Google's newest phones to hit the market – the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – are coming. At $649 and $849 for a 64GB model respectively, these latest models pack some great features. They are waterproof with a 12-MP rear camera and 8-MP front-facing camera. Plus, the Pixel 2 phones have a Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB RAM. They are available with up to 128GB storage, and come in a limited-but-somehow-also-whimsical color palate: Kinda Blue, Clearly White and Just Black. You’ll want to keep that shiny new phone protected, so we rounded up five of the best Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cases that do just that – and maybe a little more. [Read related article: Google's Pixel 2 Challenges Samsung and Apple Smartphones]
Case Mate Wallet Folio
Sometimes you only need to bring the essentials and want to leave everything else at the office. The Case Mate Wallet Folio has you covered in these moments. The leather fold-over case covers both the front and back of your new Pixel 2 phone. The inside front flap has space to hold your ID, three credit cards and cash. It also features an integrated plastic shell designed to keep your phone secure as you jump from meeting to meeting. The $60 Wallet Folio comes in black and fits the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
You may not actually do battle with your smartphone, but it can sure feel that way sometimes. Keep it safe with a case designed to meet military drop-test standards. The UAG Plasma features an armored shell and impact resistant core. The case is Android Pay compatible, so you won’t have to remove your phone from the case to buy a latté. It is also extremely lightweight with oversized, tactile buttons and scratch resistant skid pads. The Plasma comes in two colors, Ice and Ash, and is $39.95 for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Speck Presidio GRIP
Keeping your phone from slipping out your hand is a basic, but necessary, requirement for any good case. The $39 Speck Presidio Grip goes above and beyond with a case designed to provide a no-slip hold. Angled rubber ridges on the sides and back of the case work to prevent your phone from sliding from your grip and the anti-shock barrier keeps your phone protected on the off chance it hits the ground. It is also drop tested for up to 10 feet and comes in for color combinations – Black/Black, Graphite Grey/Charcoal Grey, Eclipse Blue/Carbon Black and, Surf Teal/Mykonos Blue.
Moment Photo Case
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL features a solid 12-MP rear camera, but sometimes you want a camera that can do a little more. Enter the Photo Case and lens attachments from Moment. The thin, rubberized case comes in a wood or black canvas with a wrist strap to keep the phone from dropping when you’re taking pictures. Pair the case with the brand’s optional wide, macro, superfish or tele lens attachments for capturing professional looking photos on your phone. The Photo Case is available for $29.99 for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and the lenses range $89.99 to $99.99.
Spigen Slim Armor
Holding your phone in your hand during a video call can be a real pain. Go hands free with the Slim Armor case from Spigen. A useful kick-stand is built into the case allowing you to video chat – or watch movies – by setting the phone on a flat surface. The Slim Armor is designed with two layers of protection and air cushion technology to absorb impact during drops. The case is also surprisingly thin, making it easy to hold when it is on your phone. The Spigen Slim Armor comes in black and is available for pre-order for $29.99 for the Pixel 2 XL.