Google has unleashed its first and latest smartphones into the world. Yes, its first, because Google claims that the Pixel and the Pixel XL is completely designed by them, and it shows as well.
The Pixel is the smaller variant of the pair and it has virtually no compromises. Generally, manufacturers have predispositions to skimp on certain aspects of their smaller smartphone, but it’s not the case with the Pixel.
Its gorgeous unibody design and the remarkable contrast between the glass and metal makes it an absolute beauty. However, there are some downsides to these elements, though. For instance, the glass upper half is extremely prone to scratches, while the lower half is a fingerprint magnet.
That is why, we, at JOA, recommend you use cases as it will increase your Pixel’s functionality while adding a dash of style to the mix. Without further ado, here are JOA’s picks for the 10 best cases for the Google Pixel.
1. Otter Box Commuter Series
When you want to take protection to the next level, then the OtterBox Commuter is the case for you. I’m sure that Otterbox is a case manufacturer that needs no introduction. This case adds much needed protection to your Pixel.
It may not seem like it from the protection it provides, but the OtterBox Commuter is quite thin and lightweight as well. This ensures that you do not need the hassle of enduring with a heavy smartphone.
It is a 2-piece case, and protects your Pixel from bumps, drops, and shocks. The material used is quite convenient, as you can pull it in and out of your pocket without much resistance. It retails for $39.95 and is only available in only one black coloured variant.
Notable Feature: It also has flaps for every port so that dust and other debris do not get in.
2. Cimo Protective Cover
When we live in a world where we’ve seen every design possible for a smartphone, the Pixel certainly takes a unique approach with its dual-tone design. That is why you might prefer a case which does not conceal your smartphone’s obvious good looks.
The Cimo protective case is a lightweight case which does a very good job in preserving the Pixel’s design. The material it’s made from is quite durable to boot. Even though it is very thin, it does provide some features on the protection aspect as well.
It has raised bezels which prevent your smartphone from making direct contact with whatever surface you’re on, and this is extremely important in the unfortunate scenario where you drop your investment. It also has precise cutouts which do not obstruct the usage of your smartphone in any way.
It comes in 5 variants- Wave Black, Wave Clear, Wave Purple, X Black, and X Clear. It retails for $7.99.
Notable Feature: The material used for this case has gripping properties which make it easier to grip your Pixel.
3. Spigen Rugged Armor Case
The Spigen Rugged Armor case for the Google Pixel is arguably the best of both worlds. It offers a great deal of protection and a dash of style as well. It features a glossy, carbon fiber texture on the back which gives off that premium look.
The flexible material which makes up most of the case keeps itself fingerprint free, which is quite convenient, and the case is easy to put on and off your Pixel as well. On the protection front, it has military-grade drop protection and air-cushions on all four corners to prevent damage.
It is also a snug fit for your Pixel, which ensures shock absorption all around. It retails for $19.99 and is available in only one black variant.
Notable feature: This case is the perfect combination of style and protection.
4. DGtle Anti-Scratch Case
If I have to describe this case in one word, it would be: slim. This case is ultra-fitted for your Pixel and is so slim and lightweight that it actually feels like part of your smartphone. The material used for making this case is very shock absorbent, which helps in impact protection in the case of a nasty drop.
Although the case is quite flexible, it remains stiff enough so that it won’t stretch when you repeatedly take it on and off from your case. The material used adds a considerable amount of grip to your Pixel and also has precise cut outs so that none of the features are obstructed.
It retails for $7.99 and is available in 7 Variants-Clear, Hot Pink, Purple, Mint, Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte Smoke.
Notable Feature: It is very user-friendly in the sense that it is quite easy to take on and off.
5. Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case
This case is unique, in the sense that it provides protection while keeping its design minimalistic and sleek at the same time. This is a good combination to flaunt your Pixel’s gorgeous design.
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid consists of 2 main parts. It has a clear back so the design of your Pixel remains undiminished in every way, and a bumper case, to protect your smartphone from bumps, drops, and shocks.
It offers military-grade protection and incorporates air-cushion technology on all 4 corners as to maximize shock absorption and potentially save your investment. It retails for $24.99 and is available in only one crystal clear variant.
Notable Feature: To add a touch of personality, you can customize the back of the case in many ways by sticking on stickers, or drawing on it as well, because the back is clear.
