The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been on the market for roughly a week, and in that first few days, we’ve been testing a number of third party cases to see which we think are the best. Thanks to the phone’s IP67 rating, we know the phone is already pretty well equipped to handle the elements, but a little extra protection from drops and scuffs is always a good thing.
In testing these cases there were a couple of imperative properties. Firstly, they had to allow good, comfortable access to the phone’s curved ‘Edge’ screens on either side of the main display. Secondly, they had to fit snugly and not come off during routine, short distance drops to the ground.
The list includes all kinds of designs, from thin plastic shells to more durable and shock-absorbent cases, as well as a couple which are affordable for virtually any budget and are great value for the price.
Here’s our list of what we think are some of the best cases available for the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Incipio DualPro – $29.99
Over the years there have been a number of case ranges I’ve always enjoyed. One of them is the Incipio DualPro. Like a lot of cases, it uses a combination of hard and soft materials to create an impact-resistant cover for your smartphone. What I like most about the DualPro however, is that that the outer polycarbonate shell has a really nice soft-touch finish. It might attract finger grease, but it feels great. It’s available in six color options from Incipio’s own online store.
Speck Candyshell Grip – $34.95
Like the DualPro series, the Candyshell Grip has long been among my favorite cases. It uses two materials, but in different ways. It’s predominantly made from a hard, glossy plastic and the stretchy rubber adds flexibility to the corners. Stripes on the back are made from this same grippy, rubbery material, ensuring it won’t slip out of your hand. It’s available in four color options for just under $35.
Otterbox Symmetry – $39.95
Protecting a device with dual-curve edged screens isn’t easy, but you won’t get many more hard-wearing cases than those made by Otterbox. The Symmetry lineup is the more attractive and less bulky of the company’s options, but it still offers great impact and drop protection, while allowing you to get to those edge-screens. At $40, it’s not cheap, but it could be worth it if you’re accident-prone. The new colorful Design series models look fantastic too. You can buy them direct from Otterbox, or from Amazon.
Ballistic Urbanite Select – $39.99
Ballistic’s Urbanite is great for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the slightly bulbous corners ensure your phone is protected at its most vulnerable and impact-prone parts. Secondly, the faux leather effect and wood finish look really cool. What’s more, the case is very flexible and forms a tight fit around the phone. You can snag either the black leather effect or dark wood model for around $39.
Spigen Neo Hybrid – $16.99
The Spigen Neo Hybrid is made up of a soft, flexible rubber cover and a harder plastic bumper which protects the edges. Separately they feel really flimsy, but together, they form a case which gives decent protection from daily bumps and scrapes. The textured finish on the back helps add grip too. While it has a recommended retail price of $35, you can snag one from Spigen’s own eBay store for just $16.99.
Urban Armor Gear – $34.95
With its thick, slightly flexible edges and tough polycarbonate shell, the Urban Armor Gear case offers military grade protection from day-to-day life. The design is eye-catching, and the translucent backs look fantastic. It’s available in four colors from Amazon, and will ship from March 25th.
Incipio Feather Pure – $29.99
The Feather range has been a mainstay of Incipio’s product lineup for some time, and is one of the best, solid, thin cases. It’s a no-nonsense case for those who want as little bulk as possible, but still want to avoid scratching their all-glass smartphone. The pure version has a shiny transparent finish and it’s available in five colors.
VRS Design Single Fit – $9.99
For those on a budget, few companies offer the choice or quality of VRS Designs (formerly Verus). The Single Fit case has some very clicky, attractive button covers built in to the edges and a flexible, simple rubber material on the back. It’s available in five different colors for under $10.
No-case option – Dbrand Skins
If you don’t want any added bulk and want to change the look or texture of your device, you don’t have to add a case at all. Dbrand has some really well made vinyl skins in a variety of colors and textures. You can get one to cover just the back for $9.95, but can add front skins and edge skins too, in any combinations of finishes.