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!

Brent Zaniewski