5 of the best slim cases for the Galaxy Note 7

5 of the best slim cases for the Galaxy Note 7
So, Samsung's newest high-powered phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, is already out in all of its S Pen-toting, eye-scanning glory. Some of you early adopters out there are already running around happily with it, while others are waiting for the right time to pull the trigger.

Yeah, $850 is a daunting investment for a smartphone — a gizmo, which you may clumsily drop in a variety of creative ways. Not that we wish that upon you, but most smartphone owners have had this happen to them at least once and know the scorching pain that runs through one's soul as soon as the handset meets the cold, cold ground. That's why most of us own one or more cases — you know, for those crazy nights out, that road trip or hike, when our hands may get a bit too shaky, or the phone may end up in the wrong pocket at the wrong time.

But the Note 7 is already a pretty large smartphone, despite the amazing screen-to-body ratio that Sammy managed to achieve with the Edge screen. And it's a beautiful piece of industrial design – the thought of hiding it behind an unsightly rubber armor could easily make you cringe. Well, thankfully, there is a middle-of-the-way solution — slim cases! These usually follow the phone's curves tightly, letting its beautiful profile show through, and can either have a solid finish that enhances the handset's looks or can be transparent, putting the phone's shiny surface on display. Here are 5 of the best slim cases for the Note 7 that we found on the Net!

Spigen Neo Hybrid Crystal



Pros

  • Transparent back
  • Solid frame comes in a variety of colors

Cons

  • TPU back attracts fingerprints

Let's be honest, slapping a TPU case on a premium smartphone is nobody's favorite thing to do. Sure, they let the handset's design shine through in its full beauty, but the case itself feels and looks cheap, ruining the aesthetic and premium touch experience. Spigen's hybrid may remedy that a bit for you. The case has a transparent TPU back, letting the Note 7's beautiful reflective finish shine through, and a solid polycarbonate frame, which provides better protection, a firmer feel when held in the hand, and the possibility to choose from multiple, stylish-looking finishes.

Spigen Thin Fit



Pros

  • Sleek-looking, matte surface doesn't attract as much finger grease
  • Four distinct finishes for a unique color combination with the phone
  • User has access to the phone's own buttons

Cons

  • Matte plastic could be more slippery than glossy materials
  • Not much protection for more serious accidents

OK, so the rubbery TPU is absolutely not your thing. Then, you can try Spigen's fully polycarbonate-made Thin Fit case. It fits snug around the Note 7, adding minimum bulk, a good amount of scratch protection, and has openings for the volume and power buttons, so your hand interacts directly with them, retaining that premium clickiness.

VRS Design Simpli Lite



Pros

  • Sleek, beautiful design with brushed aluminum looks
  • Five different finishes that complement the Note 7's colors perfectly
  • User has access to the phone's own buttons
  • Magnetic kickstand

Cons

  • Not much protection for more serious accidents

Just edging on being a bit too thick, this VRS case looks gorgeous, has openings for you to have access to the Note 7's original buttons, and features a kickstand. It's made of polycarbonate, but has a faux brushed aluminum finish applied to it for extra style, and comes in a variety of colors.

Poetic Affinity




Pros

  • Robust protection in a relatively slim package
  • Grippy bumper

Cons

  • Glossy TPU can be a fingerprint magnet
  • Color choices are a bit bland

If you want to get a bit more serious with protection, but still don't want to add too much bulk, you could try a slim bumper-equipped case. The Affinity is made out of TPU, letting your Note 7 be entirely visible, but covers it with a grippy bumper, raised TPU lines on the back for extra guarding, and inner ridges that dissipate shock when that dreaded drop happens.

Incipio Carnaby



Pros

  • Cotton fabric back for unique, stylish looks
  • Protection is a bit better than average slim case

Cons

  • Limited choice of colors
  • Leans on being a bit too thick

What do you do when the once-premium metal and glass construction has now become somewhat cliché? Well, what about a nice fabric material for your phone's back? The Carnaby is made of a hard shell case, TPU button covers, and a nice cotton texture on top. It edges on being not-so-slim, but looks undoubtedly stylish in any of its three colors.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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4 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Speck clear for me is slim and durable

2. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

That one didn't have enough shock absorbance for my liking.

3. demonkingat2003

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

They forgot the one and only greatest case for any note which is the is urban armor I have had this case for all previous notes and it tough and slim

4. Fona13A unregistered

Honestly I'd take TPU over silicone, the wear and tear exerted over the long term is less severe from my experience.

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