Tech21 EVO Check Case ($45)
Tech21 makes some extremely durable and rugged cases in a relatively thin profile. You've probably seen or bought a few from carrier stores like Verizon or T-Mobile, but if not, we're here to help.
Our favorite case from Tech21 is the EVO Check, as the checkered design isn't just for good looks -- it actually helps spread out forces from drops or damage. As a result, it keeps phones safe and prevents the screen from ever getting broken. Not to mention it wraps lightly over the sides of the screen for added protection and uses a military-grade polymer that lines the inside of the case. This material on the inside soaks up any force from drops, keeping the phone safer than you'd ever expect.
Tech21 EVO cases aren't too thin, but not too thick either.
Additionally, Tech 21 is part of the official "Made for Samsung" partnership program, where each product is tested and certified by Samsung before it goes on sale. So you know you're getting a great case. It's just a little pricey.