The Google Pixel 4 is a significant switch-up from the previous Pixels — ditching the two-tone glass and the fingerprint sensor. However, it’s still a glass-backed flagship phone, and glass-backed flagships get put in cases the second they arrive for their own protection! Whether you want a clear case that can show off the Pixel 4’s loveliness or prefer a more robust heavy-duty case to keep things locked down, we’ve spent hours looking for the best Pixel 4 cases out there.
The holidays bring discounts on just about everything technological you can find, and that includes sweet sales on cute cases. Whether you’re taking advantage of a Black Friday deals to buy yourself, or you just want to expand your case collection with some more personality, more options are readily available. You can expect some price cuts from name-brand case makers like Spigen, Otterbox, and Caseology amongst the doorbuster mania.
Spigen Liquid Air
This slim case features a wonderful texture on the back and sides, allowing you to add a bit of drop protection and a lot of grip without succumbing to the same old siren song of the carbon fiber case.
Tudia Merge Series
Prefer your cases with a bit more protection? Tudia’s Merge Series features the classic hybrid format, four color options, and an excellent price for a long-lasting, heavy-duty case.
Get a grip
Caseology Solid Flex Crystal
Caseology’s clear case is just amazingly grippy, and the slight contouring around the corners for more robust air cushions allow it to blend into the Pixel 4’s distinct design while keeping a slim, protective profile.
The bluest of blues
OtterBox Symmetry Series
OtterBox’s Symmetry series is slightly more svelte than previous generations, and this “Sapphire Secret” color is just a wonderful reminder of the original Google Pixel. I am absolutely in love with it.
The Fusion-X is a distinct look, for sure, but I’m a fan because it’s a clear case that can go the distance, and its colored bumpers add some flair in Black, Blue, or Camo Black.
Carry it all in style
Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet
Want a European nubuck leather wallet case for half the price of Bellroy, in more colors, and with free engraving? Snakehive’s got you covered with five colors, three card slots, and a cash pocket.
Extra drop protection
This case is more translucent than actually clear, but it still lets the Google branding shine through while adding Ghostek’s mil-spec shock-absorbing corner guards. I especially like the pink version.
Kick drops to the curb
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
This ultra-rugged case is ready for anything: it comes with a built-in screen protector, a kickstand around back, dust plugs to protect your USB-C port, and even a holster clip if your pockets tend to be too small for a phone.
Like nothing’s there
Totallee’s got three variants of its iconic ultra-minimalist case available for the Pixel 4 at the moment: a hardshell matte black, a hardshell frosted clear, and a softer TPU crystal clear. Here’s hoping they add leather soon.
Fantastic in hand
Google Fabric Case
Google’s fabric cases have been hits year after year, but this year they truly do look better than ever. From the Could Be Coral to the absolutely awesome looking Blue-ish, this microfiber-lined case is a winner.
Avalri Ultra Thin
Thin hard-shell cases like the Avalri are designed more for scratch protection and a tiny bit of grip rather than robust drop protection, but the bright colors can spice up your life and keep that back glass clear of scuffs.
Keep a spare
ESR Essential Zero (2-Pack)
ESR’s clear cases are great on their own, but when you can get two of them for the cost of one Ringke or Spigen, it makes the deal all the sweeter while giving you a spare.
Spigen Neo Hybrid
While there aren’t as many colors of Neo Hybrid available this year, the Neo Hybrid will always be a welcome option with that swank Herringbone texture and great protection.
Add some flair
Skinit Custom Clear Case
With designs from Disney, sports teams like the NFL and NCAA, and even anime franchises like My Hero Acaedmia and Dragon Ball Z, Skinit’s custom cases ensure you can bring your own style to your Pixel 4.
Tech21 Studio Colour
This ultra-thin case is made from plant-based materials, but don’t mistake it for some delicate flower. This case can withstand drops over two meters and has antimicrobial properties, always handy as we head into flu season. Find it in Coral, Black, and Pewter.
No matter your taste, your phone needs a case
The Pixel 4’s slim size means that even a heavier duty case can still feel sleek in hand, and when combined with a slim but grippy case like the Spigen Air Armor it feels absolutely fantastic. The Air Armor seems like a light-duty case, but I’ve worn them for months, and they’re all the protection you’ll need unless you’re an outdoorsman.
On the more robust end of the scale, the Tudia Merge Series and OtterBox Symmetry Series are both solid heavy-duty cases with long pedigrees and subtle sophistication. The Tudia’s hybrid style is easier to get on and off, but the Sapphire Secret is just the best color ever. Both will serve your Pixel 4 well, as would any case in this roundup.
About buying cases on Black Friday
Considering most cases retail for $10-$20, you can’t expect to see the huge markdowns that we’d see on phones themselves, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find good deals on cases; you just need to adjust your discount expectations. If you see a case that’s $20-$30 off on Black Friday, chances are it’s a case that was $60-$90, to begin with, which means that’s you’re not necessarily getting a great deal so much as just not getting ripped off for a high-end name-brand case.
When looking for case deals around Black Friday, we’ll be covering the one we come across in our Black Friday coverage, but with items this low-priced to begin with, a lot can fall through the cracks. If you want to hunt for case deals the way I do, make yourself a short list of case features that are important to you. Include features like extra-wide port openings, good button covers, or a high lip around the camera. Remember to check the case maker’s site as well as major retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Both will be having sales, but the manufacturer might have steeper discounts than bigger chains that are discounting a wider variety of products.
You’ll also want to check frequently. Cases wind up in Lightning deals all the time, and those deals tend to go very quickly for name-brand cases like Spigen, Otterbox, and Ringke, especially for the good colors like that Sapphire Secret Otterbox Symmetry Series.