The first-gen Google Pixel phone is now an oldie but a goodie. Despite its release in almost prehistoric times (well, 2016), it still features an alluring aluminum design with a 5-inch display and a glass back. With snappy performance, a great camera, and Google Assistant on board, there are plenty of reasons to salvage the one you own or pass it along to a loved one. If you are either a proud owner or a happy recipient, you have the same job: Protect your delicate handset from scratches, bumps, and drops. If your current case is on its last leg or you’ve just received or purchased a refurbished a Pixel, we’ve rounded up the best stylish and durable Google Pixel cases to choose from.
If the minimalist in you seeks lightweight protection for your older Pixel, consider the Spigen Liquid Crystal Design, a clear TPU cover, as perfect for flaunting your smartphone. The flexible case is super easy to install or remove and acts to shield your handset from scratches and impact. Its beveled opening facilitates easy fingerprint scanning.
The Topnow Google Pixel Case is constructed with a hybrid hard polycarbonate (PC) combined with soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to support its gorgeous patterns with clear, UV varnish printing technology that provides an attractive and easy-to-find covering. The case itself is moderately thick with a range of diverse styles to suit your taste.
Everyone’s favorite Speck Presidio Grip case outfits your Google Pixel in style and comfort. It’s grippy raised rubber ridge exterior protects even the most fragile phone from the most determined butterfingers and is 10-foot-drop tested for outstanding protection. The slim, dual-layer case Speck has ever made while improving protection. The finish resists scratches and offers a modern style in a two-toned twilight blue or black.
If it’s quality leather with a plush padded feel that you’re after, then check out Noreve’s cases for your Google Pixel phone, and especially the folio-style wallet case. There’s room for a couple of credit cards inside, and the cover closes securely with a magnetic stud. A plastic shell holds your Pixel, but you’ll find accurate cutouts for easy access to the ports, buttons, camera, and fingerprint sensor. You don’t have to stick with black — you can choose from a wide range of different colors and styles for the exterior finish.
Wrap your Pixel in one of Urban Armor Gear’s cases for true peace of mind. These cases combine a hard, transparent shell with a shock-absorbing core. Reinforced corners, skid pads, and a rubberized screen border further enhance the case’s protective features. The button covers are oversized, making it easy to find and press them, even without peeking. You’ll also find generous openings for ports, camera, and other features.
The subtle geometric pattern on the back of this case offers a unique look while at the same time adding some extra grip. The main shell is made from flexible TPU, which is easy to install and shock absorbent. Caseology has added a tough polycarbonate bumper frame over the top in a contrasting gray hue, while the button covers work well with decent-sized cutouts for the ports, camera, fingerprint sensor, and other features. This case comes in black only.
There aren’t too many options for people seeking a really rugged Pixel case that can stand up to the elements, but the Lifeproof Fre is a standout. Stick your Pixel in this case, and it can survive submersion in up to two meters (6.6 feet) of water for up to an hour. It also offers solid drop protection from two meters. This case covers your Pixel from every angle, so nothing gets in to damage it, but that does also mean you have to deal with port covers and it adds a bit of bulk.
Here’s a simple TPU case that provides basic protection for a small outlay. The case features accurate cutouts for everything, including the buttons. It’s slim and flexible, with a small lip around the display for added protection. It’s available in green, and features a circuitry design with the Android mascot on the back. It’s a translucent case, so you do see something of Google’s design beneath.
The Presidio line from Speck is slimmer than the popular CandyShell cases, but still offers drop protection you can trust. This case will keep your Pixel safe from falls of up to eight feet. It has tactile button covers and accurate cutouts 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.
Spigen designed the Slim Armor case to offer shock absorption without making the handset heavier and bulkier. This case features flexible TPU and hard polycarbonate, which provides a double layer of phone protection from spills, accidents, and everyday damage. The Slim Armor case has cutouts specifically designed for the camera, speaker, and convenient and comfortable beveled fingerprint scanner. Every button has a textured covering for protection and effortless identification. It also comes with a built-in stand on the posterior side that aids in movie watching and picture taking, among other things.
OtterBox’s Defender case offers a built-in screen protector that safeguards your phone no matter where you travel or what you do. It’s strategically to be drop, dust, and scratch-resistant with its many button, port, camera, speaker, and fingerprint sensor covers. This case has everything from protection to portability covered as it comes with a belt holster that ensures you’ll keep your phone firmly attached to you at all times.
VRS Design produced a case that lives up to its name with the Simpli Mod case, which is in fact as simple as they come. However, it’s important to note that this case exchanges protection for style and aesthetic, offering a thinner-than-most design with a few gaps that expose the phone’s buttons and ports. If you’re not an accident-prone phone user and aren’t worried about drops, spills, etc., you could probably be just fine with the less defensive but beautiful Simpli Mod case. Its leather backing creates a sleek look with a quality feel and weighs in at only 1.13 oz. You also can pick from two different colors: duo-toned brown or black.
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