Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus protection options
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 Presidio Grip
Speck, one of the leading case makers, has several choices for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. You can opt for the Presidio Grip in a variety of color options, as well as the translucent version.
Price: $11.95 available at Amazon
Speck Presidio Clear + Glitter
Price: $4.66 to $9.97, available at Amazon
Samsung Clear View Standing Cover
The Clear View Standing Cover (or S-View Flip Cover), which comes in a few translucent colors, is very slick. It converts into a stand and retails for $33.
Speck Presidio Series
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 Strada Folio
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.
OtterBox's Symmetry Series ($9.89) comes in a variety of colors and is a good sturdy case that's not too thick. I personally like the clear version (pictured). The S8 Plus version currently costs $13.
OtterBox Defender Series
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
Supcase makes some relatively inexpensive cases for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Its Unicorn Beetle Pro is its rugged case and is available in four color options for less than $20.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal Glitter
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.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid
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 Wallet S Case
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 LED Wallet Cover
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."
It lists for $60 on Amazon.
Tech 21 Evo Check Active
We've always liked Tech 21 cases, which offer a good blend of protection in a slim design and feel good in your hand (they're easy to grip).
The Tech 21 Evo Check Active comes in a couple of different colors and costs $40.
Urban Armor Gear Plasma Series
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.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Keyboard Cover
Making the switch from a BlackBerry or just pining for a physical keyboard? Samsung's bringing its keyboard case to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.
Incipio Reprieve Sport
Incipio's Reprieve Sport has some extra corner protection, which I like. Available in multiple colors for $40.
OtterBox Commuter Series
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.
There's nothing terribly fancy about Incipio's Octane ($7.75), which has a rigid exterior and soft interior, but it's a solid case for the money. Available in multiple colors.
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.
Vaja Grip leather case
Nomad Leather Wallet Folio
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 $35 on clearance for both the S8 and S8 Plus versions.
X-Doria Defense Clear
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.
See more info and pricing for PureGear DualTek case for Galaxy S8 on Amazon.com. (Currently unavailable)