The 14 Best Android Cases to Buy in 2018

Protect your Android smartphone with these top cases

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If you're looking to protect your Android OS smartphone, there are a number of cases designed for models like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, LG V30 or Samsung Galaxy S8. There’s a case for everyone, whether you're on a budget or you’re looking for something that stands out or even doubles as a wallet. Read on for our best smartphone cases for Androids.

Our Top Picks

Best for Pixel 2: Maxboost Wallet Case for Pixel 2

This Maxboost folio style wallet case houses the new (and unfathomably sleek) Pixel 2 in classy faux leather while also giving you plenty of room to carry cards and cash. The case is made of PU leather that is both great looking and high quality, and it provides ample protection on the front, back and corners of your phone.

The case clasps shut magnetically, so you won’t be fumbling with awkward snaps and buttons. Inside the case there are three card slots for IDs and credit cards, and there’s additional storage on the outside for cash or more cards. They’ve added in precise cutouts for the speakers and buttons, so the case won’t get in the way, and they’ve even worked in some grooved slots so that the case doubles as a horizontal stand for hands-free viewing. To round it all out, Maxboost backs up their cases with a limited lifetime warranty, so if any of the clasps or pockets fail, then they’ve got your (and your phone’s) back.

Best for Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Spigen Tough Armor Case for Galaxy Note 8

The Spigen Tough Armor case is more than sufficient to protect your brand new Galaxy Note 8, which you probably already hoped to treat like a newborn baby. The case is made with military-grade, dual-layer protection with a TPU body and a polycarbonate back. Incorporated with these two layers is air cushion tech so that, while the materials themselves are rugged and damage-resistant, there’s an extra layer of cushion that acts just like the air pockets in an egg carton. They’ve even drop tested for durability at 46 inches up to 26 different times.

The dimensions are 3.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches, so it won’t add a ton of extra bulk to the already sizeable handset. They’ve also included a reinforced kickstand that folds flush against the case structure to allow for hands-free viewing without it taking up space when it’s put away. There are precise cutouts for the speakers and the USB port, and there are responsive buttons on the sides that act just like you’re pressing the actual phone buttons.

Best for Pixel 2 XL: Trianium Clarium Series Case for Pixel 2 XL

The Clarium series of cases from Trianium strikes a killer balance between beautiful, stark clear looks and unbeatable shock protection. This particular one is great because it shows off the Google Pixel 2 XL’s looks, which have been scoring major points for the phone in the tech industry (some critics are even touting it as better looking than its smaller brother, the standard Pixel 2). They combine shock-absorbing TPU material for the covering, with an additional, rigid plastic backplate shell that is basically clear as glass, so you can see through to the phone on the back. At only 0.6 ounces, the thing is feather light, and they’ve designed it with an ultra-slim profile, so it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk to the phone.

They’ve also molded it to fit the phone with precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons and speakers, and it fits so well that you might even forget that there’s a case on your phone. And, on top of the stellar drop protection, they’ve even made the edges just a little textured and sticky, so that it fits nicely in your hand without slipping – a fact that is extra important with Google’s new squeeze-to-summon Google Assistant feature.

Best for LG V30: Spigen Liquid Crystal Case for LG V30

Objectively, the LG V30 is a gorgeous phone, so picking a case that covers that up just won’t do. The Spigen Liquid Crystal Case is the sleekest, most invisible case you can get, and has a stellar Amazon user review score on top of that. The company has put effort into making sure the case is truly clear (hence the “Crystal Clear” color name), so that the V30 handset shows through brilliantly. The super-slim profile doesn’t offer the same kind of shock protection as a bulkier case, but the TPU material and air cushion design protect against scratches and minor falls all around. The bendable, easy installation means taking the phone in and out is a breeze. Plus, the fingerprint sensor and wireless charging are unimpeded even with the case on.

Best for Samsung Galaxy S8: OtterBox Commuter Series for Samsung Galaxy S8

This OtterBox Commuter Series case was specifically designed for the Galaxy S8.

