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Top 5 heavy duty cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Putting your size concerns aside, a rugged case for your Galaxy Note 5 can extend the lifespan of your device quite a bit. Extra layers, built-in screen protectors and textured grip all play a role in keeping your Note 5 in your hand and off the concrete. Big names like OtterBox, Trident, and Urban Armor Gear are all making their return with the newly announced Galaxy Note 5 — and we're highlighting our top 5 that are up for grabs right now.

OtterBox Defender Series Case

The OtterBox Defender Case for Galaxy Note 5 doesn't skimp on its multi-layer design, providing maximum protection against both scratches and impacts from front to back. This hybrid cover features a durable polycarbonate inner shell with foam padding, finished with a synthetic rubber slipcover. The built-in screen protector helps to keep the display clean, and the Defender's port plugs block liquids, dirt, and other debris from getting into the Note 5's openings. The OtterBox Defender Case is $69.90, but if you want the classic holster to match it (opens in new tab), it's an extra $14.95.

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Urban Armor Gear Case

Sporting a rugged design that's excellent for enhancing grip, the Urban Armor Gear Case for Galaxy Note 5 is actually quite slim for the level of protection it provides. All four corners feature an extra thick TPU for handling impacts, with easy-grip edges that feel great in your hand. Since both its armored shell and TPU core have been fused together, installation is quick and simple, keeping things exceptionally lightweight. This case comes in solid colors including black, white, and orange. For a transparent look, take your pick from clear, gray, or red for $39.95.

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i-Blason Prime Dual Layer Case & Holster

For superior protection without with ridiculous price tag, the i-Blason Prime Dual Layer Case and Holster for Galaxy Note 5 is an option that looks as tough as it protects. This hybrid cover rocks a dual-layer design that packs a fold-out kickstand on its textured polycarbonate shell — great for convenient viewing on the go. Bundled with the rugged case is a matching swivel clip holster that works great on most belts or even your pocket. Snag this heavy duty combo in black, blue, or red for only $11.95.

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Trident Aegis Pro Case

Built for the rugged user in mind, the Trident Aegis Pro Case for Galaxy Note 5 features a hardened, bio-enhanced polycarbonate shell and shock absorbing TPE interior. Meeting military standards, this durable case has been drop tested 26 times at 4ft. There are port plugs to keep out dirt and debris, as well as a self-applicable screen protector to shield your Note 5's display from scuffs and scratches. Trident also uses degradable, compostable, and recyclable materials for this cover — making it an eco-friendly solution to protecting your Galaxy Note 5. The Aegis Pro Case is available in black, blue, or pink for $34.99.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO Series

Last up is Supcase's Unicorn Beetle PRO Series Combo for Galaxy Note 5, providing a more subtle rugged appearance that leaves easy access to ports, buttons, and the S-Pen. Next to its flexible TPU core and polycarbonate exterior is a built-in screen protector to keep scratches at bay without compromising touchscreen sensitivity. A strong, swivel clip holster is bundled with the cover for good measure, too. The Supcase Combo starts at $15.99 and is available in black, blue, green, pink, and white.

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What's your favorite Galaxy Note 5 rugged case?

That's our top 5 heavy duty cases for the Galaxy Note 5 available right now. In the coming weeks we're keeping our eyes open for other popular brands like LifeProof and Pelican — both great manufacturers for rugged covers. Have a different case in mind you plan on picking up for your new Note? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

