Budget can't quite squeeze to a Samsung Galaxy S4? There's no need to fret. The Samsung Galaxy S3 still has a glorious 4.8-inch AMOLED display, a great camera and finally has Android Jelly Bean to justify opting for the S4 predecessor instead.
Helping you to keep that Android smartphone away from harm, and providing a sleek solution to adding a line of defence, are dozens of different phone covers. These offer a dizzying number of different designs and features that you may or may not want.
To help you choose the right cover for you, we've picked out the best Samsung Galaxy S3 cases to buy, and put them in order of current selling price.
1. Arkon Sports Armband - US$18 (around £11.50/AU$17.50)
If you need some audio motivation outdoors or in the gym, this sweat-resistant neoprene case gives you a clear view of the screen and has cutouts at the bottom and top depending on how you like your headphones to hang. If you like to buy a drink on the way there's a storage pouch with enough room for some loose change.
2. Cygnett Tube Map Case - £12/AU$25/US$30
Perfect for visitors to London or seasoned commuters who still get lost, the iconic London Underground map adorns this glossy, snap-on case. The slim-fitting case gives access to all ports and buttons with a screen protector and cleaning cloth to buff up that big, bright screen.
3. Elago G5 Breathe Case - £14/$25 (around AU$24)
Delivering style and protection in equal measures, the special coating on this smartphone-hugging case will fend off oil, dust and dirt, while the hard shell provides everyday protection. With the mesh-style design, it's light enough and slim enough to free up room in your pocket for other essentials.
4. Proporta Pencils Case - £15/US$20 (around AU$19)
It's a pencil case, but not like the one you used to sharpen shavings into the bottom of at school. With access to all those important ports including the camera, this snap-on hard shell case sports a colouring pencil design - but don't be fooled, it will protect your S3 as well as giving it a creative look.
5. Griffin Reveal - £15/US$20 (around AU$19.50)
Adding less than 2mm of thickness to your Galaxy S3, this one-piece case will preserve the handset's slim body, and with a durable polycarbonate frame it will also guard against everyday bumps and drops. The hugging rubber lining adds another layer of cushioning and makes it even easier to get a grip of the Android smartphone in one hand.
6. Proporta Union Jack Samsung Galaxy S3 Case - £15/US$20 (around AU$19.50)
Patriotic British and Anglophile Galaxy S3 owners can sport the Union flag with this clip-on hard shell case that is made from a robust material that should also serve as decent smartphone protection. If you're American, there's also a US equivalent to pop onto the back of your Samsung handset, for the same price.
7. Gear4 Thin Ice Liquid Rubber - £15 (around AU$23/US$23)
Keeping the extra smartphone bulk down to the bare minimum, the ultra-slim rubber case clips onto the back of the S3 and shows off the body with access to all ports and buttons. There is a variety of bright colours to choose from if you don't want to go down the transparent protection route.
8. Belkin Shield Sheer - £15/US$25 (around AU$24)
If you don't want to cover up your S3 to the point that it's unrecognisable, the slim polycarbonate case has a transparent tint so the smartphone body is still in view but more importantly will protect against scratches and bumps. There's a cut out for the rear-facing camera and a host of outlandish colours to choose from.
9. Incipio Feather - US$25 (around £16/AU$24)
If you want to keep smartphone bulk down to a minimum, this ultra-thin Plextonium case clips onto the back of your phone, adding just 1mm of extra thickness. S3 owners will also appreciate that this slender case will still offer protection against dents and everyday commuting carnage.
10. BoxWave Unicolor - £18/US$17 (around AU$16.50)
Ideal for those on a case-buying budget, the hard plastic case protects the back of your phone while a bumper will guard against scratches on the screen when it's placed on its front. All key cut outs are present, giving you full access, while the textured back means it should stay put in your hand.
11. Belkin EaseFit Plus Armband - £18/AU$30/US$25
If you want to take your S3 to the gym or out for a run, this comfortable and lightweight armband will hold your handset in place and has a pouch big enough to keep a key or some cash. Most importantly, it's water-resistant and hand-washable so you can keep it fresh for the next sweaty workout.
