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.
Pros:Camera cut-out lets you take photos while phone is in the caseInner pocket for storing business and credit cardsFull access to all portsSoft microfiber lining protects your screenLightweight design
Cons:Weak impact/drop protectionLimited case/color style optionsLittle added protection against water damageInner pocket is not segmented for individual itemsNot 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.
Pros:Case lets you touch the screen directlyWaterproof up to 6.6 feetClear black shows off your phone’s colorProvides total access to the camera, buttons, microphone, speakers and headphone portMultiple case color options
Cons:No screen protector (optional scratch protectors are included, but not built-in)Very expensiveCase is somewhat cumbersome to install and removeCall quality impacted slightly by this caseNo 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.
Pros:Triple-layer constructionFree holster includedYou can build your own custom look for this case at Otterbox.com1-year warrantyPort plugs keep dust and debris out
Cons:Offers impact protection, but not water protectionCase is prone to collecting lint and dustCase is not resistant to scratchesCase can become discolored over timeDoes 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.
Pros:Thick silicone constructionVery grippable case (great for people with butterfingers)Custom cutouts for easy access to dock connector, camera and controlsReasonably pricedMultiple color options
Cons:Does not provide dust/water protectionDock is exposed to the elementsDesign is fairly boringDoes not provide protection for camera lensFew 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.
Pros:Meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G standardsDual-layer constructionEasy to remove1-year warrantyLab-tested to withstand extreme conditions
Cons:Limited case color optionsHard to apply the screen protector cleanlyLimited protection against water and dustCase can break down over timeLacks personal flair or unique design
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