The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
is a powerhouse of a smartphone: it packs a brilliant, 5.7-inch Quad HD display, the latest Snapdragon 805 system chip, a noticeably improved 16-megapixel camera, and - finally - stylish finish and a sturdy metal frame. What more is there to want?
Well, not breaking it if (or rather when) it slips out of your hand or pocket. You'd need a good case for that. Any case will help you protect the Note 4 a bit better from damage, but some remain thin and fashionable, others add bulk in exchange for extra ruggedness, and yet others come with neat features like a kickstand.
So which one should you choose? Pick the ones that best suits your needs - if you are putting the phone through its paces, running with it, carrying with you while performing extreme sports, it might be a good idea to get a more ruggedized case. For casual users, a thin cover might be a better fit. We've rounded up the first few great Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cases out there - take a look and pick your favorite.Note that the Verizon Wireless model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 uses a slightly different design and most cases will not support it unless they are designed specifically for this carrier model.
1. Slim Armor by Spigen
The Slim Armor is one of the most versatile cases you can get for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite claiming to be 'slim' the Slim Armor is a rather tough case with additional padding strategically located on the four corners of the device to help better handle damage. It's also got a kickstand that is a particularly useful addition with a large-screen device like the Note 4, so that you can leave it somewhere playing a video or music and just take sneak peeks. Add to that the different fresh color versions, Spigen's Slim Armor is one of our favorite Note 4 cases.
Slim Armor by Spigen
2. Maverick by Urban Armor Gear
There is something mesmerizing about the combination of a translucent styling and heavy drop protection in the Urban Armor Gear's Maverick case for the Note 4. With conveniently oversized buttons and military-grade drop protection, the Maverick is a great case - tough on the outside and soft on the inside.
Maverick by Urban Armor Gear
3. CandyShell Grip by Speck
The CandyShell Grip with its notable pattern on the back is another sleek-looking case that meets military-grade survival standards when dropped on a hard surface. The rubberized back adds stability for more stable camera shooting experience, and a dual-layer construction makes for increased protection and easier fit.
CandyShell Grip by Speck
4. Defender by Otterbox
If you don't mind added bulk and are instead shooting for superb protection, the Defender by Otterbox is one of the best options out there. It's a very well made case with three layers, coming with a premium in both price and level of protection. You have the option to customize the color of the slipcover and shell elements which is also very nice.
Defender by Otterbox
5. S-View Flip Cover by Samsung
The official S-View Flip Cover by Samsung with the signature windows that allows interaction with the phone without needing to open the flip cover has stand-out looks and looks nice. It is not among the ones to provide super-tough damage resistance, but it will protect against drops from a low distance, while keeping your device looking stylish.
S-View Flip Cover by Samsung
6. Brushed Aluminum Case by Case-Mate
Samsung might have improved the design of the Galaxy Note 4 to include a sturdy metal frame, but it's still plastic in that faux-leather style on the back. If you won't settle for anything less than brushed aluminum, this case will answer your cravings as it both looks stylish and will protect your phone from damage.
Brushed Aluminum Case by Case-Mate
7. Wallet Case by Verus
This stylish and affordable case is made out of "100% classic smooth vintage style PU leather in accented two-tone colors," according to Verus. It also doubles with a wallet that has three pockets for your cards, as well as a large compartment for good old dollar bills.
Wallet Case by Verus
8. Bumper case by Supcase
Precisely made to fit different models of the Galaxy Note 4, the Bumper case by Supcase is a tight fit with a modern, sporty translucent styling of the back and an extremely affordable price.
Bumper case by Supcase
9. Symmetry Series Case by OtterBox
The Otterbox Symmetry is an extremely tight fit that offers the maximum of protection for its dimensions, plus rich customization options to tailor it to your taste in visual style.
Symmetry Series Case by OtterBox
10. Thor Series by Verus
The extra padding on the four corners of the Thor Series case by Verus is what makes it particularly good for protecting your precious Note 4 from falls.
Thor Series by Verus
11. Slim Case by Spigen
Protection is great, but when it comes at the cost of a large case, it is often a compromise that not everyone is willing to make. The Slim Case by Spigen does not have to make this compromise as it is very light, while still offering a decent (though not stellar) level of protection.
Slim Case by Spigen
12. Armorbox Dual Layer by i-Blason
With a polycarbonate hard shell and flexible TPU inner core dual layer construction, the Armorbox does will protecting the Note 4 from drops and scratches.
Armorbox Dual Layer by i-Blason
13. Mesh Metallic Slim Fit Skin Cover by Caseology
Caseology is one of the largest case makers in Korea, and if you've bought a handset originating from that country, you might as well trust engineers from the same company with the case for that device. The Mesh Metallic case is a good choice with nice looks, and an affordable price.
Mesh Metallic Slim Fit Skin Cover by Caseology
14. Meisterstuck Soft Grain Cover by Montblanc
This is expensive as it gets for smartphone cases: a whopping $250 case by Montblanc that puts its focus on quality, premium materials for people who want to show off their elevated positions in society.
Meisterstuck Soft Grain Cover by Montblanc
15. Stylebook by Speck
Speck's Stylebook is a simple flip cover with a one-color dye that features utilitarian, practical design and looks. It's made from a well-established case maker, and fits the Galaxy Note 4 tightly. What's not to like?
Stylebook by Speck
Bonus round: Sheer Glam by Case-Mate
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If you're looking for a case that is different and eye-catchy, this slim, dual-layer transparent glitter case with protective bumper will both protect your phone and have lots of people look at it. Elton John-approved.
Sheer Glam by Case-Mate