The Note 8 is now shipping to customers and available to buy online. As an expensive piece of kit it will need protecting.

Choosing a case for your new smartphone is an important step: you don’t want to get it wrong and realise you need a new one two weeks later.

We looked at the available cases for the Galaxy Note 8 and select our favourite so you can find the one that fits you best.

Olixar ArmourDillo Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Protective Case

Olixar ArmourDillo Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Protective Case

Let's start with a real winner from Olixar, the ArmourDillo. It was designed to specifically accommodate your Note 8, is impact resistant and will protect your phone from bumps and scrapes.

The material covers a large surface, including corner and sides, which helps improve your grip. The case also enables greater shock absorption, a really helpful feature if you have an active lifestyle or let your kids use your phone.

The ArmourDillo was built to make sure no extra bulk would be added: it is extremely light and quite thin. It has a built-in viewing stand which enables landscape viewing, and cutouts to make sure all your ports are still usable.

Its price, £12.99, is quite average, but the case isn’t.

Olixar FlexiShield Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Gel Case

Olixar FlexiShield Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Gel Case

Olixar’s FlexiShield is the case you need if you want your phone to be fully protected, without spending too much money.

For a cheap £4.99, its strong, durable material offers great protection. Both flexible and tough, FlexiShield will improve your grip, making sure your phone drops a lot less.

It also has a built-in bezel to protect your screen when facing down or falling. It is light and comfortable, adding no extra bulk to your phone, and has cutouts for every port so that you’ll never need to take it off.

It is the perfect case if you take great care of your phone and are looking for basic protection.

Olixar X-Duo Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar X-Duo Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar’s XDuo is made of a flexible body and smooth metallic bumper responsible for its stylish look. The double layered constructions enables for tough protection from scratches, knocks and drops, and does not add any extra bulk.

The case also offers shock absorption, with an inner pattern built-in to defer shock and encourage heat dissipation.

The upper and lower edges are deeper than the screen, which protects it when facing down, and improves your grip. 

The materials used ensure the XDuo is extra light, due to its incredible thinness.

Built to last, it is a great investment at a reasonable price of £19.99.

Tech21 Pure Clear Case for Galaxy Note 8

Tech21 Pure Clear Case for Galaxy Note 8

Tech21's range of Note 8 cases includes the Pure Clear, which is thin, lightweight and completely transparent so as not to cover up the design of the phone.

It has two layers of impact materials to protect your phone from drops of up to two metres, and there are openings for ports and buttons for a perfect fit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 2-Piece Cover Case

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 2-Piece Cover Case

The 2-Piece is Samsung’s cheapest option, at £19.99. It is made of two easy to attach shapes which bookend your Note 8 and give it a unique style, while protecting it from drops. Its impact resistant construction allows for shock absorption and its innovative design makes it easier to hold.

The 2-Piece's main asset is that it preserves your phone’s abilities for wireless charging and contactless payment, and gives easy access to all ports and buttons.

If you’re looking for optimal protection, this might not be your best option. But if you regularly use your phone to make payments or get on the tube, and are careful enough not to drop it very often, the 2-Piece will be the perfect case for you.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Clear View Standing Cover

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Clear View Standing Cover

The Clearview Standing Cover is the exact opposite of the 2-Piece. The case offers a lot of interesting options. Its semi-transparent cover gives easy access to time, battery life, incoming calls and texts without having to open the phone. You can also manage your notifications, as the cover is fully touch compatible.

It offers great screen protection and keeps your phone safe from scratches and front-on impact. Its built-in viewing option folds horizontally, allowing landscape viewing, and the case can also double up as a mirror, if you ever need to check your looks real quick.

It is, of course, quite pricey, but displays a lot of extra features. This is the case you need if you’re into cool technological gadgets but also want to make sure your phone benefits from maximum protection.

Griffin Survivor Strong for Galaxy Note 8

Griffin Survivor Strong for Galaxy Note 8

Another slim but sturdy case comes from Griffin, which offers the Survivor Strong for £29 to protect your Note 8 from drops of 2 metres thanks to an Impact Dispersion System and shatter-resistant shell.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Protective Stand Cover Case

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Protective Stand Cover Case

Samsung’s standover case is less pricey alternative to the Clearview Cover and offers larger protection than the basic 2-Piece. Its bumper style preserves your Note 8’s design, as you can see the majority of your phone, but also ensures it will be greatly protected.

It has sleek, metallic bumpers on the edges and a thick back cover with a raised lip, so your screen will stay safe from scrapes.

The textured surface enables a better grip, and the material is slim and light, adding no extra bulk. It offers cutouts so that you’ll keep maximal access to ports and buttons.

It might seem a bit expensive as it does not add many extra features, but as a Samsung official product, it guarantees your Note 8 maximal protection.

Olixar X-Trex Galaxy Note 8 Rugged Card Kickstand Case

Olixar X-Trex Galaxy Note 8 Rugged Card Kickstand Case

Olixar’s Xtrex case offers a robust, multi-layered design for maximum protection. Its hardwearing and tough material will keep your phone secure at all time, even in extreme conditions.

It has bumper pads and textured surfaces to improve your grip, as well as shock absorbing properties and an ultra resistant shell which will protect it from drops.

The front-facing lip will keep your screen off flat surfaces, lowering the risks of scratches and the reinforced corners will be extra protection if it were to fall.

The Xtrex also offers a card compartment and flip out kickstand. It is the best travel case available for the Note 8, perfect if you have a long commute or lots of work-related trips.

Olixar Genuine Leather Galaxy Note 8 Executive Wallet Case

Olixar Genuine Leather Galaxy Note 8 Executive Wallet Case

Olixar’s Leather will give your phone great protection and style at the same time. It is made of sturdy, genuine leather with a flexible and clean gel frame, keeping your phone safe, protected and easily accessible.

The leather’s smoothness make it extra easy to slip in your pocket and will protect your phone from eventual key scratches.

Designed to impress and to last, Olixar’s leather also offers slots for cards and documents, even replacing your wallet.

Its best feature is probably its magnetic smart stand: it allows any possible angle for viewing films or videos.

The case has cutouts so that all your usual buttons and ports remain easily accessible.

For an average price of £19.99, Olixar Leather offers a lot of extra features and is perfect if you want more space in your pockets.

Olixar FlexiCover 360 Protection Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar FlexiCover 360 Protection Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar’s FlexiCover is the first case to offer 360 degrees protection. Its back shell wraps around the rear and sides as a regular case would, and the front wraps around the back shell, leaving only the home-button, camera and front speaker non-covered.

The screen protection is optimal here - it will not only help in case of drops, but also preserve your screen from scratches and scrapes.

The screen, of course, remains fully usable and the cutouts make it so that you’ll never need to take your Note 8 off the case.

It is made of a strong and durable material: your will case last a long time and it also helps enhance your grip. It is also very slim and light, adding no extra bulk.

This is the case you need if your screen is always cracked.

Olixar ExoShield Tough Snap-on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar ExoShield Tough Snap-on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Case

Olixar’s ExoShield is another great option. Made from high quality material, it is flexible enough to absorb shock and tough enough to resist damage.

The corner bumpers across the length, width and depth of the phone ensure maximum protection in vulnerable sectors and the raised bezel enables extra protection for the screen and camera.

ExoShield is slim and light, adding no extra bulk and facilitates the grip on your phone.

Snakehive Leather Wallet for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Snakehive Leather Wallet for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

This case from Snakehive is a good alternative to the black plastic and rubber of many of the other cases here.

There's three card slots and it's made of a soft leather that stands out and protects the Note 8's screen from the scratches it's oh-so susceptible to.