Protect my phone, fine, but don't bulk it up!
Aside from the edge, the Galaxy S7 is Samsung's thinnest offer right now. Sure, you want to protect it, but you definitely don't want any of the bulk that comes along with some of the heavy duty cases.
We've rounded up some of the best minimalist cases for your S7; just remember that toning down the thickness of the case may make your phone a little more vulnerable when dropped from on high.
- REDShield gel skin case
- Cimo Premium Slim Fit
- Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider
- Caseology Skyfall Series
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover
- Bear Motion
REDShield gel skin case
If you want minimal, you've got it with REDShield. This case is so thin, you can't even really see it in photos. Clear is a great way to go if you want to protect your phone while making it seem like your phone is naked. If clear is what you're after, we've rounded up the best clear cases for the Galaxy S7 just for you.
The RedShield gel skin case has a rubberized matte finish, so grip won't be an issue and there won't be any glare off the back of your phone. Your volume and power buttons are left easily accessible, so it's really like your phone is wearing nothing at all (stupid, sexy Flanders!).
Cimo Premium Slim Fit
This is the little black dress of phone cases, offering sleek protection in the form of soft TPU. The benefit of having a case made out of black TPU as opposed to clear TPU is that the black stuff won't yellow over time due to sunlight.
Though this one is quite form-fitting, there is still a touch of a lip (0.8 mm) on the front, so when you place your phone face-down, it's not sitting on the screen. The non-slip TPU feels grippy in your hand and it's dust-resistance helps with an all-black case. If you couldn't care less about goofy designs or bling, then pick up a slim, black case and be done with it.
Maxboost Vibrance Series Protective Slider
If you're looking something with a little more pizzazz, but don't want any bulk, then the Maxboost Protective Slider is a solid choice, combining just enough protection with some cool colors to give you just what you want: slim sexiness.
This line isn't called the "Vibrance Series" for nothing; these cases come in two color combinations: turquoise and "Champagne Gold" or "Italian Rose" and "Champagne gold." It comes in black, too, but I don't see how that's very "vibrant."
It's got a soft interior to protect from scratches and a grippy exterior, so you're styling and protected with minimal bulk.
Caseology Skyfall Series
You just know that a case with a James Bond-related name is going to be sleek, sexy, and slim. The Caseology Skyfall Series case is a two-piece with a rubberized cover and harder wraparound edge piece. This case is best for those of you who chose the gold S7, since that outer edging is gold. So, you'll have a seemingly 100 percent clear case.
There are air pockets in each corner of the Caseology Skyfall, so if you drop your S7 from a reasonable height, you probably won't shatter the entire outer layer of your phone.
That harder polycarbonate edging won't impede buttons, since it wraps around your phone behind the buttons.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Clear Protective Cover
Some folks are brand-loyal all the way to their accessories, so we've included Samsung's minimalist offering, since it's a great choice.
This one covers less of your phone than any of the other cases we've discussed, but that doesn't mean your GS7 is any less protected. There are full openings for the buttons, so that you're guaranteed to be unimpeded when pressing them.
Protection-wise this would only be a vulnerability if you were to drop your phone on the edge of something like a table or a curb. It is a harder plastic, which some folks might not trust, but it is a great choice if you're looking for something less bulky.
Looking for customizable minimalism? Then get going with Bear Motion. These cases come in nine colors, with a matte finish, which give them an excellently grippy feel, so you know your phone is protected and won't be slip-sliding out of your hands.
At only 0.3 ounces, these Bear Motion cases add no real bulk to your phone, but protect it from drops while leaving the necessary ports, buttons, and sensors open for easy use.
Starting around $6, there's no reason not to give Bear Motion a try, especially if you're after a very thin case that feels great in your hand, looks great on your phone, and adds a splash of color to your S7.
Sick of cases altogether?
If you just plain hate cases, but still feel like your phone is naked and vulnerable, you may want to consider a skin, like the ones Dbrand makes.
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