The Galaxy Note 10 is the smaller of the two Note phones that Samsung released in 2019, and because of that, it's more pocket-friendly than the Note 10+. That also means you've got a bit more pocket space to keep it protected with a heavy-duty case because a cracked screen or glass back is never a good look for any phone.
The SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro is our top pick for rugged cases because it offers the best protection and features while keeping a slim profile. The front plate helps to protect the screen, the built-in kickstand lets you enjoy handsfree media, and it also comes with an optional belt clip holster.
A brand you can trust
The Tough Armor series offers dual-layer protection reinforced with great shock absorbing technology and a pop-out kickstand that lays flush with the case exterior. It's available in all-black or gunmetal grey, which both look clean and minimalist compared to most other rugged cases.
You can kick it
Sharp angles are the key design element with this rugged case by Poetic. All those ridges are designed to protect your phone from drops but also give your fingertips nice edges to grip. This case also includes a built-in kickstand and is available in three colours.
A clear choice
Ringke's Fusion X series is about as close as you'll get to a genuinely rugged clear case. Ringke hasn't skipped on the protection where you need it most — in the corners and along the edges of the display — but leaves the backplate crystal clear so your phone's colours can shine through.
Wireless charging compatible
Encased offers a great rugged case with a dual-layer design and a unique impact dispersion system along the inside of the TPU sleeve. It also has ergonomic accents that make the phone more comfortable to hold. It's been designed thin enough to not interfere with wireless charging.
Protect your Note 10 with the right case
The Note 10 is such a beautiful phone and locking it up in a rugged or tough case may feel like a crime, but you rather be safe than sorry, especially if you plan to use your phone in rough terrains. All it takes is one mishap, and your device will be severely damaged. You don't want to leave anything to chance, and that means investing in a rugged case that will defend against the worst-case scenarios.
Our top pick in terms of pure rugged reliability is the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro (opens in new tab) which is about as rugged a case as you can buy for any phone. The design also includes accents and textures to help prevent accidental phone slips, and will also prevent your phone from slipping off of surfaces.
For fans of a more minimalist approach, there's the Spigen Tough Armor (opens in new tab) which doesn't muck about much with fancy accents and keeps a very clean look and feel. But if you simply must show off the back of your phone we recommend the Ringke Fusion X (opens in new tab) which does a great job of combining heavy-duty protection in the corners and edges with a stylized transparent backplate.
Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.
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