For some, covering your brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 in a protective case is like hiding it from the world. While not necessarily true, we get the point: you want to enjoy the stellar design and the smooth edges at all times.
But, the thing about phones is, they come along with us everywhere. And sometimes, everywhere won’t treat the S7 as nicely as you do. In those situations, slapping on a case is a little easier to swallow.
We’ve put together a guide to show you the best cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S7. And, since it’s early days for the S7, most of the cases we know about are manufactured by Samsung itself. But, a few from companies like Speck and Dog & Bone are beginning to pop-up.
Regardless, these look to be the cases that do their best not to turn this gorgeous phone into an ugly one. Some of them even provide additional functionality that isn’t possible with just the phone alone.
We’re constantly on the lookout for new additions to our roundup, but if you have a favorite, please let us know in the comments.
Case-Mate Brilliance Champagne
So the Galaxy S7 isn’t stylish enough for you? Adorned with genuine crystal and with a metallic surround, Case-Mate’s Brilliance is all about catching the light and making a statement.
Actually, there’s more to it than that, with an interior layer of plastic adding some impact resistance and shock dispersion; we’ll drink to that.
It may have cut its teeth by developing military-grade phone cases in the past, but this new case from Griffin is as ultra-thin as it is protective.
Completely transparent it may be, but Reveal has tough rubber edges tech-tested to help the S7 survive bumps and drops. Perhaps just as useful is the tactile feel of Reveal, which makes the Samsung Galaxy S7 a lot easier to hold stably while still being a cinch to slip out of a pocket.
PhotoBox Samsung Galaxy S7 Photo Case
Why let other people design your phone case? Send PhotoBox any photo and it will print it – in matt or gloss – onto a simple curved case, with the image spreading over the sides in wraparound fashion.
Photo Case features the usual cut-outs for volume buttons and the camera, and has no screen protection as such, but if all you’re after is a simple case to protect your Samsung Galaxy S7 against scratches, bumps and drops, this is an easy way to personalize your phone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear View Cover
Who needs a smartwatch? Here’s a product that means you don’t even have to get the Samsung Galaxy S7 out of its case to receive or refuse calls, check notifications, or snooze an alarm; a left or right swipe on the dot matrix-style display is all that’s needed.
On this official Samsung case you can also view the time, battery life, incoming calls and messages without opening it. It’s also Qi wireless charging compatible.
Tech21 Evo Elite
At the core of this simple bumper case from British brand Tech 21 is the firm’s patented FlexShock material, which is designed to absorb and dissipate the shockwaves caused by an S7 dropping to the floor.
As well as helping to avoid a cracked screen, Evo Elite has a scratch-resistant finish, but otherwise leaves the aesthetics of the Galaxy S7 untouched. Available in gold and brushed black.
Leicke MANNA UltraSlim
A wallet case, kickstand and drop proof protector all in one, the MANNA UltraSlim is an intriguing proposition. On the inside there’s a soft microfiber lining and a slot for a credit card or two, with prominent corner pads to protect against drops.
On the outside is a wraparound magnetic clasp, which both closes the case firmly (handy for securing any cards and cash inside) and can be pulled back to act as a kickstand for watching videos. Made from Nappa leather, MANNA UltraSlim is available in brown or black.
VRS Design Crystal Mixx
If this year’s crop of Samsung Galaxy S7 cases is anything to go by, transparent bumpers are the clear winner. The Crystal Mixx is another attempt at see-through security, with its ultra-thin design adding plenty of protection on the corners. The case also raises up towards the top and bottom to guard against screen-down drops.
The end result is hardly rare on the market, but the Crystal Mixx is pure minimalism.
Ghostek Cloak Tough Case
Here’s another spartan case designed to make the best of the Galaxy S7’s sleek look, but the Ghostek Cloak Tough – as its name suggests – has a hard-as-nails aluminum structure inside that surrounds the phone, defending against drops.
As a defensive bonus, it also includes both a gel-style covering and a separate screen protector. Available in black, gold, pink, red and silver.
