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Quick Look: Samsung Galaxy S3 Flip Cover

If you checked out our Galaxy S3 review from last night, then you probably saw the two pictures under the “Accessories” section of the device’s Flip Cover. There isn’t a ton to say about it, but we thought we’d whip up a quick video to show it off a bit. For those that haven’t seen it yet, think of the Flip Cover as a replacement battery cover with a soft, screen guard attached. It flips open and closed over the device, hence the name. It probably won’t offer you the ultimate amount of protection, but it will give your screen some relief when sliding the device in and out of pockets or bags. We are wondering how easy it is going to be to adjust the volume with this cover on though. 


  • Bando

    The Flip cover at Rs 1790 is neither useful nor ornamental. There is no magnet to keep the flap in position, I dropped the Phone accidently and it fell on the concrete floor completely open and the screen face down. Fortunately the screen guard took all the damage which had to be replaced another Rs 500. I am not at all confident of any protection.

    • Paula

      You can buy them on ebay with magnets. I bought one.

  • UPDATE: It’s $39.99 for this flip cover… RIP OFF

    • Paula

      On ebay they are less then $10.

  • ec

    they make anything like this for the gnex?

  • I’m left handed…

  • Diablo81588

    Unbelievable. It’s actually surprising that it’s not called S-Cover. Would it be possible for Samsung to copy Apple any more than they do?

    • JazzoRenee

      WTF, Apple doesn’t the own the IDEA of a cover too.
      Why don’t you go bother Burberry and London Fog. They make coats too.
      I wish you Rotten Apples would go take a HIKE!

      • Diablo81588

        It has nothing to do with the idea. It has everything to do with the fact that, once again, it is extremely similar in design to a comparable apple product.

        • JazzoRenee

          Do you see Michelin bashing and suing Firestone.

          Just cut it out already.

  • :O

    while they are at it, they should make another accessory that puts an external antenna on the top to improve reception and then also put a smaller display on the outside of the flap(lcd to save battery) so you don’t have to open it to see who is calling. the next iteration of the phone could be smaller to fit in your pocket better with all the external accessories. here is a mockup: http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/wp-content/phoneimages/Z1403.jpg

  • meijin3

    Please let us know when this is available, I want to get this for my girlfriend who just pre-ordered this phone! Thanks!

  • so no one has asked this question. is it magnetic, so it stays snug against the screen, even when it’s in your pocket & rattling around with other stuff? or does it come away from the screen because there’s nothing to keep it tight against the phone?

    • Paula

      They are loose. Buy on ebay from China. They have ones with magnets.

  • Anthony Ferriello

    Invisible shield has always been my go to, then again the droid x is a solid phone. Not a bad deal but its gorlla glass is it not? Who cares about the crappy cheap plastic replaceable back.

  • MSF316

    can’t wait for the iphone 5

  • FortitudineVincimus

    So I could buy this, cut off the cover, and not have the Verizon crap on the back?

    • You could just buy an OEM version from UK, KR or pretty much anywhere else.

    • JazzoRenee

      Is the Verizon logo really that bothersome, I don’t get it.

    • scottyy

      buy a replacement battery cover… it’s also a lot cheaper.

  • This was available for the note. Makes sense for the note, GSIII…not so much. Its a pretty cool thing though. Not 29.99 cool, but pretty cool. Also, its pretty flimsy.

  • dam1ank1m

    these types of covers are very popular in korea right now

  • I imagine volume buttons will be as difficult to push as they are through TPU cases with soft spots. Probably easier, actually.

  • SKG

    this cover is useless because it blocks out the notification light

    • JMS

      That makes it useless? I could care less about that light… especially at 3AM when i’m trying to sleep and it is lighting up the whole room… BLINK BLINK BLINK…

      • skg

        if you cant sleep with a tiny notification light on .. that you can get rid of by just flipping the phone over .. you got problems ! haha

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  • frankandsimple

    These types of cases are very common in Asia (India etc). In fact.. people go out of their way to purchases such cases.. especially the ones who are new to smartphones.
    The biggest reason for the popularity of these cases are because people are hesitant to expose the screens to the elements.. and in such countries they live very much exposed to the elements.. there is plenty of dust, particles flying about.. crowd bumping into each other etc… hence it suits them quite well from what I understand.

