The release of Google’s new Pixels always heralds new innovations for Android phones, and the launch of the Pixel 3 range was no different. The Pixel 3 XL — the larger of the two phones — is a great example of the biggest 2018 trends in smartphones with a notched screen, incredibly powerful hardware, and a luxurious glass back.
While the Pixel 3 XL’s traditional two-tone style and bezel-less design are beautiful, it’s still made from glass — and glass is easy to shatter, which could ruin your phone’s good looks. If you’re worried about the longevity of your phone, protection is a great idea. Here are the best Pixel 3 XL cases to keep your phone safe from drops, bumps, and scratches.
Our top five picks
Google Fabric Case
No one knows the Pixel 3 XL better than Google itself, so a case from Google is always going to be high on the list. This case is a little bit special, as you can see. It’s made from fabric laid over a protective polycarbonate shell. Fabric isn’t a common material for cases, but it’s certainly unique, and it lends your Pixel 3 XL a special flair. It won’t be as protective as a larger case, but the inner PC shell should do a good job protecting your phone, while the outer layer of close-knit fabric should protect against scratches and other damage. It’s fully compatible with the Pixel 3 XL’s Active Edge feature, and it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging.
Protection doesn’t have to be unfashionable, and if you’re looking for a case that will show off your glitzy style, check out Case-Mate. The Waterfall case is tough and durable, with drop protection of up to 10 feet, but it also looks great, with a snow globe-style effect with cascading glitter. The oil on the inside of the case has been certified to be safe, and it’s fully compatible with the convenience of wireless charging. Flexible sides add grip, and it even comes with metallic button covers. It’s expensive, but can you put a price on style?
Bellroy Leather Wallet
The Pixel 3 XL is an expensive phone with some serious style, and it deserves a case that can match it blow for blow. Bellroy’s leather wallet is gorgeous and luxurious, and adds some serious utility to your phone too. It’s made from genuine premium leather, mixed with a polymer inner core. An inner lining of microfiber protects against scratches, and there’s an area in the cover to store an extra SIM card and SIM tray tool, perfect for the world traveler on the go. It can fit up to four cards in the inner pocket, and the magnetically held front cover also doubles up as a horizontal stand. Its very expensive, but if all these features sound great and you love the style, it’s an incredible case choice.
Air Jacket Clear
TPU is tough but it’s soft, and if you want hard protection that’s light in weight, then you’ll want a polycarbonate case. The Air Jacket case is completely made from polycarbonate, which means it’s tough and hard, while also being crystal clear and very light. Coated with a self-healing layer, it’ll reform minor scratches over time, leaving your case blemish-free. It clips onto your Pixel 3 XL, holding close to the phone, and gives all-around protection for the back and all four sides of the phone. But it’s not perfect; it’s expensive at $40, and polycarbonate won’t protect as well against drops and falls as a softer, impact-absorbing TPU case. But as a hard and clear case, it’s very good.
Nomad Rugged Leather Case
Leather is a wonderful material for style and protection. Nomad’s rugged leather case is made from U.S. Horween leather molded onto a combination of TPU and hard PC, which means it should be able to cope with a wide variety of hazards and still look great. The leather will continue to mature as the case ages, and the unique grain means you’ll always end up with an accessory like no other. Nomad claims the multiple layers protect against drops of up to 6 feet, and despite all that protection, it still comes in a fairly thin package. The $45 price tag isn’t too much for genuine leather either.
More great options
Totallee Leather Thin Case
If you’re after a svelte case that won’t add bulk, then you need to check out Totallee’s wares. The newest entrant is the leather case which features a slim plastic shell with real cowhide leather on the back in black. It has a nice textured feel, and it sports precise openings for the fingerprint sensor, camera, buttons, and ports. It adds a hint of grip and will provide basic protection from minor knocks. The only downside with this case is that the buttons are a little harder to press with it on, but if minimalism is your thing, you’re liable to love it.
VRS Design Crystal Chrome Series
You don’t have to hide your Pixel 3 XL away just because you want to protect it. The Pixel 3 XL’s design can be divisive, but those who love it will want to show it off — and that’s where a clear case comes in extra handy. VRS’ Crystal Chrome case combines a TPU bumper and a hard polycarbonate (PC) backplate that allows your phone to be seen, while still providing flexible but tough protection. The case has raised edges, so your phone doesn’t rest directly on surfaces, and air cushions on each corner ensure great drop protection. It’s certainly on the more expensive side for a clear case, but it offers great protection for your $900 phone.
