Incipio Galaxy S8+ case review: Incipio makes solid cases — these are no exception

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Incipio Galaxy S8

Incipio makes some very nice cases, I’ve enjoyed using them on many previous phones. They continue to make great products and these three are ones worth checking out.

TA-ratings-95The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally here and in the hands of many of you, our readers. We plan on having a few rounds of Galaxy S8+ case reviews and we’re going to kick it off by taking a look at some Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases. Incipio was kind enough to send along their Octane Pure clear case, DualPro case, and the Esquire series case. All three of these cases are top notch in design and protection, read on for our full review of these Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases.

Specifications

The Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases have the following features and specifications:

Octane Pure Clear Case

  • Innovative hybrid design
  • Clear, showcasing Galaxy S8+ design
  • Shock-absorbing bumper
  • Scratch-resistant finish
  • One year guarantee against defects

DualPro Dual-Layer Case

  • 2-layers of defense
  • Rigid outer shell
  • Soft-touch finish
  • Flexible inner-bumper
  • One year guarantee against defects

Esquire Series Case

  • Durable co-molded materials
  • Impact-resistant TPU frame
  • Stylish design to complement your wardrobe
  • One year guarantee against defects
Incipio Galaxy S8

The Esquire series is very stylish indeed.

Design

Octane Pure Clear Case

The Octane Pure comes in a few different colors but ours was clear. The clear case does let the Galaxy S8+ design show through but the material does grab fingerprints. The case itself is surprisingly rigid and not at all flimsy like I thought it would be.The bumper around the case is not clear, but more opaque but it lends a nice accent to the overall look. The buttons are tactile and easy to use, that’s super important to me. All of the cutouts are well done and things are easy to get to. Overall, if you like clear cases, this is a really nice choice.

DualPro Dual-Layer Case

The DualPro also comes in several colors with ours being the tan version. The soft-touch exterior feels nice in the hands though it will pick up greasy fingerprints. So be careful when eating out, wipe those hands if you don’t like greasy streaks on your cases. The buttons are all nice and tactile and the cutouts are spot on. Overall, a nice neutral case with subtle Incipio branding.

Esquire Case

This one is billed as the fashion case, a case to compliment your wardrobe. It certainly is the most stylish of the three and my favorite. Our review sample was the gray version and I enjoyed the fabric-like exterior feel in the hand. The buttons felt great, lots of response which (as I said before) is very important to me. The bumper and the cutouts are all trimmed in this matte black material that goes well with the fabric exterior. The inner shell is also coated with a soft felt-like material which should protect the back of the phone from scratching. Overall, this is a really nice design that’s stylish but not overdone.

Incipio Galaxy S8

The DualPro offers mid-range protection.

Protection

Octane Pure Clear Case

Initially, I thought the Octane Pure was going to be flimsy but it surprised me. The case is nice and rigid and there is a good amount of corner protection on all corners. With the Galaxy S8 screen being curved, I was concerned that the screen would be unprotected. Incipio has built the four corners higher than the sides of the case. This allows just a slight bit of clearance for the screen when being placed flat on a table. Overall the protection is good here, I would say mid-range protection which is generally good for most uses.

DualPro Dual-Layer Case

The DualPro has a bit more rigidness than the Octane and also offers great bumper and corner protection. It also has the same four corners design allowing for a small gap between the screen and a flat surface. Overall good protection also in the mid-range area again, good for most people.

Esquire Case

The Esquire case doesn’t offer anything more than the DualPro in terms of protection unless you count the inner felt lining. It also has the same four corners design and I would also call this level of protection mid-range. Overall a very nice case aesthetically but inline with the DualPro in terms of protection.

Incipio Galaxy S8

The Octane clear case shows off the back of your S8+.

Price/Value

Octane Pure Clear Case

At $29.99USD this is a solid choice for basic protection and if you like clear then this will serve you well.

  Purchase Octane Pure from Amazon $29.99

DualPro Dual-Layer Case

The DualPro is also priced at $29.99USD but I do feel it’s probably a better value than the Octane.

  Purchase DualPro from Amazon $29.99

Esquire Case

The Esquire case is the nicest looking of the three and you’ll pay an extra $5USD for that. I think it’s worth the extra cash if you like a nicer design, but I don’t feel it will give you any more protection than the DualPro but better than the Octane.

  Purchase Esquire from Amazon $34.99

Wrap Up

Incipio makes some very nice cases, I’ve enjoyed using them on many previous phones. They continue to make great products and these three are ones worth checking out.

*We were sent review samples of the Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases for the purposes of this review.

Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases

$29.99+ USD
Incipio Galaxy S8+ cases
9.5

Design

10/10

    Protection

    10/10

      Price/Value

      10/10

        Nailed it

        • Nice design/stylish
        • Premium look and feel
        • Great protection

        Needs work

        • The Octane Pure tended to get fingerprints easily
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