The Galaxy Note 8 improves on all facets of its predecessor, the much-lauded Note 7. With an impressive octa-core Snapdragon 835 CPU and a whopping 6 GBs of RAM, the Note 8 packs some serious hardware within a sleek, phablet form factor.
It would be a shame if you ruined all the amazing hardware in the Note 8 by dropping it, though, right? Luckily, we’ve tested out some of the best Note 8 cases, each of which can protect your smartphone from unwanted impacts. Here are our favorites.
Leather is a durable material that ages gracefully and feels good in the hand. French case maker Noreve uses the finest leather, and this is the most minimal case it offers. A simple TPU shell wrapped in leather hugs your Note 8 and wards off scratches and bumps. There are generous openings for the buttons and the top and bottom are left open. The rim of the case does extend beyond the screen at the front, but we wouldn’t rely on this one for rugged protection. You can opt for fake leather or genuine leather with different finishes and in a wide range of colors. Prices for the PU leather start at $36, but you’ll pay at least $20 more for a real leather case, though the quality is excellent.
Spigen Rugged Armor Case ($11)
This flexible TPU case is easy to fit and offers enough protection to safeguard your Note 8 from drop damage if it takes a tumble from pocket height. The cutouts are exactly right and the button covers have a nice feel to them, with a textured finish on the power key helping it to stand out. There’s also a raised edge top and bottom to protect the screen. What really makes this case is the carbon fiber panels on the back and the gloss accents which elevate the overall look, transforming an affordable TPU case into something a bit more stylish.
With an eye-catching geometric design on the back, a protective combo of TPU shell with polycarbonate bumper on top, and an inoffensive price tag this is a tempting Note 8 case. The button covers and cutouts are all good, the sides are ridged for extra grip, and the top and bottom of the front extend to safeguard that big screen. It should afford a reasonable level of drop protection and look good while doing it. This one is available in five different colors including the ocean gray pictured. Combine it with a screen protector for complete protection.
You get serious multilayer protection from the Otterbox Defender Series, but this case definitely adds some bulk. It will guard your Note 8 from drop damage, scratches, bumps, and dirt and dust, but Otterbox has dispensed with the built-in screen protector, so you may want to snag a Note 8 screen protector separately. All the openings you need are there, with covers for the ports and buttons, though the thickness of the case does make it a little more awkward to use the fingerprint sensor on the back. You also get a holster with this case.
We’re big fans of minimalist cases that don’t completely mask your phone’s original design and this RhinoShield bumper fits nicely in that category. It’s quite thick, but it’s just a frame that extends from front to back to ensure your Note 8 won’t touch down if dropped. The bumper is strong enough to guard against falls of up to 12 feet. We used one with our Note 5 for many months and it survived more than one fall unscathed. The port openings are over-sized for easy access and the button covers work well, once they’ve loosened a bit.
You’ve no doubt heard of Under Armour, but did you know that you can get Under Armour cases for your Note 8? The Protect Grip Case is just what it sounds like — a case made with enhanced grip thanks to a series of layered ridges and dual-layer protection that has been tested with tumbles from up to 8 feet, surpassing military drop test standards. The case also features accurate cut-outs for all Note 8 functions, and textured button covers that are easy to find and press without looking. It’s the ideal case for fitness fanatics, because you can still use your phone, even with sweaty hands.
Lumion Diamont Case ($10)
This TPU case has a clear back panel, which is designed to show off your Note 8. It’s bolstered by a tough polycarbonate bumper that slots over the top and comes in clear, blue, purple, silver, gold, or black. It provides raised edges around your phone’s screen and camera to protect them, and promises to meet military drop test standards, ensuring your phone will remain safe if it falls from your hand. All the cut-outs are accurate, too, and there are tactile button covers, allowing for more responsive feedback.
Things don’t get much simpler than this soft, gel case from Olixar. It’s very slim, so it won’t provide much in the way of drop protection, but it should ward off scratches and dirt. It comes in black, though, there are also purple and teal varieties that are translucent. Regardless of which model you choose, however, there are thin button covers and openings for all your phone’s ports, so you can use your Note 8 without any sort of hinderance. It also provides extra grip, meaning your phone is less likely to slip from your grasp when using this case.