39 Comments
  • I still prefer cases with kickstands. If I had a Note 5, the I-BLASON PRIME DUAL LAYER CASE & HOLSTER would be my choice
  • They really are quite ugly.
  • Ringke FUSION [Crystal View] Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1, very slim profile and provides just enough grip. Posted via the Android Central App
  • First thing I bought was this case.. not a lot of bulk and looks/feels great.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Otterbox Defender case is pretty worthless because the screen protector makes it difficult for the screen to register your fingers so sometimes you'll have to press two or three times on an area for it to register. Not only that, the screen protector makes the screen look dull. I really love the Pelican Voyager case for my Note5. The screen protector that comes with the case is really responsive and the colors on the screen are vibrant. The case isn't covered by rubber so it's easy for it to slide in and out of my pocket.
  • Just got mine in today as well. Looking forward to trying it out!
  • That's weird, I never had any of those issues with my Defender cases. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The case itself is nice kind of big but it's that plastic screen cover that sucks . It make finger to screen reaction delay . Better to get a glass screen protector. I personally like the versus case and the spigen thin case Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. And it was really difficult to pull the notification shade down on the screen with the plastic screen cover. You'd think that for a $60 case that the screen protector would be better.
  • I could never use a case like these, they're hideous. I never drop my phone but I have a Spigen clear air cushion case that does the job nicely for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I went with the Spigen rugged armor case, 10 bucks on eBay free shipping still feels slim and we'll protected. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Spigen Slim Armour is tough enough for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So let me get this straight, you buy a $800+ phone because of it's looks, then place it in a thick case to protect it, because it's encased in fragile glass. Classic. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolutely. Case or no case, I don't want a cheap, fugly phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes it's ugly, but not cheap by far mine was $796.00. And I'll be the first to admit it was the worst decision I've ever made. The phone sucjs and so does the Otterbox!
  • You assume it is bought for looks. Not the case half the time Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • I buy for price and features myself. What it looks like? Don't care, goes in a case.
  • Doesn't have to be a thick ugly case that'd why they have thin clear one got them on both my n5 and gs6 edge Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doesn't have to be a thick ugly case that'd why they have thin clear one got them on both my n5 and gs6 edge Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's this generations version of our grandma's plastic covers on sofas. LOL Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just don't get it. AC editors bitched and moaned about the build quality of Samsung phones. Oh the cheap, ugly plastic they put on their phones. Why oh why can't they do a premium build like the iPhone? So Samsung obliges and builds the Note 5. The aforementioned editors run their hands over the shiny metal added. OOOO and that slick, cool glass back! Swoon, faint, salivate and genuflect before this wonderful new god. Oh, and here, put this butt ugly case on it. SMH
  • Hahaha shah @ genuflect!!!! That was funny as hell!!!
  • Lol don't be a jerk. The point of this article wasn't cases in general, but rather rugged cases. A certain segment of the population wants cases like these so AC obliges them with a write up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah, you didn't get the general concept of my post, so as with all simple minded people you revert to name calling. Re-read the post and try to grasp the irony. Or don't.
  • Why do u call him names? The guy is making a valid point Posted via the Android Central App
  • If I were getting a note 5 I would go with the I blazon or wait for a moko case. My nexus 6 moko was $8 and looks just like the I blazon pictures right down to the kick stand. Dropped my phone maybe a dozen times and not so much as a scratch on it or the screen. And the kick stand is essential to watching a movie while eating. I can't fathom how anyone could get a phablet without a rigged case with built in kick stand.
  • I've always use Tech 21 cases. That's enough protection for me I suppose. I haven't had an issue yet and I drop my phone probably more than most people. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, I have the black Tech 21 case on my black sapphire Note 5. Keeps the thin and lightness of the phone and has the little curves in the back to keep the ergo.
  • +1 Posted from the last of a dying breed...Galaxy Note 4
  • If you opt for the Note 5, then my advice is to buy a good case like these. This device is NOT ready for active use with that ultra thin and shatter prone rear glass. It's bad enough that we are still contending with breakable front glass. But doubling the size of most troublesome weak spot on a phone puts you further at risk of major damage. The Note 5 in Chattanooga ATT store was on shelf for 2 days and was already spider web cracked on the back. The floor is carpet. The older S6 across the way is completely shattered on the back. With these new "pay per month" contracts it's important that the device is not broken when you return it, or you don't get full credit toward the replacement, iirc. Word to the wise ... cover up all that "premium" beauty and low tolerance construction with a good ole plastic case.
  • You still preaching that same broken note 5 story . Anybody should have a case on there phone don't. Care if it $100 are $700 . My spigen thin clear case still shows off the beauty of the n5 and protect as well Posted via the Android Central App
  • Zzzzzzzz Posted via the Android Central App
  • Personally a fan of the UAG, case comes in clear and looks great IMO while providing protection and easily slips in/out of a pocket. Spigen makes some nice cases too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I buy the thin bear motion cases with the sandstone feel to them. Absolutely makes the device a joy to use and while the protection is minimal it provides grip so you never drop it while maintaining the feel to the phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I, too, went with the black Tech 21 Evo Tactical case on my Black Sapphire Note 5. While not in the "rugged" lineup, it's similar to the UAG cases, but smooth in design with a pebbled texture to keep it from being slick.
  • I have a supcase on my note 4. I was planning on getting a ballistic for it but they weren't available at the time of the note 4 release. Ballistic cases are awesome. The removeable screen protector can sometimes allow lint to get underneath I'll admit that but that only happened after a couple months. I love the corner bumpers on ballistics. So I'll always give ballistic a +1. Now as for the supcase, it surprised the hell outta me! It costs me only $20 with a belt clip and I have loved it! The screen protector on it is better than ballistics, and the o really protection is wonderful without managing to bulk up the note 4 anymore than it already is! Highly recommended! Posted via the Android Central App
  • My Galaxy Note 5 is encased in the 3 piece, integral screen protector Otterbox Defender case with holster clip. Although it bulks up the phone and you don't see the sleekness of the phone, I have dropped it 3 times from heights of 3-4' and no damage was done. Had this been unprotected I don' think I'd be so lucky. The screen is still very responsive and all the ports and controls are accessible yet protected, with the exception of the speaker, which has to be "open" otherwise one would not hear the sound. I don't like the bulkiness but the superb protection more than makes up for it. If you know where to shop you can get the case WITH holster for $60 (instead of 84.95) and if you think about it you will know where it is sold retail at this price. The holser has a strong spring in its pocket clip and does not just fall out of the pocket neither does the device just fall out of the holster. I would purchase this case again.
  • After using UAG, Otterbox, and Obliq cases for my previous phones. Today, I use the galaxy note 5 waterproof case by uviyo atomic 2.0 https://uviyo.com/ and my girlfriend uses uviyo cloak slim case for note 5 both of them are the best choice for the galaxy note 5