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The best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus cases and covers

Boasting a 6.7-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and a powerful Snapdragon 888 processor, there’s plenty to look forward to when it comes to the Galaxy S21 Plus. If you’ve already pre-ordered Samsung’s latest flagship, the last thing you want is to risk damaging it, which is why it makes sense to invest in a protective case for your new device. There are already some great options available for the S21 Plus, and we’ve rounded up a few of them here, whether you’re looking for a slim clear case to show off your Phantom Violet handset, or a leather folio case that doubles up as a wallet.

Olixar Leather-Style Case

A leather wallet is a classic case that’ll never go out of style — and with this one you’re opting for a brand you can trust, too. Olixar’s leather case has a leather effect outer lining and a supersoft microfiber interior to keep your phone’s screen safe from scratches and fingerprints. The leather is padded for extra protection, but the case is still slim enough to slip easily into a pocket. Inside there are slots for your cards and documents, so you can leave your wallet at home. The case folds back on itself to create a kickstand for hands-free calls, watching movies, or browsing the web. It comes in brown or tan, and for $11, you could afford to pick up one in each color.

Otterbox Defender Series Pro Case

OtterBox cases are renowned for their high level of protection, and the Defender Series Pro is no exception. With its polycarbonate shell and holster and synthetic rubber slipcover, this case doesn’t only offer the ultimate protection, it’s also a green choice too as it’s made with over 50% recycled plastic. There’s no need to worry about germs, as a silver-based antimicrobial additive is woven into the case, protecting against bacteria and inhibiting antimicrobial growth 24/7/365. With port covers to keep dust and dirt out of ports and jacks, the Defender Series Pro provides 4x MIL-STD-810G 516.6 drop protection, with a rugged design and comfortable grip that makes it less likely to slip through your fingers in the first place. It’s compatible with wireless charging and comes in Berry Potion Pink, Varsity Blues, or black.

ESR Clear Case

ESR Clear Case

This clear case from ESR lets you show off your new S21 Plus while keeping it safe. Slim, light, and flexible, it’s shock-resistant and boasts a non-slip finish, great if you’re prone to dropping your phone. Raised edges around the screen and camera protect both from scratches and knocks. There’s no need to take this case off to wirelessly charge your new phone either.

Bodyguardz Ace Pro Case

Bodyguardz Ace Pro Case

Cases don’t have to be flashy to keep your phone safe from harm, as this translucent case from Bodyguardz proves. Don’t be fooled by its low-key design though — it offers up to 10 feet of drop protection, with Unequal technology, the same technology used by athletes to absorb impact, and Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial protection that keeps your phone safe from bacteria and microbial growth. With shock-absorbing corners, this super slim, pocket-friendly case features a raised bumper around the screen to protect it from scratches. It’s available in a translucent smoky black, which looks great with every color of the S21 Plus.

Mous Limitless 3.0 Case

Mous Limitless 3.0 Case

Mous cases aren’t the cheapest around, but you’re paying for a high level of protection and a choice of unusual styles — like the Aramid Fiber version shown here. Serious impact protection is the name of the game here, with raised top and bottom edges to keep your screen safe and impact-absorbing AiroShock technology. Durable and stylish, this case has a holder for an extra SIM card and a wrist strap eyelet, all encased in a slim design in cool carbon fiber. You can also pick this case up in bamboo, walnut, leather, or a black and white speckled design.

Samsung Clear View Cover

Official Samsung Clear View Cover

It’s often worth spending a bit more on an official case, particularly this Clear View cover from Samsung. Designed to snap onto the back of the S21 Plus, the semi-transparent front cover folds over the screen, adding virtually no bulk, and keeping your screen safe from scratches and damage. There’s no need to open the cover to check messages, calls, the time, or battery life — and it’s fully touch-compatible so not only can you view your notifications, but you can also manage them with the cover closed. When it’s not in use, it doubles as a handy mirror too. We love the Violet color, but it also comes in pink, black, and grey to complement the colors of the S21 Plus.

