The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year, and it’s probably one of the more expensive ones out there, especially if you pay for it outright. Most people like to protect their investments, and in this context, you do that by purchasing a case.
Now, there are a lot of cases out there, making it hard to choose which one is right for you. So we’re going to show you some of the best ones available, though we can guarantee they’ll be the cheapest ones. If you’re in a rush, jump straight to the video, otherwise, stick with us as we took a closer look at some of these awesome cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4!
Speck Candyshell Grip
This is a highly sought after case because of its 2-in-1 hard and soft construction. Looking at the case, you’ll notice the four rubberized grip areas. It’s great because it provided maximum grip to almost any surface, which means you shouldn’t have any trouble with your phone sliding off the table.
You have your usual cutouts with this case — headphone jack, microUSB port, and etc. There’s also a rubberized edge around the screen, which protects the Galaxy S4 from any unfortunate face-down falls. For maximum protection, you may want to throw a screen protector on your Galaxy S4 as well. And don’t worry, the Speck Candyshell Grip will still fit nicely, even after adding a screen protector.
I have the black version, but it comes in seven other colors as well. It sells for $34.95, which really, isn’t too bad for all this case has to offer.
Cygnett FitGrip Hybrid Active
It’s a dual-material case with raised edges, and a really sleek dual-color design. Looking around the front of this particular case, you immediately notice the raised edges. It’s very nice because it will, also, protect from face-down falls.
Again, you have your usual cutouts — speakers, microUSB, headphone jack, etc. There’s also two rubberized button for easier control of the volume rocker and power button. Additionally, the Cygnett comes with extra rubberized corners for added protection in the event of your device landing on one of its corners.
This case comes in four different colors and retails for $25.49.
Samsung S-View Cover
This case in unique because it offers fullscreen protection, but still allows you to use basic features of the phone without removing the cover, such as answering or rejecting calls. Simply open up your cover to get to the home screen, or close the cover to access S-View.
Now, this is just a shell replacement, so it doesn’t really offer any extra protection on the back and corners. The S-View cover is one of the more expensive cases out the bunch, running at $41.99, but it is available in seven different colors.
Next up is the Otterbox Commuter case. It’s one of my favorite cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and due to the popularity of the case, you may have heard of it, too. It features nice protection, but it’s not as bulky as the Defender case.
You can see that it has a raised edge to protect against face-down falls, which it does really nicely. It has a rubberized power button and volume rocker, which makes the two buttons really easy to press, unlike some of the previous models of the Commuter. Then, once again, you have your usual cutouts, but there’s a nice deep dish for the camera to protect it from any sort of impact.
As you might expect, it also has rubberized corners to help it bounce in the case that you do drop it. This case is available in ten different colors, and retails for $34.95.
Sonivo Sneak Peak
This is another case that utilizes the Samsung Galaxy S4′s S-View functionality. It’s pretty much the same as the Samsung official case, but it rings in at $21.95, instead of the much more expensive $41.99 from Samsung. It’s also available in 10 different colors.
It has a great, leather texture, and it has cutouts for all of our ports and buttons. Now, the Sonivo does offer extra protection, as you put your Galaxy S4 in an existing case, instead of taking the back cover off. This does add a bit more bulk, but not much.
This is a very shock absorbing case with a hard shell exterior, which is great if you ever drop your Galaxy S4 on hard surfaces. I really enjoy this case because of the rubberized corners. The colors also blend is very nicely, and we have access to our usual cutouts — camera, LED, headphone jack, and etc. With this case, the power button and volume rocker are rubberized for easier control.
It’s available in five different dual-colored options, and it retails for $25.49.
Available in 12 different colors, the price is very fair for the triple player protection it offers. We have a very large bezel along with a nice screen protector that sits atop of the Galaxy S4. There’s nice cutouts for our camera, speakers, LED, and there’s even flaps on the headphone jack and charging port for dust resistance.
The raised edges will protect the device from any face-down falls, and the included screen protector will keep the display intact in case it does shatter, however, the screen shouldn’t crack or shatter with this mighty case attached, so I wouldn’t worry.
The Otterbox Defender ranges anywhere from $50 to $60, and if it’s not worth it to you, a belt holster is even included with this case, so you can clip to your belt for easy use in heavy working environments.
As we mentioned earlier, there are a lot of cases out there. The cases that we listed here will offer you either a good amount of protection or accessibility. They aren’t the cheapest cases on the market, but as they always say, you get what you pay for.
If you’re not looking to spend a whole lot of money on giving your device maximum protection, a quick Amazon search will reveal a lot of cheap cases with minimal protection. They’ll protect against basic stuff, such as dropping your phone on the carpet, but not much more than that.
Do you have a favorite case for the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know in the comments below!