Our Favorite Early Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus and S23 Ultra Cases


$40 at Speck

Speck Instances

Powerful however comparatively slim S23 instances

$40 at Clckr

The Clckr Clear Stand and Grip case for Galaxy S23 has a built-in stand

Clckr Stand and Grip instances

Finest Galaxy S23 case with grip and stand built-in

$50 at Zagg

Zagg's Gear4 Denali case for the Galaxy S23 has a built-in kickstand

Gear4 instances

Slim, fashionable protecting S23 case

$45 at Samsung

The Samsung Clear Gadget case for Galaxy S23 phones includes a flip-out ring stand

Samsung Clear Gadget case

Finest Samsung-branded S23 case

$60 at Amazon

Mous' new Galaxy S23 cases are all MagSafe compatible

Mous magnetic-connection instances

MagSafe-compatible Galaxy S23 case

The Galaxy S23 has arrived and for those who’re right here, you are in all probability in search of a brand new case for no matter S23 mannequin you’ve got purchased. There are definitely quite a lot of Galaxy S23 instances to select from, and we’re now seeing some producers add magnetic properties to their instances so you should use them not solely with Apple MagSafe equipment however non-Apple magnetic equipment like wallets, batteries and stands.

Discovering a case that matches your price range is vital, however there are specific case options you could wish to think about. For instance, Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Extremely homeowners could desire a case with an built-in kickstand as a result of they’re bigger telephones (the Extremely particularly) that you will wish to prop up whereas watching movies. That stated, case alternative comes down to private style, which is why I’ve tried to incorporate a wide range of kinds on this roundup. 

Observe that, for now, the suggestions for these Galaxy S23 sequence instances are based mostly on my expertise utilizing almost equivalent fashions with previous Galaxy telephones, in addition to iPhones. The instances beneath are listed on the beginning value for the road, so be sure you’re shopping for the case that matches your S23. The identical goes for tempered glass for additional safety — match the scale to the particular mannequin of your S23, whether or not that is the Extremely, Plus or base mannequin.

I repeatedly replace this finest Samsung case roundup with new picks as extra candidates arrive. 

The Speck Presdio2 Grip case for Galaxy S23 comes in three color options

Main case-maker Speck brings a collection of protecting case choices to the Galaxy S23, together with the Presidio2 Grip (proven in blue), Presidio Excellent-Mist and Presidio Excellent-Clear. 

All the brand new fashions have excellent drop safety (from 13 to 16 toes, relying on the mannequin) in addition to Speck’s Microban antimicrobial coating. The instances begin at round $40 in varied colour choices, and Speck regularly presents reductions to first-time consumers on its website.

The Clckr Clear Stand and Grip case for Galaxy S23 has a built-in stand
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Clckr’s instances function a built-in kickstand and grip strap that folds out and clicks into place on the again of your cellphone. Clckr sells simply the stand/strap accent to stay on the again of your cellphone (or on a case), however the Galaxy S23 Clear case with the built-in kickstand accent is healthier and in addition is available in a Textured model if translucency just isn’t your factor. I would not say the instances are tremendous protecting however they’re sturdy sufficient, with raised edges to guard the display screen.

With the stand clicked in place, you should use your machine hands-free in both portrait or panorama mode. Observe you could wirelessly cost your cellphone with this case on, although you must be extra cautious about putting it in the fitting spot on a wi-fi charging pad for it to work. 

The UAG Plyo Pro case for Galaxy S23 features a built-in magnetic module

City Armor Gear presents a number of case choices for the Galaxy S23 fashions in a wide range of colours. I just like the Pathfinder sequence, however am highlighting the brand new Plyo Professional, which incorporates a built-in “magnetic module” that appears somewhat like a MagSafe module and permits you to use magnetic equipment with the case.

UAG’s instances all function good nook safety and meet army drop-test requirements, with the Plyo Professional rated for 16-foot drop safety. 

Zagg's Gear4 Denali case for the Galaxy S23 has a built-in kickstand

British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes instances which are proper there with these from OtterBox and Speck. They’re all lined with the corporate’s D3O shock-absorbing materials and have beveled edges to guard your cellphone. For the Galaxy S23, I just like the Denali with Kickstand (pictured — 16-foot drop safety) and the Everest with Kickstand exactly as a result of they’ve built-in kickstands and are additionally protecting and really feel good in hand. The Milan (13-foot drop safety) and London (13-foot drop safety) even have eye-catching designs.

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid for Galaxy S23 has an X-ray design

For those who’re in search of an inexpensive, clear case on your new Galaxy S23, Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid is an efficient worth at round $16 to $19, relying on the model you get. I just like the Extremely Hybrid Zero One which has an imprint of the innards of your cellphone, which makes it appear like the again of your cellphone is open and uncovered when it actually is not. 

I additionally just like the Extremely Hybrid S ($20), which is a transparent case with a built-in kickstand. The Neo Hybrid ($20) is a reasonably primary case, whereas the Cryo Armor is a $21 triple-layer “gaming” case that is designed to “soak up and dissipate warmth out of your cellphone throughout hours of gameplay.” 

