for Galaxy S5 ($79.99)
Best Galaxy S5 case
Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover case
The S-View Flip Cover is the rare combination of protective case with added functionality, namely the S-View window that highlights a small portion of the Galaxy S5’s display to give users quick access to the date and time, notifications, as well as the ability to accept or reject incoming calls. Also available in a wireless charging-compatible version. [Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover ($49.99)]
- Belkin Air Protect Grip Bumper Case for Galaxy S5 ($29.99)
- Incipio Stowaway Credit Card Case with Integrated Stand ($34.99)
- OtterBox Defender Series Case for Galaxy S5 ($49.95)
Best Galaxy S5 Bluetooth wireless speaker
Braven BRV-X Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
When it comes to pumping up the jams, the Braven BRV-X is one of the best on the market. Pair it with your Galaxy S5 and you have a portable party in your pocket. The BRV-X has great sound performance both indoors and out and features a ruggedized construction that is resistant to water, dust and dirt, and shock. Check out our full review for the lowdown. [Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker ($189.00)]
- Jabra Soulmate ($99.00)
- Jawbone Jambox ($149.99)
- Samsung Level Box ($169.99)
Best Galaxy S5 headphones
Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel over-ear headphones
If you’re looking for a killer set of headphones you might consider the over-ear AX5iS from Audio Technica. From their SonicFuel line, you’ll get great sound reproduction from these headphones designed specifically for smartphones. Bonus features include playback controls as well as an in-line mic for taking calls [Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel headphones ($89.95)]
- Klipsch Image S4A in-ear headphones ($45)
- Audio Technica ATH-CKX9iS SonicFuel In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control ($99.95)
- Samsung Level-Over Bluetooth headphones ($349.99)
Best Galaxy S5 vehicle dock
Universal Car Mount for Galaxy Devices
Samsung’s universal car mount for Galaxy devices makes it easy to go hands-free while driving or to use your GS5 as a powerful navigation device. The dock can be positioned both horizontally and vertically and will fit all Android devices with screen sizes ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches. [Galaxy Universal Vehicle Navigation Mount ($49.99)]
- Koomus Air Vent universal mount ($18.99)
- Osomont 360 Grip Mount ($21.49)
Want to get even more out of your Galaxy S5? Become the master of your own Galaxy with our extensive list of tips and tricks. If that’s still not enough, join the countless others debating and dissecting the GS5 over at Android Forums now.
Those headphone choices are terrible. Of all the Audio-Technica headphones, why does it have to be the AX5iS? For $90, that’s decidedly below average performance for its category. If you want an inline mic on an over-ear headphone, look at the House of Marley Exodus, or the Creative Aurvana Live 2! instead. For pure sound quality, a Monoprice 8323 will run circles around the AX5iS for only $23, under 1/3 of the price.
Who cares, the G3 is a beast. Lets change this article to cover the G3 accessories lol
maybe they would, if the G3 had any.
Samsung is the #1 selling Android oem. So a lot of people do care…
Does anyone know of a protection case / cover / etc that can be used when you replace the S5 back cover with the Wireless Charging cover option?
I gotta disagree on the sview case. Its mor trouble than its worth, limited view window apps and if you want to use it for music you have to use Samsung’s music app. There are just so many disadvantes to that type of case at least for me they become useless
Yup, I’m with ya on that case. A bit too expensive as well.
But Samsung gives you a 50% discount when you sign in ..
Into what? I’m talking about the price you pay when you walk into Best Buy. I’m not a fan of mail-in rebates.
Directly from Samsung. You turn on your Samsung Account and they’ve immediately sent a 50% discount on all Samsung accessories. As soon as I activated my S3 and S5 I got the discounts. On the S3 as a new phone and when I got a replacement phone.
Well hell’s bells I didn’t look into that when I got my Note 3. Even still, aside from a discount it’s priced too high for what it offers as a case.
Only thing being it has to be a Samsung product even if they offer non Samsung products on there. I’ll admit that is the only way I’m buying these items. I’ve read the dislike from a fee people for the case.. I don’t mind it too much ..although you can always find some of the exact items a bit cheaper on eBay and such.
For most of my mobile accessories I usually just shop shopandroid.com anyway. Best Buy when I’m inpatient and need to have something the same day.
Text says best Galaxy S5 smartwatch is Gear Live. Picture shows Gear Fit.
Wireless charging cover cost $29.99 whereas wireless charging pad costs $49.99 that means total of $80 but I recently purchased a wireless charger with receiver from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DDTZN4S
for my Galaxy S5 in just $39 that is more than half the price and its working fine from last 3 months.
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