The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was revealed to the world at a Samsung event on August 2, 2016. This powerful new smartphone is the latest in the Note line, and acts as a successor to last year’s Note 5. Samsung devotees will notice there was no Note 6. Samsung wanted the Note 7’s branding to mesh with other current generation Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
If you’re planning on purchasing a new Note 7, you’ll want to protect your expensive smartphone with some kind of protective case. Case selection and supply can often be limited in stores on launch day, so we’ve put together a list of the best cases for the Note 7 that are available now. We’ll be adding to this list as we get closer to launch day, and adapting our recommendations to reflect new case styles as they enter the marketplace. If you’re looking to purchase a new Note 7 case, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles available now, including rugged cases, cute cases, cheap cases, and clear cases that show the world you have the latest cutting edge smartphone. Read on to see our top picks for Note 7 cases.
1. Best Cheap Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Case: Caseology Envoy Series Case
Want a cheap case that doesn’t look cheap? The bold colors and contrasting materials in the Envoy series of cases from Caseology make these cheap cases look expensive. This style is comfortable to hold in your hand during long calls or extended gaming sessions. The case itself consists of a TPU sleeve, wrapped in faux leather. The edge features a durable polycarbonate bumper. This is a nice model if you just want a cheap case for financial reasons, or if you’re looking for a cheap case to use as a placeholder case until the case model you really want goes on sale later this year. Not crazy about the color pictured above? This same case is also available with beige, navy, or dark green faux leather, as well as a black carbon fiber-inspired design.
Want to see more options? You can browse more Note 7 cases on sale here.
Price: $15.99 (16 percent off MSRP)
2. Best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Wallet Case: Spigen Slim Armor CS Card Holder
There are lots of different styles of wallet cases out there. Some wallet cases are folio-style, which means they have a front flap that protects the screen. Inside the flap, there is usually room for two or three credit cars. This style of wallet case is nice, but it can be bulky and hard to fit in a pants pocket. We much prefer the style of wallet case pictured above, which has a special card compartment built into the back of the case.
This wallet case from Spigen is lighter and less bulky than other wallet cases on the market. While there is only storage for two cards, that may be enough for the average user. We also like the fact that this wallet case is built tough. The case has been certified to meet military-grade drop test standards, so it can withstand short falls with ease.
Not convinced this style is right for you? Browse more Note 7 wallet cases here.
Price: $16.99 (58 percent off MSRP)
3. Best Rugged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Case: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle PRO
It’s a sad fact of the case industry that the more premium cases don’t launch until a couple of months after the phone debuts. That means it can be hard to find a phone case with rugged drop protection or enhanced features like waterproofing in the first few months after the phone has been announced. That being said, there are some decent options available now for folks looking for a rugged Note 7 case.
It may have an unusual name, but the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle PRO has developed a devoted following among smartphone owners who want a rugged case at a low cost. The dual layer construction helps to better absorb and distribute shocks than a cheap plastic case. The case consists of a polycarbonate hard shell with flexible TPU. The design of the case makes it easy to keep a grip on your phone, which is a nice touch for the accident-prone among us. Blue, green, pink, and white variants of this case are also available.
One aspect of this case that makes it noteworthy are the port covers. While not waterproof, they do prevent dust and debris from getting into your ports and jacks. This is nice for people who are worried about lint or dirt from their pockets or bags getting into the ports. The case also has a swivel mount so you can clip the holster on a belt, keeping your phone easy to access throughout the day. The only downside for some may be the lack of a built-in screen protector, which some people want in a “rugged” style phone case.
Looking for rugged protection in a slimmer, sleeker package? An alternative case to consider is VRS Design’s Crystal Bumper case with kickstand, which is designed to meet military drop standards.
Price: $17.99-$19.99, depending on color selected
4. Best Leather Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Case: VRS Design Native Diary
Leather cases can be hard to find in a marketplace that seems to focus on the protective merits of TPU and polycarbonate. That being said, a leather case feels really nice in your hand, and helps to present you as a professional sort of person. One leather case option we like that won’t break the bank is this style from VRS Design. This is an attractive style that comes in brown, black, or brick red. The front snap has a magnetic closure, however, which may not appeal to people who want to keep magnets away from their devices. The interior of the front flap has room for three cards and some cash. We recommend that you use this style of case with a screen protector, to minimize the risk of contact damage to your screen caused by cards scraping against the display when the flap is closed. You can browse Note 7 screen protectors on sale here.
