Looking for a clear Samsung Galaxy Note 10 case? Check out this handy buyer’s guide for the best Galaxy Note 10 cases of 2019, with different styles and different types of protection based on your needs. There’s bound to be one that works for you!
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Image. CREDIT: WinFuture @rquandt
CLEAR WINNER OF GALAXY NOTE 10 CASES
2019 has been a busy year for Samsung, with the launch of the Galaxy S10 earlier in the year and now the all-new Galaxy Note 10.
Coming in a variety of stunning new colors, you’re not going to want to cover the Galaxy Note 10 with a cheap, tacky-looking case. But with a $1,000 price tag (or €999 if you’re in Europe), you also want to avoid a panic attack every time your phone slips out of your grasp.
The best of both worlds? A clear, protective case for your Galaxy Note 10.
We looked at sales data from all the phone cases we’ve sold over the past 2 years, and the results are clear: users prefer clear phone cases.
Over the past 2 years, clear phone cases made up 40% of our sales, followed by black and blue. And it’s not even close.
It’s 2019 and clear phone cases come in so many varieties these days. You can even get cases that mimic the tempered glass rear panel of the Note 10 so it’ll almost feel like you’re going “naked”.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CLEAR CASES FOR YOUR GALAXY NOTE 10
We put together a quick guide outlining the most important features in selecting the best Galaxy Note 10 cases.
This is front and center, the most important aspect. It’s probably the only reason you’re getting a Galaxy Note 10 case in the first place. You should ensure that the case fits the phone snugly, keeps it safe from drops and falls, and is scratch-resistant.
Size and weight
Comfort is also a big consideration. While a little bulk is necessary, it becomes inconvenient quickly when the phone becomes too big for your pocket or purse. A thick, robust case usually comes at the cost of extra weight and a loss of the phone’s natural ergonomics.
We’ve gone through many clear phone cases ourselves, and the number one problem we found? Discoloration.
There’s nothing more mildly infuriating than seeing your clean, transparent case turn yellow, making your phone look worn and dirty. Discoloration happens when plastic TPU cases are exposed for too long to oxygen, heat, UV rays, and other chemicals in the air. Another common problem is “watermarking”, when the plastic starts to cling to the phone, creating a “wet look”.
Tempered glass or high-grade TPU clear case will go a long way to prevent these issues.
So what’s the difference between TPU and tempered glass?
TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is a strong, flexible material that combines the elasticity of rubber with the high durability of plastic.
Pros of TPU:
- Soft and flexible
- Durable and wear-resistant
- Easy to clean
- Easy to grip
Cons of TPU:
- Prone to discoloration
- Becomes sticky under high temperatures
Tempered glass, on the other hand, is stiff and more elegant than plastic covers, although the main drawback of glass is that it breaks when under enough pressure.
Pros of tempered glass:
- Able to withstand up to 5 kg of force
- Easy to grip
- Easy to clean
- Looks classy
Cons of tempered glass:
- Breaks under high pressure
- Heavier than TPU
You should consider too if the phone case supports extra features such as wireless charging. Samsung’s recent flagship phones have all been equipped with wireless charging. The technology’s not going anywhere soon so why not get a case that allows you to take full advantage of it?
THE BEST CLEAR CASES FOR YOUR GALAXY NOTE 10
Here at ESR, we’ve got one goal: Make Life Easier. It’s that simple. We want to deliver phone cases that you can put on and forget it’s there because it just works.
We’ve spent years working on improving tempered glass and TPU phone cases. TPU discoloration has been a headache for manufacturers, but we’ve developed some of the best clear TPU cases for the Note 10.
If you’re looking for the best clear cases for the Galaxy Note 10, we’ve got some recommendations.
The bonus? All of our Galaxy Note 10 clear cases support wireless charging and Samsung’s wireless PowerShare feature.
Galaxy Note 10 Essential Slim Clear Soft TPU Case
REASONS TO BUY:
+ 10 feet (3 meters) of drop protection
+ Last for 6 months (180 days) without any sign of yellowing
At 1 mm thick and weighing in at only 18 g, the Galaxy Note 10 Essential Zero Clear Case is a flexible TPU case that maintains the look, feels and a touch of your Note 10 without skimping on protective features.
While stunning, Samsung’s curved Super AMOLED infinity display compromises on-screen rigidity. Even with the mighty Gorilla Glass, dropping the phone on its corners will loosen the glass and may eventually cause shattering.
We’ve reinforced the corners of the case with shock-absorbing dual-layer Air-Guard bumpers that absorb and diffuse impact. After rigorous drop testing, the Essential Essential Slim Clear Soft TPU Case offers fantastic protection from drops up to 10 feet high.
Miss your pocket while putting your phone away? No problem. Accidentally knock it off the table? No sweat. As it should be.
The case has 0.9 mm raised edges around the camera and screen to make sure they don’t rub against flat surfaces when you lay them face down.
We’ve also applied an antioxidant layer that allows 99% light transmission, which means that UV rays do not get trapped in the case. This slows down the rate of yellowing dramatically. While most cases begin yellowing within 3 months, this case can last for 6 months (180 days) without any sign of yellowing.
Galaxy Note 10 Metal Kickstand Case
REASONS TO BUY:
+ Two-way stand for vertical and horizontal viewing
+ Microdot pattern prevents the wet, clinging look common among clear cases, keeping your phone looking great.
If you frequently read or watch videos on your phone, this is the case for you.
Like the Essential Slim Clear Soft TPU Case, the Galaxy Note 10 Metal Kickstand Case is made of soft TPU and comes with Air-Guard corners.
What makes this case stand out is its integrated two-way stand for vertical and horizontal viewing. The stand can be adjusted up to 60° for multiple viewing angles so you can read, take video calls, or watch movies comfortably.
The metal stand is sturdy and stable when in use, and sits flush with the case when retracted. We’ve done extensive testing to make sure the kickstand stays shut when you close it. In our lab, the kickstand retained over 80% effectiveness after being opened and closed more than 3000 times.
Additional features of this case are the cushioned 2mm-thick back for extra protection and the special oleophobic coating that keeps fingerprints away. We’ve also added microdots inside the case to prevent the TPU from watermarking.
Galaxy Note 10 Mimic Tempered Glass Case
REASONS TO BUY:
+ Only 0.5 mm thick, so you’ll barely notice its presence in your pocket.
+ Hybrid structure of 9H tempered glass & a flexible TPU frame offers comprehensive protection.
This is a hybrid case combining a tempered glass rear panel that mimics the smooth glass back panel of the Galaxy Note 10, with a flexible TPU frame around the edges.
Unlike most other “tempered glass” cases that are mostly plastic, we use pure tempered glass panels with a 9H hardness rating. Pure tempered glass can withstand up to 5 kg of force, and the 9H rating means enhanced scratch-resistance. We have also raised the corners higher than the rear panel of the phone, reducing the impact of shocks and bumps on the phone
All this in a case that is only 0.5 mm thick, so you’ll barely notice its presence in your pocket.
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