The new Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone looks stunning, so, you’d be wise to keep it that way, and the best method of achieving that (apart from not putting it in the same pocket as your keys) is a case. There are lots of unique options among the best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases, so you’ll need to decide which kind you prefer.
A folio case that wraps round back and front for total protection and a place for your credit cards, perhaps? How about a sleeve so you can handle the phone on its own but keep it safe when you’re not using it? Other options include a super-strong protective case, one that just protects the back, or one that’s see-through to show off the beautiful colors like Phantom Violet that Samsung has dreamed up this time.
All of the cases below will protect your phone, and they all look good in their own right, complementing the elegant design of the Galaxy S21.
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The clear choice
Zagg Gear4 Crystal Palace
Zagg’s Gear4 sub-brand has built brilliant shock protection into this attractive clear case. It uses D3O, a soft and flexible special material which hardens instantaneously on impact, dissipating shock and working as a brilliant impact protector. It works for drops of up to 13 feet. Even so, it’s slim and soft to the touch.
Because this case is clear, you can see the phone and its mesmerizing color in all its glory, and because of anti-yellowing properties, it’ll keep it that way.
The coolest folio
Samsung Galaxy S21 LED Wallet Cover
Samsung has made a very special folio for its new phone. It wraps the handset completely, including the camera panel, so it’s all tucked away safely. Inside the front cover there’s also room for one credit card or transit card, whatever you prefer.
But there’s more. The front cover lets light from the display shine through in a clever way. You have to download a free app for this, but once you’ve done that, the cover can light up to display the current time, for instance. Another cool function is being able to choose which icons show up when a call comes in, and you can answer the call by tapping the cover–you don’t need to open it to touch the screen itself.
Like there’s no case at all
Totallee Super Thin
Totallee’s cases are preposterously thin and light, so there’s no extra bulk or weight to add to your phone. Protection levels are no match for the sturdier cases here, and the screen isn’t as well guarded as on others, but the benefit is a superb feel and look.
There are two options—a solid black matte finish or a completely transparent one. Both are a perfect fit and there’s a raised part around the camera panel to protect the lenses.
Slim, cute and strong
Otterbox Symmetry Series
One brand that’s especially synonymous with strong protection is Otterbox. Its Symmetry series adds great looks and a slim profile to the mix. Choose from Rock Candy Blue (even the color names are great!), Shell Shocked Graphic and, er, Black.
It’s the slimness that stands out, though–strong protection often requires more bulkiness than this. There’s also silver baked in; not to make it more valuable, but to add an antimicrobial property so your case stays bacteria-free.
Protection with a kickstand
Spigen Tough Armor
Spigen’s latest has a new kind of foam built into the inside of the case which offers extra shock protection, additional to the air cushion technology built into each corner. It adds fractionally to the thickness of the case (Spigen says 0.17in) but it’s still highly manageable. And there’s another benefit here: the back has an integrated kickstand which folds out so you can watch video on the magnificent high-refresh rate Galaxy S21 screen without having to lean the phone precariously.
ESR Clear Case
How about something slim, clear and, above all, cheap? ESR’s thin case looks great and fits like a dream. The soft-to-the-touch finish means it feels great in the hand, too.
The edge on the front is slightly raised, so there’s some protection for the display as well, though a screen protector will help with that. There’s also a raised area that fits right around the camera to keep that safe too.
Sparkling good taste
Tech21 Evo Sparkle
Perhaps you’d like something a little eye-catching. Well, the shimmering Evo Sparkle should do the trick. It’s strong enough to protect for falls of up to 10ft, and with an anti-microbial quality that reduces germs almost completely, this is an appealing choice. The holographic effect is excellent and it’ll stay that way thanks to the scratch resistance that’s built in.
Casetify Red Roses
Casetify makes a dizzyingly wide range of cases and there are plenty of attractive-looking ones. Take this Red Roses case which is partly transparent so the color of your S21 will shine through.
The cases have one thing in common–Casetify’s logo that edges round the camera panel. There’s decent, rather than outstanding, shock absorption, but there’s just enough to protect against a drop of around 6ft thanks to the company’s proprietary shock absorbing material. It also uses an antimicrobial coating called Defensify.
Pop it to me
Otterbox Otter + Pop Symmetry
If you like using your phone with a PopSocket, Otterbox has you covered. This case, which comes in fetching color called Tranquil Waters Light Teal as well as Black, is a bit bulkier than some of the brand’s other cases, but that’s because it has a cunningly placed dimple in the back, out of which you can spring a PopSockets PopGrip. You can also remove it and replace it with a different colored or patterned PopGrip. It also has an antimicrobial element to keep it free from germs.
The ultimate protection
Mous Clarity Lite
Mous makes astonishingly good protective cases, with truly outstanding shock protection, all down to the company’s own AiroShock technology. This is the company’s first ever completely clear case; previous Clarity cases were clear with a black edge.
Where the Mous case excels is that although it’s light and slim, it has ingeniously crafted edges that are bigger in the corners than on the long edges. This provides the phone with protection on the front as well as the back, and you won’t feel that when the phone is against your cheek.
Slim and light
Another super-slim case, the Naked case from Bare is a great way to make it feel like you’re using it without a case. It means there’s very little protection on the screen, so you really do need a protector here, and the stronger the better. But the feel is what you’re going for here, and it’s great.
There’s a plain black finish or a splendid frost finish which lets the color of the phone peep through. Bare admits it’s not the greatest for drop protection, though, and it can scratch on a rough surface.
Best leather case
Samsung leather cover
Samsung’s own case is tremendous if you’re looking for a leather protector. Unlike most cases, this one offers full protection for the camera panel by enveloping it in leather. Because it’s made by Samsung, you can be confident it’ll be a perfect fit and the cameras will be able to perform with no obstruction.
The case is slim enough to add little in the way of size or weight to the phone but the leather reaches round the front of the case, enough to protect the display’s edges. It’s available in brown or black finishes.
The silicone folio
Olixar Genuine Leather Ultra Wallet Case
The silicone in this wallet case means it’s genuinely soft to the touch and reasonably non-slip, so it’s less likely to jump out of your hand or slide off the table. The card slot is big enough for several cards, which is useful. There’s also a built-in stand so you can fold the case to perfectly position your phone for video playback.
The unmissable sleeve
fitBAG Bonga Dalmatian Custom Tailored Sleeve
If you like feeling of the Galaxy S21 itself, then a sleeve is more ideal than a case. The phone rings, you slip the protective sleeve off and it’s just you and the Galaxy. The sleeves from fitBAG come in lots of finishes, including this imitation fur (no actual dogs are in the sleeve, don’t worry).
The internal of the sleeve is microfiber, so every time you take it off, it cleans the display. There are also patterns that look like giraffe, leopard or zebra spots.
Funky and tactile
Caseology’s Parallax case has a cool rear pattern and fits the hand securely thanks to the grippy 3D finish. There’s decent protection on board with not too much added bulk, and raised edges protect the cameras, for instance, from inadvertent scratches. Choose from Indi Pink, Ash Gray, Matte Black and Purple-ish, the last of which really stands out.
Spigen Liquid Air Armor
This case is thin and lightweight but still manages to offer strong protection, and the gently textured back keeps it from escaping your grip. It still manages to squeeze in Air Cushion technology for peace of mind if you’re clumsy.
Not to mention that it feels good to hold when you’re playing a game, reading a book or bingeing YouTube. There’s also enough of a lip that creeps round the front of the phone to protect the display.