I’ve tested several other cases. These are a few more I didn’t like as much as the ones above. Also, cases are very personal accessories; you might like one that I don’t. That’s what this hodgepodge is for.
Gear4 Copenhagen Case for $40: I actually really like how this case looks. It has a nice textured back, is made with 52 percent renewable resources, and is partly made of recycled plastics. It’s slim and has raised lips, but I wish there were a bit of a bumper over the camera module. It feels exposed. You can also get it for the S22 Ultra. I like Gear4’s Denali case too, though the grooves on the back might attract a lot of dust.
OtterBox Commuter Series Antimicrobial Case for $40: This dual-layer case has a removable soft inner cover and a hard outer shell to absorb drops and protect your phone. The buttons are clicky, the charging port is covered, and it’s made of 35 percent recycled materials. It’s like a slightly lesser version of the OtterBox Defender we recommend above. Definitely go for one of the colorful options. It’s also available for the S22 Ultra and S22+.
UAG Civilian Series for $40: UAG sent me a ton of its S22 cases, and most of them are … ugly (sorry). If you’re going to cover up your expensive and pretty phone, try to make the case look nice! Of the few that looked OK (including the Outback above), the Civilian feels durable and protective, with clicky buttons and raised edges around the screen. It’s also available for the S22 Ultra and S22+.
Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear Case for $34: Just want a no-frills clear case? This Speck will do the trick. The buttons aren’t the clickiest, but the bumper is rigid and it feels solid. Just know there isn’t much protection for the lenses. You can also get it for the S22 Ultra and S22+.