These are the best cases for the Pixel 3 XL


Google has unveiled the Google Pixel 3 XL, and if it’s going to be your next phone, you’re going to want to 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 3:00 a.m. Whether you’re after the stylish protection of the Spigen Neo Hybrid or prefer to show off your Pixel 3 XL’s natural beauty with an affordable Ringke Fusion, 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."

Lithe, luscious leather

Bellroy Leather Case

$45 at Bellroy

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

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.

Our pick

Spigen Neo Hybrid

$14 at Amazon

The Spigen Neo Hybrid is one of our favorite case lines on the market; it earned an AC Choice Award for the Google Pixel 2 and it continues that excellence with the Pixel 3 XL. With distinct two-tone color schemes and a sophisticated Herringbone texture, the Neo Hybrid will protect your phone in style.

Kick up your protection

Spigen Tough Armor

$17 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.

Ruggedly handsome

Spigen Rugged Armor

$13 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.

Altered carbon

Vinve Carbon Fiber Case

$8 at Amazon

This carbon-fiber-accented case from Vinve comes in four colors: a bright red that borders on salmon, a grey that sits somewhere between pewter and gunmetal, deep navy blue, and the ever-standard black.

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, Gray, and Navy, you can let your Pixel 3 XL pop with bright shades of Red and Mint green.

Magnetic grip

Detral Magnetic Anti-Slip Case

$9 at Amazon

Hiding under this case’s extra-grippy honeycomb texture is an integrated metal plate for magnetic mounts and stands. That plate will also interfere with wireless charging, but if you’d prefer to use magnetic mounts, Dretal lets you ditch those stick-on magnetic plates.

Lightweight protection

Spigen Thin Fit

$12 at Amazon

Leaving the top and bottom of the phone uncovered, Spigen’s Thin Fit wraps around the sides and back of the phone. This understated case offers corner protection and just enough lip around the camera and screen to help avoid scratches and scuffs. It also has a dedicated gap inside of the case for a magnetic car mount plate.

Crystal Clear

Spigen Liquid Crystal

$12 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.

Strap it down

Ringke Fusion

$9 at Amazon

This clear case is a bit more rugged than the Spigen Liquid Crystal, offering beefier bumper and tough polycarbonate back. The Fusion is designed with an anchor point for the included wrist strap, which can help you keep ahold of your phone during a morning jog.

The X factor

Ringke Fusion X

$10 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.

See the beauty

Incipio NGP

$20 at Incipio

There’s nothing better than compromise, and Incipio’s excellent NGP case lets you see your Pixel 3’s beauty while providing excellent protection. The two-toned rear design provides a clear top so you can see the Google logo along with an opaque white bottom that looks modern and clean.

Slim wallet

Bellroy Leather Pixel Phone Wallet

Bellroy’s super slim wallet case features an almost hidden card compartment, which can comfortably hold up to four cards. There’s also an internal pocket for a spare SIM and SIM tool, and the microfiber lining helps keep your phone scratch-free.

$99 at Bellroy

Stealth mode

Caseology Vault Series

This matte black case from Caseology has a textured finish for extra grip and air pockets in the corners for extra shock absorption. The buttons are all covered, but the coverings offer great tactile feedback, all while adding minimal bulk to your Pixel 3 XL.

$12 at Amazon

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.

$20 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.

$17 at Amazon

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

Again, I’m a sucker for the Spigen Neo Hybrid, but the deep purple hues of the Ringke Onyx are absolutely darling and could 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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October 26, 2018 at 08:05AM