Here are the best Galaxy Note 8 cases to safeguard your Samsung phablet

Best Galaxy Note 8 cases
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The Galaxy Note 8 is a giant blend of curved glass and metal, one that probably won’t survive an encounter with the sidewalk unscathed. If you’re going to spend close to $1,000 on a smartphone, then you might want to consider investing in some decent protection. Here, we’ve highlighted a few different styles to help you find the right look and feel for you. These are the best Galaxy Note 8 cases and covers available so far.

RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper ($25)

RhinoShield CrashGuard Bumper

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.

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Under Armour Protect Grip Case ($40)

Under Armour Protect Grip Case

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.

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Lumion Diamont Case ($16)

Lumion Diamont Case

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 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.

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Olixar FlexiShield Case ($7)

Olixar FlexiShield Case

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.

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Incipio DualPro Case ($30)

Incipio DualPro Case

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.

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Speck Presidio Grip + Glitter Case ($50)

Speck Presidio Grip Glitter Case

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.

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Carved Traveler Wood Case ($24+)

Carved Traveler Case

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.

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Samsung Alcantara Case ($65)

Samsung Alcantara Cases for Note 8

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.

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Griffin Survivor Clear Case ($20)

Griffin Survivor Clear Case

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.

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UAG Monarch Series Case ($60)

UAG Monarch Series Case

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.

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Tech21 Evo Tactical Case ($45)

Tech21 Evo Tactical Case

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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Skech Polo Book Case ($45)

Skech Polo Book Case

This Galaxy Note 8 wallet case from Skech has a very clever design. The folio-style, wallet exterior has a leather-look with a textured finish and stitching. It folds back to act as a viewing stand and also sports a handy magnetic clasp for secure closure. Inside there are three pockets for cards, one windowed for an ID, and a larger pocket at the back for cash. The slim, hard shell case for your Note 8 is minimal, with large openings for easy access to phone features. It can also detach from the folio and be used a slim, standalone case if you prefer. The back is magnetic, so you can stick it on a magnetic mount in your car and use your Note 8 to navigate.

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Update: Added cases from RhinoShield, Lumion, Under Armour, and Olixar.