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October 30, 2018

Best clear cases for the Google Pixel 3 XL

by John_A

I know, I know, no one wants to hide their sexy new phone under a case, but it’s okay! Clear cases can keep your Google Pixel 3 XL safe while showing off that two-tone glass back for all the world to gaze upon and weep at its loveliness.

Crystal-clear drop-protection

Tech21 Evo Check


$40 at Google Store

Do you drop your phones a lot, but still want to show yours off? Grab an Evo Check case, rated to keep your phone safe from repeated 12-foot drops. Its clear construction still shows off your Pixel’s perfection, and it comes in purple and clear.

Like nothing’s there

Cimo Slim Grip

$8 at Amazon

Cimo’s Slim Grip’s translucence lets the Pixel branding and two-tone glass shine through one of three cool colors — blue, purple, and traditional crystal clear — while the TPU offers extra grip so you can keep your Pixel 3 XL safely in hand.

Affordable crystal

MoKo Clear Case


$8 at Amazon

MoKo’s clear case displays the Google Pixel 3 XL’s beauty with a hard polycarbonate back while a more flexible TPU bumper hugs the Pixel’s glossy frame. Moko’s case is a little tougher to get on and off than a pure TPU case, but its hard back is great for phone grips or card sleeves.

Crystal Clear

Spigen Liquid Crystal

$12 at Amazon

Eschewing hard polycarbonate backs that have a tendency to produce oily rainbows and stiff cases, Spigen uses a flexible TPU is easy to apply and easier to grip. The light protection of Spigen’s Liquid Crystal is as thin as it is beautiful.

Air cushion corners

TGOOD Slim Grip

$8 at Amazon

Want a thin case but still want more protection for your Pixel 3 XL and those dreaded corner-drop shatters? TGOOD has your answer with their Slip Grip case, which stays thin, clear, and beautiful on the back and sides of the phone where you’ll grip it most often while sporting some serious air cushions on the four corners of the case.

The X factor

Ringke Fusion X


$10 at Amazon

Sporting a beefy bumper and reinforced corners for extra protection, the Ringke Fusion X is military grade protection for the price of a pizza. While the Black bumper is solid, the Ruby Red bumper is translucent, giving your Pixel 3 XL a bloody beautiful glow when it catches the light.

Barely there

totallee Thin Pixel 3 XL Case


If you want as little bulk as possible on your already large Pixel 3 XL, then the totallee case is the best way to provide a bit of scratch protection in an impressively thin form factor. You can get this one in a matte or glossy finish.

$29 at totallee

Extra protection

Speck Presidio


If you don’t mind a little bit of bulk, this case from Speck has a dual-layer design for outward scratch and drop protection, as well as shock absorption, thanks to the inner layer of flexible TPU rubber. The Presidio case is also coated to prevent fingerprints and discoloration.

$45 at Best Buy

Invisible skin

ESR Essential Zero case


This minimal case is only 1mm thick, and on the inside of the back cover, it features a “microdot” pattern, which prevents it from sticking to the back of your phone and giving it that wet look.

$14 at Amazon

Built-in kickstand

Spigen Ultra Hybrid S


Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid S is a bit thicker than your average clear case, and it has a built-in metal kickstand, which simply clips back into place when you don’t need it.

$14 at Amazon

While traditional clear cases like the Spigen Liquid Crystal work with pretty much any phone color or wardrobe, they can also discolor over time. I prefer colored clear cases like the Cimo Slim Grip, as they tend to discolor less, hide smears and scuffs better, and they add some personality to your Pixel 3 XL

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