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Spigen Tough Armor Galaxy S10 case review: Rugged, functional, affordable

You don't need me to tell you that the Galaxy S10 is a fragile phone. I get that it has IP68 dust/water resistance and Gorilla Glass 6, but that doesn't change the fact that you still risk cracking/shattering the front and back with just the right drop.

There are a lot of cases that offer ample protection against regular wear-and-tear, but if you need something a bit more heavy duty, one case we'd recommend checking out is the Spigen Tough Armor.

Pros

  • Military-grade protection
  • Good button covers
  • Wireless charging still works
  • Built-in kickstand

Cons

  • Very bland design
  • Not enough color options

Spigen Tough Armor for Galaxy S10 What I like

As you'd probably expect with a name like Tough Armor, this is a case that really does a great job at protecting your S10 from any potential harm that could befall it. Spigen's Tough Armor features a classic dual-layer design: the S10 rests in a flexible TPU layer while a hard outer plastic shell helps redirect incoming shock and keep the case in place.

This makes the Tough Armor very rigid and secure, so much so that it has a military-grade durability rating (MIL-STD 810G-51.6, to be exact). Like a lot of Spigen's other cases, the Tough Armor also features the company's proven Air Cushion Technology that helps to absorb the impact of especially nasty falls.

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The S10's buttons are covered by the TPU rubber layer, but even so, I still found them easy to press while offering a satisfying tactility. I also really like the texture covering the Bixby button — making it easy to identify compared to the volume rocker and power button.

Spign's Tough Armor protects the Galaxy S10 from just about everything.

Despite all of this protection, the Tough Armor doesn't feel overly large or bulky. It's certainly a bit thicker and heftier than cases like the Rugged Armor and Neo Hybrid, but in my testing, I never found it to be unwieldy. As someone who really doesn't like big cases, I was pleasantly surprised with how little the size bothered me.

And yes, as I'm sure you've noticed by now, that is a kickstand on the back of the case. It only opens to one position, but it holds up the S10 without a problem and is a nice bit of functionality to have with you wherever you go.

Oh, and if you use wireless charging on the Galaxy S10, it still works even with the Tough Armor on. This includes charging the S10 on a wireless charger or using its Wireless PowerShare feature.

Spigen Tough Armor for Galaxy S10 What I don't like

Spigen nailed just about everything with the Tough Armor, except the pizzazz. The outer plastic layer is a smooth slab of nothing, and considering how attractive of a device the S10 is, it feels like something of a disservice to use a case that looks as boring as the Tough Armor does.

On a similar note, I'd love to see Spigen offer more colors in the future, too. There are four options to choose from, but the only one that really stands out is Rose Gold. Gunmetal, Black, and Graphite Gray are fine, but they're all so neutral, generic, and visually uninteresting.

Spigen Tough Armor for Galaxy S10 Should you buy it?

Design complaints aside, the Spigen Tough Armor is a really fantastic case. It's built like a tank, offers some of the best protection you'll find in this price range, and even turns your S10 into a mini-movie theater in the blink of an eye.

The best part? It does all this without making the S10 look like a meatball or putting too big of a dent in your wallet.

4.5 out of 5

If you're a self-proclaimed butterfingers or value a case that offers more function over form, the Tough Armor is a fantastic choice.

From $16 at Amazon

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

11 Comments
  • That's what I use on my S10 and i love it.
  • Honestly the best cases on the market. I've used them on all my phones.
  • Good cases but damn they need to do a refresh on styling. It's the same old look everytime a new phone launches. Not even a different color. My favorite is the rugged armor, but got tired of it in just black, why can't they make the same style in a navy or other colors.
  • They do. I have it in Blue for Note 9.
  • visually bland is more appealing than gaudy. the less it attracts attention, the better.
  • Do what I do and get a skin to put on the case.
  • I first purchased a Spigen case for my Galaxy S7 and loved it so much I just ordered one for my Moto G7. I'll take boring over broken any day.
  • Bland and sucks. Notice no pics of the sides.... There you will see the case dip down from the upper and lower lips of the screen... The sides of the screen are unprotected... And the sides are long. Yes, cases for curved screens are usually like this... But this shouldn't be described as rugged... And the reviewer skips mentioning this part.
  • Dang, you S10 guys are lucky. The only kickstand case for the U12 is made by someone else, and you almost need a screwdriver to pry it off!
  • I've had these for previous phones. Great protection, but I really don't like the angled edges. They do help provide grip, but the angles on make holding it somewhat uncomfortable. I'm trying to find something with similar protection for my S10 that has more rounded edges.
  • Yep , WWII tank for both my Note 8 and S10+ but is butt ugly