For some, covering your brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 in a protective case is like hiding it from the world. While not necessarily true, we get the point: you want to enjoy the stellar design and the smooth edges at all times.
But, the thing about phones is, they come along with us everywhere. And sometimes, everywhere won't treat the S7 as nicely as you do. In those situations, slapping on a case is a little easier to swallow.
Below, you’ll find several recommendations that cover a wide range of budgets and style preferences. While some of these options are untested, they are each a cut above the rest due to their value and design, and are backed by positive consumer feedback.
Note: we've ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
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No one wants a case that takes away from the precisely-engineered curves of the Samsung Galaxy S7. But this one actually adds to them. This metallic textured case is shaped like an hourglass and adds a grip onto the sides for added stability.
A wallet case, kickstand and drop proof protector all in one, the MANNA UltraSlim is an intriguing proposition. On the inside there’s a soft microfiber lining and a slot for a credit card or two, with prominent corner pads to protect against drops.
On the outside is a wraparound magnetic clasp, which both closes the case firmly (handy for securing any cards and cash inside) and can be pulled back to act as a kickstand for watching videos. Made from Nappa leather, MANNA UltraSlim is available in brown, red or black.
A SlickWraps Carbon Fiber Skin won’t give your Galaxy S7 much drop protection, so if you’re accident-prone this isn’t the case for you, but it will help protect the phone from scratches, which is especially handy if you keep your handset in a bag or pocket with keys or other jagged belongings. And as a skin it does that without adding much weight or thickness to your phone.
The carbon fiber design is more than just a pattern too, as it even imitates the texture for a grippy, stylish finish. Understated colors like black and silver are joined by bright orange and pink shades, among others, so there’s a lot of choice too.
Has anyone else noticed the plethora of wood-effect cases being worn by pals’ smartphones? The curated look is a definite trend that’s here tapped into by the WoodBack Snap. Wireless charging compatible, the WoodBack Snap is handmade – laser-cut, actually – from natural wood grain, though still includes the usual cut-outs.
Finished with a blend of vegetable oils and wax, the WoodBack Snap comes in 14 different finishes. Ideal for lumberjacks everywhere.
Like most clear cases, this one from Speck keeps it simple. The unibody case slips over the phone and can protect it from unexpected drops, it even can defend against yellowing with UV protection. Of course being clear it doesn’t detract too much from the design of the S7 either, so keep an eye out for it if you’re a minimalist.
These are similar in style to the CandyShell clear case, but Speck also makes some options that are a little more vibrant looking, too. From left to right, there’s the standard CandyShell case in black, the Grip case in one of its four assortments of colors and, finally, Speck’s Inked variation, which splashes a gorgeous look onto the standard case.
The Grip version doesn’t just add color, but also raised rubber ridges, making it easier to hold on to.
Samsung’s very own Clear Cover was the most unobtrusive and visually striking case option available at launch and it still stands out now. The clear back allows the Galaxy S7’s rounded, glass back to shine, and the metallic bumpers keep it from bursting (hopefully) should you drop it.
Here’s another spartan case designed to make the best of the Galaxy S7’s sleek look, but the Ghostek Cloak Tough – as its name suggests – has a hard-as-nails aluminum structure inside that surrounds the phone, defending against drops.
As a defensive bonus, it also includes both a gel-style covering and a separate screen protector.
When you’re dealing with a phone as beautiful as the Samsung Galaxy S7, usually even the most stylish cases make it slightly uglier, but there’s an argument to be made for the Carved Special Edition Engraved series actually improving its looks.
The rubber bumper is an unfortunate finish, but it barely detracts from the beautiful wood back, engraved with geometric animals. And if animals or geometry aren’t your thing, Carved has a selection of other similarly impressive wooden cases with different designs.
This case for the Galaxy S7 takes the minimalistic look of a clear case and adds a playful strip of color around its edges. It’s packed with military-grade toughness, so the phone, from front-to-back, will be protected from unexpected drops.
For a classy look, check out Samsung’s S View case. Like the Clear View case, this one covers the Galaxy S7 from front-to-back, too. But this also complements the S7’s design with a slick look that uniformly fits to the phone. Through the square view window, you’ll be able to peep every notification without unlocking your device.
Described as a ‘leatherette’ case, this vegan-friendly curvy cover features a neat leather back and a metallic surround. It’s a business-like, sophisticated look, but the iGlaze Napa is practical on the inside.
Beneath the raised bezel that protects the Samsung Galaxy S7’s 1440 x 2560 pixel screen is a shock-absorbing inner shell attached to a shatterproof polycarbonate casing. Available in Caramel Beige and Onyx Black.
For those of you who just can’t quit the physical QWERTY keyboard, Samsung has done you a real favor. The Galaxy S7 Keyboard case, which is exactly like the one introduced at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch, snaps onto the bottom of the phone and is every frantic texter’s dream.
It definitely cramps the S7’s style a bit, but on rare occasions such as these, functionality trumps form.
At the core of this simple bumper case from British brand Tech 21 is the firm’s patented FlexShock material, which is designed to absorb and dissipate the shockwaves caused by an S7 dropping to the floor.
As well as helping to avoid a cracked screen, Evo Elite has a scratch-resistant finish, but otherwise leaves the aesthetics of the Galaxy S7 untouched. Available in gold and brushed black.
Who needs a smartwatch? Here’s a product that means you don’t even have to get the Samsung Galaxy S7 out of its case to receive or refuse calls, check notifications, or snooze an alarm; a left or right swipe on the dot matrix-style display is all that’s needed.
On this official Samsung case you can also view the time, battery life, incoming calls and messages without opening it. It’s also Qi wireless charging compatible.
This one is for fans of HTC’s Dot Matrix cases, which were originally released for the HTC One M series of smartphones. However, Samsung’s new LED cases one-up them in the style department. These cases are more professional looking, but allow you the same level of gesture-controlled access, all without opening up the case.
Similar in many ways to Samsung’s Clear View Cover, this arguably tops it thanks to a leather finish and eye-catching LED display.
OtterBox is a big name in tough, rugged smartphone cases, but while its covers are known for being some of the best in the business at keeping your handset safe, they’re not generally thought of as stylish. The Strada series is an exception.
This case is made of genuine leather, in black, blue or red, with a magnetic metal latch to keep the front flap folded over the screen for full body protection.
And speaking of protection, that hasn’t been overly compromised to deliver a stylish finish. This has still been put through the company’s exhaustive tests and has energy-absorbing materials on the inside, to ensure it can survive a drop.
It’s perhaps not quite as life-proof as the OtterBox Defender, but it’s sleeker, looks better, and even has a handy card slot built-in.
So the Galaxy S7 isn’t stylish enough for you? Adorned with genuine crystal and with a metallic surround, Case-Mate’s Brilliance is all about catching the light and making a statement.
Actually, there’s more to it than that, with an interior layer of plastic adding some impact resistance and shock dispersion; we’ll drink to that.
While not the most appealing case out there, Samsung's Backpack combines an external battery and case into one. The case itself is stocked with a 3,400mAh battery that will kick in when the Galaxy S7 depletes.
It also supports wireless charging, and when it's on the cradle, it intelligently prioritizes charging the device back to good health before taking a sip of electricity for itself.