If you love the feel of the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) in your hand and are really only worried about the screen, Samsung’s Flip case might be perfect for you.
Most of the cases we see are designed to protect the back and sides of the Galaxy S3 in plastic, TPU, rubber or some material that cushions against impact. Samsung has taken a very unique position here by designing a case that really isn’t a case at all – it is more of a “cover” attached to a replacement for the back panel of the phone.
After living with the Samsung Flip Case for the Galaxy S3 a bit, it seems clear that this is designed for the individual who likes the thin, svelte design of the Galaxy S3 but is worried about scratching the screen when they put the phone in their pocket or purse.
The Samsung Flip case is a replacement for you existing battery cover. Mine was in black, so it offered an interesting look when paired with my white Galaxy S3.
The front of the Case has the Samsung name and the Galaxy S III logo embossed on the flip cover and the back simply has “Samsung” in gold lettering. The dimensions are just like the stock back of the phone, so there is no addition to the thickness of the device and all the ports and buttons are fully accessible since this really doesn’t change the physical appearance of the phone in any way.
Replace the back cover by gently prying it off and snap the Samsung Flip cover into place – that’s all there is to it. Now, in addition to perhaps a different cover back on your phone, you have a soft plastic cover with a felt sort of material that is on the side closet to the screen.
The Samsung Flip case doesn’t really offer any protection in the traditional way we would expect a case to protect a phone. The flip cover does protect the screen from scratches but will not protect your phone if it were to drop. One other advantage to this design is that you can place your phone on its face without worrying about scratching the screen.
Attention to detail
The manufacturer clearly makes the Samsung Flip case specifically for the phone, so it fits perfectly and the attention to detail is what you would expect. The cutouts on the back for the camera, flash and speaker are exactly the same as the stock back of the phone.
The wrap up
The Samsung Flip case is really more of a stylish cover than a case. The cover protects the screen – but so would a good screen protector. You need to flip open the cover to use the phone and answer a phone call which is a bit of a pain. It adds an element of style to the Galaxy S3. Personally, I would prefer it if the logos were all on the back of the case and the cover was devoid of advertising.
- Adds no bulk at all
- Gives you a different colored back
- The cover adds some style
- Having to flip open a cover to use the phone gets cumbersome
- No protection to the back and sides of the phone
The Samsung Flip case is certainly unique among case offerings. It isn’t a “case” but more of a “cover” attached to a replacement back. You can make a case that a “naked” Galaxy S3 with a good screen protector might do just as good a job – but it won’t have the style of the Flip case.