Home Peripherals tech21 protects Samsung S8/+ (review)

British firm tech21 has released a range of protection cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ that are certified by the National Physical Laboratory in London to ensure all protection claims are verified – time after time.

Australian readers can buy the cases from major retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Optus, and Vodafone or online via tech21's Australian website. Weights/prices are for S8 and S8+ respectively. All cases have FlexShield 3m drop protection unless noted.

The range of four cases and one screen protector include:

  • Evo Check in turquoise or grey/clear weighing 29.6/33.6g at $49.95
  • Evo Pure Clear with 2m drop protection for S8+ weighing 24.3g at $49.95
  • Evo Check Lace S8+ 31.2g at $64.95
  • 2-in-1 Evo Wallet with two business card slots weighing 79/90g at $64.95
  • Evo Tactical in red or black - an S8 only slip cover weighing 35.6g $49.95
  • Evo Go orchid or black with two business card storage weighing 53g at $109.95
  • Anti-scratch impact shield with wrap around edges using BulletShield at $39.95

tech21 provided the Pure Clear and the Wallet for review.

Evo Pure ClearPure Clear

It is a well-made, clear bumper style protector using the same BulletShield material as the Anti-scratch glass giving it 2m drop protection. What more can one say except that it became my de facto case only adding 24.3g to the S8+ 173g. it increases the size to 164 x 79 x 11mm.

As the entry level bumper case, it did its job and added a level of grip to the all glass finish. I did not review the Anti-scratch glass impact shield and suspect that these would be the best combination.

It allows wireless Qi charging through the case.

 

 

Eco wallet2-in-1 Wallet

For reasons, I initially did not fathom, the wallet case comes with a detachable front cover and a replacement insert so it is like the Pure Clear (in black) and has an improved 3m drop rating.

The front cover has cutouts for two business sized cards under a flap designed to protect the screen and a firm rubber push-in tab to keep the cover closed.

It adds 90g to the 173g and, while noticeably heavier, did not cause any carry issues in my pocket. I prefer a foldover flap to protect the glass screen and it is handy to use as a handle when taking photos.

It allows wireless Qi charging through the case.

Both cases are well-made and should last the life of the phone.

Just a note on the S8/+ – these use Gorilla Glass 5 that will withstand a 1.6m drop on uneven surfaces but there is no warranty offered for the same. Spending a few dollars more on a case with impact protection makes sense.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

 

 

 

 

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