What are the best cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL?
The Google Pixel 2 XL is a beautifully designed phone — especially if you snagged the panda/Stormtrooper Black and White edition. But as much as you’ll want to show it off, you’re also going to want to protect a phone that cost you close to $1000.
We’ve rounded up the best case options specifically for the Pixel 2 XL.
- Google Live Cases
- Google Fabric Cases
- Bellroy leather case
- OtterBox Symmetry Series
- Spigen Tough Armor
- Spigen Thin Fit
- Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
- Ringke Fusion
- Caseology Vault Series
- i-Blason Ares
- Vena vCommute wallet case
- Carved wooden cases
- Lifeprooof FRE case
Google Live Cases
Best for Added Features
Google has curated a great selection of cases that feature artwork, photos from space, and naturally beautiful images that are really quite stunning. Prices start around $50 depending on whether you choose a minimalist shell or a more rugged dual-layer case. Create and customize your own case via the Google Store.
Google’s Live Cases for the Pixel 2 XL are entirely customizable with your own photos plus a wide range of styles curated by Google. Maybe you’ll decide on a gorgeous satellite photo from Google Earth which also pairs with a matching live wallpaper for a cohesive look around your device. Looking to add a bit more of an artistic flair to your case? Check out the Artworks Live Case and find something that matches your style.
Google Fabric Cases
Designed in-house by Google, this case features great build quality and is a perfect fit for your Pixel 2 XL. The fabric finish is uniquely Google and on the inside, you get a premium microfiber liner to ensure your device stays scuff-free. Choose from four color combinations for $40.
If you prefer your phone case to have some texture for grip, you’re probably going to love the Google Fabric Case. It’s got the same look as the Google Home Mini, so if you’re a big Google fan and love all your tech to have a uniform look.
Bellroy leather case
This stylish leather case from Bellroy is available in four color choices and will keep your phone well-protected. Backed by a 3-year warranty from Bellroy, you can get this premium leather case for your Pixel 2 XL for $49.
Another great option that used to be exclusively offered through the Google itself. Bellroy makes all sorts of great leather accessories such as wallets and bags, but they also make great leather accessories for phones, laptops, and tablets. The Pixel 2 XL case combines leather, flexible polymer, and a microfibre lining on the interior to create a great case that looks great with a streamlined design to keep things sleek in your hand.
OtterBox Symmetry Series
OtterBox cases are known for being great cases that offer outstanding protection for your phone with great customer support. Starting at just $22, you can get this great case for your Pixel 2 XL in your chose of four colors.
Unlike other bulkier OtterBox case styles, the Symmetry Series is designed to be rugged and sleek. This is a dual-layer case that will keep your phone well-protected without making it a pain to fit in your pocket.
Spigen Tough Armor case
Spigen has a solid lineup of cases for the Pixel 2 XL. The Tough Armor case offers a combination of flexible TPU interior and a rugged outer shell to provide great dual-layer protection for your phone, with Spigen’s air cushion technology offering support in the corners. Get the Tough Armor case for just $17 on Amazon.
Despite its rugged design, the Tough Armor case is still mighty slim adding just 2.5 mm of thickness to your device. Another great feature is the pop-out kickstand built into the shell. There are so many handy reasons to have your phone propped up, and having this feature built right into the case means you don’t need to add a pop socket or style ring to the back of your phone.
Spigen Thin Fit
Keep your Pixel 2 XL safe from scuffs and scratches without sacrificing the slim design with the Thin Fit case for just $12. Available in black, this case will match the look of the Pixel 2 XL and features precise cutouts around the fingerprint scanner and camera on the back.
It can be an issue finding a case for larger phones like the Google Pixel 2 XL that doesn’t add too much bulk to your phone. The Spigen Thin Fit case is about as minimalist as phone cases get, and it’s thin enough to keep the Active Edge compatibility fully intact — yet it still features Spigen’s Air Cushion technology in the corners for added drop protection.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro case
Combining a polycarbonate outer shell with a flexible and shock-absorbing TPU sleeve around back, the Unicorn Beetle Pro goes an extra step further by including a built-in screen protector to provide maximum protection for your Pixel 2 XL. There’s also an optional belt clip holster if it’s convenient for you. Get yours from Amazon starting at $18.
