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Ten of the best Pixel cases to protect your Google phone

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Google’s new Pixel phone features an interesting, aluminum body design with a 5-inch display and a glass section on the back. With snappy performance, a great camera, and Google Assistant onboard, there are plenty of reasons to buy one. But the impressive specs carry a premium price tag to match, so you should opt for a proper case and get some protection. Those curved edges could chip or scuff if you drop your new Pixel, and even toughened glass can scratch and crack easily.

Related: Google guns for the big boys with the spec-stacked Pixel and Pixel XL

Incipio Carnaby Esquire Series Case ($35)

Incipio Carnaby Esquire Series Case

If you’re loving the look of Google’s fabric finished Daydream VR headset, then you might want to wrap your new Pixel phone in something that matches. Incipio’s Carnaby case is a hard shell covered in soft cotton that comes in black, gray, or olive. There are large cut-outs for free access to ports, camera, and the fingerprint sensor on the back. The chunky button covers are easy to find without looking and made from flexible and durable TPU. The cotton exterior makes your Pixel really comfortable to hold.

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Tech21 Evo Check Case ($40)

Tech21 Evo Check Case

If you’re looking for drop protection, then you’ll be glad to know that the Evo Check is designed to keep your Pixel safe from falls from up to 6.6 feet. Tech21 has been working on slimming down its range without sacrificing the rugged drop protection its known for. As the name suggests, there’s a diamond check pattern on the translucent back panel. The bumper portion is still a bit chunky, but that’s where the shock absorption lies. The openings for features like the camera and ports are generous and there are button covers for the volume and power.

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Google Photos Live Case ($40)

Google Photos Live Case

You can choose plain or clear cases from Google to protect your Pixel phone, but we think the Live cases are worth an extra few dollars. To create your Photos Live case, you pick a favorite shot and drag and drop it into your browser, then edit to get the look you want. The photo is matched with a wallpaper for your home screen. This is perfect personalization made easy. The case itself is pretty basic with accurate cut-outs for every feature and function. These are slim, snap-on cases, so they aren’t going to provide rugged drop protection, but they’ll guard against scuffs and minor bumps.

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Speck Presidio Clear Case ($40)

Speck Presidio Clear Case

The new Presidio line from Speck are slimmer than the old CandyShell cases, but still offer drop protection you can trust. This case will keep your Pixel safe from falls of up to 8 feet in height. It has tactile button covers and accurate cut-outs for the fingerprint sensor, ports, camera, and other functions of your phone. It’s also completely clear, and almost entirely devoid of details, save for a small Speck star logo at the top right.

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LK Ultra Clear TPU Case ($8)

LK Ultra Clear TPU Case

Here’s a basic, clear TPU case that might serve until you can find something better. It’s fairly thin, it adds some grip, and it has accurate openings for the camera, fingerprint sensor, and ports. There are slim button covers and a raised edge to provide some protection around the screen. Don’t expect solid drop protection, but it will fend off scratches and absorb the impact of minor bumps. It’s also pretty plain, save for an unfortunate LK logo on the back.

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