A brand new Samsung phone requires some fresh accessories!
With the Samsung Galaxy S8 now official, next comes the seemingly never-ending wave of accessories. From cases to screen protectors to chargers, there's no shortage of 'things' to wrap around and attach to your new phone to get the most out of the experience.
As always, we'll be providing full coverage of all the accessories you need to know about as we get closer the S8's ship date, but for now here are the best accessories we've found so far. Like the phone itself, most of these are still in the pre-order stage or are currently unavailable, but there's nothing wrong with a little window shopping, right?
- Samsung covers and battery packs
- Gear VR w/ new Gear VR Controller
- Spigen cases
- CM4 Q Card Case
- Lifeproof cases
Samsung covers and battery packs
Samsung always offers a decent variety of proprietary accessories for its flagship devices, and the Galaxy S8 is no exception to that rule.
So far, they've got a bunch of cool (and admittedly bizarre) cases highlighted on their site, along with a brand new convertible wireless charger and a new battery pack. They're all currently available for pre-order, so let's take a look!
Samsung is offering a number of interesting case options, but the one that caught our eye is the new Clear View Standing Cover.
Available for both the S8 and S8 Plus in six colors, this case features a translucent matte cover for protecting your screen, which also doubles as an adjustable stand for watching videos in landscape, with the S8's 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
You're still able to interact with your screen with the cover in place, allowing you to swipe to control calls, music and more without having to unlock your phone.
Samsung is also offering some more traditional case options, including an update for the the popular LED View Cover, which you can find at the link below.
Maybe you're not a fan of cases, or you'd prefer to be extra careful with the front of this phone. Either way, you want a screen protector. With the Galaxy S8, you don't want a plastic screen protector, you want one made of glass so it feels like the front of the phone is supposed to feel.
Lightning Knight is currently offering a two pack of tempered glass screen protectors that curve with the edge of the display and offer a lifetime replacement warranty. It's also a full cover protector, which means no weird cut outs for buttons or sensors.
This will keep your screen safe even if you decide to not use a case, so you get the best of both experiences!
Samsung has completely revamped their wireless charger for the Galaxy S8 and it looks AMAZING.
You used to have to decide whether you wanted your wireless charger to sit flat on your desk or cradle your phone at a nice viewing angle, but no more! The new wireless charger is convertible, so you're able to use it as a charging pad or stand depending on your needs. The build quality appears to be greatly improved with a premium design featuring a textured surface.
If you're not all that interested in a convertible charger, last year's fast wireless charger is now on sale over at Amazon.
You certainly don't need to walk around with a battery to keep the Galaxy S8 charged, but it never hurts to be prepared. Instead of carrying one of the larger, more expensive batteries designed to keep you topped off for multiple charges, Aukey makes a ridiculously affordable 3600mAh battery that slides easily into a pocket and doesn't weigh you down.
That's a little more juice than you need for one full recharge of your battery, which means you can probably use it to charge up your phone and your Bluetooth headphones should the need arise.
Gear VR w/ new Gear VR Controller
Samsung and its partners are including a Samsung Gear VR and new controller for anyone who pre-orders a Galaxy S8 or S8+, so it might seem redundant to include it on this list…
However, if you've never tried Samsung Gear VR before, you're in for a real treat. Samsung partnered up with Oculus to provide one of the best mobile VR experiences you'll find, with compelling games to play alone or with friends, tons of streaming video apps and VR exclusive experiences, along with its own functional social media platform.
Making things all the sweeter is the inclusion of the new touch controller, meaning you won't need to hold your hand up to the headset like you're Cyclops from the X-Men.
Spigen is always on point with their line up of cases for the latest smartphone releases, and they've rolled out their full line for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
If you've tried and loved one of their cases before (my personal favorite is typically the one-piece Rugged Armor case), you'll be able to find the style that's right for you.
CM4 Q Card Case
This case caught my eye when it passed through my inbox because I'm a sucker for wallet cases. Made by CM4, the Q Card Case features a multi-material design that features soft-touch rubber around the phone itself and a premium fabric pocket on the back that can hold up to three cards along with some cash. There's a lip around the front to protect the screen when it's laying flat, high grip texture the top and bottom edges, while preserving the 'natural' feel of the volume and power buttons on the side.
If you dig the style here, you can preorder yours from the site, with orders shipping before April 17.
If you're the outdoorsy type, or simply a klutz when it comes to your phone, you want the best protection you can get.
Lifeproofs's FRE cases are typically the toughest cases you can get. Water-proof, dirt-proof, snow-proof and drop-proof, a Lifeproof case on your Samsung Galaxy S8 means your phone is doubly-save from moisture and dirt. Available in a wide range of colors from the standard black to vivid pink and teal options, find the one that fits your style!
Sure, they're pricier than most cases, but they also provide some of the best protection you'll find for your brand new device. While they're not currently available, you can sign up to be notified as soon as they are.
Which accessories have caught your eye so far?
What are your go-to accessories for a new phone? Anything you'll be picking up for your new Samsung Galaxy S8? Let us know in the comments!
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