When you name your phone case after the Unicorn Beetle — one of the gnarliest looking armored bugs in the natural world — you better back it up with a rugged case. If you’ve used this style of case on another phone before, you’ll know it’s well-designed: beefy in the corners where it needs to be yet slim and sporty enough as to not turn your phone into a thick brick of plastic.
Available for just $11, the Ringke Fusion case offers two layers of protection for your phone — a rugged and shock-resistant TPU bumper combined with a ridged PC panel covering the back. There’s a protective lip around the front to save the display glass from harm, and there are precise cutouts around the fingerprint sensor, camera, and USB-C charging port.
Looking for a reliable clear case for the Pixel 2 XL at a very reasonable price? Check out the Ringke Fusion case. Get the clear version if you want to preserve the original look of the Pixel 2 XL, or opt for the Rose Gold or Smoke Black versions.
Caseology Vault Series
Caseology has a couple different cases available for the Pixel 2 XL. We recommend the Vault Series because it’s got a classic design for just $13. Made of flexible TPU, it features a sleek finish along the back and textured grip around the edges. It’s available in black and should look great whether you went with the Just Black or Black and White Pixel 2 XL.
If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, check out the Parallax Series ($16) which offers a slim, two-piece design to keep your Pixel well-protected. It’s also available in some really cool color combinations. Or consider the Legion Series ($14), which offers a more rugged matte shell around the back of the case.
Best for Drops
This i-Blason case combines the protection of a rugged case with the views of a clear case. It has extra reinforcement in the corners to provide superior drop protection, has a built-in screen protector, and a transparent back so you can still enjoy the look of your phone. Get yours starting at just $18.
If you’re looking for a solid case that provides optimum protection for your Pixel 2 XL, and you’re okay with adding a little bit of bulk to your already large phone, then i-Blason’s Ares case is the one you want. It’s available in five different styles and will absolutely keep your Pixel 2 XL safe and secure.
Vena vCommute wallet case
This case features a magnetic flap on the back that covers a slot big enough for about three cards or a couple cards and some cash. There’s a raised lip in the card slot, so even if you only have one card, you can still slide it out easily. The folding magnetic flap doubles as a kickstand so you can watch video hands-free and can be yours for just $20.
Vena’s sleek wallet case isn’t your typical folio-style wallet case, and it’s the perfect way to cut down on pocket carry with your Pixel 2 XL. If you don’t need the kickstand feature but still want a wallet case, they offer a sleeker credit card slot holder case%7B.cta.shop.nofollow&th=1) for just $12 on the same listing.
Carved wooden cases
Best Wood Case
Carved has a bunch of great case options available for phones like the Pixel 2 XL, including 52 stylish pre-made option featuring a mix of cool prints and fancy cut wood designs with prices ranging from $29 to $55, along with a selection of classic wood grain cases for just $24.
Carved also allows you to create your own custom case using an online case designer. They also offer the option to get a section of a map engraved or printed onto the case. With the right eye for design, you could design a case that uses the fingerprint scanner as part of your case’s decoration.
Lifeproof FRE case
Best Rugged Case
This Lifeproof case is designed to be form-fitting and lightweight while providing 360-degree protection that keeps all water and dust out while also providing great drop protection. This is marketed and sold as a premium case and that’s reflected in the price — at $89, it’s the most expensive case on our list but it’s arguably the most rugged, too. If you need a case that will live up to your rough and tumble lifestyle, this is the one.
I suppose you could say we’ve saved the best for last. The Lifeproof FRE case is a go-to option for anyone who loves to stay connected while exploring the outdoors and never wants to worry about their phone getting wet or damaged while hiking, biking, or kayaking. It’s also designed to work with Lifeproof’s accessory mounts, which let you attach your phone to your car’s dashboard, an armband for running and hiking, and a bike mounts for riding the trails. If you intend to use your Pixel 2 XL for a couple more years yet and live an EXTREME lifestyle, this is well worth the investment.
How do you keep your phone protected?
What’s your favorite case for the Pixel 2 XL? Let us know if you’re getting one off our list or opting for a different option in the comments below!
Updated August 2018: Added the OtterBox Symmetry Series to our list and updated pricing information.
August 28, 2018 at 06:03AM