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The Galaxy S9+ is a stunning slab of metal and glass. But that stunning slab quickly turns to a sorry slab the moment you drop it onto the ground. As hard as it may be to hide that nice design, a case is almost a requirement with these phones.
- Samsung Alcantara Cover
- HOVED Slim Fit
- Besiva Ultra Slim
- Besiva Tempered Glass Back Cover
- Maxboost Wallet Case
- Spigen Neo Hybrid Herringbone
- Spigen Thin Fit 360
- SUPCASE Full-Body Rugged Holster case
- Trianium Clarium Clear Hybrid
- Maxboost HyperPro Case
- WIH-CH Protection Case
- Xawy Slim Fit Shell
Samsung Alcantara Cover
If you want to stick to first-party options, Samsung has you — and your phone — covered. Samsung’s Alcantara cover is on the spendy side, but with good reason: it’s cut precisely for your phone, and the Alcantara will feel luxurious in your hands. You get easy ample cutouts for the cameras, flash, fingerprint sensor and other ports. There are also covers for the power, volume and Bixby buttons so you don’t have to dig your finger in to activate your favorite voice assistant.
With a recent price cut to $25, you can get a luxurious case for not a lot of money. The Samsung Alcantara Cover is available in black, blue, and red.
HOVED Slim Fit
Sometimes, you just need a bit of extra grip for your phone. One case that does just that is HOVED’s slim fit case. You get the bare minimum amount of protection, but it’ll still be better than leaving your phone naked. Also, the extra bit of grip may be the difference between having a firm hold on your phone and it slipping out of your hands. HOVED’s slim fit case still offers easy access to all the phone’s ports, as well as precise cutouts for the cameras, flash and fingerprint sensor. Again, the buttons are covered so you don’t need to dig your finger down into the case itself.
All in all, HOVED’s slim fit case is perfect for those that don’t want much bulk but still want a bit of protection. At $11, it’s a worthwhile investment for your phone. The HOVED Slim Fit case is only available in black at the time of writing.
Besiva Ultra Slim Cover Case
I’m not sure this case actually qualifies as "ultra slim," but it’s a solid choice nonetheless. You get a super rugged case that can handle plenty of drops and tumbles, but you also get an integrated Spigen-esque metal ring on the back. But wait, we’re not done yet! Inside that metal ring is a magnet, making this the perfect companion for a magnetic car mount. One downside is the lack of a front lip, meaning you’ll also want to invest in a screen protector. Also, it’s likely the metal ring will interfere with wireless charging.
The Besiva Ultra Slim Cover Case is available in black for $10.
Besiva Tempered Glass Back Cover
If you like the way the back glass of your phone feels, but want a little bit of protection, Besiva has another great case for you. Its Tempered Glass Back Cover works the same way a Tempered Glass screen protector would work: you get a second layer of glass to keep the phone itself from getting scratched or cracking. This case also offers a rubber bumper for the frame, and there’s enough room around front for a front screen protector, so you have a double decker glass sandwich. Since this is just a glass case, NFC will still work for Google Pay, and you’ll be able to see whichever color option you selected for the phone.
Besiva’s Tempered Glass Back Cover is available for $9.
Maxboost Wallet Case
Wallet cases are a great way to consolidate all the things in your pockets, and Maxboost has a wallet case just for the S9+. You get three slots for cards and IDs — there’s no ID card window, unfortunately — and you can prop the case on itself to create a phone stand. There’s also a small pouch for paper currency, and a magnetic flap to keep it all together. Because the S9+ has its volume buttons on the left side, you’ll need to open the case to crank your music up. That’s unfortunate, but it’ll be true of any wallet case for the S9 series.
At $13, the Maxboost Wallet Case is a low-cost way to declutter your pockets and protect your phone. At the time of writing, it is only available in black leather.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Herringbone
Spigen has been making phone cases since dinosaurs roamed the earth, and they have a good variety of styles to protect your phone. One of the more unique styles is their Neo Hybrid line with Herringone pattern. You can protect your phone, while also matching styles with your necktie. The case comes in two parts: a TPU layer that hugs your phone, and a hard plastic bumper frame for extra protection. Spigen highlights that the case still allows for Qi wireless charging, which is something thicker cases may interfere with.
