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Big, beautiful, but breakable: Check out the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases

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With a 6.2-inch screen and glass curves to die for, the S8 Plus proves big can be beautiful, but it’s also worryingly breakable. If it slips from your hand, you can expect cracks and scratches in that gorgeous glass exterior, not to mention chips and dents in the metal frame. It’s not cheap to fix, so it makes sense to take precautions. Shop for the best S8 Plus cases and covers, and find the right style and level of protection for you. It may be smart to pair some of these cases with one of the best S8 Plus screen protectors, for complete coverage.

Caseology Fairmont Case ($20)

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The Galaxy S8 Plus is many things, but one thing that it is not is cheap. The Fairmont case combines sturdy polycarbonate and faux-leather in a stylish package that gives the impression of premium luxury, but without the premium price tag. This case fits the smartphone nicely and is relatively slim. It will provide some measure of protection against bumps and scratches, while looking very smart in a two-tone cherry color combination. If you’re not into big, black, bulky cases, then this may be the way to go.

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Noreve Horizontal Wallet Case ($55)

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When it comes to premium, supple leather cases, Noreve should be at the top of everyone’s shortlist. This horizontal wallet case protects your Galaxy S8 Plus from all sides, unlike some other wallet cases that leave the corners exposed. The camera, flash, and ports are easily accessible, so you can take pictures without any hassle. It has pockets for two cards and, as is typical with Noreve cases, you can order it in a variety of leather finishes, textures, and colors.

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UAG Pathfinder Case ($40)

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The UAG Pathfinder case combines a very lightweight build with impact shock resistance that meets military drop-test standards. There is a heavily textured pattern on the back and sides of the case for extra grip. Samsung stuck with a headphone jack on the Galaxy S8, but charging and data transfer come via the USB Type-C port. Thankfully, the case features oversized ports so that you can use this case with most headphones, earbuds, or charging cables.

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Otterbox Defender Case ($60)

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The Otterbox Defender is one of those cases that offers no apologies. It is big, bulky, and boasts some of the best drop protection of any case. Like other Otterbox cases, it comes certified by Otterbox’s Drop+ protection. One important thing to note is that the Defender case for the Galaxy S8 Plus is a screenless design, so keep that in mind if you were looking for a rugged case with a built-in screen protector. Just because the case is big and rugged doesn’t mean that you have to get it in black; Otterbox does offer some very nice two-tone color combinations including the bizarrely-named marathoner (blue and gray), vinyasa (purple and pink), and the more straightforward aqua mint gray.

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Lifeproof Case ($90)

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If you were looking for a case that doubles down on waterproof protection and has a built-in screen protector, then you’ve just found it. We’re sure you know by now that the Galaxy S8 Plus has IP68 dust and water resistance, but you may want a case that is not only waterproof, but dirt-proof, snow-proof, and drop-proof as well. Lifeproof’s waterproofing also offers slightly more protection than the native IP68 water resistance of the Galaxy S8. This case is submersible to a depth of two meters for up to one hour. It’s a pretty bulky case, but the features and ports are easily accessible. The case is available in a few colors with silly names, including asphalt black, second wind gray (pictured), and twilight’s edge purple (which is actually pink, purple, and turquoise).

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Nutshell Leather Holster Case ($77)

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Is the Galaxy S8 Plus too big for your pockets? If the answer is yes, then maybe you should consider getting a holster. Nutshell crafts genuine, hand-made leather holsters in New Zealand for the Galaxy S8 Plus. The holsters come in black or tan, and they are available in a variety of designs. Just like anything made from real leather, expect this holster to loosen up over time and look even better once you wear it and abuse it a bit.

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Speck Presidio Clear Case ($45)

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This shell case offers a touch of dazzling style without sacrificing protection. Made from Impactium Clear, the Speck Presidio clear case can withstand the ugly yellowing that clear cases often suffer from when exposed to sunlight. This Galaxy S8 Plus case comes in a clear version, but you can also order it with flower prints or glitter, depending on your tastes. Not only does it look good, but it has been tested to withstand drops from up to eight feet.

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Tech21 Evo Go Case ($70)

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At first glance, the Tech21 Evo Go case looks like a typical thick, rugged case, but there’s more there than meets the eye. Starting with the real leather trim on the back, which provides a touch of class and good grip, this S8 Plus case has a lot going for it. The case is made from Tech21’s FlexShock material and employs three-layer impact protection that is able to withstand drops from up to 10 feet. You may not see it at first, but this case also has hidden card storage that closes magnetically, offering space for up to two cards. It comes in black, or a beautiful orchid (purple and pink) color.

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