by Gregg Ellman
Smartphone purists might disagree, but I’ve always thought if you spend upwards of a $1,000 for a smartphone, which I guarantee you will drop at some point, it’s a good idea to put some sort of protection on it.
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series of smartphones, a case and or a screen protector is a very small investment to protect from scratches, drops and even a quick splash of water. There’s a lot to choose from, so here’s my choices to help narrow your list.
Gear4 (a ZAGG Inc. brand) was right out of the gate with many options including the Crystal Palace, which keeps your phone protected with what the company claims is the world’s clearest, thinnest and most advanced impact protection.
The case is built for the S10 ($39.99) and is crystal clear, like the name says. It’s an ultra-protective transparent phone case with a 13-foot drop protection rating. An anti-yellowing clear design with dye-transfer resistance is built into the case, which is also available for the Samsung S10+ ($39.20) and the S10e ($45.99).
The Oxford from Gear4 is also available for the Samsung S10+, S10 and the S10e ($45.99) and features a built-in viewing standard credit card slots inside the front cover. It’s built with D30 impact protection to withstand a drop from up to 10 feet and also has a clip closure case design.
With slim and pocket friendly designs, both cases can be used on your wireless chargers.
Gear4 Chelsea design packs change your new smartphone’s design for a daily look. Each of the four packs ($14.99) has interchangeable design panels that can be combined with a clear Gear4 case allowing you to customize your daily look.
The durable film with anti-fade properties feature themes and designs for animal kingdom, hypnotic rebel, spring, summer, ocean splash, ombre geo, tattoo art, tropical vibe or in mixed packs
In my opinion Pelican Products, Inc. makes the most durable storage solution products on the market, so it’s no surprise their new smartphone case for the Samsung S10 series will do the same.
The Protector+ AMS Case ($50) was created for road warriors and anyone who lives in their car since it’s built with an integrated auto mount system. It features a steel plate and an AMS magnetic car vent mount, both perfect for handsfree calls.
The AMS kit works in landscape and portrait modes and fits most vehicle vent sizes. It’s also perfect for a handsfree media with it’s viewing kickstand.
Wireless charging works perfect with the Protector+ AMS Case, which is available in black and light gray,
The Pelican Shield Case is built for rougher lifestyles with five protective layers.
A shock absorbing interior shell and reinforced corners create top-of-the-line drop protection, exceeding military testing standards. A holster and integrated kickstand are great for handsfree viewing.
Even with all the layers of protection, the Shield Case ($60 available in black) still gives you easy access to the ports with covers that open when needed. When the covers are closed, they will have the same protection as the rest of the smartphone.
All Pelican products come with an amazing lifetime warranty; you break it and they replace it.
X-Doria’s Defense Lux ($34.99) is built with military grade testing and specs for a 10-foot drop. The one piece Anodized aluminum frame along with a soft rubber bumper and polycarbonate inner backing combine for the ultimate protection.
The integrated sound channel amplifies the bottom speaker and redirects sound to the front for a better sound experience.
You have choices of black carbon fiber, black leather, or purple ballistic nylon styles for the S10, S10+, or S10E
The X-Doria Defense Shield ($29.99) has the machined aluminum exterior frame coupled with a soft rubber bumper for ultimate protection. It features a clear polycarbonate phone backing allow users to show off the Galaxy’s sleek design and color.
The frame is available in black, iridescent and red.