This wallet-style case adds a little heft to the slim Note 8, but that makes it easier to hold. I like the material from which the case back and cover are made; it’s comfortable in the hand and feels slightly “grippy.” The abstract pattern on the cover has grown on me; it makes it easier for me to grab my phone from among several others in black cases on a table. The cutouts are precise, and the closure snaps shut with a satisfying tactile “click” feel that is a great improvement over the Tech21 wallet case for the Galaxy S8+. I have had the phone (and case) for six weeks and the clasp has never failed me. I feel my phone is as well protected as I can make it in a case that is reasonably manageable to carry on a daily basis. I have dropped it once or twice, and it was fine. The front cover is removable, and the case apparently came with a strip that replaces the hinge of the cover, should you decide to use the back by itself (the Best Buy wireless rep put my phone in the case, so this piece is probably still in the box; since I bought this case for the cover, that’s where it will stay).
Downsides: There’s no magnet to put the phone into sleep mode, so the screen will remain on, or turn on when put on a charger. The card slots seem pointless, as using them will add bulk and make it more difficult to close the case. It only comes in black, with a smoky gray back, so you can’t really see the Note 8 (which I was able to get in blue). I also haven’t found a glass screen protector that is compatible with the case; Tech21 makes a “ballistic” film one that I installed instead. Finally, unlike with some other cases, there is no way to fashion this one into any sort of a stand to watch videos or read in portrait mode; you’ll have to hold the phone or prop it against something.
This may seem like a litany or negatives, but it’s really only enough to knock off one star. I feel my phone is protected, and I wanted a case with a cover. This fit the bill.