Moshi iGlaze Napa
Described as a ‘leatherette’ case, this vegan-friendly curvy cover features a neat leather back and a metallic surround. It’s a business-like, sophisticated look, but the iGlaze Napa is practical on the inside.
Beneath the raised bezel that protects the Samsung Galaxy S7’s 1440 x 2560 pixel screen is a shock-absorbing inner shell attached to a shatterproof polycarbonate casing. Available in Caramel Beige and Onyx Black.
Has anyone else noticed the plethora of wood-effect cases being worn by pals’ smartphones? The curated look is a definite trend that’s here tapped into by the WoodBack Snap. Wireless charging compatible, the WoodBack Snap is handmade – laser-cut, actually – from natural wood grain, though still includes the usual cut-outs.
Finished with a blend of vegetable oils and wax, the WoodBack Snap comes in 14 different finishes. Ideal for lumberjacks everywhere.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear case
Samsung’s very own Clear case is the most unobtrusive and visually striking option available at launch. The clear back allows the Galaxy S7’s rounded, glass back to shine, and the metallic bumpers keep it from bursting (hopefully) should you drop it.
Speck CandyShell Clear case
Like Samsung’s clear case, this one from Speck keeps it simple, too. The unibody case slips over the phone and can protect it from unexpected drops. It even can defend against yellowing with UV protection. It’s likely that this one will be more widely available than Samsung’s, so keep an eye out for it if you’re a minimalist.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear View case
The Clear View case looks to be nearly identical to the aforementioned Clear case, but with a translucent flip cover added to the front. This provides cover from nearly all angles, while still allowing the new always-on screen to shine through with pertinent information.
Speck CandyShell cases
These are similar in style to the CandyShell clear case, but Speck also makes some options that are a little more vibrant looking, too. From left to right, there’s the standard CandyShell case available in four colors, the Grip case in one of its four assortments of colors. Finally, Speck’s Inked variation splashes a gorgeous look onto the standard case.
Dog & Bone Splash case
This case for the Galaxy S7 takes the minimalistic look of the clear cases above and adds a playful strip of color around its edges. It’s packed with military-grade toughness, so the phone, from front-to-back, will be protected from unexpected drops.
Samsung Galaxy S7 S View case
For a classier look, check out Samsung’s S View case. Like the Clear View case, this one covers the Galaxy S7 from front-to-back, too. But unlike the others, this one complements the S7’s design with a slick look that more uniformly seams to the phone. Through the square view window, you’ll be able to peep every notification without unlocking your device.
Samsung Galaxy S7 LED case
This one is for fans of HTC’s Dot Matrix cases, which were originally released for the HTC One M series of smartphones. However, Samsung’s new LED cases one-up them in the style department. These cases are more professional looking, but allow you the same level of gesture-controlled access, all without opening up the case.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Leather case
The Leather case is a more regal take on the Clear case, protecting the glass back while also providing a business-friendly look. The volume rocker and power button are easily accessible with the case on and sits flush with the ever-so-slightly noticeable camera bump.
Caseco Shock Express Metallic case
No one wants a case that takes away from the precisely-engineered curves of the Samsung Galaxy S7. But this one actually adds to them. This metallic textured case is shaped like an hourglass and adds a grip onto the sides for added stability.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Keyboard case
For those of you who just can’t quit the physical QWERTY keyboard, Samsung has done you a real favor. The Galaxy S7 Keyboard case, which is exactly like the one introduced at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch, snaps onto the bottom of the phone and is every frantic texter’s dream. It definitely cramps the S7’s style a bit, but on rare occasions such as these, functionality trumps form.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Flip case
If you’re someone who is always trying to cut back on your cargo, check out Samsung’s Flip case. It’s a billfold of sorts, with room only for the phone itself and your most essential cards. It boasts the same look and protective qualities as the LED case, but this one can store your credit cards, unless you have them all stored on Samsung Pay, that is.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Backpack
While not the most appealing case out there, Samsung’s Backpack combines an external battery and case into one. The case itself is stocked with a 3,400mAh battery that will kick in on when the Galaxy S7 depletes. It also supports wireless charging, and when it’s on the cradle, it intelligently prioritizes charging the device back to good health before taking a sip of electricity for itself.
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