While the Galaxy Note series is always one of the largest phones released in any given year, the 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is enormous, even in a world with many other supersized phones. But big doesn’t always mean strong, and the beautiful glass back on the Note 10 Plus won’t stay good-looking for long if it takes a tumble and suffers at the hands of your local concrete.
For the love of Samsung, protect it. The Note 10 Plus starts from a heady $1,100 — are you really going to balk at buying a little protection? Here are some of the best protective cases you can buy to keep your Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Note 10 Plus 5G in fighting shape for longer.
Tech21 Pure Clear case
You didn’t buy the $1,000 Aura Glow Note 10 Plus just to hide it away, but at the same time, that beauty deserves protection. Tech21’s Pure Clear case gives you all the protection you need, while allowing the Note 10 Plus to shine. It’s made from flexible but tough TPU that provides good protection while also being completely clear. It’s drop resistant up to 12 feet (3.6 meters), has built-in anti-microbial protection, a self-healing finish, and is made from sustainable materials. The sides of the case have ridges for extra grip, and there’s a raised bezel around the camera lenses to keep it safe. On the minus side, $40 is expensive, but this completely clear protection is worth paying for.
Speck Presidio Grip case
Glass phones are slippery, and massive ones can be unwieldy. The Note 10 Plus is a huge glass phone, so the problem is doubled down. Stop your Note 10 Plus from slipping from your grasp with Speck’s Presidio Grip. Those raised parallel lines are Speck’s signature, and they offer a boost in grip, ensuring you can keep a solid hold on your phone. If you do drop your phone, don’t worry, it’s still well protected. The Presidio Grip has a double layer construction that includes Impactium cushioning to further bolster against drops. It also has anti-microbial properties, while a raised bezel ensures your phone doesn’t rest directly on surfaces. Some may balk at a $45 price tag — and we don’t blame them — but Speck’s reputation, much like this case, is extremely solid.
Scooch Wingman case
Scooch’s Wingman is the case we never knew we needed until we saw it. While it’s initially odd looking, that strange style has its purposes. The flexible band on the back of the Wingman can be used as a horizontal or vertical stand, a fingergrip, or even a car vent mount, making it one of the most immediately useful cases around. It’s also protective, and uses Exo-D corner airbags to protect your phone from drops. It’s so tough, it meets military standards for drop tests. It’s also clear, letting you show off your Note 10 Plus. It doesn’t have much style, and it’s not as slim as it could be thanks to the band on the back, but it more than makes up for it with its usefulness.
Burkley Bi-fold Magnetic Detachable Wallet case
We love wallet cases, but most tend to lean toward being a case, rather than being a wallet, sporting three card slots at most. If you have a lot of cards to cart around, then look no further than Burkley’s bi-fold wallet case. It comes with a staggering 11 card pockets, a single visible card slot, and two cash pockets, as well as a magnetically attached phone case. It’s made from 100% full-grain leather for maximum luxury and style, and the phone case can be pulled away from the wallet if required. It’s the perfect “hub” to help keep everything you need together. But this look and quality doesn’t come cheap, and all that leather is going to cost you.
Spigen Slim Armor CS
We rarely miss recommending a Spigen case, and for the Note 10 Plus we’re recommending the Slim Armor CS. It’s one of Spigen’s slimmest cases, but it still offers strong protection against a variety of threats. It uses a combination of TPU and polycarbonate for a great mix of hard and soft protection, while Spigen’s Air Cushion technology reinforces it against drops. But it’s not just about protection. Slide the back panel and you’ll find space for two cards, spare cash, or anything else that’ll fit there. It’s slim enough to slip easily into a pocket while being protective enough to guard against most daily hazards. At $16, this is a steal.
Poetic Revolution case
Rugged cases tend to come on the expensive side, but they don’t have to. Poetic specializes in providing the latter. The Revolution is one of our favorite cheap rugged cases, and it’s easy to see why. It’s made from a shock-resistant TPU core with a hard polycarbonate backplate, providing strong protection against drops, scratches, bumps, and more. There’s a built-in kickstand on the back, and raised bezels make sure your phone doesn’t rest on surfaces, preventing it from picking up scratches from dirt and grit. However, it’s certainly a bulky case, and anyone looking for a stylish case that complements the Note 10 Plus’s sleek look should skip this over. But it’s still a must-buy for some.
Ringke Fusion-X case
Looking for a unique style? Ringke’s Fusion-X case is a veteran of smartphone protection, and it’s certainly a case that stands out. It’s made from a hard polycarbonate backplate with a TPU bumper around the edges that helps to reduce the impact from drops and bumps. That hard backplate resists scratches, and it’s also completely clear, so you don’t have to hide your Note 10 Plus away. It’s compatible with Ringke’s Dual Easy screen protector from our best Note 10 Plus screen protectors list, and it even has a lanyard attachment point. The looks are likely to be what turns you off, but if that’s not a problem for you, then you’ll love this case.
