With the Pixel 7 series expected to debut next month, we thought this would be a good moment to discuss how poorly the official case for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro has performed over the past 12 months.
Google provided an official fabric case for their phones beginning with the Pixel 2 in 2017 and continuing with the Pixel 5 in 2020. By all accounts, these were really fantastic cases for providing a respectable level of protection while remaining stylish. The official Made by Google fabric cases for the Pixel also had the benefit of maintaining consistency with the rest of the Made by Google portfolio, since they matched the fabric finish of the Google Home speaker line.
That is not to argue that the fabric Pixel cases were without faults. They required a little more frequent washing than the typical phone case and gradually became lightly frayed. Additionally, starting with the Pixel 4a, Google added a sizable portion of recycled materials to the fabric, which was unquestionably the right move but diminished the comfort of the cases’ finish.
Google has since totally changed its official phone cases, beginning with the Pixel 5a, adopting a more conventional design with a dual-layer plastic construction. In order to better highlight your phone’s aesthetics, Google used a dual-layer design for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro but made both levels translucent.
In a fabric case, a Pixel 3
In a brand-new case, the Pixel 6 For the past ten months, I’ve personally been using Google’s official Pixel 6 Pro case, and during that time, my case has steadily degraded, making my phone seem worse and worse. This is without a doubt the worst official case I’ve ever used for a phone, especially for a Pixel.
Three main concerns are at stake, the first of which is the case’s deterioration. As some Pixel 6 owners noted earlier this year, Google’s certified cases start to develop darker splotches with time. In no time at all, the translucent layer will make your phone appear quite soiled and, to be honest, unattractive in comparison to a solid-colored cover.
However, since appearances aren’t everything, I can live with my Pixel 6 Pro’s less-than-stellar case. The way the casing slowly deforms is what actually makes it one of the worst I’ve ever used.
The issue is minor at first. The soft sections near the volume rocker and USB-C port may start to warp and bend out of shape in a matter of weeks. The warping grew worse during the 10 months I used the OEM Pixel 6 Pro case until the bubble materialized.
I believe the adhesive holding the two layers of the case together eventually failed due to the warping around the volume rocker. A huge bubble developed at the back of the case as soon as air began to move between the two layers, ending the game. Within hours, holding the case in the hand became distractingly strange to the point of being unpleasant.
Another problem emerged at this time, however it may not be as widespread for others. Between work and play, I frequently need to remove the case from my Pixel 6 Pro in order to attach it to a controller made by a company like Gamevice or GameSir.
To remove the Pixel 6 Pro from its case, I’ve found that holding the top and pushing the camera bump will work best. Unfortunately, the case is weakest in the location where the camera bump protrudes through because just a tiny portion of the strong plastic layer is present there.
After a few hundred times of removing and replacing the case, it appears that the plastic has finally cracked in two spots. Due to such serious crack, the case can no longer even pretend to protect the Pixel 6 Pro.
The glue is still securely attached on one side, thus this rupture may or may not be connected to the appearance of the bubble, according to a detailed examination of the case. The bubble wraps upward toward one of the cracks, but it is perfectly in line with the volume rocker, where the adhesive is also loose.
Overall, Google’s official case for the Pixel 6 series does not stand up for long-term use due to the yellowing, bubbling, and cracking. In its official description , Google asserted that the cover showcases the design of the phone while protecting it, however in my experience, this doesn’t seem to be the case.
The official cases for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have not yet been revealed, despite their scheduled releases in the upcoming weeks. We just cannot advocate purchasing Google’s official alternative at this time, so I strongly hope that they have changed the case designs once again or improved the adhesive.
These plastic alternatives have undermined our faith in Google’s accessories when compared to the exceptional fabric Pixel cases.
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