The official Galaxy S9 cases that you should and shouldn't buy

The official Galaxy S9 cases that you should and shouldn't buy
Along with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung has also unveiled a number of interesting cases to perfectly complement its new flagships. As every year, we were particularly intrigued in checking these out, because Samsung has had some wild ideas in the past, including the absurd 2Piece Cover and the innovative Alcantara Cover. This year, the company has unveiled some surprises again: some of them seem like perfectly reasonable cases, while others - not so much. Below you'll find our impressions of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases by Samsung, which will hopefully help you in choosing the most suitable product for you.

Galaxy S9 Protective Standing Cover



The rugged-looking Protective Standing Cover seems to have a satisfyingly good fit, but because sides of the case encompass the Galaxy S9 all around, it looks and feels as one with the phone. The ribbed, plastic material the case is made of is great to hold and touch - it's smooth and grippy, and has a unique look that is half rugged, half stylish. The Protective Standing Cover takes pride in offering a built-in kickstand, which pops out to allow you to place the phone at a comfortable angle for video watching, in landscape mode.

Overall the Protective Standing Cover for the Galaxy S9 is a strong addition to Samsung's portfolio of cases, and comes in black and silver colors for either a more understated, or a more expressive style. If you dig the unique rugged look and built-in kickstand design, this case will definitely be a good option.

Galaxy S9 Clear View Standing Cover



The Clear View Standing Cover has an interesting design - the front is a very glossy and very lightly translucent material which allows for some on-screen elements like the clock to be slightly visible with the cover closed. The back of the case is made from a nice and soft rubbery-plastic material that feels good to the touch. Overall, the case is rather substantial and we'd have felt very confident in its protective capabilities; however, the front lid lacks any kind of mechanism to keep it attached firmly to its place, like a magnet or something. When lying down, it stays closed, but as there's nothing to keep it in place, if you happen to drop your Galaxy S9, the lid will likely open and thus subject the phone's screen to damage.

In addition to the slightly translucent front cover, which makes for a nice effect, the Clear View Standing Cover can also be setup like a stand so you can enjoy video, although the process here is a bit more of a hassle than the simple kickstand design of the Protective Standing Cover above.

This case would be a decent product if you crave the shiny, glossy front look, as well as the translucent cover gimmick, but we have to say the level of protection provided by this case doesn't completely correspond to the overall bulk is adds.

Montblanc wallet case



Samsung's longtime accessory partner, Montblanc, is at it again this year, delivering two new case models for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The first we'll take a look at is the wallet case, which looks nice and premium, but you'll have to take advantage of the card pockets on the inside of the front cover, for it to close tightly enough. At least the the demo model on display we found the front cover wouldn't close completely, which can be rather annoying. Besides the serious brand and slots for cards, the Montblanc waller case for Galaxy S9 doesn't surprise in any way. It suffers from the same issue as the Clear View Standing Cover, where there's no mechanism to keep the lid in place, meaning that there won't be much true protection for the screen.

Montblanc back case



Montblanc has another offering for the Galaxy S9, and this is a lightweight and simple back case. At first glance, this case seems very attractive due to its minimal design and nice texture on the back, but there is an issue that kind of makes it a bit of a tougher sell than needed. As the case doesn't have any sides, it attaches to the phone only to the four corners. First, this doesn't provide almost any meaningful protection for any side of the phone other than the back; and second, it doesn't really look too good, with the four corners jutting out from the body. A regular back case design that hugs the phone around the sides would have been a way more practical choice in this case.

Galaxy S9 Hyperknit Cover



Ah, this one is entirely new for the Galaxy S9 - the Hyperknit Cover is made from a knit nylon material that provides more than sufficient protection and looks unique at the same time. The texture reminds of textile a bit, but when you touch it, the harder feeling uncovers the polymer nature of the product. Still, it is a rather nice case with characteristic looks and decent in-hand feel. It's not as comfortable as the Alcantara case, but it's still among the more natual-looking cases you can find for the Galaxy S9.

Galaxy S9 Silicone Cover



OK, do yourself a favor and avoid this one. Silicone cases are quite popular (mostly because of their cheap prices), but the silicone material used to make them is often decidedly inferior to... almost everything else you can make a case out of. Aside from the typical rubbery feel, the Galaxy S9 Silicone Cover cases will get dirty extremely quickly. Some of the demo models we checked were just display devices that couldn't be held or put on a phone, yet they were already covered with all kinds of dust and other miniature rubbish. Take a look at the pictures above to see how they look. The bad news is this stuff if very difficult to get off the silicone cases, so they'll essentially never look or feel very clean. One trip to your pocket will be all it takes, and the Silicone Cover for the S9 will never look new again.

