Smartphones aren’t made to last. Sure, there are exceptions like rugged phones meant for outdoors, but those are outliers. When you buy a new phone, it’s smart to put a case on it for added protection. For the Samsung Galaxy cases are a must buy.
Samsung is the largest worldwide seller of Android phones today. Naturally, plenty of third-party accessory manufacturers make cases for its phones. But you need to avoid low-quality accessories. So let’s find out the toughest cases you can buy if you’re a Samsung user.
Since the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s flagship phones have been water-resistant. But well, water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof. LifeProof’s Fre series won’t make them waterproof either, but it’s better sealed Samsung’s default device.
The Fre series also boasts of military-grade drop tests, complete dirt protection, and can work in the snow. The two-piece design snaps on your case from all sides, with flip-open flaps protecting the ports.
The Fre is costlier than others, but remember, it’s also among the few cases to come with a screen cover for the Galaxy S8. This curved screen has proved a challenge for other case-makers. And boy, it looks good too.
Most tech reviewers agree that the LifeProof Fre has been among the most rugged cases for Samsung phones, so you can’t go wrong with this.
The Otterbox Defender was my favorite of all the best cases you can buy for the Galaxy S8 or S8+. Otterbox’s two-layer protection (of a polycarbonate shell and rubberized slipcover) is famous for how tough it is in protecting phones from drops, whether from Samsung or other manufacturers.
Apart from the S8 and S8+, the Defender series has a three-layer protection, with the third layer being a screen cover. No scratches or cracks for your phone. On the new S8 and S8+, the case has a pronounced lip, and you will need to buy the Alpha Glass screen protector separately.
Unfortunately, the Defender series isn’t water-resistant, although S7 and earlier Defender series do protect the phone from water damage. Of course, Samsung phones are water-resistant anyway, so you might not need to worry about that.
Spigen makes some of the toughest cases for the Samsung Galaxy series, with a focus on protecting the phone from drops. Watch out for their different model names for varying levels of protection, though. In general, look for anything better than the “Rugged Armor” series. For example, the Tough Armor case.
The Tough Armor for the Galaxy S8 or the Neo Hybrid for the Galaxy S7 are what you will notice first. Like the Otterbox Defender, these are multi-layer cases with extra protection at the corners. Your phone is most likely to drop on a corner, which also cracks the screen, so that’s what the Spigen cases protect best.
Spigen’s cases also raise the back of the phone slightly around the camera. This way, your camera’s lens is in no danger of getting scratches.
These cases also include a built-in kickstand to prop your phone up on a table, in case you love watching movies like that. Much easier than making a stand yourself, isn’t it?
There are a number of people on Android-based forums who are quite fond of Ghostek’s Atomic series. If you haven’t heard of it before, don’t blame yourself, it’s relatively new. But given the number of happy customers it has, it might be worth it.
The latest is the Atomic 3.0 series for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, while earlier models of the Galaxy franchise use Atomic or Atomic 2.0 cases. All the cases fully seal the phone, including a screen cover to protect it from scratches.
Ghostek also claims the device is water-resistant up to one meter deep. And the aluminum alloy bumper should protect your phone from any major falls. But just in case, bookmark this article on what to do if your S8 screen breaks.
The one downside of the Atomic case is its build quality. Multiple buyers said the plastic looks a little flimsy, which is not the feel you want when you’ve bought a phone for hundreds of dollars.
If you want a rugged case with a folio cover, the Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Metropolis is your best bet. UAG is renowned for its toughness, and the addition of a flip-open cover only adds to it.
The flip cover is important since the Metropolis does not include a screen protector. So if you plan on buying this, we would suggest that you also get a tempered glass screen protector for your phone.
Like with most UAG products, this case meets military-grade drop-test standards, has extra protection around all four corners, and a thick back to protect the camera lens.
If you want even more protection, check out UAG’s new Monarch series. But we couldn’t find enough reliable reviews to vouch for this.
Tough vs. Slim
Looking for a tough case to protect your phone means giving up on the sleek and thin handset you love. You’ll now be left with an oversized beast — but it won’t break.
Do you prefer to make your phone tough, no matter how bulky it becomes? Or are you better off with a simple case for basic protection, but getting the premium feel you paid for?
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