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The best Samsung Galaxy S8 cases and covers

Although it’s been around for a few years now, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is no slouch. With its octa-core 2.3 GHz CPU, 6GB of RAM, and a 1440p Super AMOLED display, it’s no surprise this powerhouse continues to be a popular phone.

If the Galaxy S8 has an Achilles’ heel, however, it would have to be its glassy fragility and slippery design. To protect your Galaxy S8, we suggest picking up one of the cases below. From slim, minimalistic cases to those offering superior drop protection, your hunt for your next phone case stops here.

OtterBox Defender Series Case

OtterBox Defender Series Case for Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Combining a tough polycarbonate shell with a synthetic rubber slipcover, this Defender Series case from Otterbox will protect your Galaxy S8 from all but the most catastrophic of shocks and impacts. Its rubber cover also provides a considerable amount of grip, meaning the chances of the thing slipping from your hands and falling to the ground are actually pretty minimal. Despite being especially hardy, the cover is also appreciably slim and tidily designed, complementing the S8’s curved screen and compact camera module. It’s also designed to fit perfectly with Otterbox’s own Alpha Glass screen protectors.

Ghostek Nautical Waterproof Case

Ghostek Nautical Waterproof Case for Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Ghostek’s cases are already some of the most comprehensive and nigh-on indestructible around, yet this particular number also offers full waterproofing. In contrast to most other cases, it provides a full-body shell, which locks around the Galaxy S8 and gives it a watertight seal. Accordingly, it’s submersible in as much as 20 feet of water. If that weren’t enough, it can withstand drops from up to 12 feet, has a hard, scratch-resistant back, and a built-in screen protector. Basically, if you’re an outdoorsy person who tends to abuse their phones, this is most likely the case for you.

JETech Slim Fit Case

JETech Slim Fit Case for Samsung Galaxy S8.
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Here’s a tastefully minimal Samsung Galaxy S8 case from JETech. Comprising a TPU outer layer with an interior honeycomb pattern, it’s tough and durable despite its relative lightness. This is largely thanks to the use of shock-absorbing corners, which help to deflect the force of impacts. The incorporation of carbon-fibers textures also ensures a higher-than-average level of grip, so you shouldn’t be dropping it anytime soon. On top of this, the case comes with raised edges around the screen and camera module, and it includes precisely cut ports and buttons.

Crave Dual Guard Protection Series Case

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Crave is known for its protective cases, but this one just so happens to offer excellent protection while being slim and form-fitting too. Dual-layer polycarbonate and TPU protect your phone from drops, bumps, and scratches, with an enhanced rubber grip to keep your S8 firmly in your hand. The slim profile of this case makes it ideal to sling in your back pocket, and it comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee if you change your mind. Pick it up in gray, black, blue, red, or mint.

Olixar ExoShield Case

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Constructed from reinforced bonded TPU and polycarbonate, the ExoShield case is flexible yet durable. It offers superior protection for your phone’s vulnerable corners, with reinforced corner bumpers that cover the length and width of the S8 and extend slightly beyond the screen’s edge, so it never touches down, protecting against scratches. A raised bezel around the camera offers additional protection for your camera lens. This case has a non-slip coating to keep it in your hand — after all, the best drop protection is not dropping your phone in the first place. All this in a slim, lightweight shell that adds practically no bulk to your S8 and slips into pockets with ease.

Pela Eco-Friendly Case

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When it comes to conservation and saving the planet Pela’s Eco-Friendly cases are not fooling around. These stunning, quietly colorful cases come in a variety of colors or a special edition bee case with animal imprints. The Pela line of cases is 100% compostable to help keep plastic waste out of the planet’s oceans. The Pela Case is made of Flaxstic — compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials — which are tested to be safe and free of phthalates, BPA, cadmium, and lead. The base material meets U.S. and E.U. standards for composting in an industrial facility and has a lower carbon footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastic. It can also be left to biodegrade at home.

Peel Super Thin Case

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Because the Galaxy S8 is such a sleek beauty, you might recoil at the thought of slapping a chunky plastic case on it. That’s why Peel designed these svelte, minimalist shells — to provide a thin, 0.35-millimeter layer of protection without spoiling the feel or look of the phone. There are no loud logos here and all your phone’s buttons, ports, and other features, including the curved edges, are easily accessible. The Samsung logo shines through subtly on the gray and silver versions, or you can opt for a matte-black configuration.

Case-Mate Brilliance Tough Case

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If you love sparkles, then this Galaxy S8 case is for you. Encrusted with real crystals and a metal accent, this eye-catching case comes in rose gold or lace. You don’t have to sacrifice functionality for style, either, because this is a dual-layer case that meets military drop-test standards. A few buyers have reported problems with lost crystals, but given it comes with a lifetime warranty, you can contact Case-Mate for a replacement if you run into any issues.

Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet

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Made from beautiful nubuck leather with a soft suede finish, these folio cases from British accessory brand Snakehive come in a variety of colors including black, brown, and plum. There are two-tone versions available, too. Each case is stunning on the outside and practical on the inside, with three card slots, a note compartment, and a phone holder that still provides complete access to your device’s buttons and connectors. The magnetic tab keeps the folio closed, and the cover can be flipped around to make a handy stand. The folio case is also available for the Galaxy S8 Plus.

RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper

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This protective bumper is a good alternative to a traditional Galaxy S8 case because it provides protection where you need it most — around the frame. Your phone is open front and back, so it’s easy to access the screen and you can enjoy Samsung’s curved design, but the bumper extends a little to protect both. The combination of hard and soft polycarbonate enhances grip and offers solid drop protection for falls from up to 11 feet. There are chunky button covers and generous openings for your ports.

Ted Baker Folio Case with Mirror

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Designer Ted Baker has partnered with Proporta on this gorgeous blue folio case for the Galaxy S8, showcasing the latest floral print trend. Flip open the magnetically secured folio cover to find a handy mirror inside, and be safe in the knowledge Proporta has used an electroplated shell to keep both the phone and the design looking its best.

Mujjo Leather Case

Mujjo’s leather cases for iPhone proved to be so popular, they decided to bring them to the Galaxy S8. This is the kind of case you want if you’re looking for a good quality leather case that will last you a long time. You can see that Mujjo chose to fold the leather inwards toward the camera instead of using a plastic ring. The interior of the case is a soft microfiber material, and the full-grain leather will look even better as it ages with long-term use. This case comes in black and a beautiful saddle tan color.

Speck Presidio Clear + Glitter Case

Jazz up your phone with this super sparkly case from Speck. The Presidio clear case comes in clear with gold glitter or rose pink with gold glitter and is capable of resisting damage from drops of up to eight feet. One of the most annoying side effects of owning a clear case is the dreaded yellowing, but Speck uses a material called Impactium Clear which will resist yellowing, even when exposed to the sun for a long period.

Pelican Voyager Case

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One of the best rugged cases for the Galaxy S8, Pelican’s Voyager covers your phone from every angle and has a built-in screen protector and a holster. The back is transparent, but there’s a thick, protective frame with a soft-touch finish that enhances grip. The buttons have tactile covers and the cut-outs are accurate, so you can use your S8 just fine with the case on, which is just as well because it’s not easy to remove in a hurry. The holster also has a swiveling belt clip which can double up as a kickstand. This is a reliable option for drop protection and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Tech21 Evo Wallet Case

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At first glance, this case looks like your typical slim wallet case. The front cover allows you to keep two cards concealed and out of view for added safety. You can also take off that front cover when you don’t need it and turn this case into a simple, protective shell case. The Evo Wallet can resist drops from up to 10 feet, thanks to Tech21’s FlexShock technology.

UAG Plasma Case

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Anyone concerned about dropping the S8 should have a look at UAG’s wares. These cases are really tough and practical, with a hard outer shell and soft protective core, reinforced corners, big rubber skid pads to prevent slips, and chunky button covers that are easy to feel and press. The openings offer easy access to all phone features, and the case extends top and bottom to safeguard the screen. This opaque case comes in translucent black, cobalt blue, or gray.

Moshi Overture Wallet Case

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This wallet case combines style and functionality in a package that offers decent drop protection. It’s a folio-style case, in black, vegan (fake) leather, which opens to reveal a polycarbonate shell for holding your S8 securely in place. The cover offers four handy slots for cards and a full-length pocket at the back. You’ll find accurate cut-outs for the buttons, camera, and fingerprint sensor on the back, as well as the ports. The design also allows you to prop your S8 in landscape easily, which is great for watching movies.

VRS Simpli Mod Series Case

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If you like the leather look, but you want a durable, shell-style case, then this option from VRS Design should make your shopping list. It’s a polycarbonate shell with generous openings for your S8 camera, fingerprint sensor, all buttons, and ports. The back has a textured, polyurethane leather finish with neat, contrasting stitching. It’s slim and light, so it won’t provide rugged drop protection, but it should be enough to cope with minor bumps. It comes in black, or a brown and gold combination and costs $25.

Spigen Tough Armor Case

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This case is an affordable, yet protective case from the favorited manufacturer, Spigen. Since it passed military drop-test standards, you can trust that your Galaxy S8 can make it out of most drops unscathed. The black inner shell is TPU with air cushions in the corners. There’s a polycarbonate layer to snap on top. You’ll find generous openings for easy access to ports and the camera. The kickstand is handy for propping your phone in landscape view but be cautious, it is a tad wobbly.

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