Samsung waterproof case review – Galaxy S9/S10

A Samsung waterproof case makes your Galaxy S9/S9+ or S10/S10+ smartphone safe to use while snorkeling in the ocean or swimming in the pool. Learn from this post why you should get a though underwater cover, what are the best ones for Galaxy models and read or our Redpepper Samsung waterproof case review!

Is the Samsung Galaxy S9/S10 waterproof?

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10 and also the Plus models have IP68 rating which means they can withstand sand, dirt and are submersible up to 5ft/1.5m for 30 minutes. An IP68 rated device is considered water-resistant, but not waterproof. You can safely take your Samsung Galaxy S9/S10 in the shower or use it when it’s raining, the phone won’t get damaged. Moreover, it is also not a problem if the phone accidentally gets underwater for a short period, but leaving it in water for a long time will definitely damage the device.

Why do you need a Samsung waterproof case?

The water-resistant feature only applies to freshwater. It seems not everybody knows this fact since we regularly see people taking their smartphones in the sea without additional protection. This is not a good practice, because the salty water can erode the rubber gaskets as well as block the speaker, microphone and the earpiece. You can take awesome photos underwater with Samsung Galaxy phones (see below our test images) but make sure to put them in a waterproof case if you want to use them on the beach, while swimming or snorkeling in the sea to protect your pricey device from unwanted damages!

If you have an iPhone, check out what the best iPhone waterproof cases are!

Samsung waterproof case - underwater photo

Best Samsung waterproof cases for S10/S9

If you check the Samsung waterproof case selection on Amazon, you might notice that most models look almost exactly the same. Their specification is very similar and all are in the same price range (meaning that they are very cheap compared to the value of a Galaxy phone). Any product you choose, I’m sure that it will give you a good feeling knowing if you drop the phone accidentally or it falls into water, it is protected from unwanted damages. And on the top of these, taking photos on the beach or underwater becomes also part of the fun!

The best waterproof cases for Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, S10 and S10 Plus models:

If you plan to use your phone only occasionally near or in water and don’t need drop-protection, consider using a waterproof phone pouch that is compatible with all devices up to a certain diagonal size.

JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch

  • universal phone dry bag up to 6.8 inch diagonal size
  • front and back clear window
  • IP68 rate - protection up to 100 ft/30m
  • secure snap and lock closing system

Do you have a different Samsung Galaxy S model? Don’t worry, you can get waterproof case for them too, find Galaxy S6, S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, S9 Plus, Galaxy Note waterproof cases in our shop!

Redpepper Samsung waterproof case review

Although we have a good underwater camera that we use for taking pictures while snorkeling, we were extremely satisfied with the image quality of our Samsung smartphone on land, therefore we decided to test it underwater too. We ordered a Redpepper waterproof case to be able to take our Galaxy S9 in the sea. (Redpepper offers Samsung Galaxy S10 waterproof case  too)

The case arrived in a neat, small box with the following items in the package:

  • waterproof case
  • wrist strap
  • cleaning cloth
  • user manual
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Redpepper Waterproof Case

  • full sealed underwater protective cover for Samsung S9
  • military standard polycarbonate frame
  • IP68 certification, submersible up to 6.6 ft / 2m for 30 minutes, shock- and dirtproof
  • perfect for outdoor activities

Key features of Redpepper waterproof case for Galaxy

  • fully sealed, protects your phone even from the smallest dust particles and from water
  • withstand shocks and drops up to 6.6 ft (2 meters)
  • waterproof up to 6.6 ft (2 meters)
  • crystal clear, anti-reflective lens provides top photo and video quality
  • fully operating functions including Touch ID, wireless charging, speaker and cameras
  • sound enhancement system

Samsung Galaxy S9 underwater case test

After putting the phone into the case following the instructions, we confirmed that all the functions work as they should. The installation was easy, the case fit properly and no restriction occurred regarding the operation of the phone.

To see if the Redpepper waterproof case seals perfectly or not, we took the phone snorkeling! The Redpepper case did a good job and did not leak at all! The product meant to provide protection up to 6.6 ft (2 meters) but in reality, we took it down to 20 ft (6 meters) just because of the test. We didn’t experience any problem or leaking while in the water. Returning to land, we removed the phone from the case and there was not even a tiny drop of water inside.

The photos we took are sharp and clear. Although the colors appeared less vibrant on the screen through the protective foil, but after transferring them to our computer we pleasantly noticed that the photo and video quality is the same as you get in land. A little downside is that you cannot use the touch function while the phone is in the water. You can take shots using the buttons only and to change the phone/camera functions you need to lift the phone out of the water.

These are our Samsung Galaxy underwater photos taken with the Redpepper waterproof case:

Samsung S9 Waterproof Case Underwater Photo

If you think your underwater photos are not clear enough, read our tips on how to take good photos while snorkeling!

Pros:

  • easy installation
  • lightweight
  • all functions work on land
  • no distortion in sound quality
  • reliable protection from sand, dust, dirt, and water

Cons:

  • at first sight, it seems a bit bulky
  • touch is not working when submerged
    (you need to lift out of water to change functions, although buttons work)
  • the protective foil makes the screen less vivid and reflects sunlight

In total, we are happy with our purchase and satisfied with our Redpepper Samsung waterproof case. We think it is definitely worth to invest in a tough protective cover to avoid everyday damages, and highly recommend the product for beach lovers and snorkelers!

Anett Szaszi

Anett is a certified scuba diver, freediver and an expert in snorkeling with more than 10 years experience. She fell in love with the ocean when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea in 2008. Since then , she is traveling all over the world to discover our waters. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. Visiting mega-cities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. She is interested in sustainable traveling and marine conservation. She is hoping to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!

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