Samsung's official case has previously been available for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the S4 and now you can get a quick glance at information on your S5. It's essentially a flip-style cover with a design very similar to Samsung's official Flip Wallet case with an added window at the front that let's you view notifications, answer or reject calls, see pedometer progress and even take pictures with the camera.
To house the S5 you'll need to take off the removable back to clip into a sensor chip to activate the S View Window interface. On the front lid there's also a series of magnets like those found in the iPad Smart Cover to awaken the phone when opened.
At first glance the S View cover looks like it's made of leather, but on closer inspection you'll quickly realise that what looks like real leather is actually synthetic. For the price, we were certainly hoping for something a little more luxurious.
It's a slim fitting case at least and doesn't add any significant weight to the S5. We would have liked to have seen a pull tab to better secure the case and when you take pictures, there's a black line across the top of the screen where the cut out sits too flush against the sensor, though you can take 'square' photos using the window at the front -- a neat addition.
Like the Dot View case for the HTC One M8, the S View case is a really interesting idea and is actually more useful than the HTC's offering. It could really benefit from more interesting third-party app support to make it worth spending close to £50 on. As an official case, it's good but by no means perfect.
(Case provided by MobileFun.co.uk)