12. Tech21 Impact Snap - £19/US$31 (around AU$30)
Providing a military-grade shield for your S3, the shock-absorbing D30 material - which has been used in armour by the US Ministry of Defence - should provide a suitably tough exterior. There's access to all ports, including the speaker grille, while the rear-facing camera is free to fire off as well.
13. Overboard Pro-Sports Waterproof Arm Pack - £22.50/AU$30/US$36.50
Beach and swim-friendly, Overboard's Slide Seal System keeps water firmly away from your smartphone and even has enough room for money and keys. The waterproof design has also been built to float on water and will keep sand, dust and dirt at bay.
14. Urban Armour Outland - US$35 (around £22.50/AU$34)
This case looks like it can take a knock or two, and the tough armour shell complemented by an impact-resistant soft core should provide serious protection from all angles. Oversized buttons add extra durability, and a screen protector will combat scratches, with a raised bumper helping out when the smartphone is lying flat.
15. Case-Mate Pop! Case with Stand - £23/US$35 (around AU$34)
Hiding away a built-in stand, the Pop enables you to watch video on that vibrant display in portrait and landscape mode. Covering the back and corners of your S3, the plastic and soft rubber shell provides impact-resistant protection even when you have left your smartphone lying on the table.
16. Speck PixelSkin HD - £25/AU$29/US$30
This light, polymer-built case hugs your handset and shows off a matt and glossy pixel finish that will make the back of your smartphone look a bit like a minesweeper board. A raised bezel will help keep the screen out of harm when lying flat, while rubberised button covers should add another layer of protection.
17. Case-Mate Tough - £25/US$35 (around AU$34)
The clue is in the name - this hard shell case is all about keeping your S3 in one piece using a silicone inner and durable polycarbonate shell to sure up the defence and make it easier to keep hold of. If you are a heavy-handed phone user or like to take your phone hiking, this case is designed for you.
18. Samsung Galaxy S3 Flip Case - £25/AU$35/US$40
This official Samsung case comes in an array of colours and replaces the battery cover and guards the AMOLED display against scratches and dirt. By covering the whole of the front, it stops you from accidentally pressing buttons or swiping, and with an NFC chip built in, it means you can still share images and videos by tapping it against another S3.
19. ElementCase Atom - US$45 (around £29/AU$44)
Made up of a polymer and carbon fibre backplate, the Atom also sports rugged, robust corners to absorb impact and make it more comfortable to hold. Buttons are moulded over and integrated into the case, while a speaker port means the sweet S3 sound doesn't get trapped.
20. Otterbox Defender Series - US$50 (around £32/AU$48.50)
Offering a triple layer of S3 protection, the Defender wraps itself around the handset and guards against bumps and drops with the combination of a polycarbonate shell, an impact-resistant silicone inner cover and a screen protector up front. There's also a belt holster if you want to free up some pocket space.
21. Proporta Barbour Quilted collection - £40/US$55 (around AU$53)
The iconic British clothing line Barbour has teamed up with Proporta for this stylish S3 case offering that is made from soft quilted material and leather and features an internal slot to hide away cards. Aside from its waxed jacket looks, the case will still protect your expensive investment and give you access to charge, turn up the volume or use the camera.
22. Incipio OffGrid - US$70 (around £45/AU$68)
Providing some back-up juice for your Samsung smartphone, the 2,000mAh charging capacity of this case will bump up the phone's power, with a row of LED lights notifying you how much battery you have left. Clipping onto the back and bumper, the OffGrid is made from Plextonium to fend off dents and scratches to the body, and is housed in surprisingly slim body.
23. Pong - £56/US$60 (around AU$58)
If smartphone radiation is a concern, this snap-on case has been designed with an antenna system to deflect radiation away from your head when you are chatting. But that's not the only trick up its sleeve. It can also increase talk time battery life, improve signal strength and won't get in the way of any NFC transactions.
24. Mophie Juice Pack - £80/US$100 (around AU$97)
A slim solution to make sure the S3 makes it through the day, the 2,300mAh capacity case will deliver an extra 32 hours of audio or nine hours of web browsing. It can charge both smartphone and case at the same time, with LED notification lights displaying progress. Plus NFC and S-Beam support means you can still enjoy one-touch sharing.