    • Searcher

      If people are bumping into each other, it does not anything to do with the flip covers; and, dust and elements are not gonna get onto your phone screen everytime you use it. I guess your connecting the flip covers with the Asian countries like India is nothing but your assumption.

  • Q

    This thing is cumbersome and dumb

  • DanWazz

    At least they are making accessories for it.

  • i can imagine that just being in the way constantly.. how annoying

  • ch0diac

    Another fail of an accessory from Samsung!

  • How about taking a picture? Trying to think of how you would hold the phone and take a picture with the flap? Besides that it looks kinda nice, I like it.

  • A drop test needs to be done with said flip cover on

  • Answer2K1

    Wasn’t this an accessory for the LG Versa awhile back???

  • Kernschatten

    Very Palm V.

  • That is ugly. Reminds me of a white purse.

  • The best element of this is no more face grease on the phone screen after a call!

    • Liderc

      genius, seriously.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I honestly see no use for this thing… what is the point?

    • Trueblue711

      to prevent coins and other various objects from scratching the screen in your pocket

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        The cover just flaps open… that won’t protect your screen in your pocket

        • JazzoRenee

          Go ask Gipetto how a coat works my dear Pinocchio.

  • k.sae

    $39.99 on VWZ

    • boss1634

      not seeing any flip cover at all and i chatted with a rep on there

      • k.sae

        it was available during pre-order.

  • Neera

    Not liking it. The idea seems nice, but I would not want that flap whipping around there and how would I still hold it one handed and text, scroll etc?
    Oversight on covering the volume rocker as well.

    • Josh Nichols

      ..By holding the flap behind the phone?

      • Neera

        Ya thought about that, but since it is not on a hinge mechanism it looks like it would break in half if you bend it too far too times lol

    • Paula

      Unless your missing a hand, you probably shouldn’t be text with just one anyway.

  • AlexKCMO

    I must be strange. I like the cover. I might consider buying it.

    • r0lct

      You can’t be that strange as they bothered to make it I would hope there is some market for it.

      • AlexKCMO

        Everyone here is hating on it, really not sure why.

        • r0lct

          I hate it too. 😛
          But I also am smart enough to realize I don’t represent the average consumer.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Because I don’t really see a legit use for it…it’s just a “cute” accessory… it’s not actually useful. Unless you’re seeing something different

          • michael arazan

            Maybe if it had a physical keyboard inside connected via bluetooth?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            lmao . . . that actually made my morning.

        • First world problems!

  • nwd1911

    If the phone is on and you close the flip cover it would automatically turn the phone off and lock the screen, correct? Does the home button turn the screen on when pressed? If so, this cover would be a nightmare (I’m assuming it doesn’t). Just saw the hump for the home screen button…ignore my last comment.

  • sk3litor

    I actuality kinda like this. It’d be better if you could flip it all the way back and clip it to stay open while using the phone but still not to shabby.

  • Aardvark99

    The demo over the hardwood floor while juggling the phone, case, and back — just waiting for Kellex to drop the phone. Also kinda gives me vertigo. 😉

    • Lakerzz

      Damn entertaining though, and he is truly a rebel…

  • bettin a lot of women would buy one, just so they have throw it in their purse and not worry about it

    • achaff86

      I won’t be getting it, my 4 year old daughter would drop my phone and then it’ll probably break so I’m getting an otterbox defender series in boom! Lol

  • Kind of cool.

  • not a bad idea

  • seriously

    dear samsung,
    why not make the phone automatically turn on when you open it like your closest rival?
    thank you

    • kevin

      Because then you will have more people bitching about how it would be copying apple

      • Aren’t there already smart covers for some Android tablets?

    • Josh Nichols

      There’s an app that will do this anyways.

      An app that will be updated more than once as well.

      • Droosh

        What app please.

  • El BIg CHRIS

    Kinda like iPad smart cover idea, but it seems flimsy and not very durable :/

  • r0lct

    2 things:
    1) I think your white balance is off on your camera as the phone looks greenish.
    2) I wouldn’t want to turn my SG3 into an HP Ipaq

    • Tweekex

      Noticed the white balance as well.

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  • picaso86

    What is this an iPAD now??????

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I believe this is a cell phone. Unless my eyes deceive me.