Best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cases

February 1, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is another fantastic smartphone by the company, providing an optimal screen size for anyone not looking to carry both a phone and a tablet, and is an absolute powerhouse as far as specifications are concerned. There’s a lot you can do with a device with such a large display, whether work or play, and there are numerous accessories that help you get the most out of your device. This time, we’ll be focusing on one particular type of accessory – protective cases.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cases you can get your hands on, be it for style, convenience, and of course, protection. Let’s get started!

Slim Fit Cases

Spigen Bounce

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The Spigen Bounce for the Galaxy Note 3 is made using a premium matte TPU, which is smudge-resistant, flexible, elastic, and durable, allowing for a soft, comfortable grip, and providing superior shock absorption. The semi-soft texture of the case fits perfectly on the device, and does not stretch over time. The case is also slim and form-fitting, and doesn’t overshadow the design aesthetics of the smartphone. The case also  has a raised lip around the front of the device, to protect the display when the phone is kept face down. While the buttons are covered, the case features precise cutouts for easy access to all ports, the camera, speakers, and the S-Pen. Color options include black (pictured) and grey. Buy now on Amazon for $10.99.

Diztronic Flexible TPU

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The Diztronic Flexible cases also are made using TPU, a material which is flexible, but stronger and more durable than silicone, allowing for good shock absorption and abrasion resistance. These cases are also very thin, and add practically no bulk to the device.  The volume rocker and power button are covered, and the case also features a raised wrap-around design around the top of the device, helping to protect the display from face down falls, or if the case is kept face down on a surface. Color options include clear (transparent) and black (pictured). Buy now on Amazon for $9.99.

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Hybrid Cases

Speck CandyShell

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The Speck CandyShell Grip cases features specialized finger pads on the back of the case for maximum grip, along with a glossy, hard polycarbonate outer shell for impact protection, and rubbery lining to absorb shock. This lining also extends to serve as a protective bezel around the display of the device, that protects your screen from falls, as well as provide  a no-slip stability when the smartphone is kept face down. Precise cutouts are available for access to the headphone jack, micro-USB port, speakers, camera, and S-Pen, while all the buttons protected by rubberized covers. Color options include white/blue (pictured), and black/slate. Buy now on Amazon for $39.95.

Incipio DualPro

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The Incipio DualPro case offers dual layer protection with its shock-absorbing silicone core that is stretch and tear resistant, and a hard shell Plextonium frame. Buttons are covered, and precise cutouts for the camera, speakers, ports, and S-Pen are available. The case offers great overall protection without adding too much bulk. The Incipio DualPro is available in multiple color options, such as white, black, pink, and cyan (pictured). Buy now on Amazon for $21.71.

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Flip/Wallet Cases

Samsung Flip Cover

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The Samsung Flip Cover is designed to protect your Galaxy Note 3 without adding bulk to the already large device. The Flip Cover replaces the original back cover, and features the same leather-like finish and stitching detail. The display cover is magnetic and stays closed, reducing the possibility of display damage in case of an accidental drop. The case also features a slot on the inside, with enough space for ID or credit cards, and you can also talk on the phone while the display cover is closed. Access to all ports is available, along with easy access to the S-Pen. Color options include black (pictured) and white. Buy now on Amazon for $49.96.

Spigen Slim Armor View Cover

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The Spigen Slim Armor S-View is a dual layer case made of a combination of premium TPU and polycarbonate. This case also replaces the back cover of the device, and brings the protection available with the Slim Armor case to the back as well. The flip cover is lined with a soft impact absorbing material, for extra display protection, and also features an interactive viewing window, which features all the functionality that is available with the official S-View case, including auto sleep/awake capability. The window itself features raised points around it, and is also protected when the device is kept face down. The home button is also integrated into the front cover, and can be utilized to answer calls while the cover is closed. Buy now on Amazon for $59.99.

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Cases with Kickstand

Evecase S-Line Slim TPU Case

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The Evecase S-Line TPU Case is made up of two different materials to provide both durability and flexibility in one case. The flexibility of the TPU allows you to bend the case for easy installation, while the polycarbonate material provides a sturdy base for the kickstand. These contrasting materials come together to form a stylish S-Shape design. The built-in foldable kickstand holds your phone up in landscape orientation, and is ideal for media viewing. The case also features precise cutouts for easy access to ports, camera, speakers, and the S-Pen. Color options include black (pictured) and white (clear). Buy now on Amazon for $3.95.

