The best cases for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google has built one of the best, and most expensive, phones ever. Better slap some protection on it.

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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel XL, Olive

    $16.99 MSRP $34.99
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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel - Black

    $14.46 MSRP $29.99
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  • Speck Products Presidio Grip Cell Phone Case for Google...

    $20.30 MSRP $39.95
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  • OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Google Pixel XL (5.5"...

    $22.32 MSRP $49.95
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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel XL - Frost/Pearl...

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  • Case-Mate Naked Tough

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  • Case-Mate Wallet Folio for Google Pixel

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  • Spigen Neo Hybrid Google Pixel XL Case with Flexible Inner...

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Suit up your Pixel

The Pixel and Pixel XL are fantastic phones. They’re fast, take great pictures, and are always up to date with the latest software from Google.

But they’re not indestructible. And like many other phones out there, they can get a little slippery in the hand, particularly if you have the XL model. Fortunately for you, numerous case makers have been quick to crank out protection for those lucky enough to get their hands on one in these first weeks of the Pixel launch.

Our collection represents some of the better choices out there, ranging from robust cases that will keeps your phone in a protective bubble to slimmer options that offer a much lighter touch. We’ll update this collection over time as well when we come across more clever designs to keep your phone safe and looking great.

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Incipio Carnaby Esquire Series

This selection from Incipio hits the right balance between sturdy protection while also giving your phone some style. In fact, it’ll match rather nicely with a Daydream View as it has a similar dark gray fabric scheme.

You can get this case for Pixel and Pixel XL in black, gray, or olive. The textured back is easy to hold onto and the design will help set it apart from a vast sea of black and clear cases that are sure to perpetuate as the Pixel becomes more popular. 

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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel XL, Olive

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Incipio Octane

Where the Incipio DualPro is slippery, the Octane is built with a grip to ensure that you’re much less likely to drop it. There’s a ribbed edge around the side of the phone that makes it tremendously easy to hold onto.

The back is smooth and frosted that lets the design of the phone peek out. You can then pick from four color choices for the textured bumper: black, gray, lavender, or pearl blue.

It’s also thinner than the DualPro, but Incipio says it’s no less durable and should withstand a drop from several feet.

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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel - Black

    $14.46 MSRP $29.99
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  • Incipio Cell Phone Case for Google Pixel XL -...

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Incipio DualPro

The Incipio DualPro is rock solid and should ease any worry about something happening to your phone. The case is moderately thick and looks great, though it’s a little on the bulky side and can be slightly slippery. I found myself losing my grip when trying to retrieve my phone quickly from my pocket. Fortunately the one time it did tumble there was nary a scratch on the phone.

Another aspect I liked was the large cutout at the camera and sensor area to ensure there’d be no interference with light and sensors for all of those photos you’re bound to take.

The case is available for the Pixel and Pixel XL in champagne/gray, red/black, and black/black color combinations.

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  • Speck Products Presidio Grip Cell Phone Case for...

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Otterbox Commuter Series

The Commuter series is a popular model from Otterbox, giving you a slightly less bulky case compared to the normal armored assault vehicle you get. It does still have little flaps over the ports, which is nice protection but can get annoying when you go to plug in your headphones or charge the thing up.

This Commuter series, available for both phones in pink and black, is still a little heftier than your average case. But you get that Otterbox guarantee, which says style of case gets undergoes over 238 hours of researh for over 24 different tests.

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  • OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Google Pixel XL...

    $22.32 MSRP $49.95
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  • OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Google Pixel (5"...

    $23.46 MSRP $39.95
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Google Live Case

If you truly want an unique case, you can design your own right on the Google Store. There are three different types of live cases: Places, Artworks, and Photos. With Places, you select a spot on the globe that decorates the back of your case. You’re able to select from different color schemes so it doesn’t have to look exactly like a copy of a Google Map. This also comes with a live wallpaper that shows your location on a map in real time, which you can customize through the My Live Case app.

The Photos case is what you’d expect, giving you the chance to upload an image that will be featured prominently. The custom wallpaper can then rotate amongst some other favorite images. Finally, the Artworks live case gives you a group of designer and abstract images to choose from. Just as with the other choices, you also get a gallery to spruce up the wallpaper.

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Speck Presidio Grip

This turned out to be one of my favorites. I enjoy the understated look of a black case, but don’t care for something that feel slike it’s going to slip out of my hands. The Presidio Grip lives up to its name thanks to the lined grips that surround the case. It’s also on the thin side, but still has a solid block of padding surrounding your Pixel or XL.

Along with black, there’s a dark and light blue color combination if you want something that stands out a little.

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Tech21 Evo Check

This case is ready for a good round of bumper cars. The Evo Check line isn’t necessarily super attractive, but if you have a toddler or some aggressive wildlife living with you then you may want to forefeit some vanity in exchange for phone protection. 

The sides also offer some grip assistance with ridges, so you should be far less likely to drop this compared to other alternatives. Despite the large cutout for the camera and sensors, the case is sufficiently thick so that nothing should happen if catastrophe strikes.

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  • Case-Mate Naked Tough

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Case Mate Naked Tough

The name “naked tough” sounds more like a Weird Al song parody than a smartphone case. But don’t let that discourage you if you want a clear case that’s also thick and protective.

The sides of the case are a little bulky for a clear case, which I find usually looks a lot better if it’s slimmer. However, the back does a good job at letting you see through so that you can show off your snazzy new phone (and remind others that it’s not actually an iPhone).

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  • Case-Mate Wallet Folio for Google Pixel

    $60.00 MSRP $60.00
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Case Mate Wallet Folio

Too many wallet cases I’ve tried don’t really live up to the promise of helping you ditch a wallet. Usually the most you can stick in is one or two credit cards, which isn’t practical.

The Case Mate Wallet Folio is a much better option, with four different slots for cards and a see-through window for an ID. The back has a large cutaway for the camera, flash, and sensors that looks a little odd. At least you won't have to worry about the case getting in the way of the camera. 

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  • Spigen Neo Hybrid Google Pixel XL Case with Flexible...

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Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen offers a pretty strong collection of cases for Pixel and Pixel XL. The Neo Hybrid split the difference between those that are bulky and indestructible and the sleeker, less rugged cases.

It has a solid bumper frame and a slightly textured back around the fingerprint sensor to add a splash of style. It offers a pretty good grip and matches the Pixel aesthetic by putting in a different design pattern on the top half of the phone’s back.

All versions of this particular case are black, though you can opt for a white or blue accent in order to toss in some differentiation.