So you've bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus and are looking for a good case to protect it. You've come to the right place.
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.
Speck, one of the leading case makers, is bringing its latest case lines to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. You can opt for the Presidio Grip in a variety of color options, as well as the new translucent version.
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Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus protection options
Speck Presidio Grip
Samsung Clear View Standing Cover
OtterBox Strada Folio
Speck Presidio Clear + Glitter
Spigen Ultra Hybrid
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
OtterBox Defender Series
Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal Glitter
Spigen Wallet S Case
Samsung LED Wallet Cover
Speck Presidio Series
Spigen Tough Armor
Tech 21 Evo Check Active
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series
Skech Polo Book Wallet Case
Caseology Parallax Series
Samsung Galaxy S8 Keyboard Cover
Incipio Reprieve Sport
OtterBox Commuter Series
LifeProof Fre for Galaxy S8
Moshi Overture Wallet Case
Evutec Aer Karbon
X-Doria Defense Clear
Nomad Leather Wallet Folio
Vaja Grip leather case
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. When it ships (it's not quite available yet), it will come in black and burnt saddle (pictured). The case lists for $50 for the S8 version and $60 for the S8 Plus version.
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.
I've always liked Spigen's Neo Hybrid cases for other phones and it's now available for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in translucent crystal and crystal glitter versions for around $18. It's slim but also offers decent protection and has a nice soft-to-touch feel to it. The S8 Plus version also costs $18.
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. Though it lists for $35, it can be had for about $25 on Amazon.
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 new Flip Cover lineup for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which also includes the new S-View Flip Cover ($60). 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 assigned to your contacts, you'll know who's calling."
Hopefully it will come down in price over time, but for now it lists for $60 (it's the same price for the S8 Plus version).
This is Speck's plain-Jane Presidio Series case ($45), which 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 $45.
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 range from $30-$40.
Skech's Polo Book Wallet case is really two wallet cases in one. There's an inner lightweight "shell" case that's detachable from the larger folio wallet case which converts into a stand for video viewing. Pretty nifty.
Like Spigen, Caseology makes several attractive cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus that are affordable. I like the Parallax Series, which costs around $16. 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 $40.
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.
Evutec's Kevlar-infused Aer Karbon is slim and durable and has a metal insert integrated into the case that's designed to work with a magnetic car-vent mount. The case alone is $40, while the case/Afix mount combo costs $45. It's also available in S8 Plus versions for the same prices. Black only at launch.
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 $25 for both the S8 and S8 Plus versions.
Nomad's folio case is made out genuine Horween leather and wears well, darkening up a bit with a nice patina. The case is currently available in "rustic" brown or gray and costs $50 for both the S8 and S8 Plus versions.
Argentina-based Vaja Cases has swanky new high-end leather cases for the S8 and S8 Plus coming soon (I've tried iPhone versions of its cases and they're quite nice). The Grip will come in two colors at launch -- white and black. No word on pricing yet but its Grip LP case for the iPhone 7 is currently selling for $80.