In a galaxy of metal and glass smartphones, Samsung’s S8 stands out as a real head-turner. As outlined in our Galaxy S8 review, the gorgeous screen curves in all the right places and has the skimpiest of bezels. It’s a great-looking phone, but it was not built to withstand the unforgiving, real world. Drop your S8 and you risk scuffs and dings in the metal frame, or worse, scratches or cracks in the screen that are pricey to repair. Because of that, you should really invest in some protection. Below are some of the best Galaxy S8 cases around, which vary in shape and style to suit every taste. After you pick your case, you might be interested in the best Galaxy S8 accessories that aren’t cases.
Stylish and minimal Galaxy S8 cases
Pela Eco-Friendly Case
When it comes to conservation and saving the planet Pela Eco Friendly Phone Cases are not fooling around. Pela’s stunning, quietly colorful cases come in a variety of colors and special edition turtle and bee cases with animal imprints. The Pela line of cases is 100% compostable to help keep plastic waste out of the planet’s oceans. The Pela Case is made of Flaxstic — compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials — which are tested to be safe and free of phthalates, BPA, cadmium, and lead. The base material meets U.S. and E.U. standards for composting in an industrial facility and has a lower carbon footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastic. It can also be left to biodegrade at home. The regular cases are $43 and the special edition cases are $45.
Peel Super Thin Case
Because the Galaxy S8 is such a sleek beauty, you might recoil at the thought of slapping a chunky plastic case on it. That’s why Peel designed these svelte, minimalist shells — to provide a thin, 0.35-millimeter layer of protection without spoiling the feel or look of the phone. There are no loud logos here and all your phone’s buttons, ports, and other features, including the curved edges, are easily accessible. The Samsung logo shines through subtly on the gray and silver versions, or you can opt for a matte-black configuration. These cases are quite expensive at $29.
Case-Mate Brilliance Tough Case
If you love sparkles, then this Galaxy S8 case is for you. Encrusted with real crystals and a metal accent, this eye-catching case comes in champagne, rose gold, or lace. You don’t have to sacrifice functionality for style, either, because this is a dual-layer case that meets military drop test standards. A few buyers have reported problems with lost crystals, but given it comes with a lifetime warranty, you can contact Case-Mate for a replacement if you run into any issues.
Snakehive Pastel Collection Leather Wallet
Made from beautiful nubuck leather, these folio cases from British accessory brand Snakehive come in a variety of colors well-suited for summer shenanigans. The pastel shades range from mint green and peach, to a lemon, lilac, and honeysuckle. There are two-tone versions available, too. Each case is stunning on the outside, and practical on the inside, with three card slots, a note compartment, and a phone holder that still provides complete access to your device’s buttons and connectors. The magnetic tab keeps the folio closed, and the cover can be flipped around to make a handy stand. The folio case is also available for the Galaxy S8 Plus.
Nomad Folio Wallet Case
Classic, durable, and practical, this genuine leather wallet case from Nomad could be the ideal companion for your Galaxy S8. It has a thin, plastic shell inside that holds your phone firmly in place and it’s wrapped in brown or grey American patina leather. The inside cover sports three neatly stitched card slots and there’s a larger pouch at the back for cash. There are generous openings for access to buttons, ports, camera, and everything else.
Skech Crystal Clear Case
We don’t blame you if the idea of covering up your gorgeous Galaxy S8 design has you shaking your head, but this phone is easily damaged. Skech might have the perfect compromise for you with its Crystal Clear S8 cover. The back is hard polycarbonate, and the frame is a softer material designed to absorb impact shock. There are thin button covers and accurate cut-outs for the ports, camera, and everything else. It’s slim, so you can’t expect rugged drop protection, but it will ward off minor bumps and scratches. It also has an anti-yellowing coating, so there’s no need to worry about UV rays.
Q Card Wallet Case
You can ditch the wallet with this case, provided you don’t use too many cards. It’s a slim option compared to other S8 wallet cases, because it’s a standard TPU shell case with a special pouch sewn onto the back with space for up to three cards. There are textured strips on the sides for enhanced grip, accurate cut-outs for the ports, camera, and fingerprint sensor, and decent button covers. It extends a little at the top and bottom of the front to safeguard the screen. There’s also a clever groove on the back so that you can use one of your cards as a kickstand.
RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper
This protective bumper is a good alternative to a traditional Galaxy S8 case, because it provides protection where you need it most — around the frame. Your phone is open front and back, so it’s easy to access the screen and you can enjoy Samsung’s curved design, but the bumper extends a little to protect both. The combination of hard and soft polycarbonate enhances grip and offers solid drop protection for falls from up to 11 feet. There are chunky button covers and generous openings for your ports. It comes in black, dark blue, and grey.
Ted Baker Folio Cases with Mirror
Designer Ted Baker has partnered with Proporta on a series of gorgeous folio cases for the Galaxy S8, all showing off the latest floral print trends. We’ve highlighted the black Knowane and nude Knowai Porcelain Rose models here, but also love the bold Cendra Butterfly Collective model. Flip open the magnetically secured folio cover to find a handy mirror inside, and be safe in the knowledge Proporta has used an electroplated shell to keep both the phone and the design looking its best.
Mujjo Leather Case
Mujjo’s leather cases for iPhone proved to be so popular, they decided to bring them to the Galaxy S8. This is the kind of case you want if you’re looking for a good quality leather case that will last you a long time. You can see that Mujjo chose to fold the leather inwards toward the camera instead of using a plastic ring. The interior of the case is a soft microfiber material, and the full-grain leather will look even better as it ages with long-term use. This case comes in black and a beautiful saddle tan color.
Speck Presidio Clear Case
The Presidio clear case comes in a variety of looks to suit any taste. You can opt to get the clear case, or you can jazz it up with some glitter. The case will protect your phone and is capable of resisting damage from drops of up to eight feet. One of the most annoying side effects of owning a clear case is the dreaded yellowing, but Speck uses a material called Impactium Clear which will resist yellowing, even when exposed to the sun for a long period.
Carved Turtle Inlay Seaside Shell Case
We’re big fans of Carved’s eye-catching Galaxy S8 cases. They feature real wood and all kinds of different artistic designs to give you a genuinely unique case that also offers lightweight protection. The case itself is a simple plastic shell with accurate cut-outs, thin button covers, and added grip on the sides. The back panels are hand-crafted in the U.S. This one combines purpleheart wood with real seashell and mother of pearl inlays to make the turtle. There are loads of other designs to choose from, ranging from plain wood at $24 to mixed materials that go up to $59.
Zizo Static Cover
If you’re looking for that extra added level of protection against drops and impact have a look at the Zizo Static Cover. Even with its slim design and gorgeous color combos, it adheres to military grade 810.1-G compliancy and is shockproof, relying on impact dispersion technology to distribute force evenly through the case. Add to that the built-in kickstand, which you can conveniently use to chat, view images and videos, and read. The inch-perfect mold offers up a slim profile, while dual-layered TPU and polycarbonate provide protection from drops and scratches.
Our appreciation for Mous cases comes from our experiences using them to cover our iPhone, and we therefore recommend them for slipping over your equally breakable Galaxy S8. The case has a polycarbonate body with a TPU bumper, which cleverly hides a system called AiroShock, which absorbs shocks and drops very effectively. While the shock protection is great, the surprising part is how thin and light the Mous Limitless cases are, giving you all the benefits of a tough case without the drawbacks. The wood or leather on back is real too, which makes us love the carbon fiber model even more.
Otterbox Commuter Case
Very few case manufacturers have Otterbox’s reputation for drop protection, and we found out why when we looked at how manufacturers test their rugged cases. If you’re looking for heavy-duty impact protection for the Galaxy S8, then Otterbox cases should definitely make your shortlist. The Commuter series is more manageable, as Otterbox has made the cases as slim as possible without compromising toughness. The case features Otterbox’s 2-layer protection and dust covers to keep dirt out of the smartphone’s ports. It comes in black, but you can also order it in a range of two-tone color combinations.
Pelican Voyager Case
One of the best rugged cases for the Galaxy S8, Pelican’s Voyager covers your phone from every angle and has a built-in screen protector and a holster. The back is transparent, but there’s a thick, protective frame with a soft touch finish that enhances grip. The buttons have tactile covers and the cut-outs are accurate, so you can use your S8 just fine with the case on, which is just as well, because it’s not easy to remove in a hurry. The holster also has a swiveling belt clip which can double up as a kickstand. This is a reliable option for drop protection and it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Tech21 Evo Wallet Case
At first glance, this case looks like your typical slim wallet case. The front cover allows you to keep two cards concealed and out of view for added safety. You can also take off that front cover when you don’t need it and turn this case into a simple, protective shell case. The Evo Wallet can resist drops from up to 10 feet, thanks to Tech21’s FlexShock technology.
