Best cases for Galaxy Note 5

Your Galaxy Note 5 is a big phone, which means more phone to love, but more phone to break. Protect it with a decent case - from rugged, armored types to thin, low-profile cases, there are a ton to choose from.

We've curated the best of the best, just for you.

UPDATE: We're constant researching the absolute best cases for the Galaxy Note 5. This latest update on August 30th, 2016, represents the best of the best.

Abacus 24-7 wallet case

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Your Note 5 is a BIG phone and there isn't much sense in carrying around both a wallet and your phone, so combine the two with the Abacus 24-7 wallet case!

You have three spots for cards and a little slot for some cash, so grab your essentials and ditch the extra bulk in your pockets. The Abacus 24-7 is made of synthetic leather, which makes it nice and flexible, so folding it back into a stand is easy and hands-free viewing is comfortable – you won't have to constantly adjust.

Comes in black, brown, blue, or purple.

For around $10, you really can't go wrong with this one from Abacus.

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Ringke Fusion Crystal

The Ringke Fusion comes out on top for a solid clear case for the Galaxy Note 5. Not only is this hard case slim, but it shows off the Note 5's good looks through its transparent plastic. Although it features a scratch resistant coating, it's likely you're going to pick up some imperfections on the case over time, but better on the case than your Note! You'll find TPU plugs on the bottom that keep debris from infiltrating your ports, and a bonus screen protector is included in case you haven't picked one up yet.

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Poetic Affinity

Poetic's hybrid Affinity case has a hard polycarbonate back with a TPU bumper around the edge, so you're covered from bumps, dings, scratches, and drops all around. The raised bezel on the front prevents your Note 5's screen from getting scratched if you lay it face-down, and you still have access to all buttons, ports, and the S Pen.

You can also add a sense of your personal style to your Affinity, since you can opt for black, blue, pink, or clear TPU.

The TPU bumper around the edge of your Note 5 is ridged, allowing you to securely grip the phone and making it pretty hard for it to slide out of your hand.

If you want to maintain your Note 5's natural beauty, but also want a protective case with a little something extra in terms of style, go for the Poetic Affinity.

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SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case and Holster

Just because you want superior protection for your Galaxy Note 5 doesn't mean you need to drop big bucks on an OtterBox. SUPCASE's Heavy Duty Combo provides that next-level protection at a fraction of the price. A built-in screen protector shields your display from scratches and the polycarbonate shell with a flexible TPU enhances grip while handling impacts like a boss. Its rugged design looks tough in any color — especially matched with the included belt clip holster.

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Spigen Slim Armor Case

Rocking a built-in kickstand and dual-layers that do a lot for impact control, the Spigen Slim Armor Case for Galaxy Note 5 is a great choice for protection and functionality. The TPU core helps to enhance grip around the edges while the smooth polycarbonate shell looks and feels great in the hand. While side buttons are raised, they sit flush with the rest of the case to retain a slim design. The Slim Armor Case comes in gunmetal, champagne gold, metal slate, or violet.

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Urban Armor Gear Case

Offering a rugged design that doesn't bulk up your Galaxy Note 5 any more than it should is the Urban Armor Gear Case. This slim hard cover snaps around your new Note and features a feather-light way to protect against even some of the harshest drops. Constructed to meet military standards, the hybrid design features both TPU and polycarbonate materials fused into one solid solution. There's plenty of texture to enjoy on this case along with reinforced corners for optimal impact control. Colors include black, clear, gray, orange, red, and white.

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Spigen Ultra Hybrid

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid case is the perfect blend of a hard polycarbonate back and flexible TPU bumper that makes for excellent protection from bumps and scratches and helps to prevent shattering, thanks to the shock-absorbing air cushions in each of its corners.

The best part of this clear case is how well it fits – it feels sturdy and strong on your Note 5 and fits very snugly, so you don't feel your phone moving around inside.

Don't worry about the smooth polycarbonate either – the TPU bumper is textured and won't slip out of your hand.

If you're after a well-fitting clear case that amps up protection better than some other clear cases, then check out the Spigen Ultra Hybrid.

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Caseology Wavelength Series

This unique hybrid cover has grip written all over it. The Caseology Wavelength Series Case for Galaxy Note 5 adds a bit of flare to your device while shielding it from impacts and scratches. There's a durable polycarbonate frame that's smooth to the touch, but the matching TPU that surrounds most of it is what adds a firm grip when held. Side buttons are raised through the plastic frame for an easier press, while the camera and ports are left open. The Wavelength Case comes in black, pink, navy blue, or mint.

