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Spigen Neo Hybrid Galaxy S10 case review: Better than ever

Phone cases, especially for expensive flagships like the Galaxy S10, are a necessity. I know, your phone may look shiny and cool without anything protecting it, but it's going to be a hot mess the second you drop it.

If you want a case that delivers the protection you need while also managing to look pretty damn awesome, the Spigen Neo Hybrid should be at the top of your list.

Spigen's popular case has been completely redesigned for the Galaxy S10 series, and it is — without a doubt — one of the best accessories you can buy. Here's the full review.

Pros

  • Two layers of protection
  • Slim profile
  • Unique design/texture
  • Fun color options
  • Great price

Cons

  • Button covers are difficult to press
  • Not the easiest to take on/off

Spigen Neo Hybrid for Galaxy S10 What I like

If you've followed Spigen in the past, you might notice that this version of the Neo Hybrid case looks different from past ones the company's released. That's because Spigen's using the S10 to debut its complete redesign for the series.

At its core, this version of the Neo Hybrid is functionally the same as its predecessors. There are two layers — a shock-absorbing hard plastic and TPU rubber — that offer incredible protection against drops and falls. However, the back now has a new pattern that looks a lot better (at least in my opinion) while still retaining the same great grip. I didn't have any complaints with the previous design, but I'm really digging the new one here.

Spigen also did a great job making sure that the Neo Hybrid fits the Galaxy S10 perfectly. The sides don't interfere at all with the curved display, the cutouts for the headphone jack and USB-C port are precise, and it fits the S10 like a glove.

Along with all that, it's worth noting that wireless charging works perfectly fine on the Galaxy S10 even when the case is on. This includes charging the S10 on a Qi charger or using its Wireless PowerShare feature to top-up your Galaxy Buds (opens in new tab) or another phone.

I received the Gunmetal and Midnight Black colors for this review, and they're great options if you're in the market for something more subdued. However, if it were my money, I'd go for Burgundy or Arctic Blue.

Spigen Neo Hybrid for Galaxy S10 What I don't like

There's not a lot I dislike about this case, but something that can prove to be annoying is the button covers.

Similar to past versions of the Neo Hybrid, this one for the Galaxy S10 has button covers that require you to use considerably more force for the power, volume, and Bixby buttons compared to using the S10 naked. Spigen's Rugged Armor S10 case doesn't have this issue, leading me to believe it has to do with the Neo Hybrid's dual-layer design.

My last complaint is very much so a nitpick, but I do wish it was easier to take the Neo Hybrid on and off of the Galaxy S10. It only takes a couple seconds, but the rigidity of the case means that it's a bit tougher to apply than other cases out there.

Spigen Neo Hybrid for Galaxy S10 Should you buy it?

Yes, you should absolutely buy the Spigen Neo Hybrid case for the Galaxy S10.

When I reviewed the Neo Hybrid for the Pixel 2 last year, I said it was the case I'd be recommending to everyone. That holds true once more for the Neo Hybrid for the S10.

5 out of 5

Everything about this case is as good as it gets. It offers seriously great protection to keep your device safe, looks great, comes in a bunch of colors, and is sold at a price that I think most people will be just fine with.

I've still got a few other cases to review for the S10, but in between those, this is the one that'll be staying on the phone.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

15 Comments
  • I have the similar case for my Pixel 2XL. It is slim but protects well. My phone was knocked out of my hand from about 4 feet above a tile floor. Not a scratch to be found on the case or the phone.
  • Like the avatar.
  • Lol, thanks! Miss those stubbies!
  • I've been using Spigens on my Galaxy phones, ever since they've existed. Better than the cases the stores have.
  • Using a Spigen case right now as a matter of fact 😊
    They usually fit perfectly, and buttons work flawlessly... at least on the U12.
  • The new Samsung thin case is also nice. Very thin. It is expensive though.
  • The only problem is that most if not all of these cases don't protect the curved sides of the screen. Face Down on a flat surface the top and bottom of the case has a lip for protection but the sides are exposed. Any falls on the sides and your screen is gone. I saw this when trying to buy galaxy s6 edges on ebay... 90% had broken sides...AND since then all the edge or curved screen series. I have a note 9 now and found a case that has a higher edge in the sides... Makes pulling out the edge Apps a bit tricky but it's OK. They have a few 360 cases but watch out there are a few that screw the front plate into the back plate but since the front plate has a metal frame they bite right into the top and bottom of the screen when dropped.
  • Exactly! No side protection! Get something else that will protect the sides better. I'm rocking a Caseology Parallax which has the sides even with the screen. The Incipio DualPro's sides go slightly above the screen for adequate protection. My brother took the incipio case otherwise I would have it. I kept the Caseology case only because I love the look.
  • I won't buy a curved screen phone in part because of this, that's why I like the 10e
  • I like Spigen but right now I'm rocking a speck presideo grip for my S10+. I love the grip and protection they provide. It also protects the curved edges of the screen from nasty drops.
  • I am a fan of Speck Presidio as well, formerly known as CandyShell.
  • I had the Neo Hybrid case for for S8+ and now I have one on my S10+. Its a great case that I'd highly recommend
  • Why aren't their colors to match the Galaxy S10 phones body?
    I don't have a care for my ceramic S10+ because I can't find a white protective case.
    I want a solid and attractive case exactly like this new Spigen Neo, but no white option is a non - starter.
    I don't have the disposable cash to buy a case only to replace it a month or two later.
  • If you don't want to hide your phone's design, you might want to look at the Spigen Liquid Crystal cases. It does not protect quite as well as the thicker cases, but they do have "Air Cushion" corners to help out. My drop-oholic wife's U11 has kissed the concrete many times and is fine, and I think the S10 should be as tough.
  • For some reason I keep coming back to this article to look at the hilarious wallpaper hiding the hole in the screen. Some of them look silly, but this one with Baymax is rather brilliant.