Speck FabShell ($35)
This is a single piece case that combines a hard plastic shell with a rubberized bezel and button covers and patterned fabric on the back. The case offers good shock absorption and protection from knocks. The fabric back makes it comfortable to hold and provides a splash of style. If you prefer a plain color then check out the Speck CandyShell range.
A polycarbonate outer shell and a silicone core is a popular combo and Incipio employs it to great effect with this case. It is a snug fit, gives you all the access you need, and looks really stylish with that distinctive camera cutout and two-tone color effect. It also comes with a screen protector.
This Spigen case comes in an unusual variety of two-tone color combinations. It’s another case with the dual layer approach. You’ve got a TPU back cover with a polycarbonate frame. It also comes with a screen protector and it offers the usual access to buttons and ports so you don’t ever really have to remove it.
What could be more of a personal statement than a case with your own design on it? The basic Barely There case from Case Mate is a popular option for a simple, one piece, lightweight case. For an extra ten bucks you can upload your own photograph or piece of artwork and have it printed on the case.
With a screen as gorgeous as the one on the Galaxy S3 you will want to watch movies or TV shows from time to time, and that’s when a case with a kick-stand can be very useful. This case is a shell holster with a rubberized back cover for easy grip. The holster clip swivels and locks and you can remove the phone easily from the holster but keep it in the case. The kick stand on the back works in portrait or landscape mode. The holster does add a fair bit of bulk. This case is currently discounted on Amazon.
Military grade protection is on offer with the Survivor case from Griffin. It’s a polycarbonate frame wrapped in shock-absorbing silicone with a built-in screen protector and hinged plugs for the ports. If you’re working or playing outdoors and you want your S3 with you, but you don’t want to risk any damage, then the dirt, sand, rain, shock, and vibration protection then this case provides could be just what you need. There’s also a detachable clip for fixing it to your belt or bag.
A flip open style like this, with pockets for your credit cards and ID, can be very handy if you want a true wallet replacement. This case is hand-crafted from synthetic leather and it has a stylish oak effect around the bottom. It’s an attractive price for a folio case, even although the leather is synthetic, and it gives good basic protection all around the device. The only flaw is the lack of a closure and you may have trouble keeping that white section pristine.
Simplicity itself, this premium grade leather pouch from Luvvitt has a soft interior lining and should provide durable protection for your S3. It fits like a glove, adding minimal bulk, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. There’s a small logo on the front and turning over reveals a speaker cut-out and also a flap. If you pull on the flap you’ll find it is a magnetic slider mechanism and it’s a quick way of pulling your S3 out of the pouch, while the flap slides back into place automatically.
This is a simple rugged case for extra grip and protection against drops. It’s a gel case with side bumpers and reinforced corners that absorb the impact of falls and keep your S3 protected. You’ll find all the standard cutouts and it’s available in black or navy. Body Glove also talks about the embedded anti-microbial agent, although stain-causing bacteria or odor on your phone is not a common problem, is it? Shop around for this one; we’ve seen it less than half-price on Amazon.
Urban Armor Gear Case ($35)
Rugged builds are all the rage—and why shouldn’t they be? Urban Armor Gear’s premium offering is durably lined with a lightweight and impact-resistance core and features a scratch-resistant, HD screen protector for maintain the pristine interface of your Galaxy S3. Standard cutouts on the back ensure camera lenses are still exposed, while minimizing washout due to flash interference, and the large button covers provide plenty of surface area so you can spend less time fumbling with buttons. It’s protection where it counts most.
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