LifeProof Next case
If you’re an active person, then you need protection that matches your life. LifeProof’s cases do exactly what they say on the tin, adding loads of outdoor resistance to your Note 10 Plus. The LifeProof Next case has drop-resistance up to two meters and sports extra resistance against snow and dirt. There are plugs for each of the ports, speakers, and the microphone, ensuring there’s no ingress into your device. It’s transparent so you can admire your phone, and it’s pretty slim for a rugged case. An active case for an active user, the Next doesn’t come cheap at $80. But if you can afford it, then there are few cases more protective.
UAG Monarch case
With one of the most iconic styles in case protection, how could we not include the UAG Monarch? It’s hand-crafted from fine grain leather laid over an alloy metal frame, combined with an impact-resistant core and a traction grip on the outside edges to boost grip. It’s so protective it meets military standards for drop protection twice over, and even comes with a 10-year guarantee. We doubt you’ll be using your Note 10 Plus in 10 years, but it’s certainly a statement of reliability. Oversized tactile buttons mean the protection doesn’t interfere with your use. There are issues; it’s expensive, and it adds bulk to an already large phone, but it’s still excellent.
Otterbox Defender case
For the ultimate in everyday protection, you can go wrong with the Otterbox Defender. A hard outer shell combines with a shock-resisting inner core to provide excellent all-around protection, while port covers make sure small particles don’t find their way into your phone. There’s a holster with a belt clip that can be attached, while raised bezels ensure your device doesn’t rest on dirty surfaces. It’s lacking in overt style, but it also doesn’t sport the extremely rugged looks other protective cases go for — which makes it perfect for everyday use when you don’t want to scream about how protective your case is. The $60 price may also put you off, but if you can justify it, it’s a great investment.
Incipio Tran5form 5G-compatible case
Looking for slim drop protection? Then you’ve come to the right place. Incipio is well known for providing thin and lightweight cases that protect well in spite of their slim builds — and now Incipio is offering a strong and light case that’s been engineered to work with 5G wavebands. Thin enough to provide a window through to your device’s good looks, the Tran5form case provides support for both high- and low-frequency
Kate Spade New York Scattered Flowers case
The Note 10 Plus is already a stunning phone, but you can always add a little more style. This case comes from the extremely fashionable Kate Spade New York brand, and decorates your phone with a collection of black and white scattered flowers laid over a completely clear case. The effect is striking, and if you think your phone needs a little more pizzazz, then this might be a good choice. It’s protective too, with a flexible hard shell that resists scratches, dents, and protects against damage from drops. It’s fully compatible with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband, making it a good choice for the Note 10 Plus 5G. It’s expensive at $50, though.
Olixar NovaShield case
Protective cases can sometimes be large, bulky, and — in the worst cases — quite ugly. Not so here. Olixar’s NovaShield uses a flexible and absorbent TPU bumper with a hard PC back panel to resist a variety of damage. Airbags in the TPU bumper fortify the phone against drops, and a raised edge protects the screen, while the hard PC panel will prove especially effective against scratches. The back panel is also completely clear, which means you don’t feel cut off from the Note 10 Plus’s good looks. At just $14, it’s also a bargain. The black bumper edgings won’t be to everyone’s tastes certainly, but it’s a good case regardless.
VRS Designs Genuine Leather Diary case
No material screams “premium” quite like genuine leather, and if you want that feeling for your Note 10 Plus, check out VRS Designs’ Diary case. It’s made from premium, genuine leather with a hard inner case that holds your phone tightly. The front cover folds around your screen and provides protection while you’re not using your phone, and it neatly folds back behind your device when you need it out of the way. As a wallet case, there’s also space for three credit cards or some spare cash. However, expect to pay a lot of money for that utility and style — the price comes in at a hefty $70.
Armor-X BX-series case
Protection is all very well and good, but versatility is also extremely valuable. Armor-X ensures you don’t have to pick between the two. This case is made from a dual-layer construction that uses a TPU frame with a hard PC back panel to protect against drops and scratches, all without increasing the bulk of your sleek phone. But you can find that in many other cases too, so what’s unique here? The X-mount, that’s what. The BX-series case comes with a carabiner and a grip strap to help hold and store your phone — but the integrated X-mount also has support for Armor-X’s bike mount, armband clip, car mount, and more. While you’ll need to fork out for those extra mounts, it’s clear the BX-series is a case designed for a wide variety of people with active lifestyles. At $25 for the basic package, it’s an absolute steal.
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