Calaxy S4 case

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is already well on its way to eclipsing its predecessor as the best-selling Android smartphone of all time. You wouldn’t want that stunning display to crack now would you? You don’t want anything to shake up those high-end internals. It would be unfortunate if anything nasty were to happen to your new best friend. This isn’t a shake down to extort protection money from you; it’s just a friendly reminder to buy a protective case.

Here are some of the best Galaxy S4 cases on the market right now.

Cygnett-Lavish-Executive-Black-Leather-CaseCygnett Lavish Executive Black Leather Case ($40)

Genuine black leather, broken only by the understated silver Cygnett logo, provides a classy executive look for this flip-open Galaxy S4 case. Inside you’ll find a stylish, brown diamond pattern on the microfiber lining. A clever design allows you to fold the case so it can act as a stand for your S4 in landscape view. It has all the cut outs that you’d expect to find, but it’s very easy to remove your S4 should you want to do so. It also ships with a free screen protector to ensure that stunning display stays in pristine condition.

Galaxy-S4-Case-Neo-HybridSpigen Neo Hybrid Case ($30)

The svelte, angular finish on this Spigen offering really makes it stand out. The basic case is flexible TPU, with a rubber feel that offers good grip and the usual shock absorbing properties, but there is also a polycarbonate bumper frame that goes around the outside. The frame comes in a contrasting color and there are several to choose from. It also includes a power button and volume rocker. Your ports and camera are all accessible thanks to cut outs.

Ballistic-Aspira-Series-CaseBallistic Aspira Series Case ($35)

You’ll find solid cases on offer at Ballistic and they tend to have extra padding and support at the corners where the majority of impacts occur. The Aspira series has the usual dual-layer protection with rubber shock absorption inside and a hard plastic shell, but they have spiced up the offerings for the S4 by going all out on the colors and patterns that are available. You want bright orange flowers on a pink background, or yellow and grey honeycomb? You’ll find them here.

ToughSuitBody Glove Toughsuit ($45)

As you might expect from a case with a name like “Toughsuit” this exceeds military specifications for drop tests. It combines four layers, including a screen protector, to ensure that your S4 does not shatter, crack, or even scuff should it come tumbling out of your hands and meet with a floor-based disaster. It comes with a holster and you can opt for subtle black or bright pink, there is no in between. It’s a bit chunky, but that’s the price you pay for serious protection.

OtterBox-Defender-Series-CaseOtterBox Defender Series Case ($50)

When you absolutely, positively have to protect your phone from every potential mishap, then you should opt for something seriously tough, like the top of the line Defender series from OtterBox. It offers multiple layers of protection – we’re talking silicone shock absorption, a polycarbonate hard shell, a screen guard, and port covers. There’s even a belt clip holster and kickstand. It’s a bit bulky, and screen protectors always reduce the sensitivity of your touchscreen (remember to recalibrate to compensate). If this seems like overkill then check out the Commuter and Reflex series at OtterBox for something lighter.

Eco-Friendly-Interchangeable-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-CaseInnovez Life Series Case ($25)

Offering a classic combo of hard outer shell and cushioned interior, the Innovez Life Series has serious eco-friendly credentials. The cases are constructed from environmentally friendly plastic, and they come in a range of two-tone color designs. In addition to the dual-layer protection, there’s a raised bezel to protect the screen, and button covers to safeguard your controls.

Belkin-Grip-Sheer-Matte-CaseBelkin Grip Sheer Matte Case ($25)

Here’s a nice, simple, flexible, tactile case which is easy to fit and keeps a low profile. The Belkin Grip is smooth to the touch and provides extra grip on your S4, so you you’re less likely to drop it. The matte finish comes tinted in black or white, and there’s a small Belkin logo. It protects the buttons and there’s a lip to protect the screen if you should lay it face down, but all ports and the camera remain accessible thanks to cutouts.

Seidio-Active-with-Metal-KickstandSeidio Active with Metal Kickstand ($35)

Slim and tough is a great combination, and this S4 case nails it. Seidio’s case has a hard plastic exoskeleton with a lightweight silicone interior. The metal kickstand is handy for propping the phone on your nightstand or watching movies, and there’s no danger it will pop out when it isn’t wanted because it’s magnetic. As you’d expect, all ports and functions remain accessible when the case is on.

Case-Mate-Glam-s4Case Mate Glam ($50)

You’ll find some seriously bling designs at Case Mate, including this Glam series, which comes in a range of alternative colors (this one is Rose Gold). The glitter coated inlay is smooth to the touch, and the interlocking design makes it easy to fit. The outside offers good, solid protection from bumps, and there’s a cushioned liner inside to guard against scratches. It’s perfect if you want a sparkly S4.

Griffin-reveal-S4Griffin Reveal ($25)

A svelte, two-tone case might be just the thing to keep your S4 in pristine condition. Griffin’s Reveal series combines a slim polycarbonate shell with a rubber lining and accents. You’ve got full access to features and controls, and the case is only 1.6mm thick. It’s a fairly minimalist option that will provide basic protection.

Incipio-Watson-Wallet-Folio-CaseIncipio Watson Wallet Folio Case ($45)

This folio-style wallet cover should have wide appeal. The faux leather is eco-friendly and suitable for vegans. There’s a hard shell for the S4 to sit in, and a micro-suede lining to make sure there are no scratches. The wallet opens to reveal three slots for cash and cards, and an elastic strap keeps the folio securely closed, and provides a splash of contrasting color. There are a couple of alternative color combinations if you don’t like the look of this one.

S4-flip-caseSamsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover ($60)

Official manufacturer accessories are often overpriced and offer little to recommend them over cheaper alternatives from third parties, but the S-View flip cover is a bit different. It is expensive, but it’s custom made and has a neat feature: there’s a little window to the display so you can see signal and battery status, messages, missed calls, time/date, and music player details without opening the cover. It activates automatically when you close the cover. The back snaps onto your S4, replacing the original backing, so it doesn’t add any bulk. The inside is soft and it protects and cleans your screen.

Diztronic-High-Gloss-Clear-TPU-CaseDiztronic High Gloss Clear TPU Case ($9)

You might not want to invest much cash in a case for your S4. If you just need basic protection then it can be had for under $10. This TPU case comes in one flexible piece and it’s pretty durable. It will absorb some shock from impacts, and the raised rim will help protect the screen if you put your phone face down. It’s really thin and light, and it doesn’t detract from the S4’s aesthetic, although TPU can discolor over time so you might prefer to go for a darker case.

Speck-CandyShell-GripSpeck CandyShell Grip ($35)

The enticing USP for this S4 case is the inclusion of those rubber stripes, designed to provide excellent grip on your phone. Dual-layer set ups are very common, because they work, and the Speck CandyShell Grip adheres to the formula with a rubbery interior to absorb impact and a hard outer shell. The single piece is pretty easy to fit, and there’s a choice of eye-catching color combinations.

That’s all of our Galaxy S4 cases for now, but we will update this roundup with new picks from time to time. Also check out our roundup of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 cases.

By Simon Hill