The Nexus line is all about showcasing stock Android, and the Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P came outfitted with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though it has since been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s an expensive phone with solid specs and some nifty features, but it definitely isn’t indestructible. If you want to keep that metal body in pristine condition — and avoid cracking or scratching the 5.7-inch display — then you’ll need to opt for some protection. These are the best Nexus 6P cases we’ve seen.
Best Nexus 6P cases
Carved provides a selection of natural wood finishes, each set into a black polycarbonate shell with flexible sides. The company also works with some talented artists to outfit the wood with etched designs, if you’re willing to pay a bit more. The cases come with a full set of openings for easy access to features, ports, and controls. The sides are also textured to allow for better grip.
These handcrafted, genuine leather cases will bring a touch of French style to your Nexus 6P. Your smartphone slots into a thin cradle that hosues openings for your phone’s buttons, ports, camera, and fingerprint sensor. The folio-style exterior is also padded for extra protection, and there’s a subtle logo on the front and a Noreve-branded lining inside. You can customize your case with a wide variety of different finishes and colors, but, depending on which you choose, it might cost a little extra. You really don’t have a lot of options if you want something with class, so this case is definitely worthy of your attention.
Cover-up’s case is another that prioritizes design over protection, but still offers impact protection, rubber edges and corners, and a raised bezel that helps protect the front of your display when your phone is placed face down. The main reason to get a case from Cover-Up, however, is the laser-cut wood skin. The exterior of the case is sanded down to make it as smooth as possible, and a unique finish is then added to give it a natural shine. If you want to show your love for Mother Nature, this is your case. Just keep in mind that the wood pattern on your particular case may differ from the product images.
If you don’t want anything too expensive or complex, but still want to invest in a case that has a distinct leather look, Suensan’s flip case will get the job done. The leather texture makes for a lightweight and thin case, but one that is also incredibly soft to the touch. Overall protection is fairly basic and relies on a soft interior lining, but that, combined with the flip-cover design, means your Nexus 6P will be at its safest when the case is completely closed. It’s not rugged, but it should provide some protection if your device is dropped. Sadly, closing the case will not put your phone to sleep, meaning you’ll have to do it manually.
The High Pro Shield is meant to give your Nexus 6P as much protection as possible, but without the bulk of other protection-focused cases. This slim case is comprised of a hard outer bumper that surrounds a softer cover, one that features an internal pattern that’s designed to provide additional shock absorption. The design of the case will protect your phone’s display when placed face down, too, thanks to a raised bezel that encompasses the screen. Three holes placed in the corners will also produce a cushion-like effect when dropped, ensuring that any impact damage is lessened or completely negated. Lastly, Verus offers a one-year warranty, meaning you can always return the case if it doesn’t perform as expected.
Slim and minimal Nexus 6P cases
Google Live Case ($35)
Google’s Live cases are specifically designed for Nexus 6P owners who prefer personalization and customization over protection. Using a personal photo or a place on the map, Google will create a case just for you, complete with a case style and finish of your choosing. Moreover, both cases come with a special companion wallpaper. If you opt for the Photos Live Case, you can enjoy a customizable picture gallery, while the Places Live Case will provide a stylized map of your current location. Best of all, the back of the case features a programmable shortcut button, allowing you to launch your favorite app quicker than ever.
Bear Motion ($9)
This minimalist, polycarbonate shell is finished with a sandstone texture that really helps with grip. Your Nexus 6P snaps neatly into the smooth interior. The openings are generous, too, allowing for easy access to buttons, sensors, camera, and ports. It comes in a choice of black, blue, gray, green, or pink, and there’s a small Bear Motion logo on the back. We can’t see it offering much in the way of drop protection, but you’re less likely to drop your phone when using this case, and it should deflect minor bumps and scratches.
Diztronic Case ($10)
If you just want a cheap, unobtrusive case, then check out this simple TPU offering from Diztronic. It’s a flexible case, so it’s easy to fit and it offers a bit of shock absorption. You’ll find accurate openings for the camera, fingerprint sensor, and ports. The button covers extend a little and they’re easy to find and press. It also has a slight lip to protect the screen. The matte finish comes in black, grey, or blue and the only real detail is a gloss logo on the side. It’s a slim case, so don’t expect rugged protection, but it certainly won’t break the bank.
Adopted Protective Case ($20)
One of the official case maker partners for the Nexus 6P is Adopted, and its basic offering is this sleek protective case. It doesn’t add much bulk or weight, but it can dissipate the shock of an impact. The case features a raised rim around the screen to prevent it from coming into contact with any surface. The openings are perfectly placed to allow for full access to everything, but this is basically a simple TPU case, so it’s a little pricey at $20. It comes in either a carbon or clear frost variety.
