You’ll find a range of artistic designs in iLuv’s hardshell case range from Snoopy, to more grown up options like these Pangborn Art Collection designs. The case itself is molded, hard plastic with a laminated design. It’s slim, tough, and durable. These hardshell cases are also smooth, so they work well if you’re slipping your phone in and out of tight jeans.
Vaja Agenda Leather Case ($95)
Here’s a premium leather case that can be customized to suit you. Choose the colors you want for the outer skin and the inner lining. The cover is crafted from two types of leather – there’s a grainy effect on the outside and smoother leather on the inside. The fit is perfect, and the case opens like a book and closes securely thanks to a magnetic closure. Unlike most leather cases, it doesn’t block any access to ports or controls.
If you want tough protection then the four layers provided by the Ballistic Maxx should give you some peace of mind. There’s a molded screen protector, a shock absorbent polymer, a polycarbonate shell, and a soft, silicone layer with reinforced corners. To round off, it has a durable holster attachment. It comes in a range of two-tone colors and it does add bulk, but it also offers serious protection from falls.
ROCK Quicksand Case for Galaxy S3 ($19.10)
The distinctive Quicksand case from Rock is pretty stylish. It’s a polycarbonate (durable) shell with a sand-like finish that offers grip and won’t age easily. It’s tough, thin, and lightweight with all the usual cutouts you’d expect to find. It comes in a range of colors and sits flush with the screen, so it doesn’t compromise the look of the S3.
One of the main advantages of TPU is that it is soft and malleable so this case is easy to fit and it is shock absorbent. The edges are raised slightly to protect the screen and the case does provide some grip which prevents slips. The cutouts give you access to the ports you need and it’s nice and slim. It is cheap (in fact if you shop around you’ll probably get it cheaper than the direct price quoted above) so the quality isn’t amazing, but it offers good value for money.
OtterBox Commuter Case ($35)
OtterBox cases are some of the strongest on the market. Great quality from a name you can trust, this Commuter Series case from OtterBox offers dual layer protection. The inner silicone absorbs impacts and the outer polycarbonate bears the brunt of any bumps or falls. Silicone plugs protect your phone’s ports and there’s an adhesive screen protector to guard against scratches. The device can be used without any need to remove the case. This case strikes a good balance, protecting your phone without adding too much bulk. If you need something stronger check out the Defender Series.
Diztronic TPU Case ($9.90)
There is no need to spend big if you want basic protection with a slim form factor. You can choose from a variety of colors to suit your phone and these Diztronic TPU cases are flexible and durable. The cases have all the necessary cutouts and each one comes with a screen protector
Leather is a good, durable material and it feels comfortable to hold. This case fits the S3 like a glove and it can be opened and closed like a book. All the features and ports are accessible and the front panel protects the gorgeous screen when you put the device in your pocket or in a bag.
Like the OtterBox Commuter series, the Acase Superleggera PRO offers dual layer protection, but at a much cheaper price point. There is an inner silicone sleeve that fits the phone perfectly and a snap-on outer case made of hard polycarbonate. You’ve got access to all ports and controls so you never need to remove it. The case is also fingerprint and dust resistant. It comes in a nice range of colors with the black inner case creating a nice two-tone effect.
iSkin aura ($40)
If you want something stylish above all else then the iSkin aura is worth considering. The rubber-coated polycarbonate is tough and fits the phone snugly. The back of the case features a two-tone aluminum panel that matches the S3 design. It snaps on and provides cutouts for access to phone features and ports. There’s also a little loop for attachments and a screen protector.
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