These are the best cases for the Pixel 3 XL


Whether you pre-ordered your Google Pixel 3 XL on day one or it’s a Christmas gift to yourself, you should really grab yourself a case or three to keep your phone safe when you’re out in the big, cruel world — or when you’re bumbling around your stone-floored apartment at 3 AM. Whether you’re after the stylish protection of the Spigen Tough Armor or prefer to show off your Pixel 3 XL’s natural beauty with an affordable totallee Thin Case, there’s a Pixel 3 XL case that can protect your phone and your showcase your style.

Soft fabric sweetness

Google Fabric Case

$40 at Google Store

Google’s fabric cases for the Pixel 2 series were soft, luxurious, and darn near perfect. Slimming down this year, Google also made tweaks to the case’s four color options: "Pink Moon" is more restrained than last year’s fiery "Coral," and a deep blue "Indigo" replaces the static of "Midnight."

Make it yours

Google My Case

$50 at Google Store

Google used to have different listings and styles for its custom cases, but now, all custom cases use the same dual-layer style and the same price tag. You can deck My Case out with custom Google Maps, exclusive designer collections, or a personal photo, and the inner layers now come in three colors to best match your phone or your case colors better.

Colorfully thin

Anccer Colorful Series

This case will only really offer protection against scratches, because this thin hard-shell case leaves the top and bottom of your phone exposed, instead wrapping around the sides and back of your Pixel 3 XL. It comes in six vibrant colors, including a festive "Gravel Green" that’s perfect for winter.

$8 at Amazon

Kick up your protection

Spigen Tough Armor

$15 at Amazon

This traditional dual-layer case is made for those who know that luck favors the prepared. The flexible TPU layer and air-cushion design helps absorb the impact of a fall, and the hard candy shell offers stability and a built-in kickstand to prop up your Pixel for an in-flight movie or video chat.

Slim dual-layer protection

Spigen Neo Hybrid

$14 at Amazon

The Spigen Neo Hybrid earned an AC Choice Award for the Google Pixel 2 and has been one of our favorite case lines for years. With distinct two-tone color schemes and a sophisticated Herringbone texture, the Neo Hybrid will protect your phone in style.

Ruggedly handsome

Spigen Rugged Armor

$10 at Amazon

Spigen’s Rugged Armor has been one of our go-to cases for years, and for good reason: this single-layer case feels great in the hand and protects your phone as well as many dual-layer cases. Contrasting carbon fiber accents give the case a rich look and a slim feel.

Tough as a gemstone

Ringke Onyx

$9 at Amazon

This single-layer case is similar to the Spigen Rugged Armor, using Carbon fiber accents and contrasting textures to make a discreet case look bolder and feel better in the hand. That said, the Onyx comes in two colors, black and a deep Lilac Purple.

Carbon coloring

Detral Carbon Fiber Case

$8 at Amazon

This Dretal case also sports carbon fiber accents and a flexible TPU design that’s easy to slip the Pixel 3 XL in and out of, but the color options here are far wider. Beyond the more traditional Black and Grey, you can let your Pixel 3 XL pop with bold shades of Red and Navy Blue.

Ruggedly streamlined

Caseology Legion Series

If you’re looking for rugged protection, but in a sleek package, then Caseology’s Legion has you covered. It has a dual-layer design that feels like one piece, offering strong drop protection thanks to a hard plastic outer shell and a flexible, shock-absorbent interior.

$16 at Amazon

Crystal Clear

Spigen Liquid Crystal

$10 at Amazon

Eschewing hard polycarbonate backs that tend to produce oily rainbows on many a clear case, the Liquid Crystal’s flexible TPU is easy to apply and easier to grip. This case offers light protection that is as thin as it is beautiful on the Google Pixel 3 XL.

The X factor

Ringke Fusion X

$12 at Amazon

This big brother of the Fusion features an even beefier bumper and reinforced corners for extra protection, and while the black bumper is solid, the red version is translucent, allowing the color to catch the light and shine beautifully.

Affordable crystal

MoKo Clear Case

$8 at Amazon

MoKo’s clear cases display the Google Pixel 3 XL’s beauty to the world with a hard polycarbonate back while a more flexible TPU bumper lets you get the case on and off the phone with ease. Unlike the bulky, buff corner guards on the Ringke Fusion line, MoKo’s small air cushion corners take a more refined approach.

Clean, clear, & colorful

Cimo Slim Grip

$8 at Amazon

Cimo’s Slim Grip’s translucence lets the Pixel 3 XL’s two-tone style shine through one of three cool colors — blue, purple, or the completely clear — and its TPU construction offers extra grip so you can keep your Pixel 3 XL safely in hand.

It’s, like, totally invisible!

totallee Thin Pixel 3 XL Case

If you want as little bulk as possible on your already large Pixel 3 XL, this totallee case is totally for you! The glossy model is a slightly softer case than the frosted white and black versions, but it’s crystal clear and so thin you might forget it’s there.

$29 at Amazon

Classy wallet case

Maxboost Folio-Style Wallet Case

This wallet case has bright white stitching, which is a great contrast against the black faux-leather. It also features a triangular magnetic closer, and the cover folds back into a steady kickstand. There’s space for three cards, as well as a cash pocket inside.

$10 at Amazon

Lithe, luscious leather

Bellroy Leather Case

$49 at Bellroy

Bellroy did a rich leather case for the Pixel 2 series last year, and this year’s case for the Pixel 3 XL is every bit as luxurious. Made using "gold-rated LWG tannery leather," this case is expensive, but isn’t this beauty worth it?

Armored protection

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro

If it’s heavy duty protection that you’re looking for, then Supcase’s Unicorn Beetle Pro is what you want. It’s a dual-layer case with hard, dense plastic for an outer shell, and a flexible inner shell that offers shock absorption. The front has a built-in screen protector, and it even comes with a belt clip.

$25 at Amazon

All-around protection

Poetic Revolution

Poetic’s excellent Revolution case has a built-in screen protector and a dual-layer design, which offers protection from bumps and drops while keeping your phone scratch-free. Dust flaps cover the open ports, and there’s a slide-out kickstand on the back.

$15 at Amazon

I’ve been a Spigen Neo Hybrid fan for a while, but the bold hues of the Navy and Red Dretal Carbon Fiber Cases are absolutely darling and produce some very fun contrast with the different Pixel 3 XL colors. Just remember: no matter your taste, your phone needs a case!

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January 23, 2019 at 10:02AM