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Case Review: Ringke Slim for the Galaxy Nexus

I may have just stumbled onto the case of my dreams. Say hello to the Ringke SLIM in white for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. As someone who tends to go nekkid on the case front, this is exactly what I have been looking for. It covers the back to give me a new color without adding much bulk and leaves all of the physical buttons on the side fully exposed. Most importantly though, it doesn’t overlap on top of that big beautiful 4.65″ screen like so many others. It also has replacement rubber stoppers for the USB and headphone ports to give your bottom half a flush white look and to keep dust out, a leather inside so that it won’t scratch, and has a some sort of coating to make the back non-slippery. 

The extended battery won’t work with this case. Will fit the GSM version.

The case is not the cheapest on the market at $25.99, but you do get a set of replacement rubber stoppers, screen cleaner, and a screen protector in the package if you are into that sort of thing. Gallery below.


  • BEAZman

    Has the white case discolored at all (on the backside, which looks to be rubber). I had one, different brand (white incipio), and it seems to absord color around the edges as it makes contact with my clothing. 

    I really like white cases. Not to look clean like Mac products, but to be different and add contrast against my other black electronics.

    Let me know, because this case looks like a winner.

  • Hank Hill

    I don’t know why people are bashing this because its protective qualities aren’t that great.  Have you people ever thought that some people buy accessories to change the way their phone looks?  I don’t give two craps if this doesn’t really protect my phone well because i haven’t had a case on it the entire time.  I’m buying this because it’s sexy, and i know it.

  • Anyone who has this, please post whether or not it works with Ext battery and no having the battery door on. Alot of people say this works with alot of hard cases and the Ext battery. Most cases fit snuggly enough that it doesn’t matter and the battery wont jar loose or anything. I would love one of these, but I just need that extra couple hours of battery life. 

    • Denverduck14

      I have my extended battery door on and it still fits.  It may not be perfect, but it stays on and works well.  I would buy it

  • if it would fit with the extended battery I would have been all over it already 

  • thanks for sharing! I have the silicrylic but it just makes the phone too darn bulky. 

  • David

    Would this work with the extended battery but without the extended battery cover?

  • g_what

    I don’t think this should even be considered a case based on how minimally it covers the phone. I’d call it a cosmetic accessory, at best.

  • Anonymous

    The color is definitely NOT manly enough for me…LOL. But no love for the extended battery?!? No bueno!!!

    The bare GNex is way too slim for my hands. I dropped my first GNex right after I tricked it all out. CRACK! So I went with the Otterbox case with my replacement GNex. The Otterbox case (the full protection version) also accommodates my extended battery – WINNING!

    With a phone as expensive as the GNex, you need full protection. I am a rough and tumble cat…LOL. Additionally, the phone is now perfectly sized for my hands, its not too bulky for pocket carry (if I so desire), and it can take a tumble without issue.

  • None

    Fail have the ext battery on my phone.. I guess I’ll look else where.. 

  • I don’t really like how the side is pretty much exposed.. I think the cruzer lite cases look much better.

  • iamCC

    Saw this exact case review on another site… do you write for multiple sites or just this one?

  • Anonymous

    No fit ext battery = NO SALE!
    Come on!

  • Anonymous

    no love for extended battery?

  • Andrew Scott

    I’m normally not a case guy but I unfortunately dropped mine less than 24 hours after I bought my phone. Luckily I just have a very minor ding on the bottom corner. So, I bought an incipio case the next day. I don’t really like the case since it’s terribly bulky now but at least I know that my phone is protected. I’d love have. A much slimmer case. I wonder if they cut out the sides to allow for it to sit in the dock.

  • Lizz.0

    i dont understand why we can’t get a case made for the extended battery!!

  • Dbarden31

    Pretty cool case but i think i’ll stick with my Otterbox Defender Series. Yeah its bulkier but I can be a little clumsy at times. Haha

  • Anonymous

    I prefer my OtterBox.

