What are the best accessories for the Google Pixel 2?
Google launched a ‘Made for Google‘ certification partnership with a wide range of accessory manufacturers to ensure there’s a good selection of accessories for the Pixel 2.
The best place to find certified Pixel 2 accessories is straight from the source — the Google Store. They offer proprietary accessories along with some third-party products, but there are also deals to be found on Amazon.
- Google-designed cases
- Peel Super Thin Pixel 2 Case
- Moment Photo Case & Wide Lens Kit
- Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones
- USB-C Digital to 3.5mm headphone adapter
- dB MAGIX Mini Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier
- 18W USB-C Power Adapter
- Anker PowerLine USB-C cables [3-pack]
- Aukey USB-C Car Charger
Google has partnered with a number of different case manufacturers to get accessories certified as ‘Made for Google’, just another way for Pixel 2 owners to be confident in their accessory purchases.
Right now, there’s a limited number of third-party accessories available, but If you’re planning to order your phone straight from the source you should check out the cases designed in-house by Google.
For the Google Live cases there are two case types to choose between — a slim one-piece shell or a more rugged dual-layer case. No matter which you go with, you get to customize the back of your Pixel 2 with a stunning shot from your own photo roll, from Google Earth, or sample a work of art.
Each Google Earth case can be paired with a matching live wallpaper for a cohesive look around your device that just looks gorgeous. And if you opt for the dual-layer case, you’ll be getting enhanced drop protection when compared to a single-layer case. Find yours starting at $50.
Another compelling option is the Google Fabric Cases which brings the look and most importantly the feel of that fabric finish found on other Google products, like the Home Mini and Daydream View. These cases offer a premium microfiber liner and will keep your Pixel 2 looking like a standout device no matter which color combination you decide on. They’re also available for $50.
Peel Super thin Pixel 2 Case
If you’re looking for a way to protect the finish on your Pixel 2 with no extra bulk and no graphics or branding of any kind, Peel’s Super Thin Pixel 2 Case is exactly what you’re looking for.
This .35mm thin case is precision cut and formed to fit perfectly on your Pixel 2 and fits more like a glove than a traditional case. Once in place, you’ll barely notice it’s there while you’re using or carrying your phone but will definitely notice that your expensive Pixel 2 isn’t getting scratched up from rubbing against other things in your pocket or a table.
Take it from us: the back glass on your Pixel 2 will scratch if you give it a chance. Peel’s Super thin Case is the perfect medium between nothing at all and a thick case for people who just aren’t into cases.
Moment Photo Case & Wide Lens Kit
Photography is a big feature on the Pixel line, and the Pixel 2’s camera is positioned to be the best on the market. If you’re #teampixel, get ready to take your photos to the next level with the Moment Photo case, which lets you quickly and securely attach peripheral lenses to enhance the Pixel 2’s already outstanding camera setup.
Google is selling the Moment Photo case which includes an 18mm wide-angle lens made from premium materials that let the Pixel 2 camera capture more in crystal clarity. The case itself is pretty basic as a phone protector, but the lens is top-notch and accounts for the majority of the $130 price tag you can bet that this case is mostly a vessel for the high-quality camera lenses that Moment makes for mobile.
Check out Moment for more fancy camera lenses for your fancy new phone — Macro, Telephoto, and Super Fisheye. Quite the investment, but might be worth it if you want to add some uniqueness to your ‘Gram game.
Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones
With the Pixel 2 ditching the headphone jack many of us are looking for a new set of headphones or earbuds. There are plenty of choices when it comes to wireless headphones, but if you’d rather go with USB-C connectivity, Libratone has a great pair in the Google Store.
The Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones were built to work perfectly with the Pixel 2 and deliver clear clean sound without the hassle of pairing or recharging. With a braided cable and multiple tips, these earbuds will fit almost everyone and are built to last. They also include Libratone’s four-stage CityMix active noise cancellation that you can control through the four-button inline remote or through the Libratone Android app.
You can also trigger Google Assistant through the remote if you need some help picking out a song.
USB-C Digital to 3.5mm headphone adapter
You may notice that a number of these accessory recommendations are centralized around coping with the loss of the headphone jack, a feature which many still consider an essential smartphone feature. Google will be including a headphone adapter with the new phones but look at that thing — assuming you’re not going to keep it plugged in all the time, there’s a good chance of this thing getting lost.
If that happens, you may need to bite the bullet and get a new one — for $20. Might be a good idea to buy a spare from the get-go and keep it in a safe place.
dB MAGIX Mini Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier
Maybe you already have a good pair of headphones and aren’t ready to ditch them for a wireless option. You’re not alone and this little jewel of a headphone adapter can make those headphones sound better than ever.
The dB magix Mini Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier is the size of a regular USB-C to 3.5mm adapter but it packs a punch with a premium DAC and amp inside that outputs 2 volts worth of audio with a total harmonic distortion of just 0.0003%. That means it will drive almost any pair of cans and sound great while doing it.
It’s plug-and-play with any device using a USB-C port and best of all will bring premium audio support to your Pixel 2 for just $60.
18W USB-C Power Adapter
It’s always a good idea to stick with the charging accessories that came with your phone, and especially so with the claims Google has made regarding the Pixel 2 — seven hours of battery life after just 15 minutes on the juice.
Since you’re probably gonna need some extra charging accessories anyways, you can’t go wrong doubling up on the 18W USB-C Power Adapter. Of course, we’ll be keeping an eye out for any certified 27W chargers that might offer even quicker charging speeds.
Anker PowerLine USB-C cables [3-pack]
So you’re at a party and your phone is dying, and you ask around to see if anyone has a charging cable. If you’re lucky, someone may have a USB-C cable, but its not a guarantee.
That’s why you ought to grab this three pack of USB-A to USB-C cables from Anker. Beyond the cables that came with your phone, Anker is one third-party accessory maker that you can trust. The pack includes three 3-foot cables that offer transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, and they’re also backed by Anker’s worry-free lifetime warranty.
Available for just $14, it breaks down to under $5 per cable. Keep one at work, one in your car, and one in your laptop bag so you’ll always have a spare charging cable nearby wherever you are!
Belkin USB-C Car Charger
Keeping your phone charged while you’re on the go is important. Everyone hates when you realize you forgot to charge your phone and it’s time to go.
The Belkin USB-C Car Charger is a great option for the Pixel 2 that’s been promoted on the Google Store. It plugs right into the 12V port your car and offers two charging ports — a hardwired USB-C cable and a USB-A port for charging a second device.
You’ll be able to maximize your charging speeds thanks to Belkin’s 15W universal charging system that automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging speed for your Pixel 2. Get yours from Amazon for just $17 — a great price compared to what Google is selling this accessory for.
What sorts of accessories are you looking for?
Did you get a Pixel 2? What are the go-to accessories you buy alongside a new phone? Let us know in the comments!
Update March, 2018: We’ve updated our list to ensure you have the best Pixel 2 accessories, including the Libratone Q Adapt USB-C earphones and the Peel 2 case!
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March 25, 2018 at 06:01AM