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What's on your Note 5?

Are you using a great case for your Note 5 that I didn't mention? Let us know in the comments below!

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60 Comments
  • The Ringke Fusion case is very nice and feels great in the hand. But for those of you that have short fingernails, the opening for the S-Pen leaves little room to grip it when compared to other cases. I also have the Ringke Rebel and I can grab the S-Pen with no issues, but it is difficult on the Ringke Fusion for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just want a bumper case that has no back. Like the free one you get with the new Moto X Pure. That way I can feel the back of it. :)
  • I was thinking the same. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got one from eBay for my S6 edge and it was my favorite case out of the 14 I had, lol!!
  • I'm thinking the same since I'm getting a leather back but my concern is that they are not replaceable and if it gets messed up you're screwed and the same for the accent piece on the back. Don't know what to decide about this.
  • Love me the Diztronic case Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this good? I have a Diztronic for my OnePlus One and I'm very happy with it. I might give it a go for my new Note 5.
  • The Urban Armor Gear cases are always outstanding! Posted via the Android Central App
  • UAG cases are definitely awesome as well. Haven't tried one on the Note 5 yet
  • Not if you own a g4 I dropped mine on concrete cracked the screen and all the only way to go is with ballistic type case
  • It's not mentioned here but I'm probably going to go with an Otterbox for my Note 5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been using the Defender off and on since I got it. It's okay, but it's finicky with my wireless chargers around the house.
  • Save yourself 50 and get the SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case. I've had an Otterbox Defender on each of my Notes, but will probably never get another after this case. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because of the saggy rubber? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got the SUPCASE Heavy Duty Case to compare with my Otterbox Defender. I returned the Otterbox within 20 minutes of putting it on. It's slimmer, allows for wireless charge (9 times out of 10) and slides into and out of my pocket MUCH easier. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What and cover up that beautiful glass back? I want it to get noticed before it gets shattered and then these will come in handy. Man I am cynical today +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • You are LoL it's okay though, we need it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder why Otterbox never makes these lists? Quriosity more than anything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm wondering the same thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sometimes they do, but the Defender's inability to fully cooperate with my wireless chargers is what kept it from making the list this time around.
  • Big fan of the spiken thin clear case .wouldn't want to hide the gs6 edge plus in gold no doubt. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Suprised the official samsung case isn't included. It's seriously the thinnest case that feels the best in hand. Since it only grips on the corners it adds no width or height to the phone. It keeps the stock feel so well. I absolutly love this case. It covers just enough to protect from a small drop without adding anything it feels. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's also ridiculously expensive, roughly $100 (by which I actually mean $40). Very nice looking case though. ~ SM-N920T ~
  • $100 !!! Helllll no, I'm a ebay man myself .I'm to cheap for that hahah . My spigen case is thin enough and I like there prices Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm sorry I think I confused everyone. I'm talking about the protective cover.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2Flink...
    I picked one up in Seoul at Samsungs flagship store for ₩20,000 which is like $17. I also purchased a spigen neo ultra and rinke but keep coming back to the samsung one. It feels like you don't even have a case on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm actually writing up a review for that cover right now. I agree, it's got a nice look and feel to it, but as already mentioned — it's too pricey for what it is.
  • Yes because when I buy an 800$ phone I need to compliment it with a 12$ case. When I buy a 20k car, I still pay 1k per year for insurance. I think that spending 1/16th the price of the phone is not a bad deal if it does everything you want. I don't really care much but the quarrel should not really be the price, but the protection. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Exactly. Nothing less than defender type protection for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am so glad to see this. That is the case I'm leaning towards but couldn't really find any personal reviews on it. I am so far 0 for 2 on cases for my note 5. I'm hoping the third one is the charm! Maybe it's just me- but I feel like there aren't a lot of choices available for Note 5 cases.
  • Are you talking bout the s view case? I had the s view case on my note 5, i had it on my lap, i continued to get out of my car and you already know it fell off my lap, cracked my screen glass saver, the corner of my screen, nicked up my metal frame of phone, anD runied the led sceen and sensors. Samsung wants 183.00$ to fix it. I told them send it back broke lmao, but was a nice case up till then if yur super super super carefull lol
  • I have a blue body glove from Att for $20 and went ahead and got a black one from Amazon for about $16. It is the best case I ever had