The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a beautiful piece of hardware. It would be a shame if something happened to it (besides blowing up in your pocket). The best way to add some physical protection to your shiny device is with a case. A popular phone like the Note 7 has tons of cases to choose from. Everything from thin and light to bulky and rugged. Here are the best cases so far.

Rugged Cases

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]

Spigen Rugged Armor


The Spigen Rugged Armor case is for people who want their Note 7 to look rugged. It’s a flexible TPU case that is meant to look like a rough and tough case. You will still get shock absorption and protection on your phone, but it’s not going to offer OtterBox-level protection. [Buy from Amazon]

Otterbox Commuter


OtterBox has become synonymous with “rugged” phone cases. If you want the best of the best, the OtterBox Commuter is your case. The Commuter is not quite as bulky as the Defender, but it offers 2-layer protection, drop protection, dust protection, and screen protection. [Buy from Amazon]

VRS Design Duo Guard

duo gaurd note 7

The Duo Guard utilizes hard plastic and soft rubber to create dual-layer protection. This is probably the most rugged of all the cases in this list. The Duo Guard can protect the Note 7 against drops from over 4 feet. It adds a decent amount of thickness, but you get protection and the handy kickstand. Duo Guard comes in five colors. [Buy from VRS Design]

VRS Design High Pro Shield

highpro note 7

The High Pro Shield is like a mash-up of a hard case and a rubber case. It’s part TPU and part hard plastic, but not in the same way as the Duo Gaurd. Most of the back is TPU with a small section of hard plastic around the kickstand. The sides of the case are also protected by the hard plastic. This case is available in five colors. [Buy from VRS Design]

Slim Cases

Incipio Carnaby


The Carnaby is one of the most stylish cases available for the Note 7. It features a hard plastic shell and softer TPU plastic on the inside and buttons. The stylish look comes from the soft cotton fabric on the outside of the case. The back of the phone feels like linen, which is a nice touch. It comes in black, grey, and khaki. [Buy from Amazon]

Obliq Slim Meta


The Slim Meta case is one of our longstanding favorites. It utilizes a TPU interior and hard polycarbonate exterior to provide cushion and impact resistance. The design is a combination of smooth plastic and a faux brushed aluminum. We love the look it adds to the Note 7. [Buy from Amazon]

Speck CandyShell


The Speck CandyShell case is one of the most recognizable cases on the market. The distinctive look combines hard plastic with grippy rubber stripes. The two-tone design is eye-catching and practical. The edges of the cases are also raised to protect the display from an impact. [Buy from Amazon]

VRS Design Simpli Lite

simpli lite note 7

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]

VRS Design Simpli Fit

simpli fit note 7

Simpli Fit is a fully flexible rubber case. It looks a lot like the hard plastic cases with the brushed metal texture, but this case is 100% TPU. It adds only 1.1mm of extra thickness and is very lightweight. The only downside is you don’t get a kickstand. It’s a great choice if you just want to cover the glossy glass. The Simpli Fit only comes in black. [Buy from VRS Design]

Battery Cases

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]

There aren’t many battery cases available for the Note 7 right now. You’ll find a few from no-name manufacturers on Amazon, but with USB Type-C compatibility issues being a problem, we tend not to trust those cases just yet. Stick to Samsung or companies you trust.

Wallet Cases

Incipio Stowaway Advanced


The Stowaway has a smart compartment on the back that can hold a credit card, personal ID, or a few bills. To keep the thickness down, the compartment uses the back of the Note 7 as a wall. A kickstand is built into the door that opens on the back. The case comes in black, grey, and pink. [Buy from Amazon]

Spigen Wallet S


Leave your wallet at home with the Spigen Wallet S case. This leather case can hold 3 credit cards and has room for cash. The case also adds some extra protection and elegance to the device. If you’re not ready to leave your money at home and use Samsung Pay, this is a good alternative. [Buy from Amazon]

VRS Design Damda Glide

damdaglide note 7

The Damda Glide has a “secret” slide-out compartment on the back that can hold a credit card, personal ID, or some cash. It slides open like an old slider phone (and it’s very satisfying to play with). The compartment does make the case thick, but it also means you don’t have to carry a wallet. Damda Glide comes in 7 colors. [Buy from VRS Design]