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Protect your Galaxy S4 with one of these 30 cases

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Seidio Active with Metal Kickstand ($35)

Slim and tough is a great combination, and this S4 case nails it. Seidio’s case has a hard plastic exoskeleton with a lightweight silicone interior. The metal kickstand is handy for propping the phone on your nightstand or watching movies, and there’s no danger it will pop out when it isn’t wanted because it’s magnetic. As you’d expect, all ports and functions remain accessible when the case is on.

Available at: Amazon

Seidio Active Case with Metal Kickstand

Seidio Active Case with Metal Kickstand

Case Mate Glam ($50)

You’ll find some seriously bling designs at Case Mate, including this Glam series, which comes in a range of alternative colors (this one is Rose Gold). The glitter coated inlay is smooth to the touch, and the interlocking design makes it easy to fit. The outside offers good, solid protection from bumps, and there’s a cushioned liner inside to guard against scratches. It’s perfect if you want a sparkly S4.

Available at: Amazon

Case Mate Glam cases

Case Mate Glam Cases

Griffin Reveal ($25)

A svelte, two-tone case might be just the thing to keep your S4 in pristine condition. Griffin’s Reveal series combines a slim polycarbonate shell with a rubber lining and accents. You’ve got full access to features and controls, and the case is only 1.6mm thick. It’s a fairly minimalist option that will provide basic protection.

Available at: Amazon

Griffin Reveal cases

Griffin Reveal Cases

Incipio Watson Wallet Folio Case ($45)

This folio-style wallet cover should have wide appeal. The faux leather is eco-friendly and suitable for vegans. There’s a hard shell for the S4 to sit in, and a micro-suede lining to make sure there are no scratches. The wallet opens to reveal three slots for cash and cards, and an elastic strap keeps the folio securely closed, and provides a splash of contrasting color. There are a couple of alternative color combinations if you don’t like the look of this one.

Available at: Amazon

Incipio Watson Wallet Folio Case

Incipio Watson Wallet Folio Case

Samsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover ($60)

Official manufacturer accessories are often overpriced and offer little to recommend them over cheaper alternatives from third parties, but the S-View flip cover is a bit different. It is expensive, but it’s custom made and has a neat feature: there’s a little window to the display so you can see signal and battery status, messages, missed calls, time/date, and music player details without opening the cover. It activates automatically when you close the cover. The back snaps onto your S4, replacing the original backing, so it doesn’t add any bulk. The inside is soft and it protects and cleans your screen.

Available at: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover

Samsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover

Diztronic High Gloss Clear TPU Case ($12)

You might not want to invest much cash in a case for your S4. If you just need basic protection then it can be had for under $10. This TPU case comes in one flexible piece and it’s pretty durable. It will absorb some shock from impacts, and the raised rim will help protect the screen if you put your phone face down. It’s really thin and light, and it doesn’t detract from the S4’s aesthetic, although TPU can discolor over time so you might prefer to go for a darker case.

Available at: Amazon

Diztronic High Gloss Clear TPU Case

Diztronic High Gloss Clear TPU Case

Speck CandyShell Grip ($35)

The enticing USP for this S4 case is the inclusion of those rubber stripes, designed to provide excellent grip on your phone. Dual-layer set ups are very common, because they work, and the Speck CandyShell Grip adheres to the formula with a rubbery interior to absorb impact and a hard outer shell. The single piece is pretty easy to fit, and there’s a choice of eye-catching color combinations.

Available at: Amazon

Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Speck CandyShell Grip Case

iFrogz Natural Wood Case ($50)

Whether organic or sustainable, anything deemed “natural” often comes at an inflated price. The Natural Wood series, one of many in iFrogz’ case lineup, is no different. The cases are designed using sustainably-harvested wood from around the globe, with each case further inlaid with assorted patterns that only intensify the case’s grainy texture and rustic appeal. They’re durable, if not fashionable, and aren’t particularly prone to cracking. However, you may want to consider picking up a solid screen protector to go along with it.

Available at: Amazon

iFrogz Natural Wood cases

iFrogz Natural Wood Cases

DualTek Extreme Shock Case ($35)

Protection is in the name when it comes to the DualTek Extreme Shock Case. Available in five colors ranging from black and white to indigo and yellow, each case provides full, 360-degree protection at any one moment. The cases feature ergonomic side grips, along with dual-layered casing, while remaining relatively thin and lightweight despite the shock-absorbent corners and overall added protection. The case’s price tag is high, but so is the cost of a new phone should your S4 meet the pavement unexpectedly.

Available at: Amazon

DualTek Extreme Shock Case

DualTek Extreme Shock Case

PureGear Retro Game Case ($30)

There’s no reason your smartphone can’t moonlight as a retro gaming rig. The Amazing and Groovy cases, the two most prominent cases in PureGear’s flexible retro lineup, provide sturdy protection while doubling as surefire forms manual entertainment on the side. One sports a traditional box maze, the other a gravity-induced conundrum where users attempt to herd each ball into the center simultanously, but both offer full-button protection at the expense of a little more girth. No Wi-Fi required.

Available at: Amazon

PureGear Retro Game Case

PureGear Retro Game Case

That’s all of our Galaxy S4 cases for now, but we will update this roundup with new picks from time to time. Also check out our roundup of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 cases.

Updated on 2-5-2014 by Simon Hill: Added Trident Kraken A.M.S. Case, Lifeproof Fre Case, Cruzerlite Androidified A2 Case, TYLT Energi Case, and the Mophie Juice Pack.

This article was originally published on July 9, 2013, and updated to reflect recent availability on Jan. 7, 2014. Brandon Widder contributed to this article.

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