Your phone needs a case, and here are the best ones
What’s the first thing you buy after investing in an expensive smartphone? If you’re of a sane mind, then the answer to that question has to be ‘a case’. Modern smartphones are metal and glass affairs these days, and the slightest brush against a solid surface can be enough to damage your investment forever. With that in mind, allow us to present a comprehensive list of the best Samsung Galaxy S10 cases you can purchase right now.
At first glance, this looks like a typical snap-on cover, but it has a secret weapon – flashing LEDs. Despite its thin dimensions, this official Samsung case actually has a series of LEDs inside it, and these gently pulsate when you place the phone face-down. You can also get them to display various patterns, all controlled from within the phone’s settings menu.
Samsung’s been making these LED Cover Cases for what seems like forever, and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular – a series of LEDs on the front display vital information even when the case is closed, saving you the bother of having to constantly wake your device and consume valuable battery power.
If you’re looking for a 100% clear case which provides decent protection, then this is a fine choice. While it’s slightly bulkier than some of the other transparent TPU cases you can buy, it’s been intelligently designed to protect your phone in all the right places – and it’s reasonably priced, too.
This all-leather option from Samsung is one of the classiest cases the company has produced in ages, and comes in a range of different colours. The leather feels great in the hand, and over time will develop a unique patina that’s as individual as you are. Of course, marks and scratches will also show up, but that’s part of the charm too.
The cheapest case in this round-up, Olixar’s ultra-thin offering is so discrete you might not even notice it’s there. It’s not going to prevent damage from really serious drops, but it will at least repel scratches and minor bumps. If you’re shopping on a shoestring or you simply want a case that provides basic protection without covering up your phone, then this is a good choice.
This is a really heavy-duty case which totally covers your device and protects against series damage. Thanks to its shockproof rugged protection and high impact ballistic bezels, this is the case to get if you’re either accident prone or work in an environment where you S10 is likely to come to great harm. It’s a little more pricey than some of the other third-party cases, but worth every penny in our opinion.
At the lower end of the ‘official’ scale comes this silicone case from Samsung. Again, you can pick this one up in a wide range of eye-catching colours, and it certainly looks good when fitted. It also feels good in the hand, providing a degree of grip that is often missing from TPU or hard plastic cases. The only downside is that silicone picks up dust and fluff like nobody’s business, and it can sometimes be hard to remove the phone from your pocket due to the increased friction between case of fabric. Still, this is a good choice that mixes value with protection.
UAG has built its reputation on creating super-tough cases that take no prisoners, and this S10 offering is no exception. The company’s cases also have a unique trademark design which makes them stand out a mile away – but also masks the design of the phone underneath. Still, this is top-level protection, and that makes the case a recommended purchase for especially clumsy S10 owners.
Damien McFerran has been covering phones and mobile technology for well over a decade. An Android specialist, as well as an expert reviewer of phones, Damien is one of the best technology journalists working today. He is also editorial director over at the excellent Nintendo Life.