RIP Galaxy Note 7: The best cases for Samsung’s deceased phablet

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Sadly, the gorgeous Galaxy Note 7 has been the focus of a massive recall. Now, replacement units have been catching fire and that’s forced Samsung to temporarily halt production. Samsung officially declared an end to the Note 7 in early October.

“For the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production,” Samsung told Digital Trends in a statement.

If you have a Galaxy Note 7, please return it immediately to the place where you purchased it. You are entitled to a full refund or an exchange for a replacement device of equal value, as per the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall. Please see our full guide on how to return your Note 7 here. The guide also includes recommendations of which device to buy instead.

Below continues our original article on the best Galaxy Note 7 cases. Obviously, you won’t be buying any of these now.

Five stylish Note 7 cases

Carved Kerby Rosanes Geometric Lion Case ($40)

Carved Kerby Rosanes Geometric Lion Case

You can always find something a bit special at Carved. They specialize in wood and form partnerships with some seriously talented artists to create memorable designs that are laser etched into the wooden back panels. The case shell is a flexible, black plastic with a textured finish that adds some serious grip. There are very slim button covers and the full range of cut-outs you need for uninterrupted access to all of the Note 7’s features. If you don’t like the lion in black walnut, there are lots of other designs and woods to choose from.

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Casetify Design Your Own Case ($40)

Casetify Design Your Own Case

You can design your own case at Casetify and have your photos or images printed on the hard, transparent back panel, which is made of polycarbonate. You can choose from different templates and upload images directly from Instagram, Facebook, or your computer. The shell itself is fairly thin and you’ll find decent button covers and accurate cut-outs. If you don’t have a design of your own, Casetify has a lot to choose from, the one pictured here is the Boho Fox design.

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Incipio Octane Case ($14+)

Incipio Octane Case

Here’s a slim and stylish option that will protect your Note 7 without adding too much bulk. The translucent, frosted back panel is tough polycarbonate and it’s framed by a malleable TPU bumper with a textured finish that adds some much needed grip. The button covers work well and there are accurate cut-outs for the ports and camera. It’s a bit too slim to be really rugged, but it should cope with bumps and minor falls. The bumper portion comes in gray, pink, black, or cyan.

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Spigen Neo Hybrid Case ($16+)

Spigen Neo Hybrid Case

You’ll find this case offers solid, military-grade protection within a slim package. It’s a TPU case with a patterned finish and a colored, polycarbonate frame that goes around the outside. The button covers are well-defined and the cut-outs for your phone’s camera, ports, and stylus are roomy. The tough frame even extends beyond the front and back of the display to protect your screen and camera lens. The TPU is black, but you can get the frame in four different colors to complement the hue of your Note 7.

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Caseology Parallax Case ($15+)

Caseology Parallax Case

With a classy look that belies the reasonable price, this is another case that combines a malleable TPU cover with contrasting, virtually-unbreakable polycarbonate. The back is textured for added grip and a stylish look, and there are tactile button covers and accurate openings for your phone’s camera, ports, and stylus. There are also some interesting color options that go beyond the basic black or navy — just in case you prefer turquoise mint and coral pink over more traditional options.

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