A bumper is the perfect solution for anyone who prefers not to cover up the Nexus 6P design, and Rhino Shield makes one of the toughest bumpers around. The Crash Guard offers full, easy access to ports and functions. The button covers are easy to press and you can find them without looking. The bumper frame adds some grip, and it extends at the front and back to keep your phone from touching any surfaces. It provides real drop protection. If you’re worried about scratches, you can combine this bumper with protectors for the screen and/or the back of the Nexus 6P.
Rugged Nexus 6P cases
Incipio Dual Pro Case ($45)
If you’re looking for good drop protection, then Incipio’s dual-layer offerings are worth a look. Their inner core is made of TPE, which is malleable and shock-absorbent. A hard, polycarbonate shell snaps over it to provide further protection. The cut-outs for your phone’s camera, ports, and fingerprint sensor are accurate and there are chunky button covers. There’s also a protective lip around the screen. The case is matte black and has a nice, soft finish.
Seidio Surface Case ($30)
This protective case has a dual-layer design, one that’s made of a flexible TPU layer and a tough polycarbonate shell. The outer shell easily slots together, and the bottom portion contains a metal kickstand to prop up your phone while in landscape mode. There are generous cut-outs for easy access to all your phone’s functions. You also get a felt-lined holster and a swiveling belt clip for additional carry options.
Supcase’s Unicorn Beetle case is described as “rugged,” and judging by the look and all the protection it offers, that description is apt. To start, the case is made using TPU materials for shock absorption, making your Nexus 6P resistant to blunt impacts. The case also features a built-in screen protector that won’t interfere with your phone’s touchscreen capabilities, and its inclusion means you won’t need to track one down yourself. Aside from keeping your device safe, the Unicorn Beetle case also comes equipped with a removable, 360-degree clip, which allows you to place it on your belt for quick access. The Beetle Series focuses on protection above all else, and is perfect for those constantly on the move, or people who work in areas that aren’t exactly phone-friendly.
Spigen Rugged Armor Case ($13)
This flexible TPU case is easy to fit and should provide some basic drop protection. There are accurate cut-outs for the camera, including laser auto-focus, the fingerprint sensor, and the ports. The button covers work well. There are also raised bezels to reduce the chance of screen damage if you should drop your Nexus 6P or put it down on a flat surface. It comes in various colors, but we like the black version with the carbon fiber style panels. It’s a decent case at an affordable price.
Speck CandyShell Grip Case ($31+)
Anyone with butterfingers should check out Speck’s protective CandyShell Grip. This case offers military-grade drop protection with shock absorbent rubber surrounded by a tough shell. To boost protection further, there’s a rubber lip that extends beyond the screen at the front and a series of rubber ribs that really aid grip, so you’re less likely to drop it in the first place. There are also tactile button covers and accurate cut-outs, which, sadly, add to the case’s bulk.
Clear or translucent Nexus 6P cases
Moko Halo Case ($5)
If you’re looking for a thin layer of transparent protection at a very cheap price, this Moko case might be for you. The case’s design combines a polycarbonate back panel with a flexible TPU bumper. It’s slim, the openings are all present and correct, and there’s a lip to protect your phone’s display. The frame also adds a bit of grip and it’s comfortable to hold. The case won’t provide much protection, but it should guard against the occasional scratch and scuff.
Poetic Affinity Case ($13)
Here’s another cheap case for the Nexus 6P that’s worth a look. This case combines clear, rigid polycarbonate with TPU sections that should help take the sting out of any impact. There is a completely clear version, or you can go with the black highlights. The cut-outs are present and correct, and the button covers are well-defined and easy to press. There’s a bit of a raised lip to safeguard the screen and the sides have a slightly grippy texture. The only real problem with this case is the branding. There’s an ugly Affinity logo on the back, and worse a big P that sits on top of the Nexus logo on the back of the phone.
Here’s a really minimalist option from Rearth that combines a TPU bumper with a hard plastic back panel. The whole thing is completely transparent, and it has been shaped to match the design of the Nexus 6P. It has button and port covers, and there are cut-outs for the fingerprint sensor, microphones, and camera. It’s not going to offer rugged drop protection, but it will guard against scuffs and bumps. You can also get a smoke black version, where the frame is darker, but the back panel remains transparent.
It’s a pretty safe bet that you’re an Android fan if you’re buying the Nexus 6P, so this Cruzerlite case — which features the Android mascot on a circuitry design — might just catch your eye. It’s a simple TPU case that’s flexible, making it easy to fit and durable. It’s slightly transparent and offers accurate cut-outs for all of your phone’s functions, too, and even comes in a choice of eight different colors.
If you want a case that keeps your phone safe, but doesn’t cramp the style of the Nexus 6P, then it’s worth checking out the Case-Mate Naked Tough. It’s a completely transparent case that combines a tough shell with a shock absorbing bumper. To give it a slightly classier feel, Case-Mate has added metallic button covers with a chrome finish. This case allows the design to shine through, but also delivers decent drop protection.
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