Best Galaxy S20 Plus Cases Android Central 2020

Samsung is pulling out all the stops with the S20 line this year, and while most of us can't convince ourselves to shell out for an Ultra, the S20+ is no slouch by any means. Before your pre-order shows up, don't you want to have a nice cushy case waiting to keep your phone safe and pristine from the second you take your new phone out of the box? Here are the best options available so far.

Best for grip: Spigen Liquid Air

Staff pick

Spigen makes one of the most popular single-layer cases on the market, the Rugged Armor, but the Liquid Air is not only a fresher look, but it's got much, much better grip thanks to that diamond texture across the back.

$12 at Amazon

Sustainable style: Samsung Kvadrat Cover

Samsung's branching out into eco-friendly cases this year, and the Kvadrat case is a fine-looking case and it feels even better. This case is made of recycled materials, is 100% compostable, and comes in green, grey, and red.

$50 at Samsung

Showcase your style: Skinit Pro Case

Skinit's Pro cases are durable, easy to get on/off, and you can get them with designs from major sports teams, comic book characters, Disney princesses, or even anime franchises.

$35 at Skinit

For a cruel, cruel world: ArmadilloTek Vanguard Series

Our phones are our lifelines, and the robust drop protection and dust plugs on these cases can help your S20+ survive what life throws at it. It also has a kickstand that works well in portrait or landscape mode.

Clear control: Caseology Solid Flex Crystal

This name-brand clear case gives us the best of all worlds: air cushions to protect the corners, shows off the signature Samsung style, and adds a great amount of grip for less than a large pizza.

$11 at Amazon

Classy covering: Samsung Leather Back Cover

Samsung's leather cases are always a hit, and while the S20+ doesn't come in as many colors as the regular S20, the leather cover still comes in six shades, though the ruby red certainly stands out to me.

Ready for war: UAG Pathfinder

This mil-spec drop-tested case has a rugged grip, robust corners, and big buttons for those who are rough on their phone or tend to take their phones on intense adventures.

Clean and clear: Spigen Liquid Crystal

This clear case comes in two flavors and I love them both: the classic clear Liquid Crystal is grippy and great, but the Glitter variant hides smudges and adds just the right amount of glam.

$11 at Amazon

Full-grain luxury feel: Snakehive Vintage Wallet

When it comes to wallet folios, even Samsung and Bellroy don't feel as good in the hand as Snakehive. This European full-grain nubuck leather wallet case comes in over a half-dozen colors, and you can get initials embossed on the front corner.

Hybrid hero: Caseology Parallax

Combine the grip and flexibility of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with the stability and shine of hard plastic, add in a shallow texture on the back and some swanky two-tone colorways, and you've got a winner.

$14 at Amazon

Like nothing's there: Totallee Thin Case

Totallee's thin cases are unbranded, ultra-light, and ultra-thin. If you hate cases because they're bulky, Totallee is made for you. This one is available in a rigid black or softer clear case.

Rugged showoff: Supcase UB Style

Supcase's Unicorn Beetle Style offers a crystal clear backplate while two-tone TPU hugs the sides of your phone and keeps it safe. It's available only in black for now, but expect more colors to be available soon.

Dual-layer durability: OtterBox Commuter Series

OtterBox serves up its name-brand protection in the classic hybrid style with the Commuter Series. It's not as easy to slip on/off as the Symmetry, but it's also more affordable for the same level of protection.

Almost invisible: Ringke Air

Let this thin TPU case cling to your Galaxy S20+ and all of its curves so that you can grip your new phone with confidence. Don't expect much shock absorption, but it'll give your new phone scratch protection at least.

Keep it simple: Avalri Ultra Thin

If you don't care about having big bulky tanks to hide your S20+ in, Avalri can give you simple sophistication and scratch protection in one of five bold colors like pink, blue, and silver.