Minisuit Rubberized Hybrid Case

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The Minisuit Hybrid case is made of a hard-molded polycarbonate wrapped in a durable, rugged, rubberized TPU, to provide great protection. The rubberized feel and tire pattern gives a non-slip grip, and will not catch lint or dirt while in your pocket. This robust case also has a built-in kickstand that can prop up the device in landscape mode, and is perfect for media consumption. Easy access to all ports, jacks, camera, speakers, and S-Pen is also available. Buy now on Amazon for $9.95.

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Cases with Belt Clip/Holster

Seidio Surface

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The Seidio Surface Case features a soft-touch coating for a comfortable grip, and a slide-in design that enhances the look and protects your device. This a sleek and slim case, that also features a metal kickstand to prop the device in landscape mode, and easily snaps into place when not in use. The case also comes with a Surface Holster, which felt-lined to protect the display from scratches, and features a secure spring-clip to hold the device firmly in place. The belt clip swivels in seven different directions, which allows you to choose the best option for your convenience. Color options include black, blue, turquoise, amethyst, and red. Buy now on Amazon for $35.11.

Otterbox Defender

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Otterbox is well known for its rugged cases, and the Otterbox Defender offers the ultimate protection. The Defender case is made up of a two-piece polycarbonate inner shell that deflects impact force, a built-in clear membrane screen protector that guards against scratches and scrapes, and an outer durable synthetic rubber slip cover that absorbs impact. Port covers block dust and debris from entering and accumulating in jacks and ports. Every Defender Series case comes standard with a belt-clip holster. The clip rotates to any position and holds the device face-in or face-out. Locking the clip in place allows you to use it as a kickstand as well. Buy now on Amazon for $43.99.

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Rugged Cases

Otterbox Commuter

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. Unlike the heavy duty Defender cases, the Commuter series offers the perfect compromise between protection and form factor. The case features dual layer protection, silicone plugs to cover all ports, and easy access to to all buttons. Also included with the Commuter case is a separate self-adhering screen protector. While not as rugged as the Defender case, the Commuter case is still a great case to protect your device against accidental bumps and falls. Color options include black (pictured), berry, merlot, aqua, and lily. Buy now on Amazon for $44.95.

Trident Aegis

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The rugged Trident Aegis Case meets military standards for vibration and drop (26 drops on concrete from 4 feet) tests, and features a silicone skin with double-thick silicone corners, along with anti-skid pads, to protect your device from bumps and shock. A sleek hardened-polycarbonate outer frame provides even more protection. The charging port and headphone jack are covered with silicone plugs, keeping dirt and debris out, and the case features high-quality dust filters that prevent dust particles from entering smartphone through the speaker bays and other ports. The case features a raised protective bezel around the front of the device to prevent damage from face down drops, with the package also including a separate screen protector for more display protection. Color options include black, blue (pictured), green, pink, and red. Buy now on Amazon for $29.43.

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Comments

  • Romeo Bucur

    Just one problem with this article.. you just missed to metion the best hybrid case for the Note 3 ever made.. this one…

    http://amzn.to/1bfXQ2E

    It’s a good thing you mentioned the most ugly ones on the face of the earh… but hey.. the beauty is in the eye of the beholder right ? … or…

  • Jayfeather787

    That cruzerlite case in the honorable mentions of
    Spigen Slim Armor View Cover looks good. Thanks Android Authority for putting together this awesome list.

  • http://rawrrbot.com/ Nicole

    I bought the Spigen Bounce and the Slim Armour and I have’t used the latter at all. The Bounce case has protected my phone from small drops and bumps. It feels good to hold, it’s not too bulky and it’s not hard to get into and out of pockets. I love the design as well. I’ve recommended it to others, I like it a lot.

  • 72goojman72

    Love my slim Otterbox Defender case for my Note 3. Dust never gets under the screen protector.

    • gary

      Slim? Are you talking about the commuter case

  • Cody ousley

    Does anyone make a case that can be used in conjunction with the Samsung Q I charging back plate?

  • iFaitPlay

    Samsung’s View case is the best.
    With the great view functionality, made of same the “leather”, replacing the back cover, and keeping the original classy and beautiful look = nothing to beat it.
    Pricey, though.

  • Bim

    Does any of these case support the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging Cover (example, EP-CN900IWU)? I wish for a case that support the aforementioned along with back stand.

  • Jason Brooks

    Zero lemon should be at the top of this list. A 10,000 mah battery with nfc and an otterbox style case all for $59… I love mine!!!

  • Caleb

    The best review but check this one i like alot http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_I8kbqUsWVw

  • iamajimm

    I have the GOOSPERY case on mine, slim, form fitting, cut-outs for all buttons…a bit of a finger print magnet but a quick wipe removes them. Accidently dropped it from about front pocket height and not a scratch. Love this phone.