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Best cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is big, powerful and one of the most flexible smartphones on the market. With support for microSD expansion up to 128GB and replaceable batteries, it no surprise that it's a hit among power users. To keep your Note 4 in pristine condition, we've put together a list of the absolute best cases. Whether you prefer a slim case or rugged heavy duty protection, we've got you covered.

Our selections here are based on personal favorites from the staff here at Android Central, along with the fantastic folks in the Note 4 forums. Dive in past the break for the complete lineup.

Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Speck CandyShell Grip Case

It's unique in design and does a jam-up job at protecting your Note 4 from impacts — Speck's CandyShell Grip Case (opens in new tab) fuses together a sleek polycarbonate shell with an easy-grip TPU that wraps around the entire cover. Best of all, it's not overly bulky, and we're big fans of keeping things slim.

There's a simplicity to the CandyShell Grip Case that you have to appreciate, leaving out extra layers, built-in screen covers and kickstands. Its bare-bones construction is what makes it shine — well, that and its symmetrical patterns. Installation and removal is as easy as it gets, and you'll never have to fight to get your Note 4 out of your pocket.

From $19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Samsung Ultra Slim Protective Cover

Samsung Protective Cover

OEM cases are no different from aftermarket cases — meaning their quality and durability against impacts can be hit or miss. Samsung's done something great, however, with their Ultra Slim Protective Cover (opens in new tab) for the Galaxy Note 4. It manages to rock both TPU and polycarbonate materials in a way that compliments the form of the Note 4. And yeah — it's slim for what it's packing.

The outermost layer is where you'll find the durable, shock-absorbent TPU — exactly where most of your impacts will occur. Not only that, but it provides the extra grip you need for preventing those little accidents from happening. Meeting in the middle is a diamond-patterned plastic that's much more smooth than it looks. This layer makes retrieving your Note 4 from your pocket effortless, despite the TPU edging. Other perks include the raised lip on the front that keeps your display from rubbing on flat surfaces and complete access to your camera, ports and side buttons.

From $12.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Spigen Slim Armor Case

Spigen Slim Armor Case

Don't think for a second we would leave out one of the most sought-after cases for the Galaxy Note 4. Yes, we're talking about the Spigen Slim Armor (opens in new tab). You've got everything you need with this hybrid hero, including dual-layers, thin form factor and even a built-in kickstand for watching your favorite movies on the go.

It's no secret that Spigen is a community favorite here at Android Central. Their Slim Armor and Neo Hybrid cases consistently live up to our expectations, time and time again. The innermost layer features Spigen's webbed TPU pattern which helps spread shock throughout the entire case instead of the single point of impact. Complimenting that TPU core is their Air Cushion Technology on all four corners of the case. You can also rest easy knowing both the display and camera are guarded by a raised lip that keeps them off flat surfaces. There are 6 different colors to choose from, too — so you're likely to find the perfect match for your Note 4.

From $16.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid Case

Urban Armor Gear Composite Hybrid Case

Not as bulky as an OtterBox, but just as protective is Urban Armor Gear's Composite Hybrid Case (opens in new tab). These dual-layer covers protect the Galaxy Note 4 from more serious impacts and have rugged aesthetics that we absolutely love.

There's a lot to grip with these hybrid cases — between the textured side panels and unique armored shell — dropping your Note 4 becomes a rare occasion. Each corner of the case sports a little extra impact protection, too. By its looks, the case seems rather heavy, but it's surprisingly lightweight and slim for its construction. It even comes with its own screen protector (not built-in). Favorite colors include the ice, for it's transparency, along with rust and white.

From $29.95 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Samsung S-View Wireless Charging Cover

Samsung S-View Charging Cover

Last up is Samsung's S-View Wireless Charging Cover (opens in new tab) for the Note 4. While flip cases generally aren't the most popular style covers, especially for larger devices, the S-View's clear front window allows you to utilize basic functions like checking notifications, accepting or rejecting calls, taking pictures — all without ever opening the case. And that's pretty cool in our book.

Another great feature of this case is its wireless charging capability. The back cover replaces your stock battery door, enabling you to use most Qi-charging pads on the market. When you flip the cover open, it automatically turns on your display. When closed, the S-View window activates for a short period. The exterior features a polyurethane leather texture that feels amazing and looks even better. There's no storage slots inside for cash, but the S-View is still stands out above the rest.

From $39.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Verus Thor Slim Case

The motto here is "thin but practical" and that's exactly how we consider this cover. The Verus Thor Slim Case for Galaxy Note 4 utilizes a thin TPU layer to absorb minor impacts while the exterior polycarbonate shell keeps everything together. The entire case sports a curved design that feels natural in the hand, making sure to not go overboard on the bulk. Available colors include silver, pink, blue, black, and gold.