    Even with extended battery, it still securely fits.  And it’s still smaller than my T-Bolt was W/O a case.

    • Dbarden31

      I was curious if my defender series wiuld fit with an extended battery. Is that the case you have?

  • Jim McClain

    I  bought the cruzerlite case after seeing it on here,  have the extended battery and cover and it fits like a glove

  • Ryan S

    Whem they make this fit the vzw gn then i will buy one. It is designed for the gsm version. Look at the pictures on their site where on the gsm version it covers the edges of the top and bottom bezel. They say they are thinking about redesigning one for vzw version, but im not holding my breath.

    • The website says compatible with both GSM/LTE versions

      • Ryan S

        Yes but it does not fit the vzw correctly. There are posts on xda and android central forums showing this. It doesnt protect the sceen when laying screen side down as it does on the gsm.

  • Zebra

    Where’s the other half of the case?

  • Are there any decent cases besides Otterbox that fits with the extended battery?

    • eze4

      What is wrong with people? The regular back fits over the extended battery without no.struggling.

      • Benjamin Landwehr

        Point being?  It still has a bit of a lump even with the normal battery cover. 

    • Anonymous

      i use the incipio silicyrlic case in gray from amazon. Works w/ both battery covers. The verizon cases fit too.

    • Anonymous

      Diztronic TPU case, it’s $10 on Amazon, can’t beat it.  I usually get the Barely There or Incipio Feather for all my phones, but this one does a good job.

  • Anonymous

    if you take off the battery cover it will fit with the extended battery.

  • personally don’t like Ringke… i bought their film for the GN. it was trash. sigh.

  • Garrett

    Anyone else have issues with hard plastic cases scratching the bezel of your phone?

  • Azhuskered

    Diztronic TPU case works great for me. Less bulky than the Verizon silicone case

  • Chrisriner84

    Damn a lot of people aren’t digging this case… I think it looks sick. Its like buying a white nexus without having to buy a white nexus. $25 bucks was a little steep, but I went ahead and got one since my cruzerlite won’t be here til Feb 24th (I really should have checked to make sure they were in stock). Plus, I think this thing looks beautiful. Definitely gonna have to watch the face down drops tho.

    • Jim McClain

      I got my cruzerlite in 3 days, love it ,fits great and it not like a gel case that sticks to your pocket 

  • even my 3 dollar case from ebay can cover the volume and power buttons and works on the extended. 

  • Anonymous

    My otterbox is better, and fits the extended batt.

  • Ajtammaro

    I know this is a mostly android website, but does anyone know what camera he uses for these macro pictures?

  • Kuboo99

    Meh, to me it looks ugly. I like my rubberized android case thing that was mentioned a few days back. Looks and feels awesome.

  • eleazar

    If it could fit the extended battery, I’d be all over it.

    • eze4

      The regular back fits over the extended battery

  • Jennifer Grlicky

    No dice, my Seidio case is WAY nicer.  I dropped my nexus onto pavement from about 4 ft. in the seidio surface and it survived just fine without a scratch (it landed face down as well).  Get the Seidio Surface, you won’t be sorry AND it doesn’t look like HALF A CASE like this garbage. I’m starting to wonder if they get paid to promote these products on this site……

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      I had a surface on my Inc.  It began to scratch the edges after a while.  other than that it was a pretty protective case.  i dropped it a few times on concrete on its edges, only minor dings on the phone itself, better than a broken screen.

    • Granted

      I congratulate on seeing that yes they do whore this pathetic stuff because they get paid. Smart girl.

    • Granted

      I congratulate on seeing that yes they do whore this pathetic stuff because they get paid. Smart girl.

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  • Anonymous

    I was all excited about this case until you mentioned how it wouldn’t work with the extended battery 🙁

  • Mustang5Oh

    Ummm yes please! Def. buying this case! I love how it doesn’t cover the sides of the phone. Makes playing certain games a pain. Thanks for the link/review!

