If you’ve taken the plunge and splashed out on a new Galaxy S3 phone then you’re going to want to invest in a decent case. Galaxy S3 cases come in all shapes and sizes. You can get top notch protection to guard against knocks and drops or you can go for a stylish eye-catching design. You can find options to suit any budget. We’ve got them all right here for you to peruse.
Let’s dive in and find the right Samsung Galaxy S3 case for you.
Also check out our roundup of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 cases.
Body Glove Tactic Case ($30)
A hard outer shell and an absorbent gel lining takes care of drops and shocks, while the gel ribs down either side provide great grip and make your S3 easier to hold. There are cut outs for the camera, the headphone port, and the Micro USB port, and gel covers for the volume and power controls. A choice of two tone color schemes gives it a pleasant look and the gel highlights also ensure your phone doesn’t slip when you put it down on smooth surfaces.
Handcrafted using the finest Indian leather, the D. Bramante 1928 Leather Wallet flips open like a book and has a magnetic closure. Inside you’ll find four slots for cards on the right with a cash pocket behind them. On the left there’s a larger pocket for your S3. Although there’s a cut out to make removing your phone in a hurry, this isn’t a case you’ll want to keep your phone in all the time because you have to remove the S3 in order to use it. Consider it a good travel case.
Cygnett UrbanShield Case ($30)
Brushed aluminum gives this case a premium look, which is combined with rubber, providing impact protection and better grip. The cut outs are all present and correct, so there’s no need to remove your S3 once it is snug inside this case. It doesn’t add much bulk and it comes with a screen protector to prevent any scratches on that display. You can also get this case with a carbon fiber or a silver finish on the back plate.
Power hungry would be a fair description of the S3, so if you want some extra juice then consider this battery case from Mophie. It will deliver just under a complete charge, which is enough to keep your S3 ticking for an extra few hours. It adds a little bulk and weight, but it’s actually pretty slim for a battery case. You get the usual LED indicators to show the power level, and the functions are all still accessible. It provides basic protection, though we wouldn’t advise dropping it deliberately.
Musubo Mummy ($30)
It may be inspired by Ancient Egypt, but this Musubo offering stops short of fully mummifying your Galaxy S3. It’s a malleable case, made from TPU, and it has a nice glossy finish. It fits snugly on the phone and it’s comfortable to hold. The cutouts are accurate, and there doesn’t seem to be any problem with flash glare on photos. It also comes with a wee plastic stand that supports various positions for sitting your S3 in portrait or landscape. Several colors are available, but white is best for the real mummy effect.
Belkin Shield Fade ($30)
For a minimalist, eye-catching design, you might be tempted by the Shield Fade. There’s a choice of two-tone color combinations and they’re all finished in high gloss plastic that matches the S3 nicely. It’s very slim and the cutouts are large, so it doesn’t interfere with operating the phone, but you can’t expect more than basic impact and scratch protection. The small Belkin man logo finishes off the premium look. Shop around and you’ll find it discounted.
We wouldn’t ordinarily include two cases from the same manufacturer on the list, but OtterBox has unveiled its toughest case yet. The Armor Series is waterproof, dust proof, drop proof, and crush proof. A super tough case like this is always going to be bulky; that’s the price you pay for this level of protection. You can drop your S3 from 10 feet onto concrete, submerge it up to 6.6 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, or apply two tons of pressure, and it will survive with the Armor case.
Music is essential when you’re out running, and no one wants to miss calls, but you need an armband that can protect your phone from sweat. This Arkon armband is a good fit for the S3 and it’s not too expensive. The neoprene is comfortable and sweat resistant, the plastic window allows you to see the display easily, and there’s a cutout for your earphones. It’s a solid design, and you’ll find there’s room to pop cash or cards in there as well, should you need to.
Seidio Convert Combo ($50)
This combo pack includes the Surface case, which is a pretty standard, sleek case with the usual cutouts. On top of that you get a rugged skin and skeleton which includes covers for the controls, ports and the camera lens. You also get the Convert holster for easily clipping your phone to your belt and protecting the screen. The package is completed by a precision cut screen guard. You won’t find too many Galaxy S3 case options with protection for that lens, and this is a nice adaptable solution for different scenarios.
If you’ve never tried a TPU case then it’s about time you did, there’s a good reason so many Galaxy S3 cases are crafted from it. It’s lightweight; it doesn’t scratch; and it feels solid, but it’s also malleable enough to absorb the shock from bumps and peel off the device with ease. This range from Cruzerlite is slim and offers full access to your phone’s functions. They’re also fun, with Android mascot designs in various eye-catching styles.
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