The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had a rocky launch, but the phone itself is still very good (once you get one of the safe models). The great thing about owning a Galaxy phone is there are tons of great accessories to choose from. How do you separate the quality products from the cheap crap? That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a handy list of all the best accessories for the Note 7.
Incipio NGP Advanced
The NGP Advanced doesn’t look like a rugged case, but Incipio calls it a “rugged polymer” case. It’s built to withstand tough drops, but slim enough to fit in your pocket with ease. It’s a flexible case with a grippy texture on the back and thick bumpers around the sides. The NGP comes in four colors. [Buy from Amazon]
VRS Design Simpli Lite
The Simpli Lite is a super lightweight case with a kickstand built in. Usually, cases with kickstands are thick and bulky, but not the Simpli Fit. It only adds 0.8mm of thickness to your Note 7 while still allowing you to prop it up and enjoy the big display. The Simpli fit is made from hard plastic with a brushed metal texture. It comes in five colors. [Buy from VRS Design]
Samsung Battery Pack
One of the coolest accessories Samsung made for the Galaxy S7 was the wireless battery pack. It’s also available for the Note 7. This case acts as a wireless charger for your Note 7. You don’t have to worry about plugging the phone in or sliding it into the USB slot. Just slap it on like a regular case and enjoy better battery life. [Buy from Amazon]
Samsung Wireless Charging Stand
Samsung’s official wireless charger for the Note 7 features fast charging and a stand to prop up the phone. Fast wireless charging technology is nearly as fast as fast wired charging. It has a built-in light to tell you when the phone is misaligned and when it’s fully charged. [Buy from Amazon]
CHOETECH Fast Wireless Charing Pad
If Samsung or Incipio’s charging pads are too expensive for you, CHOETECH has one for less than $20. This thin and lightweight charging pad offers the same adaptive fast charging as the official Samsung pad. You’ll see a green LED when charging, which indicates fast wireless charging is in use. [Buy from Amazon]
One of the “improvements” Samsung made with the Galaxy Note 7 is Gorilla Glass 5.0 on the front and back. Gorilla Glass 5.0 is tougher against dings and drops, but unfortunately, it scratches very easily. Even sand in your pocket can scratch the display. You should use one of these screen protectors.
dbrand is one of the oldest manufacturers of smartphone skins. They use high-quality materials and offer an unrivaled level of precision. For the Galaxy Note 7 there are over 20 colors/materials to choose from, and you can cover the front, back, and camera if you so choose. [Buy from dbrand]
SlickWraps is the other big name in smartphone skins. They offer nearly 50 different colors, materials, and designs that you can put on your device. SlickWraps also has a few licensed skins from Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Wars. You can do the whole device or choose the front, back, or sides. [Buy from SlickWraps]
The Tylt Vu car mount has been one of our favorites for a long time. The awesome thing about this car mount is it wirelessly charges your phone while you’re driving. It plugs into your car’s power outlet and keeps the battery full until you reach your destination. Check out our full review. [Buy from Amazon]
Spigen Magnetic Vent Mount
Magnetic car mounts are the way to go if you want something super easy. Spigen’s mount comes with a thin metal case that sticks on the back of your phone and can be hidden under a case. The mount connects to the air vents in your car. Simply put your phone up against the mount and the magnet will hold it in place. [Buy from Amazon]
The Samsung Lens Cover is the perfect accessory for photo buffs. It’s a silicone case with a threaded socket over the Note 7’s camera. You can screw in one of two different camera lenses to get a close-up or a much wider shot than the phone’s built-in lens. The Lens Cover is pretty pricey, but you can get amazing shots with it. [Buy from Amazon]
Headphones & Speakers
There’s been a lot of talk about ditching the “old fashioned” 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Note 7 still has one (thankfully). We always recommend the the Brainwavz Delta. They’re great for all kinds of music and podcasts, come with three sizes of foam tips to match your ear size, include a mic for taking phone calls, and you can usually get them for around $20. [Buy from Amazon]
If you’re looking for something without those pesky wires, the Jaybird X2 wireless Bluetooth earbuds will do the trick. They come in a comfortable package with extra foam tips to fit in your ears. The sound is great, and since they are wireless you don’t have to worry about being tied to your phone. [Buy from Amazon]
The UE Boom 2 is easily one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. Not only do they sound great with 360-degree sound, but with their rugged design and IPX7 waterproofing, they’re meant to go wherever you are, whether it’s the shower, beach, or just on your desk. [Buy from Amazon]
If you love good sound quality you’ve probably heard of Bose. The SoundLink is one of their more portable Bluetooth speakers. It has the clear sound you expect from a Bose speaker but in a compact size. It offers up to 8 hours of music before recharging, and voice prompts make it super easy to pair with your phone. [Buy from Amazon]
Samsung removed the SD card in last year’s Note, but this year it has made a triumphant return. So why should you use an SD card? An SD card is an easy way to expand the storage of your device. If you find that you run out of space quickly, or you don’t want to rely on cloud storage, an SD card is the way to go. Here are a few SD cards that work with the Note 7.