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Spigen Rugged Armor case for Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is beautifully designed, but the edge-to-edge screen and glass on the back need to be protected. Spigen's Rugged Armor case provides adequate protection while maintaining a low-profile and avoiding too much added bulk.

We'll provide a hands-on review of the case's look and feel in your hand, the patented features Spigen built into the case, as well as the overall design and build so you can make an informed decision.

Style

Spigen did everything they could to keep the Rugged Armor slim and flexible, while maximizing its durability and resilience. Carbon fiber accents along both the top and bottom of the case look great, while providing much-needed texture when the phone is in your hand.

Made with industry-standard TPU materials, this one-piece case is flexible with precise cutouts that accommodate even third-party cables. The raised buttons are easy to find without looking and are responsive and reliable. All things considered, style-wise, this case provides a good layer of protection for your phone, while keeping the slim profile intact.

Features

The Spigen Rugged Armor cases are are certified military grade, having been drop-tested by a third-party. They feature Spigen's patented Air Cushion Technology, meaning if your phone falls and it lands on its corner — typically the worst case scenario for the S7 — the case provides a buffer to prevent the phone from taking the brunt of the impact.

On the inside of the case, you'll see a web of cut-in lines.They offer added impact absorption that disperses the initial shock throughout the entire case.

Design

The flexible one-piece design makes it easy to put on, but creates a potential issue along the bottom edge. We've found the phone can too-easily slip out from the bottom of the case with little required force, which makes us question how much protection would be provided if the phone falls screen-down, corner first — a nightmare scenario when you really need your case to do its job.

Despite that potential design flaw, the Rugged Armor otherwise has all the features you'd want in a case in this class, including raised bezels to provide a gap between your screen or camera when you put your phone down. And, with a thickness of around 2 millimeters, there's not too much added bulk to deal with.

The bottom line

If you find two-piece cases too cumbersome to put on and take off, then the Rugged Armor case should provide the flexibility and protection you desire.

However, if overall protection is what you're after, we'd have to recommend the Spigen Tough Armor case over the Rugged Armor, simply due to the added protection from the polycarbonate backing and the rigidness around the bottom screen bezel.

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Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

9 Comments
  • Can we see some cases for the htc 10? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love this case. I'm either using this or the spigen slim clear case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I honestly didn't think this would be a good case, but after putting it on, it's one of my favorites from Spigen. Great grip, slim profile, good protection.
  • I'm using this right now. Alternative and as good as Diztronic casing that I love to use on my Nexus and OnePlus. Posted via the Android Central App from Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • This is my favorite case, have had it on my phone for a month now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have this case on my Note 5 and love it. Spigen cases on all my phones from now on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have this on my S7 and love it. One of the best cases I have had.
  • Love spigen cases there thin clear are my favorite. Use them on both my note 5 and gs7 edge Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm using this case. My only complaint is that the back is smooth enough that I worry about the phone slipping out my hand when using one hand on the phone. I may have to roughen the back to get a better grip.