  • duke69111

    “it doesn’t overlap on top of that big beautiful 4.65″ screen like so many others”  I actually like that slight overlap on the phone.  I am using the high gloss silicon cover from Verizon and love it.  The viewable portion of the screen is not covered by the overlap and it gives that non slip feeling.  Not dissing, just saying. 

    • Kevin

      Im glad someone else likes the verizon high gloss case. I never thought that i woukd like a case from the verizon store, but this one is perfect in my opinion.

      • duke69111

        I was a bit hesitant, but the sale agent let me feel the case with it on my phone and sold me on it.  The phone is a bit slick with out a case.  At lease thats my opinion as I had trouble keeping it from slipping. 

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      The lip from the case from Verizon curls the edges of my Zagg invisible shield. So I can’t use that case anymore. I have to get a case that does not have an overlap.

      So this case might be a good option but I tend to prefer the rubbery cases. Does the Cruzerlite case have a lip?

  • Anonymous

    Cases like this are kinda pointless. You might as well go with no case. The part you want to protect most is the screen. Cases that have a lip around the edge of the glass at least offer some sort of protection if it was to fall on the edge. Without one, the chances of your screen shattering are most likely a lot higher.

    At least that’s my opinion on why I wouldn’t use these type of cases. I’d rather go no case if that was my only option.

    • JoYu

      I don’t see how it could hit any of the corners without hitting the case first.

  • Ehh, side view looks terrible. I am really digging the white Incipio case I got from VZW. Just enough protection without the added bulk of an Otterbox. Zagg screen protector has me covered. Plus, the Incipio fits fine with the extended battery.

  • Anonymous

    Cases like this seem really pointless if you ask me.. screen will still crack if dropped.. Otterbox FTW.

  • this seems terrible, love my cruzerlite black case

  • EC8CH

    But it covers the three sea shells it will never work with my awesome landscape dock…. oh wait 🙁

  • biker bill

    Shes purty but wish it worked with extended

  • RaptorOO7

    Nice looking case, lack of extd. battery support is a bummer.  There is no reason to not make it compatible the size difference is minimal and it would attract more buyers.

  • Anonymous

    Im a fan of the cruzerlite cases posted last week. Fits with the extebded battery too.

    • Eric Payne

      I like my kickstand case, although I abuse netflix a little to much at work.

  • NoahRHPS

    what if you drop it face first though?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Kellex, how about the SGP case? there pretty nice and they work with the i515 if you remove the battery cover

  • Justin Moore

    If you’re not going to get a rugged case (which this is not) I don’t see any purpose in a case. Just makes it look tacky without adding protection. I dropped my GN today and if it weren’t for my OtterBox Defender, I’d be out one $700 phone.

    • Anonymous

      I would generally agree, but in the case of the GN I would like to get a rubberized backing for my phone and a thin case would do that nicely. I just find the phone a bit too slick for some reason and have lost my grip a few times. To that extent, even a rubberized battery cover would be sufficient. Not sure if anyone makes one of those though (never seen one). 

      • Justin Moore

        The OtterBox is has a fully rubberized skin outside the shell, just so’s ya know. 😉

      • Legendsoftroy

        I bought one of thos generic zagg covers off ebay, covers the whole phone and only paid around $5…  gives it that extra grip, love it!

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      But if you didn’t have the big honkin otter box case on the phone, would you have dropped it in the first place? lol – J/k!

  • Anonymous

    Looks like there might be more colors coming in the near future. the Korean home site says its called “Season 2” but in America it will likely be called Version 2 or Series 2.


  • almost nice enough to take my extended battery out.. 

    • Anonymous


  • Greg

    if it fit with extended battery, I would of already completed purchase

  • Tyler

    @kellex:disqus what wallpaper are you using?? I must know!!!1111!!11

    • fartbubbler

      look above to my earlier post, The Observer posted it  🙂

  • Jennifer M Oke

    I’m curious to know if it will work with the car dock?

