Great news for Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus users who find themselves in search of a good new protective case -- many of the best cases are currently available for much less than their initial suggested retail prices.
In fact, some are more than half off, but how do you know which will be the best for your needs? We've done the research to help you make the right decisions.
In trying to boil down the best cases currently available, I steered away from bulkier cases and focused more on thinner ones that offer a decent degree of protection while mixing in a few folio cases for those who want a wallet-style case with more screen protection as well as some storage for credit cards and a little cash.
Of course, when it comes to protective cases, personal taste is a big factor (and plenty of people don't bother with them), and we may have missed a few that you think should have been included. As always, we'll be updating this list as more products arrive.
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Update: Prices have been verified as of Thursday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. PST
Speck's plain-Jane Presidio Series case was $45 when it debuted in 2017, but is now less than $7 on Amazon. It has a matte finish and has taken the place of Speck's CandyShell case (the Presidio is slimmer than the earlier CandyShell cases but just as protective). It's available in multiple color options, as well as a clear version that I like that's translucent. The S8 Plus version of the case also costs $6.72.
OtterBox's Strada Folio doesn't have much room for credit cards, but it's a highly protective case and one of my personal favorites. Available in black and burnt saddle (pictured), the case now lists on Amazon for $26.08 for the S8 version and $38.69 for the S8 Plus version.
I've always liked Spigen's Neo Hybrid cases for other phones and it's currently available for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in translucent crystal and crystal glitter versions for $16. It's slim but also offers decent protection and has a nice soft-to-touch feel to it. The S8 Plus version costs $17.
The Spigen Neo Ultra Hybrid is a simple and slim clear case that preserves the look of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus without adding much bulk. It also comes in versions where the side bumper is a color instead of clear.
Spigen offers some of the better cases for the money, which is why I've included several models in this roundup.
This is the Wallet S, a folio-style case with slots for credit cards and cash. It's available in black or tan for both the S8 and S8 Plus, though the design is arguably superior for the Edge version because it's easier to get the phone in and out of the case.
Samsung's LED Wallet Cover is part of Samsung's Flip Cover lineup for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which also includes the S-View Flip Cover ($33). Both cases are available in several colors.
According to Samsung, "The LED lights animate to give you a lot of essential information including notifications. You can also turn off alarms and answer phone calls by swiping the cover. And with the special icons you assign to your contacts, you'll know who's calling."
A lot of people like Urban Armor Gear cases because they're highly protective yet manage to maintain a slick, industrial look. Available in multiple colors, with some price variation according to color.
This case also comes in a version for the S8 Plus that costs about the same price.
The Skech Matrix series is similar to slim, tough cases from Speck, OtterBox and others. It's available in clear translucent versions with and without embedded glitter, as well as translucent space gray. Prices start at $26.50.
Like Spigen, Caseology makes several attractive cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus that are affordable. I like the Parallax Series, which currently costs $13. It's the same price for the S8 Plus version.
OtterBox's Commuter Series case doesn't offer quite as much protection as the company's Defender Series case, but it is slimmer. It's sort of a cross between the Defender and OtterBox's sexier Symmetry Series cases. Available in multiple colors for $15.48.
Pelican makes a few different cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Its $50 Vault case is an interesting take on a folio-style case, with a window in the front and a slot to hold a credit card. It also converts into a kickstand.
Argentina-based Vaja Cases has swanky high-end leather cases for the S8 and S8 Plus (I've tried iPhone versions of its cases and they're quite nice). The Grip comes in two colors (white and black) and is currently selling on clearance for $29.
X-Doria makes several cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. I personally like the Defense Clear Series, which offers decent drop protection and comes in two trim options -- black or white. It costs $10.74 for the S8 version (The S8 Plus version is currently unavailable).
PureGear's rugged DualTek case has raised corners that help protect your S8 or S8 Plus in the event of a face-down fall. This case has been available for iPhones and previous Galaxy models and has held up well in our tests. It currently lists for $30 on Amazon.