We’ve liked the OtterBox brand for quite some time, as it specifically is built with the highest level of protection in mind. Yes, it’s usually a little pricier, but your phone is an incredibly expensive computer that fits in your hand, so it’s worth a few extra bucks.

The OtterBox Commuter for the Galaxy S8 has a slim design, so the phone can still fit in your pocket and it has dual-layer protection with a soft inner layer and a solid outer layer. The phone’s ports are covered to prevent dirt and dust from getting in. And if you want a colorful case, OtterBox has you taken care of with black, aqua mint, blue and purple case options.

Best for Pixel: Spigen Tough Armor Google Pixel

Spigen Tough Armor Google Pixel
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Specifically made for the Pixel, choose between silver, gunmetal and black, which are all understated and sophisticated colors that accentuate the Pixel’s slim profile. In fact, the case does a great job of playing to the Pixel’s strengths instead of hogging attention with a flashy design.

Raised lip and extreme dual layer protection with a flexible bumper and Air-Cushion technology provide military-grade protection for the phone. The power and volume buttons don’t protrude from the case, but make it easy to press nonetheless. The case also redirects the speakers toward the front of the phone, enhancing the sound on the already formidable speakers.

Best Budget: EasyAcc Soft TPU Case

EasyAcc Soft TPU Case
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The Galaxy S7 Edge Case, EasyAcc is made of an ultra-clear, slim and transparent protective bumper body that reveals and enhances the original color and design of your of your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S7. The case’s frame is designed to be protective, and is resistant to both shock and drops. It’s made with specialized reinforced-otter soft coating, which protects against scratches and scrapes, along with preventing build-up of both dust and oil.

Though the case is lightweight (only 2.9 ounces) and adding virtually no bulk, some Amazon users have reported that its fit is loose on the sides, making it hard to feel the buttons on your phone. Multiple users have outlined that the case lacks a secure snap-in placement, but on the plus side, it comes with a lifetime case warranty.

Best Battery Case: Maxboost Galaxy S8 Battery Case

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is an impressive smartphone, with a beautiful display and powerful performance. But its battery life is decidedly average, giving people roughly a day of usage before it goes dark. That said, if you buy a case like the Maxboost Galaxy S8 Battery Case, you can extend your battery life by much longer, which helps if you forget to charge your phone at night.

The Maxboost Galaxy S8 Battery Case has a 4500 mAH battery integrated inside of the protective case, which can give you at least 16 more hours of web browsing (or 24 hours of talk) on your S8. There’s an LED battery indicator on the back of the case so you always know how much power you have left. On top of providing more battery life, this case can also provide protection from scratches and other day-to-day wear. 

Best Wallet: Spigen Slim Armor CS Galaxy S8 Case w/Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design

Another trend amongst top tier phone cases is the ability to hold cash or credit cards inside the phone case, making your phone case also your wallet. The best we’ve seen so far for the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship Android phone is the Spigen Slim Armor with a card slot holder. This case has a card slot on the middle back that is designed to hold two credit cards, one credit card and cash or just cash. Because the card slot slides in and out, that means it’s more hidden than wallet cases that have your credit cards sticking out.

On top of replacing or supplementing your wallet, this case also offers dual-layer protection with a soft inner layer and hard outer layer. It also has cutout holes for all ports, buttons and the camera. Finally, if you want a little more color than just black, this case comes in gunmetal, coral blue, orchid gray and rose gold.

Best Protection: OtterBox Defender Series for Samsung Galaxy S6

OtterBox Defender Series for Samsung Galaxy S6
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One of the best ways to protect your smartphone is through a reputable company that’s known to make some of the strongest cases on the market. The OtterBox Defender Series for the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes from a company that boasts itself as the No. 1 most trusted in smartphone case protection based off their sales.

The OtterBox Defender Series for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a 2.08-ounce, heavy-duty three-layer case that protects from a number of hazards including drops, dirt, scrapes and bumps. It is the thinnest (6 x .5 x 3.3 inches) in the series of the company’s award-winning protective cases.

