With a 6.2-inch display and gorgeous curves, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus proves big can be beautiful — but it’s also breakable. If your smartphone slips from your hand, cracks and scratches can mar the glass exterior, while chips and dents slowly destroy the metal frame. Repairs don’t come cheap, so it makes sense to take precautions. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases and covers, whether you’re into rugged protection or something sleeker. It may be smart to pair some of these cases with one of the best Galaxy S8 Plus screen protectors for complete coverage.
Stylish and minimal cases
Ringke Fusion Case
These cases from Ringke have a clear polycarbonate back panel so you can see the S8 Plus inside. The hard back is paired with a flexible TPU bumper that takes the sting out of bumps and drops and comes in clear, rose gold, or smoke black. Despite being fairly slim, this case still offers decent drop protection and sports a lip at the top and bottom of the screen to keep it from touching surfaces. The cutouts are pretty generous, so you shouldn’t have any issues with accessories, the button covers work well, and Qi wireless charging works with the case on.
Peel Super Thin Case
Chunky cases distract from the slender beauty and feel of the S8 Plus, so you may prefer to opt for something minimal. Thankfully, Peel’s cases are the thinnest we’ve come across. They’ll fit your Samsung phone like a second skin. The cutouts for your phone’s buttons, ports, camera, and other features are accurate — meaning you’ll barely notice there’s a case on your phone — but it does add grip and guard your device against scrapes on both the back and sides. We wouldn’t rely on it for drop protection and the screen is left exposed, however, minimalism is the aim here and so it’s very thin and free of garish logos or text. These cases are slightly translucent, too, and come in black, gray, or silver.
Carved Satellite Case
At the top of Carved’s range of wooden cases, you’ll find the Satellite series. Each case has a unique blend of real wood grain and colorful resin swirls, so you’re guaranteed a one of a kind. The underlying case is a simple black, plastic shell with accurate openings for phone functions, tactile button covers, and textured sides for improved grip. There’s a wide range of different designs to choose from. This is a perfect choice if you want a case that will really stand out.
Skech Matrix Sparkle Case
If you’d like to add a little sparkle to Samsung’s stunning design, then this Skech case is for you. It features a clear, hard, polycarbonate back with a flexible TPU bumper. It’s a transparent case with glitter embedded in it, though you can get a crystal-clear version. It has a special coating that adds grip, reduces scratches, and resists any yellowing than the sun’s rays might cause. Drop protection is good from up to 8 feet, there’s a raised rim to safeguard your screen, and the slim button covers do their job well. You’ll also find accurate openings for easy access to everything.
Nomad Folio Wallet Case
Here’s a classy S8 Plus case for anyone who wants to leave the wallet at home. The exterior comes in brown or grey leather, and it’s neatly stitched. Open it up and you’ll find three card slots and a larger pocket for cash. There’s also a plastic shell to hold your S8 Plus in place, and it has large cutouts for easy access to buttons and ports. There’s a good-sized opening on the back for the camera and fingerprint sensor, too.
Silk Innovation Base Grip Case
This is a slim, flexible case that’s easy to fit and offers basic protection for your Galaxy S8 Plus. It does have a raised lip around the screen and cushioned corners, so it should protect your phone from bumps, scratches, and minor falls, but don’t expect rugged drop protection. The highlight is the textured bumper portion which aids grip. The button covers are very thin and the cutouts are accurate. This affordable S8 Plus case comes in a teal blue, or in black.
RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper
What we love about this bumper is that it doesn’t cover the screen or back of the S8 Plus and yet it offers solid drop protection from up to 11 feet. It won’t interfere with the camera, NFC, or wireless charging like some S8 Plus cases can. It also features generous openings for the ports and it can be used in partnership with most screen protectors. The downside is that it’s a chunky, hard polycarbonate frame and the button covers are stiff at first.
Noreve Horizontal Wallet Case
When it comes to premium, supple leather cases, Noreve should be at the top of everyone’s shortlist. This horizontal wallet case protects your Galaxy S8 Plus from all sides, unlike some other wallet cases that leave the corners exposed. The camera, flash, and ports are easily accessible, so you can take pictures without any hassle. It has pockets for two cards and, as is typical with Noreve cases, you can order it in a variety of leather finishes, textures, and colors.
Nutshell Leather Holster Case
Is the Galaxy S8 Plus too big for your pockets? If the answer is yes, then maybe you should consider getting a holster. Nutshell crafts genuine, hand-made leather holsters in New Zealand for the Galaxy S8 Plus. The holsters come in black or tan, and they are available in a variety of designs. Just like anything made from real leather, expect this holster to loosen up over time and look even better once you wear it and abuse it a bit.
