The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are finally out, after months of waiting. If you’ve picked one up, you’ll want to keep it safe and make the most of its unique abilities. That’s why we’ve put together an article that includes the best cases and accessories to pimp out your new Pixel 3. Enjoy!
Part 1: Top 5 Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL cases
1. Spigen Rugged Armor Case
Spigen’s classic Rugged Armor case is always a solid choice, and that hasn’t changed with the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This Amazon best-seller boasts a slim and modern design with carbon fibre detailing, a perfect fit with all of the cutouts that you’d want and a flexible layer of TPU to absorb everyday knocks and scratches. The case provides military grade protection in a very lightweight package, making it a great overall choice.
2. Olixar ExoShield Tough Snap-on Case
The Olixar ExoShield is another perennial pick, thanks to its combination of strong protection and a clear design. That means that your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL’s colour can shine through unimpeded, while keeping the vulnerable back glass of the phone protected from everyday wear and tear. This option is a little more expensive than the ESR Clear Case we’ll look at later on, but it gets the nod thanks to its improved impact protection. That’s provided courtesy of reinforced corner shock protection, which helps to absorb a lot of the force of any knock or drop. All in all, another good all-around pick with few weaknesses.
3. Ringke Onyx Tough Case
The other cases on this list offer reasonable protection - far better than going nude, for example - but the Onyx Tough Case definitely is the top dog when it comes to keeping your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL safe. The Onyx has a rugged dual-layer TPU design that allows it to shrug off impacts and drops that would damage lesser cases. Unsurprisingly it meets the military 810G standard for drop protection. The case remains relatively light too, making it easy to slip into a pocket - although a lanyard hole allows for you to keep your phone close at hand by other methods too. A strong contender, especially at its sub-£10 price point.
4. Eiger North Dual Layer Protective Case
Eiger produce a range of high-protection cases and screen protectors at reasonable prices, and their North dual-layer cases are a perfect example for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. This case uses a dual-layer design that marries TPU and polycarbonate, providing better protection in less space than either material could achieve alone. The case includes a raised bezel to prevent scratches to the screen and cutouts throughout to ensure easy access to the camera, fingerprint reader and all other ports, buttons and features is maintained.
5. ESR Clear Soft Case
We conclude with another Amazon favourite, the ESR Clear Soft Case. This flexible, thin and lightweight case adds minimal bulk to your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, allowing it to stay protected without becoming cumbersome. The case is made from TPU, making it easy to install or remove as needed, and comes in a clear colour that won’t cover up your Pixel’s stylish and modern appearance. The case includes a nice detail as well: microdot patterning which prevents the wet, clinging look you’ll see in more naively implemented clear cases. All in all, a decent case that does more than enough to justify its £8 price point.
Part 2: Top 5 Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL accessories
6. Google Pixel Stand
The Google Pixel Stand is the fastest way to wirelessly charge your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, thanks to the powerful 10W charger built into the stand. The Pixel Stand also unlocks some cool new functionality for your Pixel phone, essentially turning it into a smart display or smart speaker like the Google Home Hub. You can get your smartphone to wake you with ambient lighting then get a rundown of your schedule and the morning’s news, or have your phone automatically turn on Do Not Disturb when you’re ready for bed. The Pixel Stand is stylish too; the perfect way to show off your new Pixel smartphone!
7. Olixar Full Cover Glass Screen Protector
This glass screen protector adds long-lasting armour to your Pixel 3’s weakest area, preventing damage from drops, knocks and scratches. The Olixar screen protector includes a black bezel to make installation easier, which is a nice touch. Glass screen protectors are a little more expensive than traditional film alternatives, but the added longevity and shatter protection make them more than worthwhile.
8. Google Pixel Buds
These seemingly magical headphones were announced with the Pixel 2 last year, but they remain some of the coolest in-ears on the market so they’re worth recommending this year too. First up, these are almost completely wireless, just two in-ears connected with a stylish braided cable. That makes for a comfortable and freeing listening experience, without the risk of completely wireless in-ears like the Apple AirPods. Secondly, the Pixel Buds are capable of awesome stuff when connected to your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL smartphone. Probably the most amazing is real-time translation, courtesy of Google Translate. Just ask Google to help you speak a foreign language, and you’ll get a live translation of whatever is being said - super handy for travelling or learning a new language. The Pixel Buds also come with a handy charging case, giving you five hours of use at a go, or 24 hours from multiple charges. Despite their high price, the Pixel Buds can be worth every penny.
9. YOSH Magnetic Car Holder
This tiny but powerful car holder is the perfect fit for the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL. Just adhere the included magnetic plate onto the back of your Pixel’s case, then push the car holder onto any vent in your car. From here, all you need to do is put your phone vaguely close to the car holder, and it’ll spring into place - and stay there, even on rough terrain. You can even push a credit card through the back side of the car holder to turn it into an impromptu desk stand - awesome.
10. TriLink USB-C Headphones
These nifty USB-C headphones plug directly into the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, making the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack not that much of a big deal. The TriLink USB-C headphones include an in-line remote for skipping songs or summoning the virtual assistant, a mic for taking calls and a red colour that makes these headphones easy to find in the bottom of your bag. The headphones support Hi-Res audio as well, so if you’re listening to Tidal or other Hi-Res sources, you’ll get the best possible audio quality. For a little over £20, that’s a pretty excellent result.
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