From $15.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

OtterBox Defender Series Case

If you're going for serious protection, the OtterBox Defender Case for Galaxy Note 4 is one worth considering. This rugged cover packs multiple layers that are ideal for handling brutal impacts. There's a built-in screen protector that helps keep unwanted scratches at bay along with a hardcore holster that clips to your belt. Keeping out annoying dirt and debris are silicone port covers, too. Snag one in glacier, black, neon rose, or oasis teal.

From $29.50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Maxboost Vibrance Series Case

Offering an incredibly slim fit with both TPU and polycarbonate materials is the Maxboost Vibrance Series Case for Galaxy Note 4. This cover keeps a simple design that doesn't skimp on protection. The Note 4 is wrapped in a shock absorbing layer inside while the exterior shell enhances grip with a smooth finish. Available colors include black, rose, and turquoise.

From $12.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Spigen Neo Hybrid Case

This popular Galaxy Note 4 case from Spigen uses a polycarbonate frame around its textured TPU cover to provide a better feel and an enhanced grip. The lip around the front keeps the Note 4's display elevated just enough to keep away scuffs when faced down on flat surfaces. The metal coated plastic buttons compliment to Neo Hybrid's good looks, too. The TPU cover comes in black, but you can purchase the case in a variety of different color bumpers.

From $19 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Caseology Envoy Leather Bumper Case

Although this Galaxy Note 4 case has leather in the title, don't be misled. The Caseology Envoy cover is actually made of a durable TPU that features a unique leather-like pattern on the back that helps keep your device in your hand and off the ground. Around the edges is a strong plastic bumper that assists in impacts. This case is surprisingly slim and comes in a bunch of different colors, making it an excellent option for protecting your Galaxy Note 4.

From $14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO

When it comes to reliable protection against drops, you simply can't go wrong with the Unicorn Beetle Case for Galaxy Note 4. The advanced dual-layer design of this hybrid cover packs everything you need to withstand impacts and obtain a better hold on your Note 4. There's even an integrated screen protector on the top layer that does great in shielding against scratches. Take your pick of black, blue, green, pink, or white.

From $19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Caseology Daybreak Slim Case

For simple protection that's easy to install and remove when necessary, Caseology's Daybreak Slim Case for the Galaxy Note 4 is a solid win. This polycarbonate snap-on cover is highly resistant to picking up fingerprints and smudges. The plastic edges of the case actually keep the display from rubbing on flat surfaces when faced down, too. Available colors include black, blue, pink, white, and green.

