Best rugged cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 7


While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features Corning's brand new Gorilla Glass 5, the smartphone is still not as tough as we'd like, with its rear seemingly being more fragile than its front. 

Whether you already have a Note 7, or you're planning to purchase one at some point, you probably know that this is quite a slippery device that's prone to drops. Thankfully, there's an abundance of rugged cases that can save your Galaxy Note 7 from being damaged - all you have to do is buy one. If you're not exactly sure what rugged Galaxy Note 7 case you want to get, our list below should be of help. Cases are shown from the most expensive to the cheapest model.

Otterbox Defender case for Galaxy Note 7




Pros

  • Multiple layers for maximum protection
  • Screen protector included
  • Belt clip and stand

Cons

  • Rather expensive
  • No quick access to ports
  • Not available right away (ships in 1-2 months)

Meet the toughest Otterbox-made Galaxy Note 7 case: the Defender. While it may not be the prettiest accessory here, this case survived 24 different Otterbox tests, and, thanks to a three-layer design, it will do a mighty fine job at protecting your Note 7 from serious impacts. The case features a built-in screen protector, and a belt clip that can function as a stand.

Urban Armor Gear case for Galaxy Note 7




Pros

  • MIL-STD 810G 516.6 certified
  • Compatible with wireless charging and Samsung Pay
  • Easy access to ports

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • No screen protector included

This case from Urban Armor Gear meets military drop test standards MIL STD 810G 516.6, meaning it's guaranteed to survive drops from 4 feet (1.2 meters). The case has an attractive rugged design that's underlined by four color variants: black, magma, ash, and ice. The accessory features a raised, rubberized area on the front in order to defend the display of the Note 7 from damage, though there's no proper screen protector.

Spigen Tough Armor case for Galaxy Note 7




Pros

  • MIL-STD 810G 516.6 certified
  • Easy access to ports
  • Built-in kickstand

Cons

  • No screen protector included

The Spigen Tough Armor for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has a pretty nice look, being another case that meets military drop test standards MIL-STD 810G 516.6. Available in three color variants (blue coral, champagne gold, and gunmetal), the Tough Armor offers seamless access to the ports of the Galaxy Note 7, while its built-in kickstand adds convenience to your hands-free viewing experience.

E LV Armor case for Galaxy Note 7




Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy access to ports

Cons

  • No screen protector included

This E LV Armor Galaxy Note 7 case includes two layers - a tough polycarbonate one, and a softer silicone one - combined for effective protection against shock and scratches. An anti-slip coating on the sides of the case ensures a firm grip, while multiple cutouts provide easy access to the ports found at the bottom of the Note 7. The E LV case is quite affordable, and is available in a selection of lively colors.

Ringke Max case for Galaxy Note 7

  


Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Easy access to ports

Cons

  • No screen protector included

Yet another dual layer case, the Ringke Max can be purchased for as low as $9.99, thus being a great option for Galax Note 7 users who need a tough case but don't want to spend too much on one. The Ringke Max doesn't look bad, and isn't bulky at all for a rugged case. Its interior features a shock absorption geometric pattern that's also good at dispersing heat.

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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2 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

The newest otterbox cases (not listed/not site of released for other phones) is very minimal and sleek yet rugged and clean. I like it

2. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I can vouch for the reliability of UAG cases as it took a massive hit to get a dent on my HTC One M8. As for the lack of an included screen protector I wouldn't worry much about it as it's pretty crap but better than nothing.

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