The Spigen Liquid Air Armor case for the Galaxy S9+ is a thin and lightweight case with a rugged design for plenty of protection. When it comes to choosing a case for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ you have dozens of choices. However, Spigen is always near the top of our list. Below I’ll explain why I chose the Liquid Air for my S9+.
With a big 6.2-inch screen and glass covering the front and the back, you’ll want more than just a thin layer of TPU or a snap-on cover. The Liquid Air Armor fits the Galaxy S9+ like a glove, wraps around the front glass corners, and the anti-slip geometric pattern improves your grip. For only $11 this is a case we can recommend without hesitation.
Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case: The Good
The case is made out of TPU, just like so many other cases on the market. However, Spigen uses a few layers so its cases are a little more durable than cheaper alternatives. You’ll love the minimalist design and geometric textured pattern on the back. There’s a small Spigen logo and branding on the bottom left edge, but you’ll never notice it. Basically, it’s a thin, lightweight, durable, and comfortable $11 case that’s sleek and stylish.
There are precise cutouts at the bottom for stereo speaker, USB Type-C charging port, and an oversized cutout for the 3.5mm headphone jack. We really like the slight angle to the slits in the back for the dual cameras, which makes it easier to find and tap the fingerprint scanner. It guides your finger right into place, so unlocking your phone is a breeze.
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More importantly, the buttons are easy to press and tactile. Something we wish we could say about more cases. If you’ve ever bought a case and never used it because the buttons were extremely difficult to press, that’s not a problem here. Spigen has arguably the best buttons on its cases. The Bixby button even has a slight texture, so you know where not to press when looking for the volume rocker.
Perhaps the best aspect of the Spigen Liquid Air Armor is the raised edges and overlapping design on the corners. What I mean by that is this case doesn’t just wrap around the front and slightly protect the screen. It actually comes up and over the screen, a few millimeters, and completely protects the glass.
Most cases these days have raised edges to some degree, which helps protect the screen from scratches, accidental drops, or while lying face-down. I’ve never seen a TPU case go over the glass the way the Liquid Air does, even Spigen’s other cases for the Galaxy S9+. This keeps it safe better than a lot of other brands.
Then, this case is so thin that you can still use wireless charging. And even though it’s thin, it still meets MIL-STD 810G standards for durability. When you combine all that into a case for only $10.99 it’s hard to pass up.
Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case: The Not So Good
Honestly, this phone doesn’t have any real “cons” or downsides. Not when you’re only paying $11. That said, there are a few things to consider.
For one, most of Spigen’s cases aren’t truly “rugged” like an Otterbox. So if you work outdoors, in construction, or where a phone will see a lot of daily abuse, this case likely isn’t for you. While it offers more than enough protection for most, it’s not as rugged as you might think.
Additionally, that raised edge that wraps over the side of the glass means it doesn’t play very well with some Galaxy S9 screen protectors. I’m using a film protector, not glass, and it went on just fine and the Spigen goes over the corners and actually helps keep it in place. Just keep this in mind before you spend money on a tempered glass kit.
In closing, you’re getting one of the best Galaxy S9+ cases with the Spigen Liquid Air Armor. It has a lightweight design that doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your phone, rugged protection against life’s daily hazards, and a decent amount of coverage for the screen too.
When you consider this case only costs $10.99 and is 50% cheaper than anything you’ll find at Best Buy or on Verizon shelves, it’s hard to pass up. If you’re looking for an affordable Galaxy S9+ case that offers a high level of protection, give this one a try.