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Old 07-07-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default What case for the GS3?

Have a Galaxy S III but need a case. I've used Otterbox for years but people say the lock button is super stiff on the commuter GS3 version. So what's the alternative or should I wait for the Otterbox Defender series reviews?
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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I have this hybrid quite nice, not the best but so far no marks on my phone and it already took a few drops. Its not too bulky, sure you can get an otterbox but they are quite more

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-CLEAR-...item3f1903db01
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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Price isn't the concern to me, but I am open to all options. Going to have to sit down and do some digging on the android forums about the various options available.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll keep it in mind. Posted here because I'm sure a few people have gotten this phone and probably looked into different cases.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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Head to xda Accessories section for SGS3, there is tons of info there.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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TPU is probably the best shatter protection. I'd get that hybrid if you want light weight too (edge is TPU, back is plastic). Unfortunately the cool Korean TPU cases (like Mercury) are likely to have a corner uncovered, because the Korean S3 has a TV antenna there.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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If you like TPU cases, I like the Diztronics one the best

http://tpu-cases.com/index.php?main_...ex&cPath=42_68
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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Looks like Monoprice has TPU cases for the S3 now (both solid and hybrid). And the Mercury cases covering all sides are on eBay already.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:16 PM   #8
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I would hold out for the Seidio Active case and holster. Probably the best case Ive ever used (for my SG2). Last I checked for a friend of mine last week, theyre "coming soon".
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #9
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I got this because (1) I'm cheap (2) I didn't know Monoprice had cases and (3) this seller's case protected my Dx from many spills, so I was willing to gamble for $4. Depending on the result, I'll just throw a MP case onto my next order from them or go with a diztronics case, which looks pretty nice.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...E:L:OC:US:3160
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #10
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Head to xda Accessories section for SGS3, there is tons of info there.
Yup.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1670
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #11
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I have a ballistic case for my SGS2 that I really like. I got it because of the poor reviews of the otterbox then as well, and I'm glad I went with something else. Looks like they do have a SGS3 version but maybe not out in force yet.

http://www.amazon.com/Ballistic-SG09...stic+galaxy+s3
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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Looks like Monoprice has TPU cases for the S3 now (both solid and hybrid). And the Mercury cases covering all sides are on eBay already.
TPU style cases are what I prefer for my Nexus. Adds grip and protection without adding much discernible bulk.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:44 PM   #13
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Do many good cases come out after a phone's released?

This is the first time I've ever got a phone on release day. Don't see any cases that suit my preference currently, so I just got an el cheapo off ebay and a 6 pack of screen protectors so it doesn't get damaged in the hopes a case I want comes out shortly.
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I would hold out for the Seidio Active case and holster. Probably the best case Ive ever used (for my SG2). Last I checked for a friend of mine last week, theyre "coming soon".
I had the active for my incredible. Its the best case I've ever had. It doesn't add much bulk and protects very well. I ordered the active case/holster combo for my GS 3. The case arrived Thursday and my phone Friday.
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I got an Otterbox for my SG3.
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Does anyone feel that leaving the screen bare is harmful? The Seidio active cases don't offer any screen protection like the Otterbox would. Would I still want to buy a screen protector?
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:00 AM   #17
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Does anyone feel that leaving the screen bare is harmful? The Seidio active cases don't offer any screen protection like the Otterbox would. Would I still want to buy a screen protector?
Do you live in a particularly sandy area? I believe I remember reading that you live in Florida.

There's not much out there that will scratch a gorilla glass screen, but sand is one of those things. A single grain of sand in your pocket can tear it up.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:16 AM   #18
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Does anyone feel that leaving the screen bare is harmful? The Seidio active cases don't offer any screen protection like the Otterbox would. Would I still want to buy a screen protector?
The active cases provide protection if its dropped. The case provides a small overlap onto the screen. However, it wont provide direct protection, like from sand, as Yuriman mentioned.
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If you like TPU cases, I like the Diztronics one the best

http://tpu-cases.com/index.php?main_...ex&cPath=42_68
I ordred a diztronics in black. I'll let you know what I feel about it when it arrives.
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I have an elago slim-fit case for my Galaxy Note... I'm very pleased with it, and I know they have one for the GS3.

http://www.amazon.com/elago-Galaxy-V.../dp/B008ATCSBC
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I have a matte black Diztronic TPU case for my Galaxy Nexus. Really love the case, great price too. Doesn't add a lot of thickness to the phone, feels great, and grips in your hand, not in your pocket. This is the first case I've actually liked for any cell phone I've owned.

Also, it doesn't cover up the volume and power keys, which is important to me. I got a free XFISH case with another accessory purchase and while it's even thinner, I don't like the fact that it covers up the buttons. Makes the power button harder to find and press.
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Do you live in a particularly sandy area? I believe I remember reading that you live in Florida.

There's not much out there that will scratch a gorilla glass screen, but sand is one of those things. A single grain of sand in your pocket can tear it up.
Yep Ft. Lauderdale, FL. You make a good point, luckily I'm not a beach bum. I'm more of a Mud Head...I'd go west before I go east (except for fishing).

I might pre-order this as it's supposed to fit the curve of the screen perfectly. I'll try the Diztronic TPU case for $10 and if I don't like it I can always buy a Seido or wait for an Otterbox Defender review.

http://www.spigen.com/cell-phone/sam...d-crystal.html
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I have an elago slim-fit case for my Galaxy Note... I'm very pleased with it, and I know they have one for the GS3.

http://www.amazon.com/elago-Galaxy-V.../dp/B008ATCSBC
The Elago mesh case for the S2 is amazing, and cheap. If they have an S3 version, I'd definitely consider that.
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I have an elago slim-fit case for my Galaxy Note... I'm very pleased with it, and I know they have one for the GS3.

http://www.amazon.com/elago-Galaxy-V.../dp/B008ATCSBC
Are you worried that the top and bottom aren't protected with that case?
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Are you worried that the top and bottom aren't protected with that case?
Nope.
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