The outer-most shell of the case is made with a high-impact polycarbonate shell, and It includes port covers that keep out both dust and debris. Beneath the case is a synthetic rubber exterior slipcover, which tucks in and cushions your smartphone so it can absorb impact. The interior foam behind your smartphone cradles your device gently. The case also comes with a built-in screen protector that further prevents scratches, and installation instructions are included.

Added bonuses: Besides the overall major protection this case has to offer, it comes with a belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing. And OtterBox includes a warranty that covers material and workmanship defects one year from the original purchase date. Colors come in black, casual blue, cool melon, powder gray, glacier, melon pop, purple amethyst, realtree ap pink and realtree max 5hd.

Best Grip: Vena vAllure Galaxy S8 Case

One issue we’ve seen with many phone cases, especially with the latest generation of super-sized phones, is that the grip isn’t good enough. The Vena vAllure Galaxy S8 Case alleviates that issue for the new flagship Galaxy S8 Android phone. This case was specifically made with an enhanced grip with raised sides and a textured back that minimize moments of slipping.

The Vena vAllure Galaxy S8 Case has a dual-layer design with one soft inner layer and one hard outer layer. You can still access ports such as the headphone jack and USB-C charging port because holes are cut out to let you plug in cords. This case also comes in three colors to help you spice things up even further: gold/black, gold/coral pink and gold/navy blue. Finally, it’s also designed to be screen-protector friendly and works with any screen protector, which you should probably buy because of the somewhat fragile S8 display.

Best Design: Caseology Riot Series for Galaxy S6

Caseology Riot Series for Galaxy S6
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Caseology's Riot Series is a collection of some the most uniquely designed cases for the Samsung Galaxy S6. They measure 7.4 x 3.9 x .7 inches and weigh 2.4 ounces, and are made with precise cutouts for improved access to all ports, buttons, camera, speakers and microphones. The cases are also made of anti-shock thermoplastic polyurethane and PU leather, both of which are highly resistant to oil, dirt and scratches.

The case is dual layered, and the polycarbonate end features indents that provide for both design and anti-slip protection. Beneath it is the leather portion, which snaps right into place and gives off a complementary and savvy look. Some Amazon.com users have love the case for its stylish design, secure casing and nice touch. Other Amazon.com users have noted that case makes it easy for your phone to slip out of your pocket since it’s so smooth. Colors come in black, pink, white and navy blue.

Runner-Up, Best Design: HTC Dot View Case for HTC One (M8)

HTC Dot View Case for HTC One (M8)
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You’ll never see this kind of wizardry with an iPhone case. The HTC Dot View Case for HTC One (M8) is a unique case that features a light-up matrix display similar to a Light Brite.

The HTC Dot View Case measures 7.2 x 3.9 x .8 inches and weighs 2.4 ounces. It’s lightweight for the HTC One M8, keeping the device slim without the bulk. What makes the case so unique is the retro dot display on the back, which shows off caller ID, the time and weather. Despite the fancy design, the case is still good enough to protect from minor scratches.

Some Amazon.com users have reported their dislike for the spring flap, which doesn’t always stay closed when lying the phone down. The phone isn’t particularly designed for the sole purpose of protection either, but geared more towards a cool and unique design function. Colors come in Baton Rouge, imperial blue, organ popsicle and black/dark gray.

Runner-Up, Best Wallet: Abacus24-7 for Samsung Galaxy S7

Abacus24-7 for Samsung Galaxy S7
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The Abacus24-7 Samsung Galaxy S7 leather wallet case is one of the highest rated wallet cases on Amazon.com. It's designed specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930) and measures 6.6 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches and weighs 2.4 ounces. The interior case and the front flip cover keep your smartphone protected from scratches, dirt, and damages.

This stylish, handmade case is has the finest quality of synthetic leather. It features built-in card slots: two credit card sleeves, one clear ID window and a hidden pocket to store your cash. The case includes a kickstand ability with a foldable stand feature that props your phone up for hands-free viewing. Colors and design come in black, blue, gold, purple, black-mirror, gold-mirror, purple-mirror and rose gold.