From $9 at Amazon

Carry it all: Caseme Magnetic Leather Wallet

This wallet folio comes in five colors, including a subdued Wine Red and teal-ish Blue. There are two dedicated card slots and then a bigger slot for spare cash and receipts.

All those ridges: Speck Presidio Grip

Simply put, the Speck Presidio Grip has everything you could ask for. The ridges on the back allow for enhanced grip, there's 13-foot drop protection, and microban protection keeps bacteria at bay.

Beautiful and durable: Miracase Marble Full Body

Who said pretty cases have to delicate? Miracase brings a stabilizing front frame to this slim TPU case that's adorned with two-tone marble and glimmering rose gold accents. You can also get it in lavender or teal.

$17 at Amazon

Protect your Plus

While I admit that heavy-duty cases can make the most sophisticatedly designed phones feel clunky, that's no reason to walk around with a naked phone. It's just plain indecent — and it invites Murphy's Law! If you want some slim protection, grab the Spigen Liquid Air or the Caseology Solid Flex Crystal so that your S20+ has at least a little protection from scuffs, scratches, and slips.

If you want some more robust protection, I've been a fan of the ArmadilloTek Vanguard Series for a couple of years now. The fold-flat kickstand doubles as a tentative phone grip while weaving through a crowd, and despite the case's beefier back, it still supports wireless charging so you can keep those dust flaps securely covering your USB-C port and keeping out lint and sand.

There are great cases out there for all of the S20 models, and we've also rounded up our favorite Galaxy S20 Cases and Galaxy S20 Ultra Cases to help you get more ideas for the perfect case for your perfect new phone.

How much protection do you actually need in case?

Samsung Galaxy S20 CasesSource: Android Central

The Galaxy S20+ is a pretty sizeable phone, but the amount of protection it needs depends on you. If you're not the type to stray far and keep your phone close to your side, all you might need is some extra grip and some scratch protection, though consider grabbing a case that keeps a good lip around the camera module.

For most, I recommend a case with at least some shock absorption for drop protection. You don't really need military-grade rugged tanks, but having some air cushion corners or impact-absorbing foam in the corners is protection worth having. This is the category most cases in this roundup fall into.

If you're hard on your phone or spend lots of time outdoors, then you should consider the heavy duty protection of the ArmadilloTek, UAG, or OtterBox.

What case material is the best for my phone?

Case materials depend on your desired case style, but honestly, there are very few cases that use only one type of material these days unless it's a TPU case. TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is flexible, cheap to manufacture, and can be molded into just about any shape and color you want. This makes TPU a good material for thin and medium cases, as well as making TPU the de facto inner layer material in hybrid cases.

Hybrid cases usually consist of TPU and polycarbonate, a hard plastic, but some also use leather, wood, or metal. Metal isn't ideal in a phone case as it's heavier and interferes in wireless charging, but leather can last a long time if you take good care of it.

One other material that users looking to keep a phone in pristine condition inside a case might want to seek out are cases that are lined with microfiber. Microfiber lining can keep the inside of a case — or the dirt that sneaks between a phone and its case — from scratching the device.

Should you only buy cases from brands you know and trust?

The saying "you get what you pay for" far predates smartphone cases, but it's not the only yardstick by which to measure a case's quality. While I'll be the first to say that I have a list of casemakers I tend to favor, I also know firsthand that a trusted brand can make you pay through the nose for its prestige.

There are plenty of perfectly fine cases to be found outside the known brands, and you can definitely save yourself a few dollars if you know how to judge a no-name case. It might not have any reviews in yet, but if the listing has good pictures of the case, and the brand's previous cases have decent reviews, you can probably take a chance on it. Just don't buy a case where the shipping costs more than the case and remember, if a price seems too low to be true, it almost always is.

As time wears on, prestige cases will often drop in price. For instance, the OtterBox Defender Series launched last year at twice the price it sells for today. On the other hand, Urban Armor Gear and Snakehive's S10 cases are generally the same price now as they were a year ago, so it's not a universal rule.

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