Samsung LED View Cover
Samsung’s wallet case for Galaxy phones mixes typical wallet case features with a bit of tech. The case offers some protection from slight bumps and scratches, but the standout feature here is the LED notifications. When you press the power button on your Galaxy smartphone, you will be able to see things like the time, alarms, and also answer or reject calls. You can also assign custom caller ID icons to specific contacts using the LED icon editor app. The case comes in black, silver, blue, and orchid gray.
Case-Mate Naked Tough
Here’s an eye-catching option from Case-Mate. The Naked Tough line is usually transparent, but this iridescent version brings a splash of color. The back is still translucent, so you can see the Samsung logo and the design beneath. The flexible bumper around this case keeps your S8 Plus safe from drop damage. You’ll find generous openings for the ports and camera, and there are stylish metallic button covers. This case also comes with a lifetime warranty.
UAG Pathfinder Case
The UAG Pathfinder case combines a very lightweight build with impact shock resistance that meets military drop-test standards. There is a heavily textured pattern on the back and sides of the case for extra grip. Samsung stuck with a headphone jack on the Galaxy S8, but charging and data transfer come via the USB Type-C port. Thankfully, the case features oversized ports so that you can use this case with most headphones, earbuds, or charging cables.
Otterbox Defender Case
The Otterbox Defender is one of those cases that offers no apologies. It is big, bulky, and boasts some of the best drop protection of any case. Like other Otterbox cases, it comes certified by Otterbox’s Drop+ protection. One important thing to note is that the Defender case for the Galaxy S8 Plus is a screenless design, so keep that in mind if you were looking for a rugged case with a built-in screen protector. Just because the case is big and rugged doesn’t mean that you have to get it in black; Otterbox does offer some very nice two-tone color combinations including the bizarrely-named marathoner (blue and gray), vinyasa (purple and pink), and the more straightforward aqua mint gray.
If you were looking for a case that doubles down on waterproof protection and has a built-in screen protector, then you’ve just found it. We’re sure you know by now that the Galaxy S8 Plus has IP68 dust and water resistance, but you may want a case that is not only waterproof, but dirt-proof, snow-proof, and drop-proof as well. Lifeproof’s waterproofing also offers slightly more protection than the native IP68 water resistance of the Galaxy S8 Plus. This case is submersible to a depth of two meters for up to one hour. It’s a pretty bulky case, but the features and ports are easily accessible. The case is available in a few colors with silly names, including asphalt black, second wind gray (pictured), and twilight’s edge purple (which is actually pink, purple, and turquoise).
Patchworks ITG Level Case
This classic combination of shock absorbing TPU with a tough polycarbonate shell should keep your S8 Plus safe from drop damage caused by minor falls from up to 4 feet. It features a smart design with textured sides for enhanced grip, button covers that are easy to find and press without looking, and a sloping cutout on the back that offers easy access to the fingerprint sensor and ensures there’s no flash splashback. It’s good that you can still enjoy your curved screen with this case on, but we have doubts about how protective it will be if your S8 Plus lands face down. It comes in red or black.
Tech21 Evo Go Case
At first glance, the Tech21 Evo Go case looks like a typical thick, rugged case, but there’s more there than meets the eye. Starting with the real leather trim on the back, which provides a touch of class and good grip, this S8 Plus case has a lot going for it. The case is made from Tech21’s FlexShock material and employs three-layer impact protection that is able to withstand drops from up to 10 feet, exceeding military drop test standards. You may not see it at first, but this case also has hidden card storage that closes magnetically, offering space for up to two cards. It comes in black, or a beautiful orchid (purple and pink) color.
VRS Design Crystal Bumper
Here’s a good option if you want an S8 Plus case to showcase Samsung’s stunning design. This clear, flexible TPU shell is very easy to fit and sports accurate cutouts and slim button covers. It has been reinforced by a polycarbonate bumper which comes in a couple shades of silver, gold, or blue. It’s a simple, slim case, but it should offer protection from minor knocks, and it extends to the front to protect that huge screen.
Incipio Esquire Series Case
The Esquire Series from Incipio is all about bringing a little touch of exquisite luxury to your smartphone. The basic case is a familiar blend of tough, transparent TPU, with a flexible bumper section that absorbs impact shock. But it makes things a little more interesting with an ultra-soft cotton finish on the back. It’s a durable case for basic protection, with openings and button covers where you need them. If you don’t like the black color, there are many other designs to choose from.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Case
A flexible TPU shell hugs your S8 Plus and a tough polycarbonate bumper slips on top for extra strength in this offering from Spigen. The result is an attractive two-tone design that will keep your phone safe from scratches, dings, and minor bumps. The back is textured for extra grip, there’s also a protective lip around the screen, and protruding button covers. The cutouts are precise and offer unfettered access to the camera, fingerprint sensor, and all ports.
Author: Simon Hill