It’s always a smart move to protect your phone from potential damage with a case. Google’s Pixel 4 features a new design, but it’s still glass front and back with a curved metal frame that will scuff easily, so an extra layer to take the sting out of any knocks or drops is sensible. There are lots of options to choose from, whether you want something that won’t cramp your new phone’s style, something plain, or something a bit more stylish. Here are the best Pixel 4 cases you can buy.
Pela Eco-Friendly Case
A lot of phone cases end up in landfills every year, so if you prefer to be eco-friendly you might consider the Pela compostable Pixel 4 case. It’s crafted from Canadian Prairie Flax shive, which is a plant-based biopolymer, and Pela donates a small percentage of every sale to Ocean Cleanup and Preservation Initiatives. The case is a bit chunky, but it’s soft and flexible which makes it comfortable to handle, easy to grip, and good for drop protection. There is a raised edge around the screen and I appreciate the cutout to expose the power button. The fit is generally good and there’s plenty of room around the USB-C port, too. If you don’t like the green finish, it also comes in black, or a Honey Bee yellow with a honeycomb design and outlines of bees on the back.
Joby StandPoint Case
The Pixel 4’s camera is outstanding, but if you want to capture the best shots possible, and particularly if you want to dabble in some astrophotography and use long exposures to shoot the stars at night, then you’ll need a tripod. Joby’s StandPoint aims to be a case and a tripod in one and it succeeds, but I like it a lot more as a tripod than a case. There are three individual legs that pop out of the back and can be individually rotated to any angle, so you can use them to prop your Pixel 4 and watch a movie or read, and you can rotate them around to act as a tripod for photography. They slot away neatly, but they have to be extended fully and placed out of the way when you charge wirelessly because there’s metal in there which could cause problems. The case itself is a basic plastic shell with subtle button covers, so you lose the pop of color and they don’t feel very responsive. This is worth having to save you from needing to carry a tripod, but I wouldn’t keep it on my
Totallee Thin Case
If you want minimal coverage that doesn’t hide Google’s design away, then Totallee’s clear, thin case could be for you. It won’t provide rugged drop protection, but it should ward off scratches and prevent damage from minor bumps. It’s so thin you’ll barely notice it at all and there are no superfluous logos or details. If you prefer there’s also a black version or a frosted clear matte finish, instead of the glossier transparent case. It’s ideal for adding a little grip and basic protection and it’s less prone to smudges than the finish of the glossy black Pixel 4.
Google Pixel 4 Case
Our favorite case for the Pixel 3 was Google’s own soft knit fabric case, and there’s a similar set of cases for the Pixel 4. These striking cases are always warm, easy to grip, and comfortable to hold. The outer layer is hard-wearing nylon fabric, which sits on top of virtually indestructible polycarbonate. There’s also a soft microfiber lining on the inside to cushion your
Speck Presidio Grip Case
This long-running case series has seen a few changes over the years, but it remains an excellent choice for anyone afraid of drop damage. The diagonal grip pattern provides some visual flair but also enhances your grip on your phone. Speck’s material is anti-microbial, so no worries about germs, and this is a rugged case capable of absorbing the impact from a fall of up to 10 feet without allowing your phone to sustain any damage. The button covers are pronounced, the cutouts are in all the right places, and the beveled edge around the screen saves it from touching down. There are a few different color combinations to choose from and it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging.
Nomad Rugged Case
Leather is a nice material for a case, it’s always warm, it offers good grip, it’s comfortable to handle, and it ages gracefully. Nomad crafts cases from Horween leather, which comes from Chicago. But this case isn’t all about style, it offers solid protection from falls of up to 6 feet. You’ll also find accurate openings for easy access, a textured power button cover, and a raised lip to safeguard that screen. I’m partial to the rustic brown, but you can get this one in black as well. There are lanyard attachment points, if you’re into that kind of thing, and this case won’t interfere with wireless charging.
Incipio DualPro Case
This tough, dual-layer case from Incipio combines scratch-resistant polycarbonate on the outside with a shock-absorbing inner core that’s capable of safeguarding your Pixel 4 from falls of up 10 feet. There’s also a raised bezel around the screen to keep it from touching down. The openings for the camera and ports are accurate, there are well-defined button covers, and wireless charging will work just fine with the case on. You can pick it up in black, or you can opt for a clear version if you want to show off Google’s design within.
Tech21 Evo Check Case
With a firm commitment to drop protection, Tech21 is a good case brand for anyone worried about damage from falls. The Evo Check keeps your Pixel 4 safe from falls of up to 12 feet. It’s still relatively slim, with a translucent back with various tints, and that distinctive check pattern that gives it the name. The button covers are well-defined, there’s plenty of room to access the USB-C port, and the case extends a little at the front to safeguard the screen. It also boasts anti-microbial properties to keep things nice and hygienic.
Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet Case
If you want to travel light and leave the wallet at home, then this leather wallet case for the Pixel 4 may suit you perfectly. Made from European full-grain cowhide nubuck leather it has a luxurious feel that will age with style. You’ll find a shell holds the
Spigen Neo Hybrid Case
This attractive case combines a flexible TPU shell on the inside with a polycarbonate bumper on top to give decent protection against falls and bumps. There’s a lip to protect the screen, accurate openings for ports and camera, and decent button covers for power and volume. It’s a fairly slim case and the bumper is smooth, but there’s a textured pattern on the back. It doesn’t interfere with wireless charging.
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