Best rugged cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 8


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the hottest Android phones out there, but also: a pricey investment. With a starting price of an exorbitant $930, the Note 8 is worth protecting and protecting well.

If you are the outdoorsy type or just a clumsy person that often drops their phone, a rugged case would be a proper choice for a phone that is made of glass.

We have selected the best rugged (among them military grade-standard proof) cases for the Galaxy Note 8. Some of them are bulkier than others, but some added girth is the compromise you have to make in order to get that extra level of protection. With no further ado, here are the best Note 8 rugged cases.

Otterbox Defender


Price: $60 | Buy it here


The Defender series of Otterbox cases is one of the most popular ways to protect your phone and the Defender is now available for the Note 8. It features OtterBox's "Certified Drop+" protection, which means that it has undergone 24+ tests and 238+ hours of testing. The Defender features drop protection, dust protection, an optional belt clip/holster, a multi-layer structure to better absorb impact.

Spigen Tough Armor


Price: $40 | Buy it here


Spigen also offers a popular and less pricey option for rugged Note 8 protection: the Spigen Tough Armor. It features dual layers for improved shock absorption and reassuringly, it has been tested to withstand a 46-inch height drop 26 times. It also comes with a built-in kickstand that makes it possible to just leave your phone on that plane tray and have it play videos without you having to hold it. 

Samsung Rugged Protective Cover


Price: $40 | Buy it here


Samsung's own rugged protective cover is drop tested to military standards and it absorbs most damage to keep your device out of harm's way. 

It looks decidedly elegant in the company of other rugged cases, and features a clever, concealed kickstand.

UAG Monarch


Price: $60 | Buy it here


The Urban Armor Gear Monarch case is another pricey, but extremely ruggedized Galaxy Note 8 case. It features a signature UAG design that has a distinct character and that we like a lot, and it meets military standards and has been tested to keep your Note 8 safe when dropped. It's also surprisingly light and unobstructive for what it is, with 5 layers of protection and a soft impact-resistant core.


Spigen Rugged Armor


Price: $25 | Buy it here


The $25 Spigen Rugged Armor features basic drop protection at a fairly affordable price. All sensitive areas like display and cameras are guarded with extra raise, and the back is styled with a hexacomb pattern.

i-Blason Beetle Pro


Price: $28 | Buy it here


The Beetle Pro is one of the most affordable rugged cases and it offers a ton of protection, but also adds a lot of bulk to your Note 8. You have a front and back protective plates that lock together, and you've got textured edges for extra grip. The case comes with a 360-degree rotatable clip belt as well.

VRS High Pro Shield


Price: $30 | Buy it here


The Verus (styled as VRS) High Pro Shield is another relatively affordable rugged case option for the Galaxy Note 8. Available in a rich, six-color selection, but most importantly lab tested to military standards and to withstand drops, the High Pro Shield features a dual layer construction and sports a MIL-STD 810G-516.6 rating, which simply means that it has been dropped on concrete and still survived. Not bad.

Presidio Grip




The Presidio Grip is a tough case, but not quite as tough as the others. On the positive side, it's not as ugly or as big either: it features two layers of protection against drops of up to 10 feet, and a cool protective slip grip. It has also got raised lips to ensure the screen or any other elements of the Note 8 will not get easily scratched.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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9 Comments

4. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I got my iBlasson since my Nexus 6, 6P and Note 7. I ordered it for my Note 8 from amazon 19.99....shipped.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Get the Beetle, it's amazing

7. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Damn Skippy...... best case at this price.... rugged also

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Some sweet cases. I'm not going with a minimalistic case this time, this time I want protection.

8. Dustyn

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

I've had many otterboxes for many phones since otterbox came out. The defender for the note 8 is by far the worst otterbox I have owned. The holster is very loose and many people have reported the phone falling out with the slightest bump. I have reported mine to otterbox and even sent them video of the play the case has in the holster and they determined it to be a warranty replacement required. Others who have already received their replacements have said they come with the same play in the holster and the phone still being prone to popping out of it. Also, at their price point I'm very disappointed they dropped the screen protector in this product and have instead come out with a add-on screen protecter for near the same price as the case. Glad I found this article for other rugged products. Looking at the beetle as a replacement.

9. rkyuchukova

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Great one.

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