The Samsung Galaxy S21 line just dropped, and if you’re considering purchasing one you’ll likely want a good case to protect that shiny new tech. Fortunately, case manufacturers always get in early with accessories, so let’s see the best protection you can buy your new phone right out of the gate.
A Great Balance: Spigen Slim Armor Case
This case from Spigen covers a lot of ground in a sleek package. It’s dual-layered to protect your phone from drops along with using air cushions to absorb impacts. It’s made from some nice and flexible TPU and comes with a small storage compartment where you can keep a couple of credit cards or cash—you’ll need to remove it for wireless charging though.
Premium Look and Feel: Samsung Leather Cover
A rather straightforward case coming from Samsung itself, this case covers your entire phone in some luxurious leather. While this case won’t be as protective as some of the other ones on this list—you’re definitely trading function for style here—the case still wraps around the corners to provide some decent guard against drops.
Clearly Sturdy: Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case
Transparent cases are nothing new, but the work Spigen has done to prevent yellowing over time and provide a shock-absorbing bumper makes this one the winner in our eyes. The back is still made from strong polycarbonate as well, so you don’t need to worry about it cracking anytime soon.
Some Sparkle: Spigen Liquid Crystal Glitter Case
But if you prefer some more pizazz in your phone cases, then Spigen’s “Crystal Glitter” effect should be right up your alley. This case manages a great mix of having some style while not being flashy and should look fantastic no matter what color your Galaxy is.
Expressive: Samsung LED Back Cover
If you want to try out something a bit more experimental, then Samsung’s got your back—literally. This cover has a simple LED display on the back that shows off various icons, depending on the situation. It can display a battery level icon, show the time, or just display a simple icon you can edit yourself. It’s a fun little bonus that adds a level of personalization to your phone no other case could.
Toughie: OtterBox Defender Pro Case
Otterbox is well-known as the company to turn to for highly protective cases, and the Defender Pro is no different. Thanks to this case’s rugged, grippy exterior, your phone will be well protected from drops and is even less likely to slip out of your hand in the first place. If protecting your phone is of the utmost importance to you when it comes to cases—and you don’t mind paying a premium for protection—then this is the case for you.
PopSocket Ready: OtterBox Pop Symmetry Case
PopSockets are extremely popular accessories for smartphones since they make holding your phone more comfortable, and OtterBox has its own Popsocket-ready case for the S21 line. The case itself is fairly protective against drops, but the real star of the show is the integrated PopSocket PopGrip. This makes using your PopSocket more secure than ever, and you can get a PopTop included with the case if you don’t already have one.
A Unique Style: Samsung Kvadrat Cover
Kvadrat isn’t a super common material in phone cases, so seeing one come from Samsung is a delight. This textile looks and feels great, and it was even made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s slim, sturdy, and unique—what else could you want in a phone case?
The Samsung Kvadrat Cover is only available for the S21+.
Clean and Simple: OtterBox Symmetry Case
If you just want a simple case that looks nice and will protect your phone the Symmetry is it. On the outside, it doesn’t look like anything special, but it’ll protect your phone from drops and even comes in a couple of cool styles like “Shell-Shocked.”
Grip it: Incipio Grip Case
When you have a good enough grip on your phone, dropping it isn’t as likely—and a good grip is exactly what you’re getting with this case from Incipio. The sides are cleverly designed to provide plenty of friction to stop the phone from slipping through your fingers, and even if it does, the case is also extremely drop-resistant to ease all concerns.
Wavy: LifeProof WĀKE Case
LifeProof makes cases from sustainable materials, and that includes the WĀKE. This case is made from 85% recycled plastics from the ocean, morphed into a great-looking wave design—when you’re done with the case you can even send it back to LifeProof for the materials to be repurposed. The case can protect against drops of up to six feet and comes in a couple of ocean-inspired color schemes alongside the standard black.
Customizable: dbrand Grip Case
You may know dbrand for its fantastic device skins (and there are skins for the S21 line already), but the company also produces some great cases. As you’d expect from dbrand, these cases are customizable with a wide range of colors and materials to pick from. On top of the personalization, the sides are also textured for added grip when holding the phone.
Strong and Recyclable: ZAGG Copenhagen Case
This case may not look like much from the outside, but it’s capable of protecting your phone from 13-foot drops even with its slim, pocket-friendly design. And on top of that, once you’re done with this case, you can recycle it instead of throwing it in the trash or junk drawer.
Get a View: Samsung S-View Cover
Cases with a front cover can be annoying to use since you need to flip them open to check notifications. However, Samsung’s S-View case aims to fix that with a small window to the screen, where the S21 will then display some vital information. View the time, get a glance of notifications, and even answer phone calls, all without ever flipping the cover—there’s even a version for the S21 Ultra that can store the S-Pen.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Case, S-View Flip Cover - Pink (US Version)
Get a quick glance at your screen through this front cover case.
Textured Structure: ZAGG Denali Case
Besides a nice and grippy textured back and siding, the Denali case also protects from drops of up to 16 feet—and it stays surprisingly slim despite that. This case is sure to keep your phone safe from harm while also preventing you from dropping it in the first place.