The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has brought a lot of killer new phone cases along with it. If you want a crash course in which ones provide the most utility, style or overall protection, the following cases are a great place to start. From mirror covers to finger rings to popping pink glitter, we've rounded up a wide range of cases that should satisfy the needs of every kind of Note 9 user.
For those looking to balance serious protection with polished style, Spigen's Tough Armor case should fit the bill. Arriving in a sleek gunmetal shade of gray, the double-layered thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polycarbonate hard case protects against scratches and drops, and its state-of-the-art shock-absorption technology uses air cushioning across the phone's four corners to amplify protection.
OtterBox's Symmetry Series flaunts serious style. These Note 9 cases feature designer-grade patterns like "Love Triangle" (for angle enthusiasts) and "Gradient Energy" (for fans of sparkly watermelon-color themes). While these fancy cases cost a pretty penny, some people might just find the aesthetics worthwhile enough to overcome the sticker shock. The cases are made of synthetic rubber and polycarbonate.
The Note 9 has introduced more colors to Samsung's phablet, with the phone currently available in Lavendar Purple and Ocean Blue in addition to more traditional colors like Cloud Silver and Midnight Black. But if you want to add even more sparkle to your smartphone, try ESR's $14 Galaxy Note 9 Makeup Glitter Case. In addition to its eye-catching burst of color in your choice of pink, purple or black, the case's three layers — an outer shell, center layer and inner shell — add some protection to your Note 9. Raised edges on the case can keep the screen and camera from coming into contact with flat surfaces. And the entire case is backed by a 180-day warranty.
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For those who want a stylish, understated phone case with a wooden finish and a strong thermoplastic elastomer build, Moment's Galaxy Note 9 case is second to none. This case isn't just for protection, though: it lets you attach Moment's phone lenses onto the rear camera for the optimal mobile picture-taking experience. As the company put it: "We made this case so you don't have to buy a cheap, crappy one on Amazon." That's confidence!
Samsung's Clear View Standing Case offers a good range of utility. It covers and protects all faces of the Galaxy Note 9, can transform into a viewing stand and is compatible with the Note 9's wireless charger. It even acts as a mirror. The case's cover switches between mirror and transparent-viewing lens dynamically, with the shifting based on your phone's screen activity.
Besides sporting the most fun name of all the cases on this list, the Unicorn Beetle has another neat angle up its protective sleeve. It features a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) lining with a polycarbonate shell, a combo that Supcase says makes the case capable of exceeding military shock standards (which is a way of describing its ability to withstand drops). While this accessory lacks the fun gimmicks of other Note 9 cases, that's only because it's more focused on its core purpose of protecting your expensive phone.
Olixar's XRing case is one of the most interesting accessories we've seen for the Note 9. Not only does it claim to act as a standard safety shell for the Note 9 (though Olixar neglects to specify which "lightweight durable material" it's made out of), the case also includes a ring on the back. This ring provides you with a more secure grip on your phone while also doubling as a phone stand. Thanks to the ring's flat-bottom edge, you can slide a finger inside it for a safer hold on your Note 9, and you can rest your phone horizontally via the ring's kickstand component. It's a neat double feature that sets the XRing apart from the competition.