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Not a chance.

  • Michael Forte

    Damn, too bad it doesn’t fit with the extended battery or I might have considered this.

    • Scott Souder


  • Anonymous

    If only I had a GN  = /

  • I own this case, it works for the LTE Nexus kind of… The top is left uncovered a bit.

  • Anonymous

    i have this on now. 

  • Anonymous

    Not much lip to protect against a face drop

  • Jukboxhero

    otterbox ftw

  • Anonymous

    Ive used 4 different cases for my gnex. This one is by far the absolute best.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been going nekkid too and love th feel of the G Nex haven’t had the need to get a case.  Maybe I will llater or if I come close to hurting my device.  For right now now skinny nekkid is for me lol

  • If everyone would go to the page where they are sold you’d find the two big questions you have! 
    1. Works for BOTH GSM and LTE
    2. NO Extended Battery…

    There, saved you some time.

    • Anonymous

      Why Thank You Kind Sir lol 🙂

    • And I updated the post. Thank you though. 🙂

    • Josh Nichols

      No extended battery for the GSM version or LTE? The GSM with extended battery is still smaller than LTE with extended battery 😉

  • Topsitee

    Am I the only one that thinks it not covering the sides make it looks really cheap? The front picture looks awesome but from the side this thing is hideous.

    • Eric

      Nope completey agree with u.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Should cover not only the back, but definitely the sides completely as well. That’s crazy that they didn’t do that. They made rubber bumpers, so why not go a bit further and make the cover cover the sides, as well. Strange.

      • Anonymous

        i’d be hard to get the case on and off.  it’s the same reason the barely there cases don’t cover the top or bottom.  it makes it more pliable 

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Like seeing a lil thong hanging out, but the chick fat. Kinda kills what should be an enjoyable thing to look at.

    • Anonymous

      Nope, you’re not alone. I had to laugh at the thought of paying for this. I’m sure some will like it, but I can’t see if offering much in the way of protection for the type of damage I’ve had to my phones. I’ve had to alter my habits to avoid repeating history. 

  • Sammyguyana

    Jeez, extended battery also fits? me want know. 

    • Greg

      extended does not fit

    • Earleepa

      READ the article.

  • Anonymous

    What a gorgeous case!

  • The big question…does it fit with the extended battery

    • mRyi

      it does fit, I just left the battery cover off and it fits fine =)

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        That is an interesting way of getting er done.

  • Ajtammaro

    The look of this case is awesome, but I’m not sure I’m willing to pay $26 for it. 

  • fartbubbler

    Kellen, I’d still like to know what wallpaper that is you’re rocking.  Looks really smart.

  • Why not include an extended back for the extended battery covers / cases, RAGE

  • duckphan

    How heavy is it compared to say, the cruzer lite cases you covered the other day?

    • Anonymous

      It adds little weight. Not sure about the cruzer but its lighter than the diztronic tpu.

      • duckphan

        cool, thanks for the reply.

  • Will

    GSM or Verizon?  Also, are you using the OEM extended battery

    • Butters619

      This would be a case of read the article.  He said it would not work with extended battery.  He then said it would also work with the GSM (also being the key word meaning he isn’t using the GSM).  So he is using Verizon with standard battery.

      • Anonymous


      • Anonymous

        If “also” is the key word, perhaps YOU should read the article.

        Hint: He didn’t actually say “also”.

    • Who are the two idiots that liked this post?  Seriously, are there really three jackoffs out there that couldn’t read such a short article all the way through?

      • I liked the post because it made me laugh.  I find stupidity and laziness amusing.  <:D

  • Anonymous

    Extra rubbers always handy eh, Kellex?

    • I see what you did there

      • Anonymous

        Yep Kellex is all about the safety precautions lol 🙂

        • nickyb

          You mean pull out right? 🙂

          • Anonymous

            that’s another option? 🙂

      • I see what you did there and fully approve. 😀

    • I only raw dawg phones…

    • Bob