A look at Spigen’s line of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cases

spigen thin case galaxy s8

There are hundreds of case and screen protector brands out there, but I find myself always leaning towards Spigen whenever a new flagship smartphone is released.

The manufacturer’s various cases often cost more than other companies, but I’ve often found that the few extra dollars the company’s cases cost is typically worth the cost. While it’s worth noting that I have had some Spigen cases crack or break in the past — they definitely aren’t indestructible, particularly the iPhone ‘Thin Fit’ case — they typically generally last much longer than similar cases I’ve used from other manufacturers.

Given that Spigen sent us its entire case lineup for the S8 and the S8+, I decided to snap photos of each case and put together quick, mini-reviews, weighing their various pros and cons.

Neo Hybrid

Galaxy S8 Spigen Neo Hybrid

Similar to the Neo Hybrid Crystal case below, this slightly more rugged, black coloured iteration is Spigen’s best selling case across the company’s various series of products.

It’s relatively thin and provides ample protection around the entire phone, wrapping around the S8 and S8+’s Gorilla Glass 5 body. The double build of plastic and a rubber bumper make this case a solid balance between maintaining a thin profile, but still offering adequate protection.

Spigen’s Neo Hybrid S8 case is $18.99 and the S8+ iteration is priced at $19.99 on Amazon.

Neo Hybrid Crystal

Galaxy S8 Spigen Neo Hybrid

While this case little harder than your average, cheap no-name eBay or Amazon rubber case, Spigen’s Neo Hybrid Crystal smartphone case features a dual-layered structure that saves the phone from light falls.

It’s not overly protective and a little bulky, but offers a good balance between Spigen’s thinner cases like the ‘Thin Fit’ and its more heavy-duty offerings.

Spigen’s Neo Hybrid Crystal case for the S8 is priced at $21.99 and the S8+ version also costs $21.99 on Amazon.com.

Liquid Crystal Glitter

Galaxy S8 Spigen Liquid Crystal Glitter

Right off the top, this particular case certainly isn’t to my taste. While it does wrap the sides of the S8’s entire curved display, I’m not a fan of the sparkly sparkles.

Still, if you want a case that’s flashy, unique and also still protects your phone, Spigen’s Liquid Crystal case could be worth your time. The rubber it’s constructed out of does feel a little sticky though, which makes the case difficult to slip into my pocket.

Spigen’s Liquid Crystal Glitter case for the S8 is priced at $14.99 and the S8+ version costs $14.99 on Amazon.

Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear

Galaxy S8 Ultra Hybrid Crystal clear

Similar to the Neo Hybrid case, Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid case offers full protection of the S8 and S8+’s curved edges, though the case feels more plastic than rubber, allowing it to more easily slide into my pocket.

My favourite Spigen S8 case is still the Thin Fit, but this one comes in a close second, simply because it offers all-around protection.

Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear S8 case is priced at $15.99 and the S8+ version costs $17.99 .

Rugged Armor Black

Galaxy S8 Spigen Rugged Armor Black

Spigen’s Black Rugged Armor Case, while highly protective, ruins the S8 and S8+’s aesthetic to some extent. If that isn’t a concern for you, however, this case offers a decent amount of protection and minimal bulk.

The rubber material used in the case also isn’t sticky like rubber cases from other companies, which is great for easily sliding the case in and out of your pocket.

The Galaxy S8 Spigen Rugged Armor case is priced at $11.99 and the S8+ costs $12.99 on Amazon.

Slim Armor CS Air Cushion

Galaxy Spigen S8 Slim Armor

While not for me, I know a number of people who are fans of Spigen’s Slim Armor CS Air Cushion case and use the model with other smartphones. The build feels similar to the Rugged Armor case, though it also features a slide-in slot for a credit card or debt card.

Despite this compartment, the case is still relatively thin, which is unlike similar cases from other manufacturers.

Spigen’s Slim Armor CS case is priced at $21.99 for the S8 version and $21.99 for the S8+ version on Amazon.

