Even though it’s not the newest smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S4 is still a top-selling phone. Here are some of the best cases for the S4.
1. Best Samsung Galaxy S4 Case For Professionals: Belkin Wallet Folio with Stand
The Belkin Wallet Folio with Stand is part of Belkin’s Professional Series, and it’s positively jam-packed with added features. The case protects the phone, while also acting as a media stand. Plus, it just looks polished and high-tone. This case retails for around $50.
Camera cut-out lets you take photos while phone is in the case
Inner pocket for storing business and credit cards
Full access to all ports
Soft microfiber lining protects your screen
Weak impact/drop protection
Limited case/color style options
Little added protection against water damage
Inner pocket is not segmented for individual items
Not a vegan product
2. Best Waterproof Samsung Galaxy S4 Case: Lifeproof Nuud
This case offers excellent protection from water, dust, snow, and drops…all while letting you touch your actual phone screen. For an extra $10, you can opt in to a total water protection plan, which will give you greater peace of mind. The Lifeproof Nuud retails for around $90.
Case lets you touch the screen directly
Waterproof up to 6.6 feet
Clear black shows off your phone’s color
Provides total access to the camera, buttons, microphone, speakers and headphone port
Multiple case color options
No screen protector (optional scratch protectors are included, but not built-in)
Case is somewhat cumbersome to install and remove
Call quality impacted slightly by this case
No belt clip or tether
3. Best Samsung Galaxy S4 Case For Sports Fans: Otterbox Defender Series
The Otterbox Defender Series comes in a huge assortment of colors, including cases with the logos of many popular MLB teams. It boasts sturdy construction and good impact resistance. This case style retails for around $60.
Free holster included
You can build your own custom look for this case at Otterbox.com
Port plugs keep dust and debris out
Offers impact protection, but not water protection
Case is prone to collecting lint and dust
Case is not resistant to scratches
Case can become discolored over time
Does not protect camera lens
4. Best Cheap Samsung Galaxy S4 Case: Griffin Survivor Skin
The Griffin Survivor Skin is ideal for the budget-conscious shopper, as it provides a ton of protector at a very reasonable price. This case retails for under $20.
Thick silicone construction
Very grippable case (great for people with butterfingers)
Custom cutouts for easy access to dock connector, camera and controls
Multiple color options
Does not provide dust/water protection
Dock is exposed to the elements
Design is fairly boring
Does not provide protection for camera lens
Few additional accessories to pair with case
5. Best Minimalist Samsung Galaxy S4 Case: Speck CandyShell + FACEPLATE
The Speck CandyShell + FACEPLATE case is ideal for someone who owns a Galaxy S4 and wants to protect their investment, but without having to sacrifice the clean lines of the phone. This lightweight case provides a faceplate with TrueTap™ technology, which bonds to your screen for superior touch response. This case retails for around $45.
Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G standards
Easy to remove
Lab-tested to withstand extreme conditions
Limited case color options
Hard to apply the screen protector cleanly
Limited protection against water and dust
Case can break down over time
Lacks personal flair or unique design
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