Tech21 Evo Check
What if you like clear cases, but want to add some extra style to your phone while still protecting it? Those are some weirdly specific requirements you’ve got there, but thankfully the Evo Check case from Tech21 covers most of those bases. It’s made from a flexible material called FlexShock, which Tech21 claims is able to absorb shock from drops of up to 12 feet. We don’t recommend you test that, but it provides some good peace of mind regardless. It’s adorned with a series of checks that provide a cool style to your Pixel 3 XL’s two-tone design. It’s expensive, but if you’re serious about your protection, it’s a good buy.
Spigen Neo Hybrid
What sort of case roundup would this be without Spigen? Spigen is extremely well-known for making quality protective cases at good prices, and the Neo Hybrid represents one of its longest-lasting lines. It’s a dual-layer case that uses flexible and absorbent TPU and hard PC in a complementary fashion to make the most of each material’s strengths and reduce weaknesses. The soft TPU material also helps to increase grip on the case, which has raised edges to protect your display. The case certainly has a unique look, with a herringbone pattern and two-tone style that’s reminiscent of the Pixel 3 XL’s look.
Moment Photo Case
Love to take photos on your Pixel 3 XL? You should — Google’s put together an amazing camera yet again, despite using just one camera lens. Why not add protection to your phone and some extras for your beloved photography? Moment’s case is made from absorbent TPU that doesn’t add much bulk, comes with an attachment point for a lanyard, and adds a ton of extra grip to your phone — but the real draw here is the optional photo lenses you can attach. These include wide-angle, telephoto, macro, and other lenses that easily attach directly onto the case. The lenses are expensive, but worth it if you love the idea.
Kerf Wooden Case
We’re all used to cases made from leather and plastic, but what about wood? Wood isn’t the best protective material in the world for absorbing drop impact, and can sometimes break — but it’s attractive and protects extremely well against more direct threats. Kerf’s wooden cases are among the few premium wood cases around, and they’re extremely beautiful. You have the choice of multiple types of wood for your case, and there’s an inner lining of suede to hold your phone safely. It doesn’t block wireless charging, and Kerf claims it’s also compatible with the Pixel’s Active Edge feature. It’s certainly expensive but great if you love the wood aesthetic.
Obliq K3 Wallet Case
Wallet cases have a style all their own, and this one from Obliq is no different. It’s crafted from synthetic leather and uses an inner core of hard PC to hold your phone in place. The leather cover folds behind the phone while it’s in use, and covers your phone’s display to keep it safe while it’s in your bag or pocket. There are three internal card pockets and a single exterior card pocket that’s perfect for your ID or tickets you need at a moment’s notice. Thanks to the combination of a leather exterior with the hard PC inner, this case is protective and not too expensive for a wallet case.
Speck Presidio Grip
Another name with a great protective pedigree, Speck has brought one of its most popular lines back for the Pixel 3 XL. The Presidio Grip case is one of Speck’s most recognizable cases, and it’s a great choice if you’re looking to get some solid protection for your phone with minimal fuss. It uses two layers of protection that provide drop protection of up to 10 feet. It has raised bezels to keep your phone from being laid directly down on surfaces, and a series of distinctive lines adorning the back of the case provide additional grip. It’s on the expensive side for a case, but it’s worth it to get Speck’s level of quality.
UAG Monarch Series
If protection is the most important thing to you, then there aren’t many cases more protective than UAG’s Monarch series. It has five layers of construction, including a layer of top grain leather and a metal alloy, making it supremely effective at protecting against a huge variety of threats. UAG claims that this case has not only passed military standards for drop and shock protection, but exceeded the standards by twice the required amount. It’s not a subtle case — especially if you choose the red option — but if you don’t mind a case that looks rugged, then the UAG Monarch series case will provide excellent all-around protection.
Otterbox Symmetry Series
Protection doesn’t have to look rugged, which is an ethos Otterbox has always followed with its Symmetry cases. The Otterbox Symmetry case is slim for a protective case, but still meets the standards of Otterbox’s Certified Drop+ Protection tests. It’s easy to apply and remove, thanks to a one-piece construction. It works with the Pixel 3 XL’s Active Edge feature, and it also comes with a raised bezel to protect your phone’s display. It’s certainly on the expensive side, but if you’re looking for a protective case that has something of a more subtle style to it, then you can’t beat Otterbox’s slim and stylish protection.
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