Price: $16.99 (43 percent off MSRP)
5. Best Cute Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Case: FYY Colorful Series Slim Fit Case
Want a cute phone case to match your upbeat personality? This flirty and feminine phone case is a great option for those who want a case that doesn’t look like what everyone else is using. This floral case is slender, so it won’t add a lot of bulk or weight to your device. We also like that the design is printed in two different layers inside the case, to ensure that the pattern will not fade, smear, or become blurry over time.
Want to see more options? If pink is your signature color, consider one of these pink Note 7 cases.
6. Best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Armband Case: Ionic ACTIVE Sport Armband
Are you an active person? Then it makes sense to invest in an armband case so you can take your Note 7 with you on a run, or while visiting the gym. This armband case is stretchy, so it should fit the average arm quite comfortably. You’ll want to remove your phone from any other case before attempting to slide it into this armband sleeve, however. Another option to consider is this case/band combo from SUPCASE, which features a slim case that can be attached to an armband, giving you a bit more flexibility.
Price: $9.99 (67 percent off MSRP)
7. Best Clear Samsung Note 7 Case: Obliq Naked Shield
Clear cases let you show off the color of your phone, as well as show off the fact that you just purchased a top of the line model. This clear case has precise cutouts for easy charging. And despite the thinness of the case, you get some peace of mind knowing that the company’s special Air Spring technology and shock absorption technology are at work to keep your phone protected in the event of a big drop. If totally crystal clear cases aren’t your thing, this style is also available with hints of rose gold, blue, or black to add a little more personality to your device. You can browse more Note 7 cases from this manufacturer here.
Price: $9.99 (60 percent off MSRP)
8. Best Samsung Note 7 Waterproof/Water-Resistant Phone Case: Sparin Waterproof Case
If past phone release cycles are any indication, you will have to wait a couple of months for LifeProof and similar brands to release their high-end waterproof cases. But it’s summer now, which means lots of people want to be able to use their smartphones at the beach, on a boat, or while relaxing near a pool. If you need to buy a waterproof case for your Note 7 right now, try this model from Sparin. It may not have the same brand cache as a LifeProof case, but it is rated at IP68. That means it can be submerged almost 10 feet below the water. This case isn’t great in terms of drop protection, so keep that in mind before you make a final decision. As with any waterproof case, make sure to test the case for water-resistance before putting your smartphone inside.
So why would you need waterproofing for a phone that’s already waterproof? Some people like having a little extra piece of mind. The phone’s IP68 rating means it is water/dust resistant, not completely sealed. That being said, you can submerge the Note 7 in water up to five feet deep for up to 30 minutes. However, some people are not comfortable doing so on a regular basis, and so a waterproof case provides just that little bit of extra protection. As Android Central points out, even though this phone is water-resistant, it’s not guaranteed to be completely waterproof. In addition, some people think having an extra layer of protection around a phone is especially important around salt water.
Hate having to buy a new waterproof case every time you upgrade your device? Consider a cheaper alternative that works with a variety of phones, like a universal smartphone dry bag.
9. Best ‘Cool’ Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Case: Ringke Max Note 7 Case
Cool is a subjective term, but there’s definitely something appealing about this bold, colorful case from Ringke. In addition to looking cool, this case has rear defenders on each corner to provide extra protection for your screen in the event of a drop. If the “bumblebee” style pictured above doesn’t resonate with you, other color options are available.
Want to see more options? You can browse more Note 7 cases on sale here.
Price: $9.99 (71 percent off MSRP)
10. Best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Case: Maxdara Galaxy Note 7 Battery Charger Case
Added battery life is a must for any smartphone owner, especially if you use your GPS all day at work (or just while playing marathon session of Pokémon Go). We had to wait a while before a Note 7-compatible battery case showed up online, which wasn’t surprising. Waterproof cases and battery cases are often a bit slower to come to market for new devices. Plus, this is the first Samsung phone using USB-C, making things a bit trickier for case makers.
Our recommendations may shift over time, but right now, your best bet for a battery-boosting case is the option pictured above. It offers a 5000 mAh battery, more than doubling your device’s existing power supply. While it adds a bit of bulk to your phone, the added power is definitely worth a little extra weight in your pocket.
Price: $38.99 (70 percent off MSRP)