No drop ranking is listed for these Samsung cellphone instances, however most Spigen instances, aside from the slimmest fashions, provide affordable safety. If you need a tricky case with first rate safety, get certainly one of its Armor fashions.

Observe that quite a lot of these cheaper clear instances have a behavior of turning yellow and degrading over time, which makes them much less translucent. However they’re low cost sufficient that you just in all probability will not thoughts shelling out for a alternative if and when that occurs.

Otterbox is bringing several new cases to the Galaxy S23

The corporate’s super-protective Defender sequence case is obtainable for all of the Galaxy S23 fashions, however most individuals need one thing much less cumbersome. I just like the Symmetry sequence instances — they’re slim with beveled edges, making them a very good mixture of modern and protecting. That stated, I’ve come to love the extra protecting Commuter Sequence higher, because of the grips it has on the again and sides, in addition to having raised edges on the entrance that ought to assist defend your display screen. The raised bezel acts as a display screen protector to maintain your display screen scratch-free, and the digital camera module will get the identical remedy. 

The Samsung Clear Gadget case for Galaxy S23 phones includes a flip-out ring stand

Samsung’s Clear Gadget Cowl has a built-in ring kickstand that permits you to prop the cellphone up horizontally. You will additionally have the ability to connect different non-obligatory equipment to the case. The Gadget case is obtainable for all three S23 fashions however makes extra sense for the bigger Plus and Extremely fashions.

The ESR Kickstand Case for Galaxy S23 is a clear case with a flip-out stand

Notably with the 2 bigger fashions of the Galaxy S23, I discover that having an built-in kickstand is a pleasant function, and the ESR kickstand case is about as reasonably priced as you get at round $20. It might dip to nearer to $15 in time. 

The Samsung Frame case for Galaxy S23 includes two interchangeable backplates
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Samsung’s new Body case for Galaxy S23 is an attention-grabbing idea. Within the field you get a “body” (we used to name this a bumper case) and two interchangeable backplates — one clear and one card slot — so you possibly can go along with a wallet-style case or plain case. For sure, you will additionally have the ability to purchase different backplates with completely different designs to offer your case a brand new look for those who get tired of it. 

The Cyrill UltraColor is an affordable case for the Galaxy S23
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Cyrill is a sub-brand of Spigen and like Spigen, its instances typically promote for lower than $20. Cyrill would not have fairly the identical choice for the Galaxy S23 because it does for the iPhone 14, however it does provide its UltraColor case, which has a soft-to-the-touch end. It has a raised body on the again that gives some additional safety for the digital camera lenses. The corners of the case have a raised lip as properly.

Samsung Leather Case for Galaxy S23 comes in three colors

Out there in black, inexperienced and camel, Samsung’s leather-based case presents a pleasant, clean but grippy really feel with first rate edge safety in a slim package deal. Alas, there is no kickstand, however for those who’re in search of a clear, elegantly designed case, this Samsung-branded leather-based case matches the invoice. 

Mous' new Galaxy S23 cases are all MagSafe compatible
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For the Galaxy S23, UK-based Mous has achieved one thing somewhat completely different. It is introduced MagSafe compatibility to its line of Samsung instances with a couple of completely different eye-catching kinds, all of them lined with the AiroShock materials that the corporate says delivers glorious safety in a slim design (you should use MagSafe and different magnetic equipment with these instances).

Based mostly on my earlier expertise with Mous instances, they do appear sturdy and all embrace a lifetime guarantee. I am personally a fan of the Iridescent mannequin pictured, however the Walnut, Bamboo and Silver Pearl instances are additionally good. 

The Incipio Duo case for the Galaxy S23 has 12-foot drop protection
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Incipio has its standard sturdy lineup of instances for the Galaxy S23, together with outdated favorites just like the sturdy Duo (pictured in purple; 12-foot drop safety), Grip (14-foot drop safety) and the Organicore (14-foot drop safety), which is an eco case that is 100% compostable and is now obtainable with a translucent again. It additionally has licensing offers with Kate Spade and Coach, and a few of these instances provide eye-catching designs.

At $35, the Duo is probably the most reasonably priced of the bunch, however search for costs to come back down as soon as the telephones have been out for some time.

The Rokform Rugged Case for Galaxy S23 can be mounted on a bike
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Rokform’s been making robust smartphone instances for years, and except for their sturdiness, their key function is the power to make use of them with varied mounts — together with bike, automotive and motorbike mounts — which are bought individually.

Rokform’s instances have detachable magnets and so they’re appropriate with wi-fi charging for those who take away the included heart magnet. “With the decrease magnet nonetheless intact, you possibly can nonetheless wireless-charge whereas using magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.

Otterbox Strada
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When you may have a cellphone with a big display screen, it may be a good suggestion to get some added display screen safety with a folio case that additionally has slots for a few bank cards. Otterbox’s folio case, the Strada, is properly designed with a magnetic clasp. Its solely downside is that it would not convert right into a kickstand for watching movies. 

Observe that the photograph pictured is the case for the Galaxy S22 Extremely, however the S23 Extremely’s case appears very related.

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