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Best Pixel 5 Cases: What to Grab to Protect Your New Device

Best Pixel 5 Cases: What to Grab to Protect Your New Device

You’ve gone ahead and ordered the Google Pixel 5, Google’s latest flagship phone. What’s next? Well, you need a case that will protect that $699 purchase! Gorilla Glass 3 or not, there’s going to be a time where somehow pulling your phone out of your pocket ends up spiking the device onto the hard concrete… not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything. In our Pixel 5 review, we say that if you’re looking for a fantastic software experience with good performance, the Google Pixel 5 is definitely worth looking at.

We’ve rounded up the best Google Pixel 5 cases, so you can pick anywhere between the toughest protection and barely-there slim cases.

    Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

    Comfort and protection

    If you want something that straddles the line between protection and style, you can't go wrong with the Spigen Ultra Hybrid. Available in black or with a clear back, the Ultra Hybrid will protect your phone from falls without bulking it out too much.
    Weycolor Google Pixel 5 Case

    A splash of color

    If you're disappointed with the Pixel 5's color choices, brag a case with a splash of unique color instead! Weycolor's thin, pastel cases will help you stand out from the Pixel 5 crowd and come in three color choices so there's something for everyone!.
    Google Pixel 5 Case

    Eco-friendly and unique design

    Google's own Pixel 5 case is an interesting design for sure. An eco-friendly case made from machine-washable fabric, the case provides a bit of grip while sticking to Google's pledge to lower their impact on the environment.
    OtterBox Defender Series Case

    Maximum protection and bulk

    If your Pixel 5 is really going to be put through the ringer, you can't go wrong with OtterBox. The thick case with a built in screen protector will protect your phone from even the hardest falls and shocks.
    DBrand Pixel 5 Grip Case

    Customize your case

    None of the other cases cutting it in terms of style? Customize DBrand's Pixel 5 case and make it your own! Choose from a variety of skin colors for your back case and really make it your own.
    Spigen Tough Armor

    Tough protection with a stand

    Spigen also has the Tough Armor line of cases. These protect against most falls and shocks, and has a helpful little stand to prop your phone up with. If you want protection without bulking up your phone much, this is your best bet.
    ZAGG Gear4 Wembley Palette

    Slim but Reinforced

    If you want protection while keeping the Pixel 5 as slim as possible, ZAGG's Gear4 Wembley Palette Pixel 5 case is a good bet. A slim case but the areas you're likely to drop your phone (corners, top, and bottom) are reinforced. A good compromise on bulk and protection.
    Vena vCommute Wallet Case

    Carry your cards, too

    For the Google Pixel 5, Vena has a wallet case that is sure to please. Instead of the cards being on a flap, they're in a cutout back area. You'll still get a stand to prop your phone up on, too. You just don't need to worry about the cards scratching your screen!
    Caseology Legion

    Hard outside, soft inside

    Caseology is a popular brand, and their Legion line is designed for life's bumps. Offering a soft inner-layer and a hard outer-layer shell, the Caseology Legion will protect your Pixel 5, and you'll still be able to use wireless charging and a screen protector.
    TopACE Case for Google Pixel 5

    Crystal clear

    Just need a simple, clear sleeve? Pick up TopACE's Pixel 5 case and there you have it. It's only 1mm thick and protect your device from minor sratches.
    Vinve Google Pixel 5 Case

    Gradient protection

    Vinve's Google 5 case is a pretty gradient color, so you'll be able to have your phone pop while offering it a little protection.

Which Pixel 5 case will you grab? Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with Spigen’s line of products, and the Ultra Hybrid is the best compromise between protection and comfort. The shell will definitely protect against the drops and falls any average user will have over the course of the Pixel 5’s lifespan, but it’ll also not bulk out the phone so much that it’s uncomfortable to actually use. I have small hands, so something like an OtterBox, as protective as it is, can be too bulky for my hands. But, if you have a particularly labor-intensive job and need to protect against freak accidents, the OtterBox’s Defender series is definitely going to be the case to grab, bulk or not.

If you’re not prone to slippery fingers like me, a thin but colorful case like Weycolor’s selection of Pixel 5 cases are a great idea. They can liven up the drab black Pixel 5 easily and cheaply! If you just want a very basic, very slim cover, TopACE’s clear and 1mm thick case will give you exactly what you need. You might argue it’s better to go caseless, but let’s face it–we’ve all had our phone inexplicitly rub up against something sharp in a bag or purse. Do you want a nasty scratch against the back of your new device? These cases prevent your device against incidents just like that.

What Pixel 5 case is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Elizabeth Henges
Elizabeth Henges

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