Incipio Grip Case

Protective cases can also be stylish — like this case from Incipio. Offering an impressive 14 feet of drop protection with shockproof technology and a nonslip grip, it also features antimicrobial technology to prevent 99.9% of surface bacteria and germs and a raised bezel around the screen. It comes in Midnight Blue with a contrasting lighter blue pattern around the edges that’s simple and understated.

Spigen Liquid Air Slim Case

Spigen Liquid Air Slim Case

This slim, soft flexible TPU cover from Spigen keeps your new S21 Plus safe from harm and adds a touch of classic style too. Its matte black soft-touch finish feels great in your hand, while Air Cushion Technology embedded in the case’s corners provides superior shock protection should you drop your phone. The button covers keep your S21 Plus looking as good as new, while the slim profile means this case can easily be slipped in your pocket without adding bulk.

Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear Ombre

What do you get when you combine a clear case with superior drop protection? The Presidio Perfect-Clear Ombre case from Speck! Its cool clear and rose ombre design draws you in, but it’s the clear impact technology and 13 feet of drop protection that will really impress. There’s also Microban antimicrobial protection which reduces bacteria growth on the case by up to 99%. The Perfect-Clear coating prevents discoloration, fading, and yellowing over time, and all Speck cases come with a lifetime warranty — so this could be the last phone case you ever buy for your S21 Plus.

Kate Spade New York Clear Case

Kate Spade New York Clear Case

Kate Spade cases are always stylish and fun — and this clear case is no exception. Not only does it feature a whimsical floral design, its clear, lightweight construction also protects your phone from impact with a cushioned bumper, scratch protection, and shock-absorbing technology. It has a no-slip grip that keeps your phone where it should be, in your hand, and it’s wireless charging compatible too.

Ringke Fusion X Tough Bumper Case

Ringke Fusion X Tough Bumper

Bumper cases give you the beauty of a clear case to show off your new phone combined with excellent drop protection. This case from Ringke features a two-part polycarbonate design and has been extensively drop-tested, meeting Military Grade drop protection standards. Reinforced, shock-absorbing TPU corners and a raised bezel add to the protection on offer and a no-slip grip keeps your phone in your hand, not on the floor. This is the ideal case to get if you want a combination of protection and style, especially if you’re planning on picking up one of the S21 Plus’s more eye-catching colors like Phantom Violet.

UAG Pathfinder Case

UAG Pathfinder Case

Rugged protection is on offer with this case, and they don’t come much more rugged. The best protection is to not drop your phone in the first place, and with its rubberized non-slip pads, the Pathfinder case makes a drop less likely. There’s no need to worry if your phone does slip through your fingers though, as this case meets military drop-test standards MIL-STD 810G 516.6 — so it will survive most everyday drops — and has a composite design with a hard exterior and soft impact resistant core. The raised bezel around the screen prevents it from ever touching down and offers additional protection from scratches. If you want the ultimate protection for your S21 Plus, this is the case to get.

Ghostek Covert Clear Case

Ghostek Covert Clear Case

For those who don’t want to hide their phone away, the slim fit Covert Case from Ghostek is a must.  This clear case lets you show off your phone while providing Military Grade drop protection, with sturdy silicone corners that absorb shock if you drop your handset. Speaking of drops, the non-slip grip reduces the risk of them happening in the first place, while raised bezels around the screen and camera provide additional protection against drops or placing your phone face down. Available in clear, smoke, or pink, this is one of the best cases around right now.

Love Cases Honey Bee Clear Case

LoveCases Honey Bee Clear Case for Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Oh, we do like to bee the owners of a new flagship phone, and this bee-autiful case — excuse the puns — from LoveCases will keep your new S21 Plus safe from life’s little accidents. Constructed from clear flexible TPU, it adds a slim, lightweight layer of protection to your device. It’s the ideal choice if you’ve opted for one of the more eye-catching S21 colors, like Phantom Violet, as the clear case lets you show off your phone but also adds a fun honey bee design. There are dozens of other designs to choose from too, plus matching phone loops.

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Paula Beaton
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