From $8.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

  • Even though I don't use a case on my phones I have to recommend the Otterbox for the Note 4. My wife has one and it is actually quite nice. It fits the phone perfectly and offers great protection.
  • +1. Otterbox Commuter on mine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got an Otterbox Symmetry case on my Note 4. I love it. Unlike the Commuter, its only 1 layer but is still very protective of the phone. It also doesn't cover up the ports like the Commuter does which I prefer a lot more. It's more expensive but the perfect mix between the Commuter and Defender.
  • Just put a unicorn beetle on mine today. So far I like it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the same 1, i like it so far. The last case i had was a ballistic on a s3 and i appreciated the grip it had compared to the beetle. I've grown accustomed 2 it. I got it bc it came with a belt clip i really like those Posted via the Android Central App
  • Urban Armor for me. Great protection and not nearly expensive as an otterbox. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung LED case is really the best. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you talking about the Sammy OEM standard 'S-View' case without the charge plate or wallet?
    If so, I completely agree. Had mine since day one and it's still in perfect shape, easy to 'pocket', excellent drop protection and nice texture and feel in comparison to the stock (naked) phone.
    I've been eyeing the kickstand 'most coveted' in the list though. For a $25 bill, & the phenomenal quality of video playback, it might be just what I need
  • If I am going to have a case, it must include a kickstand. Amzer makes a no-frills protective case with kickstand than provides a nice balance of protection and light weight.
  • My Note 4 runs commando style. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ditto. Putting a case on this beauty ruins the experience. Posted via Android Central App
  • You won't be saying that when you drop it and crack the screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have a FIRM grip, and no holes in my pockets, now that I mentioned it, I have to check, LOL.
    I also use this carbon fiber back cover which looks fanatic. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Speck candy grip or butt ass naked Posted via the Android Central App
  • I prefer the Samsung S-view case Posted Via AT&T Note 4
  • I have the OEM Samsung cases in all three colors. This is the best case IMHO!
  • What happened to the red? Can't find it anymore!
  • Ok case, but the back plastic is beyond slippery. I don't use it because it's easier to drop the phone with that case on than it is naked. The black Note 4's backplate is nice and rubberized. The Samsung case actually makes it easier to drop. Strange.
  • I have 4 of the 5 cases listed (don't have the candy shell - yes I have a problem). The only one of those 4 that belongs on this list is the Samsung Ultra Slim Protective Cover. The UAG is way too tight a fit and is a pain to remove. The S View case looks dirty easily because of smudges on the window (the LED version of this case is a better option IMO), the Spigen Slim Armor is way too bulky for a case that toots it's horn for being slim. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have like 8 cases for my Note 4. End up naked most of the time.
  • You need help my friend. LOL. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ringke Fusion is my favorite. Had the crystal clear for awhile, but the sides turned yellow/orange. Now I use the clear with black sides. It's prefect. Good drop protecting, ultra slim, and the button feed back is phenomenal.
  • The otterbox comutter does a great job. It's not bulky like the defender case. . Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know why the Spigen case is not listed in their website? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love my S-View. Only case I've ever considered putting on it since I got it. I used to have tons of cases for every smartphone I've ever had, but once I got an S-View for my S5, I fell in love. Knew I had to have one with the Note 4 when I got it. Black case, white phone. Classic Oreo. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I actually like my Spigen Tough Armor Case better than Slim.
  • Need Help with with a case please. does someone make a note 4 case with belt clip that "will accommodate the thicker wireless charging back"? Thanks so much for any assistance
  • Just get this, it works like a charm. It's cheaper and works with the standard back plate that came worth the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you! Ordered. already purchased factory wireless charging back which is useless with no case that fits
  • If the connections are slightly loose, what I did was cut 2 small pieces of blue painters tape, and tape down the two connectors "it helps from sliding around, it keeps it nice and tight, always charges when placed on my wireless charging pads, never fails. And the phone will fit any case on the market. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My favorite setup is also the white N4 w/the black (QI) sview case. I do have the white/black Candy Shell Case if/when I need more protection (which is also a really great case.) It's completely different than the sview, but love them both! Posted By MY Next Big Thing, The Galaxy Note 4!
  • Pelican all the way!
  • You left one thing out of the reviews, except in the obvious case (no pun intended) of the wireless charging flip case: The Note 4 is one of the Samsung units where wireless charging is still an after-market option. In other words, you can buy a separate back, which adds a bit to the depth of the unit, but supports Qi charging. Some cases are designed to support this. Others have enough "play" to manage. Some only support the factory-installed back. It's important, before purchasing a case (and if you either have or might want wireless charging) to know whether it can handle the increased depth of the wireless charging back.
  • What wireless charging back, I use this with the standard back that came with the phone, and it works like a charm and is cheaper. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you! Ordered. already purchased factory wireless charging back which is useless with no case that fits
  • Speck candy shell!! Excellent grip for hand placement but not so much to drag on a pocket. I'm sold on drop protection with these forever. I work in construction and I've already bounced this off gravel, asphalt and and a couple of ladders from about six foot on to concrete. Proof is in my undented device. I also tried the commuter for a while but the finish is too slick for me. The screen protector is whatever they were pushing at best buy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted By MY Next Big Thing, The Galaxy Note 4! Those Candy Shell Cases do provide a great grip with slim protection you can't beat!
  • Spigen Capsule is hands down the best. I can't believe anyone would use any of those super fat cases just mentioned. It would be like putting a Nintendo cartridge in your pocket. The capsule is quite sleek and protects my phone perfectly. Got one in eBay for like 9 bucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For work the plain black (my Note 4 is black) Samsung flip case is perfect: unobtrusive, good pseudo-leather feel and wakes the phone by flipping it open; closed it is often mistaken for a slim diary.
    For play, the slim Samsung protective case is excellent, good grip, protects all round and secures well when used in tripod adapter.
    Both cases add very little extra bulk and are great value.
  • I bought a spigen because it was only $4 on Amazon with free shipping. Had no idea it is one of the top 5!
  • I have a Caseology one for my Note 4. Much nicer than these. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the Samsung ultra slim case in the black and red and I love it! It is slim and fits the phone perfectly. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
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  • I use Seidio Surface cases because of the kickstand and overall protection. It feel on the floor from my hand about 3 1/2 feet from ground and phone was fine. On the other hand, I didn't have a case on the Note 4 when I first got it, and 6 days later, it fell from my lap to the ground and cracked the screen. So pissed, because I to settle for a white unit for a replacement instead of black, but never again will I not have a case on my phones from here on! Posted via Galaxy Tablet S 10.5 or Note 4
  • I have the Samsung Ultra Slim protective cover for the Note 4 and I just love it. It is nice and slim, fits the phone perfectly. Doesn't make the phone all boxy, and unwieldy. The Note 4 fits in all my pockets, and feels awesome in the hand.. I have the black one, I even love the Samsung branding on the back.
  • Just ordered the Spigen Slim Armor based on your recommendation. Really disappointed. Rough, almost sharp edges on top. Not a pleasure to hold at all. Will be returning.