Slim Armor Air Cushion

Galaxy S8 Air Cushion Technology

This particular case features a double liner of rubber and plastic, as well as a kickstand. I’ve used this model of case before with past devices and found the kickstand to be very useful.

It is, however, a little more bulky than Spigen’s other Galaxy S8 and S8+ case offerings.

The Slim Armor Galaxy S8 case is priced at $39.99 and the S8+ is priced at $44.99 on Amazon.

Wallet S Black

Spigen Wallet S Black

For those who like wallet cases, the Wallet S is great. It features slots for cards in its interior and a magnetic clasp.

Unlike many wallet cases, the Wallet S is relatively thing and while there’s no way it’s actually made of real letter, its faux leather feels like it’s relatively high-quality.

Spigen’s Wallet S Black case is priced at $23.99 for the S8 iteration and the S8+ version is priced at $24.99 on Amazon.

Thin Fit

Spigen Galaxy S8 Thing case

Saving the best case for last, Spigen’s line of Thin Fit cases have been my go-to smartphone enclosure for a number of years now, whether it’s the S7, iPhone 7 Plus or even older devices.

The case offers protection that covers the phone’s entire body but more importantly, it also doesn’t add much additional bulk to the phone — hence the Thin Fit name. This ensures the case doesn’t push up the edges of a screen protector or ruin the S8 or S8+’s unique aesthetic. If you aren’t typically a fan of cases, but have decided to make the jump into the world of people who don’t actually want their phones to break, the Thin Fit is a decent compromise.

Spigen’s Thin Fit Galaxy S8 case costs $13.99 and the S8+ case is priced at $13.99 on Amazon.

If you’re interested in picking up any of these cases, you can find Spigen’s entire Galaxy S8 line up here and the manufacturer’s S8+ cases here.

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Comments

  • thereasoner

    These guys make quality cases in my experience.

  • h2oflyer

    Can’t go wrong with Spigen cases. Using a Spigen on my wife’s 5se and I use a a Griffin Survivor on my S7. I’ve found both these brands definately better than the overpriced OtterBox offerings.

    • Griffins a great, affordable brand too. I used to be all about OtterBox, but their cases are typically pretty ugly now and very overpriced.

    • h2oflyer

      It’s interesting that you commented on preferring a certain amount of smoothness to allow slipping into a pocket, while I prefer a roughness or drag on the case to help it from slipping out of a pocket.

      The better. case makers have enough selection in their line to allow us pick exactly what we need.

    • Very true. I can’t stand a case that doesn’t slide into my pocket easily.

    • Balls O’Steele

      Which cases do you recommend that has a grippy rubber? I don’t want a $1k phone sliding out of my hands/pocket. Do any of the cases you reviewed interfere with wireless charging?

    • Garrett Cooper

      They also fall apart. My gf had a Defender on her iPhone 6 and it separated and fell apart within 6 months, and she paid like $60+ for it. I got her a Spigen one for xmas which has been infinitely better.

  • Ernie

    I always liked the Speck cases. They have rubber grips and protect phones nicely.

  • Canadiana Jones

    I’ve been a big fan of Neo Hybrid line since my Nexus 5. In fact I have one on my 3T right now, with a stick-on kickstand (also from Spigen).

    • The Neo Hybrid is great. I actually use one for my Pixel. I tried a bunch of different cases for the Pixel and this is really the only one I’ve found that works.

  • Eluder

    Been using Spigen for years, first one was for my M7 before they were even available in Canada. I don’t purchase any other cases for my phones and tend to gravitate towards the Neo Hybrid cases.

  • Jas Kamoh

    Ringke also makes good cases, especially their SLIM line. Used them on my Note 5, Note 7 and currently my on S7 Edge.

    • Garrett Cooper

      I’ve had a few Ringke cases and really like them. I’m using a Caselogic currently which I also like. Spigen is always good as well.

    • heynow00

      I got one of these for a z3 compact when I couldn’t find a clear spigen and was very happy with it

  • heynow00

    The sparkly liquid crystal case is only 1 colour option. I have a clear one (no sparkles) and love it