The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has arrived, and a lot of killer new phone cases have come 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 $40 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 $55 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.
For those who want a stylish, understated phone case with a wooden finish and a strong thermoplastic elastomer build, Moment's $24 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 $20 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 $999 phone.
Olixar's $20 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.
Snakehive's Note 9 cases come in a wide variety of colors, including plum, moss green, honey gold, chestnut brown and more. They have three credit-card slots on the inside as well as a note compartment. The leather is real, not PU (otherwise known as bicast or faux leather), so those who prefer animal-friendly, ethically justifiable cases should steer clear of this series. With that said, the cases are stylish, if one can somehow overlook the material.