Something of a surprise addition to Google’s Pixel stable, the Pixel 3a XL is a powerful midrange phone with a lot to love about it. Despite a sub-$500 price point, the 3a XL packs in a good midrange processor and a camera that blows away anything else in its price bracket. A lightweight build helps to keep costs down, but it does mean the phone can become susceptible to scratches and other such damage — and it has a poor track record when it comes to falls. To stop that from happening, fit it out with a protective case.
To make the most of your Pixel 3a XL, we suggest outfitting it with one of our favorite ultra-durable cases. Each case on our list will protect your Pixel while simultaneously gratifying your need for stylish looks and affordability. But, be warned, Pixel 3 XL cases won’t fit on the updated Pixel 3a XL frame.
Olixar Ultra-Thin Clear Case
Clear cases are a great way to show off the design of your phone and this flexible one from Olixar is made from a tough, durable gel material. The non-slip coating adds extra grip, a raised bezel around the screen provides extra protection, and the slim design adds little bulk, great if you like to slip your phone in your pocket. There are precise cut-outs for all the Pixel 3a XL’s buttons and ports, too.
Caseology Parallax Case
Add a pop of color to your Google Pixel 3a XL with this purple case from Caseology. Also available in black, it provides serious military-grade protection from drops and bumps. The back of the case features a tactile, grip-enhancing geometric design, so your phone won’t slip out of your hand, while a low-profile bumper provides additional protection for your device’s screen. It’s a slim case, so won’t add bulk to the phone’s clean lines, and offers excellent protection for the price.
Ringke Fusion Case
The Ringke Fusion case combines good looks and superior protection for your new phone, thanks to its transparent back that allows you to show off the Pixel 3a XL’s sleek design. Don’t be fooled by its slim profile though — this case provides MIL-STD 810G – 516.6 Certified Military Grade Drop Protection. The 2x tough coating protects from scratches and impact too, while a raised lip around the camera keeps your lens safe. We love the transparent camo version, but you can also pick it up in clear with black or blue bumpers.
RhinoShield SolidSuit Case
For a case that fits right in at the office and provides some of the best drop protection around, look no further than the SolidSuit case from RhinoShield. It’ll protect your phone against drops from up to 11 feet, with a honeycomb-patterned interior that’s designed to absorb shock. It’s tough, yet flexible, and it holds its shape over time, unlike some silicone cases that can bend or stretch out of shape. This case’s slim profile and black carbon fiber design ensure it’ll look as good peeking out of your pocket as it will on your desk.
UAG Scout Series Case
A tough but light case, the UAG Scout series is suited for anyone who intends to take their phone out into their active lifestyle. Its lightweight construction uses a system of honeycomb structures to provide strength while also keeping weight down, and it works extremely well. It exceeds military standard 810G 516.6 for drops, which means it was capable of withstanding 26 drops from more than four feet high, with zero damage. Despite that protection, it’s slim, and it’s also a fairly low price for UAG, making this one of the best ways to get great protection on a tight budget.
Totallee Thin Case
This super svelte case is as slim as they come and free of logos or branding. It comes in black, is soft to the touch, and sports precise openings for the fingerprint sensor, camera, buttons, and ports. It adds a hint of grip and will provide basic protection from minor bumps, and there’s a raised lip to safeguard the camera lens. The buttons are a little harder to press when your Pixel 3a XL is wearing this case, but it’s otherwise one of the slimmest, sleekest options around.
Case-Mate Twinkle Case
If you like to show off some sparkle with your phone case, then Case-Mate has a design for you. Packed with reflective iridescent glitter foil, this clear case is sure to turn heads. It isn’t just a pretty face though, because it can withstand drops from up to 10 feet. The flexible frame adds grip and features metallic button covers, and there’s an anti-scratch finish on the hard back. Case-Mate also offers a lifetime warranty with this case.
Otterbox Symmetry Series Case
You may find the Defender Series case is a bit bulky for your tastes, in which case the slim, one-piece Symmetry case could be ideal for you. It still offers solid drop protection with a beveled edge to safeguard that screen. It’s a mixture of malleable rubber and tough polycarbonate and comes in a cool burgundy and grey colorway. The chunky button covers are easy to find and press without looking and there’s a light texture that enhances grip.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Case
Anyone seeking decent protection without spending too much might be tempted by the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro. It’s an angular mix of TPU and polycarbonate that enhances grip and offers drop protection from falls of up to 20 feet. This case has a built-in screen protector, as well as port and button covers for complete 360-degree protection. You also get a detachable rotating holster. It comes in black, white, or two-tone gray with blue or pink.
Tech21 Studio Design Case
This case from Tech21 has an eye-catching geometric design printed on the back with glossy grooves that catch the light. It’s rounded for comfort and enhances grip, but it also offers solid drop protection, with Tech21 claiming it can resist damage from falls up to eight feet. It doesn’t just protect against physical hazards though — you’ll get resistance against microbes as well, thanks to an antimicrobial coating. It looks great in plum, it’s thin, and it’s not badly priced, making this a great case to make a statement.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
The Presidio Grip is one of our favorite case lines. First and foremost, it’s very protective, capable of withstanding drops of up to 10 feet. The diagonal ridges and interior are made from a flexible material that enhances grip, while the main shell is smooth and incredibly tough. Every element, from the beveled openings for the camera and fingerprint sensor to the pronounced button covers, is beautifully designed and highly functional. It does add a little bulk, but that secures you some of the best drop protection around. It comes in black, blue and black, or the two-tone gray pictured.
Incipio DualPro Case
How about a dual-layer case to match the two-tone design ethos of the Pixel 3a XL? This tough case from Incipio sports two layers of protection and uses an inner core of TPU along with a hard outer shell of polycarbonate to keep your phone safe. This translates to some serious protection, with drop resistance up to an impressive 10 feet. Despite that, it’s still rather slim, with a raised bezel to safeguard the screen from damage if your Pixel 3a XL should land face down. You’ll also find well-defined button covers and accurate openings for all ports and features.
Google Fabric Case
The Google Fabric case is a trim option for your Pixel 3a XL. It’s a slim, light case that will offer essential protection from bumps and falls, but it feels incredibly comfortable in your hand. The Fabric’s material also enhances your grip over the Pixel 3a XL. The power button cover matches the original color, while fabric covers the volume rocker. The cutouts are very generous, so there’s no issue plugging your charger in, using the camera, or accessing the fingerprint sensor. The Fabric comes in three colors, including a dark carbon color or lighter shades of gray called Fog and Seascape. You also get the official G logo on the back.
Spigen Tough Armor Case
One of the many things we love about the Pixel 3z XL is the unbeatable price. Since it’s one of the best affordable phones around, you may not want to spend too much on a case. The Spigen Tough Armor case is an excellent choice if your top priority is low-budget. While it’s pretty cheap, it still offers reliable drop protection. Thanks to a tried and tested combination of polycarbonate and TPU, you don’t have to worry about drops.
The case will protect your phone from damage should you drop it, but the trade-off is a case that’s angular and chunky. It has a lip around the screen to prevent cracks, too. There’s even a pop-out kickstand on the back, which adds to the case’s utility. The openings are accurate, so no finagling is required. We like the textured power button cover, too, which helps you navigate without slippage. This case is available in black or purple with black accents.
$35 from Spigen
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