Incipio DualPro Case ($30)
The DualPro design is one of the original and best dual layer cases, combining a hard, polycarbonate exterior with a shock absorbent inner core. The soft layer includes chunky button covers and generous cut-outs for all your ports, cameras, and other features. This solid, unfussy case offers drop protection up to 12 feet and there’s a raised edge to safeguard that curved display. It comes in a choice of different color combinations to provide a bit of contrast between the inner and outer layers. You’ll also find that this case has a soft-touch finish that enhances grip and makes it really comfy to hold. Incipio puts a lot into making cases, so you can be sure of a quality product.
It’s tough to find cases that combine style and reliability with clever design like this one does. This is a protective case that combines a hard polycarbonate shell with a shock absorbing rubber material that will keep your Note 8 safe from falls of up to 10 feet. The flexible material is also used to create a series of ridges on the outside which give it an interesting look, but, perhaps more importantly, seriously improve your grip. This eye-catching pink and peach combo is also infused with gold glitter, but you can get the same design, minus the glitter, in more conservative colors if you prefer.
Carved Traveler Wood Case ($24+)
We’re big fans of Carved’s range of real wood cases, all designed and made in Elkhart, Indiana. They start out from $24 for a plain wood grain finish, or you can pay a bit more for inlaid wooden designs, painted finishes, inlaid shell and mother of pearl, or even cases made from recycled skateboards. There are a lot of beautiful and unique designs to choose from and they work with some talented artists to make Note 8 cases that really stand out from the crowd. The wooden panels are mounted on a basic black, plastic shell that holds your Note 8 securely. All the cut-outs you need are present and correct, there are thin button covers, and the texture on the sides enhances your grip.
Samsung Alcantara Case ($50)
This official Samsung Galaxy Note 8 case is covered in alcantara, which is a soft blend of polyester and polyurethane that feels like suede, but is more durable. The case is a slim shell, so it won’t interfere with wireless chargers and it adds very little to the profile of your phone, but it does cover the corners and extend around the screen to provide basic protection. You’ll find large openings for uninhibited use of the camera, ports, S Pen, and other features, and there are button covers on the side for the volume and power. If you want a soft, warm feel with your case, then this could be the one for you. It comes in black, gray, khaki, or pink.
Why not protect your phone without masking Samsung’s gorgeous design? Griffin’s clear Survivor case can do exactly that with solid drop protection for falls from up to 4 feet, a 6H hardness rating, and scratch-resistance. The crystal clear back panel is glossy polycarbonate, but the bumper around the frame is a softer material designed to take the sting out of bumps and falls. It’s a slim and subtle case that will still provide the protection you need. Opt for a completely clear version or pick up a case with a translucent colored tint.
UAG Monarch Series Case ($60)
If you want really solid protection for your Galaxy Note 8, why not go all in with a tough case from Urban Armor Gear? The Monarch Series sports the usual industrial UAG look, adding leather panels and alloy metal highlights to the lightweight, but strong, plastic frame. This case exceeds military drop test standards, so there’s no need to be concerned if your Note 8 takes a tumble. You also get big textured, tactile button covers and generous openings for easy access to everything. The sides are textured to add grip and the corners are reinforced and extend in all directions to prevent your phone from ever touching down. This Note 8 case also doesn’t interfere with Samsung Pay or the fast wireless charging. You can get it in black or crimson.
Tech21 Evo Tactical Case ($45)
Having seen Tech21’s testing methods first hand, we know they take drop protection very seriously. The Evo Tactical has a clever design that goes around the frame of your Note 8, effectively providing three layers of protection and ensuring your phone can survive drops of up to 10 feet without a mark. Despite this level of protection, the case is fairly thin and light. There are large openings for easy access to ports, camera, and other features. You’ll also find button covers and raised lips top and bottom to protect the screen. Although it just comes in black, Tech21 has thrown in a design flourish on the back with a geometric pattern that’s also textured to create an interesting look and enhance your grip.
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