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.
We've put together a guide to show you the best cases available for the Samsung Galaxy S7. And, while some of the best are manufactured by Samsung itself, there's an ever growing number of other impressive options from companies like Speck and Dog & Bone too.
These are the cases that do their best not to turn this gorgeous phone into an ugly one. Some of them even provide additional functionality that isn't possible with just the phone alone.
We're constantly on the lookout for new additions to our roundup, but if you have a favorite, please let us know in the comments.
Note: we've ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
1. VRS Design Crystal Mixx Case
A cheap, basic case that doesn't hide your S7
Colors: Black, Clear | Material: Polycarbonate and TPU
If the crop of Samsung Galaxy S7 cases is anything to go by, transparent bumpers are the clear winner. The Crystal Mixx is a fine attempt at see-through security, with its ultra-thin design adding plenty of protection on the corners. The case also raises up towards the top and bottom to guard against screen-down drops.
The end result is hardly rare on the market, but the Crystal Mixx is pure minimalism.
2. Griffin Reveal Case
A transparent case that's stronger than it looks
Colors: Clear, Black/Clear | Material: Polycarbonate
It may have cut its teeth by developing military-grade phone cases in the past, but this new case from Griffin is as ultra-thin as it is protective.
Completely transparent it may be, but the Reveal has tough rubber edges tech-tested to help the S7 survive bumps and drops. Perhaps just as useful is the tactile feel of the Reveal, which makes the Samsung Galaxy S7 a lot easier to hold stably while still being a cinch to slip out of a pocket.
3. Caseco Shock Express Metallic case
A curvy case that's easy to grip
Colors: Black, Blue, Maroon, Pink | Material: TBC
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.
4. Leicke MANNA UltraSlim
A versatile leather case at a reasonable price
Colors: Black, Brown, Wine Red | Material: Leather
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.
5. SlickWraps Carbon Fiber Series Skin
A slim and stylish skin with a carbon fiber texture
Colors: Black, Blue, Green, Gun, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White | Material: Vinyl
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.
6. Cover-Up #WoodBack Snap Case
An unusual material in a choice of styles
Colors: Bamboo, Black Lightning Bolt, Black Limba, Black/Ash, Carpathian Elm Burl, Cedar, Cherry, Gold Lightning Bolt, Mahogany, Maple, Padauk, Purpleheart, Treble Clef, Walnut, Blackened Ash | Material: Wood and polycarbonate
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.
7. Speck CandyShell Clear Case
A simple case with added UV protection
Colors: Clear, Onxy Black | Material: Polycarbonate
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.
8. Speck CandyShell Grip Case
A vibrant and colorful case
Colors: White/Black, Sand Grey/Aloe Green, Dolphin Grey/Lilac Purple, Black/Slate Grey | Material: Polycarbonate and TPE
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.
9. Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Cover
A minimalist case from Samsung itself
Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Pink Gold | Material: Plastic
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.
10. Ghostek Cloak Tough Case
A strong case made with real aluminum
Colors: Clear/Silver, Clear/Black, Clear/Gold, Clear/Red | Material: TPU and aluminum
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.
11. Carved Special Edition Engraved series
A beautiful and arty case for your phone
Colors: Geometric Lion, Geometric Whale, Geometric Shark, Geometric Bison | Material: Wood, polycarbonate and rubber
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.
12. Dog & Bone Splash Case
A colorful take on a clear case
Colors: Purple, Orange, Black, Pink | Material: TPE
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.
13. Samsung Galaxy S7 S View Cover
A Samsung case with a useful window
Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, White, Ruby Wine | Material: Polyurethane
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.
14. Moshi iGlaze Napa
A stylish leather and aluminum option
Colors: Onyx Black, Caramel Beige | Material: Leather, aluminum and polycarbonate
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.
15. Samsung Galaxy S7 Keyboard case
A QWERTY keyboard for text addicts
Colors: Black, Gold | Material: Plastic
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.
16. Tech21 Evo Elite
A bumper case that's more than meets the eye
Colors: Black, Gold | Material: Plastic
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.
17. Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear View Cover
Fully protects the screen even when in use
Colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Pink | Material: TBC
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.
18. Samsung Galaxy S7 LED Cover
A premium and clever case
Colors: Black, Silver, Gold | Material: Leather
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.
19. OtterBox Strada
Style and protection from a trusted brand
Colors: Onyx Black, Night Cannon Blue, Ruby Romance Red | Material: Leather, metal and polycarbonate
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.
20. Case-Mate Brilliance Champagne Case
A crystal case for real show-offs
Colors: Champagne | Material: Polycarbonate and crystal
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.
21. Samsung Galaxy S7 Back Pack
Keep going for days at a time with this battery case
Colors: Black, Silver | Material: TBC
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.
These are ordered by price at the time of writing - however, some variation may occur over time!