6. LK Wallet Flip Case
If we’re going to talk about functionality, then we can’t skimp on this case. The LK Wallet Flip case acts as a wallet, a source of protection, and a quite fashionable case as well. It has 3 card slots to store your credit cards or ID. It also possesses a bigger pocket to store some cash as well. Talk about convenient!
The inner shell of the case provides 4 corner protection by being composed of a shock absorbent material. The outer synthetic leather is quite resilient and is resistant to wear and tear. It also has a magnetic closure to prevent your belongings from spilling out of the case.
The case is very user-friendly. Installation remains simple as you need to snap the case on and off. It incorporates precise cut outs so that you can use all your Pixel’s features without having to worry about inefficiency.
It retails for $9.99 and is available in 3 variants – Black, brown, and purple.
Notable Feature: You can watch movies and video call much more easily when this case is in effect because of its built-in kickstand feature. The case conveniently opens like a book and you can fold the flap back to make it a make-shift kickstand.
7. Maxboost Slim Case
If you enjoy how thin your Google Pixel is, then you’ll definitely appreciate how slim the Maxboost Slim case is. Designed exclusively for the Pixel, the thin yet sturdy casing provides some degree of protection without compromising on portability.
On the protection side of things, it has covered corners and has a raised edge so that the screen does not make direct contact with whatever surface it’s on. This feature is extremely handy in case you tend to drop your smartphone a lot.
The fine matte-finish on the case provides a lot of grip that you wouldn’t otherwise have and provides a reasonable amount of scratch resistance to boot. It has open cut-outs for all the ports so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of inaccurate openings.
It retails for $13.99 and is available in only one black variant.
Notable Feature: Maxboost also offers a lifetime warranty to ensure maximum protection for your Pixel.
8. Sparin Clear Case
One of the other clear cases on this list, the Sparin clear case is an excellent candidate when it comes to increased protection without compromising on design. It consists of 2 distinct parts. The outside is constructed from an eco-friendly material which retains its clarity after prolonged usage.
The soft corners and the rounded edges help to better grip your smartphone. On the corners are well-built bumpers that massively help to protect your Pixel. It incorporates air cushion technology on the 4 corners to better spread out the shock when your smartphone is dropped.
The case is ultra-slim and lightweight. This way the case does not add any more bulk than necessary. It is also quite flexible and resists stretching. It retails for $7.99 and is available in only one clear variant.
Notable Feature: SPARIN also provides a lifetime warranty for their cases. That’s pretty convenient if you’re on the fence on buying their products.
9. GreenElec Hybrid Armor
This case is unique in its own way. It helps in the style and protection department. This rugged case consists of 2 parts. There is a soft inner case that helps from drops by utilizing the shock absorption feature while the outer layer is a hard case which helps in daily bumps and scratches.
Another neat little feature is that it is resistant to wear and tear and dust accumulation. It incorporates a kickstand feature for comfortable and convenient media consumption. Along with the case, you also get a 12-month warranty.
It retails for $9.99 and is available in a myriad of colors- Black, white, red, blue, green, purple among many others.
Notable Feature: It also has a locking swivel belt clip that has a 180-degree rotation feature which helps in video calling.
10. Supcase Rugged Case
One of the coolest looking cases on this list, the Supcase rugged armor case is designed almost exclusively for the Google Pixel. It is a very rugged case that gives a lot of grip and looks really cool as well.
It is a dual-layer case that consists of a hard shell on the outside that protects your Pixel from most if the hard drops and shocks that comes with owning a smartphone, while the inner soft lining helps with the day to day bumps and scratches.
Hard back case clips into a side mount belt clip swivel holster for carrying convenience during work, travel or play. It also has flaps for all the ports that prevent the entry of dust and other outside particulates. This case manages to pull off that slim and sporty look that some of you might be looking for.
It retails for $21.99 and is available in the following colors-Black and black, black and blue, and white and gray.
Notable Feature: The front of the case also comes with a built-in screen protector that helps with scratches. Win-win, right?
It’s amazing that a relatively new smartphone has such an amazing collection of cases. Well, that’s just the case market for you.
Most of the choices on this list were firmly arbitrary, but if you feel we missed out on anything, don’t forget to let us know by commenting below!