Apple Watch Series 5 Case : RhinoShield CrashGuard NX

If you are looking for an Apple Watch Series 5 Case there are two real options.

  1. Spigen’s Apple Watch Range
  2. RhinoShield’s Apple Watch CrashGuard NX Range

I previously had a Spigen Tough Armour Case on my Apple Watch Series 2. It was on there from Day 1 until I sold it around 3 years later. When the case was removed the Apple Watch was as new. I wore it to work, in the gym, day to day and it preformed flawllessly. It gave the Apple Watch a sort of G-Shock vibe, and offered good protector for daily use. It proved itself well and I had no hesitation in buying another when I bought my Apple Watch Series 5.

Apple Watch Series 2 Spigen Tough Armour Case

But this isn’t a review of the Spigen Tough Armour, it is a review for the RhinoShield CrashGuard NX.

One question you may have is if it works why change it?

  • Well it (the Spigen Tough Armour) certainly does work. But I had been wearing it for years, I wanted a change. I started looking around and after a bit of browsing I found the RhinoShield product. It looked nice and the fact that it was customisable appealed to me. So that was why I decided to try something new.

The first port of call was Amazon and with Prime the following day a RhinoShield CrashGuard NX arrived.

D’Oh! I had managed to order the wrong colour. Thinking I had ordered black when in actual fact I had ordered Camo Green.

RhinoShield CrashGuard NX : Camo Green

I tried it on, thinking I could always return it. I didn’t and in fact went on to the RhinoShield website and ordered another black case along with additional red and yellow rims. Unfortunately Amazon does have the additional rims.

There are a few little differences between the Spigen Tough Armour and the RhinoShield CrashGuard NX.

  • Firstly, the case goes on in two parts. You separate the rim from the base. Slip the base onto the Apple Watch, then click the rim onto the top. This makes the rims easily changed and more so means you can fit the case easily if you have a screen protector installed. This is the most noticeable difference if you are the sort of person who uses a screen protector. The Spigen Tough Armour is one piece and you have to do a lot of careful twisting and pulling of the case if you have a screen shield on your watch otherwise I guarantee you the case will catch the screen shield and peel it off. With this – clunk click and you are done, your screen shield will remain exactly as you installed it.
RhinoShield CrashGuard NX Installation Instructions
  • Secondly, this case is customisable and there are somewhere in the region of 40 customisable options.
  • Both are tough cases and the RhinoShield CrashGuard NX claims to have ‘Certified Protection.’
RhinoShield CrashGuard NX Specifications
  • Although both are tough cases the Spigen Tough armour offers more coverage. Only the heart rate sensor of your watch is exposed, whereas with the RhinoShield CrashGuard NS the full back of the case is open as is the rear side opposite the digital crown. So the rear of the watch is definitely more exposed, however I suppose what is exposed is always against your wrist, so you could argue for those parts to get damaged you probably have a lot more to be worried about, as your wrist is probably damaged too!
Spigen Tough Armour Apple Watch Case : Rear
RhinoShield CrashGuard NX Apple Watch Case : Rear

Other than that both cases seem to be reasonably similar in the protection they offer. I would be confident both can take a knock and the raised rim of each should offer some degree of protection for the watch’s face.

I have been wearing the RhinoShield CrashGuard NX now for a couple of weeks and can easily recommend it.

It offers good protection and is well constructed. The material is smooth and feels strong. The digital crown is accessible and the button push feels responsive. It works perfectly with a screen shield and does not prevent the use of any of the Apple Watch’s gestures. The customising options though are what sets this case ahead of the customisation. There will be a setup to compliment your strap, the only issue I can foresee is you will want to buy more pieces and that no doubt will add to the purchase of more straps.

In comparison to the the Spigen the only issues that may make the decision for you one way or another is the more open design of the RhinoShield’s rear. The Spigen wins that aspect but the difficultly in getting the Spigen onto the watch with a screen shield is definitely a negative. If you are lucky enough to get the Spigen on without destroying numerous skins you definitely won’t want to take it off again. The RhinoShield gives you the option and ease to change your case colours as often as you or your wallet allow.

RhinoShield CrashGuard NX : Black Case with Red Rim
RhinoShield CrashGuard NX : Black Case with Yellow Rim

Check out the Apple Watch Nike Series 5 Unboxing and Gallery Here :

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