Skinit Pro Case
The Skinit Pro case gives you everyday drop protection, with raised front bezels to keep your screen safe. Skinit’s website features a customization tool that you can use to upload any graphic or picture that you want featured on your custom case. You can position and resize the picture to make the case look exactly the way you want to before placing your order. You can also browse the wide selection of ready-made cases that are already available on the website for $35.
Samsung LED View Cover
Samsung’s LED Wallet cover is unique among the best Galaxy S8 cases. The case has an inside pocket where you can store cards just like many other wallet cases, but its standout feature is the LED notifications. When you press the power button, the front cover LED lights will display things like the time, alarms, and also incoming calls, allowing you to swipe to answer or reject those calls. You can also designate LED caller ID icons to a specific contact using the LED icon editor app. The case comes in black, silver, blue, and orchid gray.
Incipio Reprieve Sport Case
We know you don’t want to cover that beautiful Galaxy S8, but you need proper drop protection, too. Incipio’s Reprieve case could be the perfect compromise. The back is crystal clear with a large opening for the camera and fingerprint sensor. Shock absorbing reinforcement is built into the enlarged corners which cushion your S8 from every angle in the event of a fall. The button covers are easy to use and the partially clear, and the malleable bumper section comes in a choice of different colors for a fun, sporty feel.
UAG Pathfinder Case
Anyone concerned about dropping the S8 should have a look at UAG’s wares. These cases are really tough and practical, with reinforced corners, big rubber skid pads to prevent slips, and chunky button covers that are easy to feel and press. The openings offer easy access to all phone features and the case extends top and bottom to safeguard the screen. This opaque case comes in black, rust (orange), or white, but UAG also offers the translucent Plasma case in a few different shades.
Moshi Overture Wallet Case
This wallet case combines style and functionality in a package that offers decent drop protection. It’s a folio-style case, in black, vegan (fake) leather, which opens to reveal a polycarbonate shell for holding your S8 securely in place. The cover offers four handy slots for cards and a full-length pocket at the back. You’ll find accurate cut-outs for the buttons, camera and fingerprint sensor on the back, as well as the ports. The design also allows you to prop your S8 in landscape easily, which is great for watching movies.
VRS Simpli Mod Series Case
If you like the leather look, but you want a durable, shell-style case, then this option from VRS Design should make your shopping list. It’s a polycarbonate shell with generous openings for your S8 camera, fingerprint sensor, all buttons, and ports. The back has a textured, polyurethane leather finish with neat, contrasting stitching. It’s slim and light, so it won’t provide rugged drop protection, but it should be enough to cope with minor bumps. It comes in black, or a brown and gold combination and costs $25.
Defense Lux Case
Here’s a tough case that combines multiple layers of protection to ensure that your S8 can survive drops from up to 10 feet. There’s a malleable, inner rubber, tough, poly-carbonate back, and an aluminum frame. The button covers are well-defined, and there are accurate cut-outs for the ports, camera, and fingerprint sensor. It’s a pretty chunky case, but X-Doria has added a touch of style with a panel on the back that comes in a choice of finishes, including rosewood, black carbon fiber, or black leather.
Griffin Survivor Strong Case
You can still get dual-layer protection in a slim package with this case from Griffin. It protects against drops from up to 7 feet, but it’s very lightweight. There’s a layer of polycarbonate with flexible TPU around the outside which makes it easy to grip and comfortable to hold. You’ll find openings for the camera, fingerprint sensor, and ports are exactly where they should be, and there are individual button covers on the side for the volume and power buttons. This case comes in a range of color combinations with contrasting highlights and the Survivor logo on the back.
Spigen Tough Armor Case
Here’s an affordable protective case from popular manufacturer, Spigen. It meets military drop test standards, so your Galaxy S8 is safe in the event of a typical fall. The black inner shell is TPU with air cushions in the corners and there’s a polycarbonate layer to snap on top. You’ll find generous openings for easy access to ports and camera. The kickstand is handy for propping your phone in landscape view, but it is a bit flimsy. The back comes in a choice of six different metallic colors.