Best heavy-duty cases for Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus 2023

The Galaxy S23+ sports the latest Victus 2 and Armor Aluminum protection against 1-2 meter falls, but we all know that some folks need something more robust depending on where they live or work — and gravity will eventually beat any built-in protections for a glass-back phone. If you want a rugged phone but with premium specs, consider any of the best heavy-duty Galaxy S23 Plus cases below. 

Prioritize protection with these heavy-duty Galaxy S23+ cases

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Choosing the best Galaxy S23+ heavy duty case for you

Any of our picks above should give you more protection than many of our favorite Galaxy S23 Plus cases; there are a few overlap picks in both collections, but generally speaking, these selections prioritize protection while our overall list includes more stylish and slim cases.

If you're struggling to decide which to pick, start by deciding if you want a built-in screen protector or want to buy and install your own Galaxy S23+ screen protector. Several of our favorite cases add their own, but the others give you the flexibility to decide whether you need one. It's up to you to determine whether the new Victus 2 protection gives you peace of mind, or if you need something more.

Otherwise, you can pay attention to see which case packs in enough layers to satisfy you or focus on whether or not they've been tested to a certain military-grade quality. Many brands claim to pass the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 standard or even surpass it, but they don't have to verify those results to say they passed; that's why it's good to see what materials each case actually uses. Generally speaking, cases with rubber — like the UAG and Otterbox cases above — cost more but give you the shock absorption that'll save your phone in a pinch.

We assume that you've already pre-ordered your Galaxy S23+ if you're looking at cases, but if you're still deciding which model to buy, our Galaxy S23 series hands-on covers how all three phones compare to one another.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

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