The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is no longer a brand-new smartphone, but whether you've been using it since it came out in 2017 or recently picked one up at a discount, the Note 8 can be made even better when paired with some great accessories. There are a lot to choose from, but these are our favorites.
Slim, stylish, protective
For just about every phone, one of the first cases we recommend is the Spigen Neo Hybrid. Available in six great colorways, the Neo Hybrid provides ample protection and style without adding too much bulk/heft. Even if you already have a Note 8 case, you'll still want to pick this up.
Look ma no wires
Wireless charging is a fantastic feature on the Note 8, and if you want one of the best chargers to use it with, you'll want to pick up this one made by Samsung. It offers fast charging up to 1.4x more quickly, is available in two great leather finishes, and has an LED light to indicate your current charge status.
Expand your storage
Should you find yourself running out of storage on the Note 8, you can easily add a ton of extra room with this 256GB microSD card from Samsung. With fast read and write speeds, it's more than capable of handling things like 4K video, high-res pictures, and gaming. It also has a 10-year warranty!
No shattered screens here
Spending this much money on a screen protector might sound crazy, but the Whitestone Dome is— hands down — the best one you can buy for the Galaxy Note 8. The installation process does take some time, but once the protector is applied, it protects the entire screen (including the curved edges) with great precision and accuracy.
Explicitly made with Samsung phones in mind, the Galaxy Buds are fantastic. They offer great sound for such a small package, are water resistant, and have onboard storage for saving your songs for offline use. They're also considerably smaller and lighter than the older Gear IconX.
Power on the go
Aukey's 10,000mAh power bank offers the best of both worlds: it charges your Note 8 at its maximum Quick Charge or USB-C PD speeds, and the power bank itself recharges quickly via USB-C PD. So before you take a trip, grab this bank to ensure your Note 8 doesn't run dead between in-flight movies.
Without a doubt, the Galaxy Watch Active is one of the best smartwatches you can get — especially considering the price. It has a gorgeous AMOLED display, robust fitness tracking, built-in GPS, waterproofing, and NFC for Samsung Pay, not to mention the four great color options.
Turns it into a desktop
Did you know your Note 8 is more than a smartphone? When you plug it into the DeX Pad, it essentially transforms into a little portable desktop computer. Just connect the Pad with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and you're ready to start getting work done wherever you are.
Explore new worlds
Get ready to transport yourself to a new world with the Samsung Gear VR. Powered by Oculus, the Gear VR offers immersive, high-quality virtual reality experiences wherever you are. You can play games, watch 360-degree video, interact in VR chat rooms, and so much more. The Gear VR isn't necessary, but wow is it a lot of fun.
Soft and lovely
Samsung's official Alcantara case for the Galaxy Note 8 is something special. It's incredibly soft and comfortable while also adding excellent protection to the phone without making it too bulky. You can get it in four different colors, and considering the craftsmanship, it's quite affordable.
Pump up the pool party
This Bluetooth speaker has quick NFC pairing, and best of all, it charges with the same USB-C cable your Note 8 does. Do not doubt the IPX7 water resistance of this speaker; we threw it four stories into a pool and it's still kicking!
Charger for the car
A good car charger is an essential accessory for any smartphone, and for the Note 8, the one we recommend the most comes from Aukey. With two 2.4A USB ports, this charger delivers dependable charging speeds, has a built-in safeguard to protect against overheating, and includes a 45-day money-back guarantee.
If we had to choose
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While we recommend all of the accessories on this list, we also don't expect you to go out and buy every single one.
If you only have room for the necessities and can't splurge on anything too fancy, we'd at least suggest picking up the Spigen Neo Hybrid and Whitestone Dome Screen Protector. These will protect your Galaxy Note 8 to ensure it stays safe throughout all of your daily use and are the two bare minimum accessories you should get.
On the other hand, if you have a budget which allows for some more frivolous purchases, the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds are among our top choices. You don't necessarily need them, but they work beautifully with the Galaxy Note 8 and really do make your overall experience that much better.
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