Best Heavy Duty Cases for Galaxy Note 8 in 2022

Samsung's all-glass smartphone design undeniably looks great and especially so for larger phones like the Note 8. But no matter what phone makers say about the ruggedness of Gorilla Glass 5, it still might crack or shatter if it takes a nasty fall. Even if you're careful not to drop your phone, microabrasions and scratches will likely appear over the course of day-to-day use without a case. If you lead an active life (or just know you're prone to dropping your phone), you should invest in a case for your Note 8 that's a bit more heavy-duty than your average case.

Rugged does not mean bulky anymore

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In the conversations I have with people about their favorite types of phone cases, I hear a common refrain about rugged cases adding too much bulk. That's sometimes the case, and there's nothing wrong with Encased (opens in new tab) or Zizo (opens in new tab) offerings, for example, but case makers have gotten really good at making their rugged cases just as pocketable as a naked phone.

One brand that's really great at this is Spigen, with both the Rugged Armor (opens in new tab) and Rugged Crystal (opens in new tab) offering outstanding protection while preserving the look and feel of the Note 8.

Despite all the offerings, I ultimately have to recommend the UAG Plasma (opens in new tab) case because it has an all-around great design, so your phone will be protected. It also offers the best current value and comes in multiple color styles.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.