Let’s face it, the Samsung Galaxy S II is such a great design that it’s almost a shame to cover it up. But if you don’t, you risk all sorts of scratches, scrapes, and dents. Besides that, you don’t really want your Galaxy S II to look exactly like everybody else’s anyway, do you?
Luckily there are more than few quality case manufacturers who are doing their best to give you both protection and a good look for your phone. Let’s take a look at some of the best of the best.
The lightweight body of the Pop! protects the Samsung Galaxy S II from unforeseeable drops and falls. A built-in stand extends for an ideal viewing screen or remains hidden for a flat back cover. An innovative lay-flat design lifts the screen away from surfaces. Easy-to-grip rubber sides make it fun to hold, while the two-toned color combinations create a contemporary look and feel.
9. Barely there
You’ve loved your Galaxy S II from afar for too long to hide it. Yet you can’t bear to leave it exposed to the hard, cruel world. Whatever shall you do? How about a case that is Barely There by name and by nature – available in black, silver, and red, the stunning brushed aluminum will provide protection while adding to the appearance, but not the weight and bulk.
If even barely there is too much, how about invisible? That’s only one of the improbable and irresistible features of Zagg’s invisibleSHIELD. Strain your credulity with “scratch proof” and “military grade” and then blow it away completely with “self-healing nano-memory technology”. It’s basically the Galaxy S II case version of the T-1000.
7. Signature Flip
Have you seen my new business cards? Oh, silly me, that’s my Galaxy S II. There are plenty of flip-style cases to suit your needs, but none will quite make Patrick Bateman want to murder you as much as Case-Mate’s Signature Flip Case.
6. Sunrise Black Flowers
I was simply gothstruck by the beautiful Gresso Sunrise Black Flowers case. I’m not 100% sure what “enamel black leather” is, but it sounds as tough as sunrise and flowers could ever hope to be.
5. Go Ballistic
Ballistic Shell Gel case gives you not one, not two, but THREE layers of protection (shock-absorbent polymer, impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, soft silicon with “Ballistic Corners”) and looks about as rugged as you’d expect from a company named Ballistic. Even the pink one.
Nothing says ‘futuristic cutting-edge technology’ like wood. Until Samsung gets its act together and whittles us the real thing, you’re stuck with Skinit’s ‘realistic’ Wood skins. Although they won’t keep out the elements as well as a log cabin, the easy-on, easy-off skins will survive plenty of scratches and bumps, and getting dropped into the woodchipper (no, not really).
3. Ultra Thin Air
Just like the name suggests this case from SGP is light-weight and available in a rainbow of colors. The Ultra Thin Air provides sleek, no thrills protection without bulking up your Galaxy II like a bodybuilder. This case embodies form and function and its bright colors will get you noticed.
If you like the cute idea in theory, but want to crank the envy setting up to 11, there’s nothing like pure unadulterated bling. Nobody encrusts every millimeter of your case with Swarovski crystals better than LuxAddiction, with the added bonus of being able to choose hundreds of gaudy styles, you’ll be sure to have the most blingin’ phone on the block.
1. Otter Box
Okay, it may not win you many fashion accolades, but the impact-resistant, waterproof case from Otter Box will keep your ridiculously expensive unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II alive during a downpour, a trip to the water park, or an accidental quick dip in the toilet.