The Spigen Neo Hybrid Herringbone case is available in a variety of colors for between $15 and $17. If the Herringbone style doesn’t strike your fancy, Spigen has plenty of other cases for the S9+.
Spigen Thin Fit 360
Spigen has another great option for those who want the thinnest possible case that still offers a good deal of protection. The Thin Fit 360 case comes in four pieces: a back plate, top and bottom plates and a tempered glass screen protector. The buttons are covered by the case as well, so you don’t have to struggle to use them. You still have easy access to the fingerprint sensor, charging port and headphone jack as well. The case also includes a tray for Spigen’s magnetic plates, so you can use this with one of Spigen’s magnetic car mounts.
Spigen’s Thin Fit 360 case is available in black, lilac purple, and coral blue between $18 and $20.
SUPCASE Full-Body Rugged Holster case
Another great option if you toss your phone around a lot is SUPCASE’s Rugged Holster case. You don’t have to use the included holster, but the option is there. There is a generous lip around the front of the phone, helping protect the screen from getting cracked. There are flaps over the charging and audio ports, helping protect your phone’s insides from dirt and dust. And while the case is thick, you’ll still be able to use wireless charging.
The SUPCASE Full-Body Rugged Holster case is available in black, blue, pink, and white between $18 and $23.
Trianium Clarium Clear case
Keep it Clear
All of the other cases hide the design of the phone. If you bought one of the exotic colors the phone is available in, you’ll want to show off that design. A clear case is perfect to give you more grip on the phone, protect the phone when your grip fails, and still show off those crazy colors. Trianium makes an excellent clear case that does just that. There isn’t much front protection, but it is compatible with most screen protectors. You get easy access to the ports, fingerprint sensor, and buttons, and since it’s a thin case wireless charging will work without issue.
The Trianium Clarium Clear case is available for $5. There’s also a black tinted version available for $10.
Maxboost HyperPro Case
If you want a clear case with a bit more protection, Maxboost has just the case for you. The back of the case is perfectly clear for showing off the lovely color of your phone, but there’s a thicker rubber around the edges of the phone, where it’s most vulnerable to drops. The case works perfectly with wireless chargers, and you have easy access to all of the ports, buttons and the fingerprint sensor. One downside is there’s not much of a lip of the front of the case, so the display may be scratched up if you set it down on a rough surface.
Maxboost’s HyperPro case is available in black/clear, orange/clear and black/smoke flavors between $10 and $13.
WIH-CH Protection Case
Add a Kickstand
One more rugged option comes from WIH-CH. Their protection case is rugged enough to survive most drops, features a kickstand for movie watching, and even has a since card slot behind the kick stand. If you’re taking your phone hiking, this case would be perfect for carrying your ID with you, while being able to buy things with Samsung Pay or Google Pay. You still have generous cut-outs for the ports, camera, fingerprint sensor, as well as covers for the buttons. There’s a slight lip around the front of the case, but I’d still be wary about placing the phone face down.
The WIH-CH Protection Case is available in black for $8.
Xawy Slim Fit Shell
If you want your case to have a truly unique pattern, go for Xawy’s Slim Fit Shell. With its cross-hatch pattern, your phone will easily stand out from the crowd. That pattern also adds an extra bit of grip and shock resistance. There are also tiny heat dissipation holes, in case you’re worried about your phone overheating. There are generous cutouts for the charging and audio ports, fingerprint sensor, cameras and flash, as well as covers for the buttons. While this case won’t be as rugged as some of the other options, it should handle drops from table height with no worries.
Xawy’s Slim Fit Shell is available in black for $8.
What say you?
Which case are you using on your Galaxy S9+? Let us know down below!
Updated July 2018: Added the Besiva Tempered Glass and Xawy cases, and updated the prices.
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August 2, 2018 at 09:02AM