What about you? Which case do you think goes best with the Galaxy S9? Share your thoughts in comments below!

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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16 Comments

1. Pabliell

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

You know if something is wrong with the mobile industry, when you SHOULD buy a case. The real option should be "buy if you want, not need". You don't buy glass toys, then why you buy glass tools?

2. rsiders

Posts: 1847; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I agree but the consumers have asked for this trend. They kept begging for premium materials and that's why Samsung eventually moved away from their plastic and faux leather designs which had more hardware features like removable back and flaps to cover the internals from water damage. And this is where we are now. I absolutely loved the ruggedness and tough as nails feel of the original LG V10. The V20 is just as durable (I know cause I've dropped mine more times than I'd like to admit) but with a sleeker design. As much as I boast about going naked for my phones I'll probably buy at least a slim case to protect the Galaxy S9+ I'll be getting next month. At least for when I'm out. I know I can't drop it like I dropped my V20 and have it not be totally destroyed. We want premium and this is a side effect of it. Go naked if you dare. Just be careful.

5. Pabliell

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Yes, people asked for premium, but since when fragile glass is premium? We have carbon fiber, nylon, kevlar, titanium, even real leather, those are true premium offerings. Expensive and durable. For now we only get expensive and fragile, phones that will break in a single drop without a case. That's not premium, that's simply stupid.

7. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

- True Carbon Fiber (as seen in car panels) is pricey. - So is Kevlar (it's useless also, if your're hoping for the same properties of Kevlar as bulletproof vests.) - Titanium (not coating) is even more expensive than CF. - Nylon is in NO WAY premium; it'se extremely common in sportswear, and you can buy Nylon legwear on Amazon for as little as $15.99! - LG did succeed in stretching cowhide over a plastic shell in the G4. Shame everyone remembers the G4 as the phone for reasons OTHER than the leather back (bootlooping).

11. Pabliell

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I know they are expensive and that's the point. That would be a thing to justify current sky-high prices. Now we get an easily breaking glass phones, that are quite cheap to manufacture and cost $1000. That's insane.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1847; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

That's what got people's attention when those phones started coming out so that's what they stuck with. I guess. I mean these phones do look beautiful after all. Whether they can get beautiful and durable together is a different argument.

16. applesnapple93

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

best phone I've ever owned was the Nexus 5x. Didnt need a case and was premium enough (performed well with android marshmallow)

12. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Glass also easily allows for wireless charging and wont soak up any water in the material itself so also makes them more easily water resistant. I agree its not best case scenario for a phone called premium. But compared to the old plastic blocks we used to get it just a few years ago, phone designs are certainly more premium than they used to be.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 1868; Member since: May 04, 2015

Case manufacturers are so obsessed with the protection cases offer for the back that they completely ignore protecting the screen. I think most people would rather have a scratched and damaged back than expensive screen. Finding a relatively thin case with a lip to protect the screen and reinforced corners isn't that easy these days. It seems to be form/aesthetics over function.

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 485; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

tempered glass, pet films, screen protectors.. nobody forgets screen protection. Not sure where you got this idea. or.. are you looking for a screen protector as thick as the phone? lol

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1868; Member since: May 04, 2015

Screen protectors do absolutely nothing if you drop your phone face down. If you don't believe me try it yourself because it's happened to me several times with tempered glass screen protectors and my screens shattered. A screen protector will protect against scratches but Gorilla Glass does a good job of that too. Under most circumstances a good case with a slightly raised lip will help take the impact of a face down fall before the glass.

13. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

sounds like 1. you were using low quality screen protectors. 2. you are very hard on your phones.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 1868; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lol. Neither applies in my case. If I can find it I use Nilikin tempered screen protectors and cases. I'm extremely careful with my phones and usually sell them on in perfect condition. But accidents do happen and I insist on a case that has a lip. My Mix2 came with a case that offers no lip and for an all screen phone that's suicide. The screen is the most important part of the phone whilst a damaged back or sides is very unlikely to affect anything in terms of functionality.

15. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I agree a case with some type of lip is key. some type of buffer between screen and ground is definitely a must.

9. Jacksie66 unregistered

Have my XZ premium since June and have had no screen protector on it whatsoever. Screen is still mint with just 1 very faint little scratch. But I look after my phone, unlike lots of other people.

10. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Good cases for mobile phones...

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