Samsung’s phablet line continues to go from strength to strength. The Note 5 delivers an enormous screen and plenty of handy phablet features designed to take advantage of the extra real estate. It’s also one the best-looking smartphones around, but the potential cost of glass curves and metal edges can be measured in chips and cracks. It’s fragile and a little bit slippery, so the smart move is to find some stylish protection that fits both your smartphone and your budget.
These are the best Galaxy Note 5 cases available right now, whether you’re looking for a something that revels in matte minimalism or a case designed to take more than just a tumble. After all, it happens to the best of us.
Here’s a nice, slim case that delivers protection without completely masking your Note 5’s style. The back panel is completely transparent, comprised of virtually unbreakable polycarbonate that’s molded to fit the Note 5 perfectly. There’s also a flexible TPU bumper around the edge that absorbs impact shock, along with a melange of color choices and easy-to-use button covers for the utmost protection. You’ll even find generous openings for the built-in camera and the ports.
If you’re looking for some decent drop protection, then the Commuter Series from Otterbox is always a good bet. It’s a step down from the top level Defender, but it still combines a rubber inner that dissipates shock, a hard polycarbonate shell, and an adhesive screen protector for complete coverage. Your Note 5 can take a tumble in this case and emerge unscathed, so it’s ideal if you’re prone to dropping your phone. You can choose from a wide variety of different color combos for the inner and outer layers to achieve the look you want.
The Candyshell Grip has an eye-catching design, but it’s not style over substance given the rubber ridges add some valuable grip. This case is a classic combo design with a hard shell and a flexible layer to take the sting out of bumps and falls. It meets military drop test standard 810G and the raised lip at the front even protects the screen. The button covers and cut-outs work well, too, and you can snag the case in a variety of different color options. It is quite chunky, but it will keep your Note 5 safe from harm.
You can’t really go wrong with a classic, black leather case that functions as a folio wallet. The Olixar case has a minimalist, black plastic shell inside that holds the Note 5 firmly in place. You’ll also find genuine leather with a magnetic closure covering the exterior of the shell, and inside the cover on the left, a series of pockets for stowing your ID and credit cards. A larger pouch on the back renders it suitable replacement for your wallet as well, and there’s a modest opening on the back so you can use the camera without removing the case.
The Body Glove Satin Case is reasonably slim and finished with a brushed aluminum effect and high-gloss accents. The sides have a series of diagonal lines to lend the case some extra grip, while the precise openings offer full access to the camera, ports, and buttons. The case can handle the occasional drop and it also features an antimicrobial element, which makes it ideal for those of us who’re never without hand gel. It currently comes in black, pink, or purple.
You can expect really solid protection if you opt for this Trident case. It meets the military drop test standard 801F, comes with a screen protector, and it boasts port plugs and dust filters to keep dirt and debris out of your Note 5. It has a typical mix of a flexible inner layer (TPE) wrapped in a tough outer shell (polycarbonate). There’s a kind of perforated texture on the back, to give it some grip and style, as well as a lanyard loop. It’s quite a bulky case, but it offers good protection and you can pick it up in black, blue, or pink.
The industrial look of UAG’s wares may not to be for everyone, but at least they’re incredibly reliable. The outer shell features a translucent honeycomb pattern, surrounding by a protective screen and skid pads designed to prevent the Note 5 from coming into contact with any surface directly. The over-sized button covers make the controls easy to find and operate, and the case meets the military drop test standard 810G, so its toughness won’t come into question. The translucent version comes in clear, ash, or red, or you can even opt for a solid, and very cool metallic-looking version. They look chunky and heavy, but thankfully, each is light as a feather.
These slim cases are designed to keep a low profile. They combine flexible rubber and a tough, polycarbonate frame in a single design that’s easy to snap on. You’ll find it matches the Note 5’s curves, and the cutouts perfectly match up to the ports. The case offers basic all-round protection and decent button covers, plus it’s available in either clear or black, with a subtle back cover that doesn’t encroach too much on Samsung’s sleek design.
Here’s a really slim, minimalist case for the Note 5 that won’t stretch your finances. The hard-shell case offers openings for all ports, buttons, and the camera, with a little bit of extra protection at the corners and a lip to keep your display safe from harm. The case is available in black, gold, white, or mint, and there’s a clear version as well. It’s certainly not the most rugged, but it should guard against most scratches and light knocks.
This new case from Spigen is an interesting prospect. The TPU shell features a striking carbon fiber texture, matched with a hard polycarbonate frame outfitted with metal-coated buttons. The shock absorbent inner section also relies on a web pattern to help dissipate shock, while the tough frame gives the entire build a more solid feel. The cut-outs are precise, and the interchangeable bumpers are textured for added grip. The bumpers come in various colors, and furthermore, there’s even a clear TPU inner available. Definitely a great looking case.