The Samsung Galaxy Note II Flip Cover has all the same features of the the Galaxy S III Flip Cover, with the addition of Near-Field Communication (NFC).
You might recall from our Galaxy Note II review that the Note II has its Near-Field Communication (NFC) hardware embedded into the handset’s back cover. Many of the cheap flip covers don’t have NFC support, but the official Samsung Flip Covers that were are looking at here today do have NFC support. Other than that and being form fitted to the Galaxy Note II, it is basically the same exact case.
Here is a look at the Samsung Flip Covers installed on both the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III. Orange and Lime Green baby!
Final Thoughts & Conclusions:
After you use the Samsung Flip Covers for several days you quickly used to them and flipping the cover open, so it wasn’t annoying or a major nuisance. The best part about the Samsung Flip Covers is that you do not have to worry about scratches when you slip the phone into your pocket and it adds very little thickness to the phone. The worst part of the covers is that it does pretty much nothing in terms of drop protection. If you are looking to add some color to your phone and protect the screen then the Samsung Flip Cover should be right up your alley.
The fit and finish of the Samsung Flip Cover was excellent. The cover sits flat on the phone and does not prop or hang open at all. The back of the cover snapped onto the back of the phone exactly like the original battery cover did and the hinge looks like it will hold up with fairly heavy use. The Samsung logo is sunk down into the plastic on the back cover, so it won’t rub off or wear off after many months of use. You can really tell that Samsung did their homework when designing this flip cover.
The Samsung Protective Flip Covers are priced the same for each smartphone and run $39.99 each, $49.99 for two colors and $99.99 for four colors. The best bang for your buck is obviously the two colors for $49.99. A quick look around online and we were able to find single cases for around $29.99 shipped.
Just be careful when buying smartphone accessories these days as counterfeit items are getting pretty bad. We’ve heard of many people getting counterfeit Samsung Flip Cases from Amazon and Ebay, so make sure you know what you are ordering. The real Samsung Flip covers are backed by a 90-day warranty period should anything go wrong.
Legit Bottom Line: The Samsung Flip Covers are great for protecting the screen from scratches and changing your phones color, but does little when it comes to drop protection.
UPDATE on 12/17/2012 - After just two weeks of use the seam of the flip cover is starting to fall apart. Doesn’t look like these flip covers are that durable and for $30-$40 each, that is a major issue!