What are the best cases for keeping my Galaxy Note 7 fully protected?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a marvel of smartphone design. Resistant to dust and water, the Galaxy Note 7 is also the first phone to feature Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the phone, making it the most durable smartphone you can buy and use right out of the box.

But despite all its ruggedness, as with any other piece of technology, it's not impervious to scratches or drop damage. However, you can greatly increase it's chance of surviving the nastiest of falls with a heavy duty case.

OtterBox Defender Series

OtterBox Defender Series

One of the most trusted names in phone cases, OtterBox's Defender Series line has been protecting phones for years. Their Defender Series case for the Galaxy Note 7 includes 3-layer protection — high-impact internal polycarbonate shell, silicone slipcover and a built-in screen protector — so your phone will be fully protected.

With precise cutouts around the USB-C port, headphone jack, and cutouts in the screen protector around the earpiece and fingerprint scanner, your Galaxy Note 7 is protected yet accessible. Along with the speaker and microphone, the S-Pen is the only port not protected by a silicone cover, which ensures it's always available at a finger's press. The Defender Series also includes an optional belt-clip holster that doubles as a kickstand for easy hands-free media viewing and is available in three color options.

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MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

MoKo Premium Full Body Rugged Cover

If you want heavy-duty protection for a low price, the Moko Premium Full Body Rugged Cover delivers in spades.

This two-piece case features a shock absorbing silicone inner sleeve and an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell that also provides added protection around the camera. The S-Pen, buttons, and ports are always accessible thanks to precise cutouts with no protective flaps to deal with. The case also comes with a 180-degree rotatable belt clip holster. It's quick to mount and dismount from the holster, which is lined with microfiber material to ensure your screen is always protected.

And in terms of keeping your screen protected, this case is compatible with screen protectors — even the thicker tempered glass options — so you can fully protect your Galaxy Note 7 and always keep it in like-new condition. Whether you go with the classic black, or opt for the blue or red accent options, the MoKo case is available for under $10.

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Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor

Looking for a heavy duty case that tries to preserve the sleek look and feel of your Galaxy Note 7? Spigen's Tough Armor case offers a good compromise between rugged protection and stylish presentation. Tested to meet U.S. Military-grade drop protection standards, this two-piece case consists of a flexible TPU sleeve that features shock-absorbing webbing along its interior, and a hard polycarbonate shell — available in your choice of Gunmetal Grey, Champagne Gold, or Blue Coral — adds a second level of toughness.

The buttons are designed to be flush along the edge of the case via the TPU sleeve, providing the tactile responsiveness you require, and precise cutouts along the bottom of the phone keep all the ports, speakers, and the S-Pen fully accessible. Both the screen and rear camera are well protected with a 1.4mm bezel around the screen and a 4mm lip around the camera on the back so you can confidently place your phone down however you prefer. And then there's the included kickstand, which lets you set your phone up for hands-free media viewing at an ideal 60-degree viewing angle. For solid, all-round protection and presentation, Spigen is a fantastic option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7.

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CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

CoverON Atomic Series Hybrid Armor

If your biggest fear is your slick Galaxy Note 7 slipping out from your grip and smashing on the ground, perhaps you're best off getting a case with tactile features along its exterior. In that regard, CoverOn's Atomic Series Hybrid Armor is your best bet.

Featuring a shockproof soft TPU rubber inner layer along with a rigid polycarbonate backplate, perhaps the most striking detail of this phone at a glance is its gridwork of raised plastic along the back, which will give your fingertips plenty of spots to anchor in — because the best way to protect your phone from drops is to avoid dropping it in the first place.

Beyond the protection this case provides, there's a built-in kickstand on the back for gaming or watching videos. Available in four color options, this case is also extremely affordable priced under $10.

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VRS Design High Pro Shield

VRS Design High Pro Shield

A sleek option for protecting your Galaxy Note 7 while keeping with the phone's slim, minimalist design is VRS Design's High Pro Shield.

Featuring the industry-standard two-part design, this case features a tough polycarbonate bumper around the edges, with precise cutouts along the bottom for easy access to the ports and S-Pen. The majority of the protection comes from the impact-resistant TPU sleeve that forms tight to the phone and features a brushed metal design on the back for a stylish appearance. This case has received military-grade certification for protection so your phone will be well protected while still looking stylish with four color options available.

Built into the bottom end of the bumper is a metal kickstand, perfect for hands-free media viewing. If you'd rather not compromise style for protection, the VRS Design High Pro Shield is a great option for your Galaxy Note 7.

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How will you keep your Galaxy Note 7 protected?

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