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
Our top five picks
Google Fabric Case
No one knows the
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
Moment Photo Case
Love to take photos on your
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
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
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