UAG Monarch Provides the Galaxy Note 9 with Much Needed Added Protection

The first few things you notice about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are how huge it is, the awesome screen, cool S-pen, and all that glass on the front and back. And while that looks pretty cool, like most people I quickly found myself in a panic as the phone nearly slipped from my hands and thought “this thing really needs a case!” The folks at UAG (Urban Armor Gear) have released a few solutions and provided us with a sample of the Monarch series case.

Here is their description:

The Monarch Series Galaxy Note 9 Case encompasses a premium design & precise engineering to provide a case that meets double the Military Standard for drop & shock protection.
– Handcrafted, feather-light construction with 5 layers of protection
– Top grain leather and alloy metal hardware
– Soft impact-resistant core & honeycomb traction grip
– Oversized tactile buttons & protective screen surround
– Compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging
– Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
– 10-Year Limited Warranty

My first thought after putting my Note 9 in the case was ‘that was really easy for such a solid case’. Seriously, through the years I have struggled getting cases on or had easily attached flimsy cases, but this was the first time I opened a case and thought “this will be a struggle” and then found it to be very easy to take the case on and off.

Installing the Note 9 in the UAG case was aided by the curved edges: you simply push the top of the phone into the top of the case, and then one at a time secure the bottom corners. It is incredibly quick and easy, yet very secure – I grabbed the corners of the case one at a time and shook the phone to see if I could get it to loosen up in any way, but it was held firmly in place.

Another of my concerns was how the case would impact usability. I had never used a case with my Galaxy Note 8, so I was concerned about access to the ports, fingerprint reader and most importantly the S-Pen. The area provided for the headphone jack and USB-C connection are more than adequate, and it felt like UAG went out of their way to ensure that the S-Pen was every bit as convenient to pop-out.

Perhaps my biggest surprise was that the UAG Monarch case actually made the fingerprint scanner EASIER to use! By providing a tapered u-shaped access area, your finger slides easily to the correct place – and since installing the UAG I haven’t wiped my finger across the camera a single time.

The build quality is solid, with everything fitted perfectly and aligned well. The screen-off, volume and Bixby buttons are every bit as responsive as without the case. I have not performed any drop tests with my Note 9 in the case, but the reinforced sides and corners feel incredibly solid and secure and I have little doubt would provide solid drop protection.

The final benefit of the case is how much more secure the Note 9 feels picking it up in this case. The textured sides invite you to grab them, and there isn’t a slippery element on the entire case. And it does all of this while adding minimal weight and bulk.

The UAG Monarch is an excellent case and I definitely recommend checking it out for your Galaxy Note 9!

The retail price of the UAG Monarch is $59.99, you can grab one through their site or from your preferred case dealer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the UAG Monarch Case

What I Like: Solid build; Lightweight; Easy to install; Great access to ports and S-pen; Makes fingerprint reader easier to find

What Needs Improvement: Nothing so far!

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!