Google Pixel And Pixel XL: Best Clear Cases For Discreet Protection And Minimal Bulk


If you've bought a Google Pixel or Pixel XL and are looking to buy a case without bulking up the phone or obscuring its color, a clear case might be the best choice.

Clear cases don't provide the same level of protection as rugged cases, but for those who prefer discreet protection, they're the go-to accessories.

We've compiled a list of the best clear cases you can currently buy for the Google Pixel or Pixel XL in the United States, so take your pick.

1. Official Google Pixel Clear Case

Google didn't launch its shiny new smartphones without accessories to go along, and it has its own clear case to protect the Pixel and Pixel XL without obscuring the Really Blue, Very Silver or Quite Black avatars.

The Official Google Pixel Clear Case is not exactly cheap at its $30 price point, but promises to protect the smartphone unobtrusively, offering a good polycarbonate build and cutouts for the buttons, ports and sensors. If $30 sounds like a lot, know that there are even more expensive cases out there.

2. Speck Presidio Clear Case For Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

This one is even more expensive than Google's offering, Speck's clear cases seem to be among the most rugged clear cases around. Now available for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL for a price of $39, the "Impactium Clear" cases should offer adequate protection without bulking up the device thanks to their dual-layer construction that combines a hard outer layer for extra scratch resistance with a shock-absorbing interior for extra cushioning.

The manufacturer says the case should protect the new Google Pixels against drops from up to 8 feet, and also guarantees that the clear accessory will not get a yellowish hue in time.

3. Spigen Crystal Shell For Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

There's rarely a list of best cases for a smartphone without featuring Spigen, and this is no exception. Spigen's Crystal Shell Google Pixel case costs $24.99 and offers a flexible bumper with extra protection for the corners, and a hard PC back that should allow for a firm grip.

The Air Cushion technology should further ensure that the smartphone can handle a good deal of bumps and drops. The extra corner protection does add a little bulk, but it may well be worth it. Just like Speck, Spigen also guarantees that its cases won't turn yellow.

4. Case-Mate Naked Tough Clear Google Pixel Case

Also at the expensive end, the Case-Mate Naked Tough Clear Case for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL comes in at $35, offering military-grade drop protection thanks to its shock-absorbing bumper and hard shell combo. Case-Mate also guarantees its cases won't turn yellow with age.

5. Tauri TPU Case For Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

If you feel you've spent enough for a Google Pixel smartphone that costs just $300 to make and you're looking for a cheaper case, we can't blame you. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL cost a small fortune and many cases add up nicely to the expenses, but not the $8 Tauri TPU Case.

This cheap accessory is slim and light, minimizing extra bulk, but don't expect a miracle worker at this price. For basic protection, however, it should work just fine.

If you prefer other clear case options for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and they're not included in this list, drop by our comment section below and tell us which do you like best.

If you've yet to purchase the Pixel or Pixel XL but are planning to, you might be interested in T-Mobile's sort-of half-off offer.

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