The brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have been announced and of course the first thing you worry about is buying a case for it. Spigen sent out a few of their cases in anticipation for the Samsung S8 launch so I take a first look at their lineup.
These cases and first look are sponsored by Spigen.
A few of the cases that were sent over to check out are listed below, but if you want to check out their whole line of cases, you can view Spigen’s whole case collection here:
The Thin Fit has been my daily driver for the iPhone 7 Plus and I continue to recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a minimal and thin case option. Made of a hard plastic, it’s designed to be a light shell to simple tabletop protection. What it lacks for in impact protection though, it makes up for in their special soft exterior coating. It makes gripping the case grippier which is essential when you’re dealing with larger screens such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
If there’s one case I recommend to grab, it’s the Spigen Thin Fit Case – even if it’s just to have as a backup case.
Made of a single piece of flexible rubber, this is an upgrade to the days of the floppy silicone cases. The exterior patterned texture and matte finish help with gripping and is mainly designed for scratch resistance. Another option for the slim and minimal crowd, but I wouldn’t count on this for extreme drops.
A very specific crowd of users who love the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and want to show it off, but also want to ensure they’re protected. The Spigen Liquid Crystal Case is just right, without adding too much bulk. You won’t be afraid to throw this into your pocket with keys or sliding it along a table. Again, not designed for extreme drop protection, but the flexible rubber case helps the design of the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus shine right through.
Another clear case option with a slight upgrade in protection, the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case comes with a stiff clear backing but a soft TPU edge with Air Cushion Technology built-in. That basically means little air pockets on the corners which help disperse impacts and drops a lot better, hopefully preventing any of it reaching your precious Galaxy S8 screen. A popular clear case option thanks to the stiff back that’s not made of a rubber, therefore is more resistant to yellowing or darkening overtime.
An upgrade to the Liquid Air, with a two piece design, the polycarbonate jacket around a flexible rubber shell. This offers a lot more variety in style, with a few options ranging from a shiny black to a blue or gold mix. Another one with great scratch and tabletop protection, but not aimed at the tough case market.
Once you start getting serious about protection, the Spigen Slim Armor Case is the place to start. It’s a minimal take on a tough case, with curved edges that help your hand wrap around the thicker rubber. Another two piece design, there’s a hard polycarbonate jacket that wraps around the interior rubber shell, giving the whole case a rigid feel. Combine that with the Air Cushion Technology (air pocket corners), it’s for anyone who tends to drop their phone a lot.
The Armor series includes a kickstand around back which helps with propping up the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the S8 Plus to view the device’s amazingly sharp screen hands-free.
Slim Armor CS
The same case as the Spigen Slim Armor Case, except replacing the kickstand around back with a card storage area. Rated to hold up to 2 cards, I was able to fit 3 in comfortably. That means ditching your wallet on a night out and having one less thing to worry about – bring your ID, a credit card, and some cash and you’re ready to strut your stuff around town.
If it wasn’t obvious already though, the extra card storage does add some thickness to the case. The matte texture on the black models do help with handling though and I’m glad they didn’t opt for a glossy finish which would’ve greased up terribly.
The best of the best, the Spigen Tough Armor Case is designed for the clumsy in mind. Similar to the Spigen Slim Armor Case, except it doesn’t skimp on adding rubber to pad your Samsung Galaxy S8 down. A two piece design as well, the polycarbonate jacket on this keeps the sharper edge design compared to the curved edges on the Spigen Slim Armor Case. This makes the whole case feel like a real tank, combined with the matte textured exterior and Air Cushion Technology, it may as well be.
In comparison to the Spigen Slim Armor though, it comes down to whether you’re going to want that curved edge or the straight edge and what you prefer feeling in the hand. Both cases offer great impact protection and a decent bezel around the front screen for table top protection.