If you’re looking for a great phone for $400, it’s hard to find a better Android option than the Google Pixel 3a. Your money gets you excellent midrange power, super-smooth Android 10, fast updates, good battery life, and an excellent camera.
But while the polycarbonate body is tough, protection is a good idea, and a good case can add some extra utility too. Here are some of the best Pixel 3a cases to keep your new phone safe.
Ringke Fusion Case
Ringke’s Fusion case is sleeker and more understated than Ringke’s usual fare, but that’s no bad thing. It’s made from a combination — a “fusion,” if you will — of a polycarbonate back and a TPU bumper, which gives the case great protection against a variety of hazards and everyday threats. While it won’t be as protective as larger cases, it should still perform well. It’s a clear case, but you can choose a variant with slight color tints to really show off a slightly different version of your phone’s style. There’s a raised lip to protect your screen and camera lens, and there’s even a slot to attach a lanyard, securing it from even more drops.
Lightweight but protective, UAG’s Scout series is built for anyone who doesn’t want to add a large amount of bulk to their phone but still wants to keep it protected. It’s made from TPU, and the natural shock absorption of that material is combined with UAG’s technology to create a thin, lightweight case that adheres to MIL-SPEC (810G – 516.6) for drop tests. Its design is sleek, but if you’re looking for a fashion-forward case then keep on looking. The sides provide excellent grip, and it doesn’t block NFC for Google Pay. An excellent all-around case available at a good price.
A great, clear case can add a decent amount of protection to your phone without adding significant bulk or distracting from your phone’s great design. Spigen’s Liquid Crystal case is one of the best options out there if you’ve decided that a clear case is the best choice for you. It’s made from shock absorbent TPU, and comes with Spigen’s Air Cushion technology on each corner to protect against drops, as well as scratches and bumps. TPU has its limits though, so this case won’t be as protective as a chunkier case would be. But if you want a good, clear case at a price that won’t break the bank, this is it.
The Pixel 3a is equipped with the same camera hardware and software as the outstanding Pixel 3, which means it boasts a camera to be proud of. If you take loads of snaps, maybe you should super-charge your Pixel 3a with a Moment photo case. The case itself sports a good level of protection, with textured panels that promote grip. There’s even an attachment point for a wrist strap. But the real magic comes with Moment’s series of lenses that attach directly to the case and provide everything from a telephoto zoom to a movie-style anamorphic effect. Make no mistake, they’re expensive, but if you want to up your photography game, then Moment’s case is a good investment.
Incipio has long-offered great drop protection in a stylish and minimalist shell, and the new Incipio DualPro is no exception. It’s a double-layer case, and the outer shell of hard polycarbonate keeps your phone safe from scratches, while the inner TPU core keeps it safe from drops and other shocks. Incipio claims it offers military-grade drop protection, and also says it’s protected against drops of up to ten feet high. It’s a heady boast, but Incipio has the pedigree to back it up. It’s a tad expensive at $30 though, and you can definitely find more stylish cases if you’re looking for a subtler look. But if you’re fine with the style and really love the drop protection, go ahead and grab it.
If you want a case that’s sure to add a touch of glamor to your Pixel 3a, then you can do a lot worse than Case-Mate’s Twinkle case. The Twinkle case lives up to its name thanks to the iridescent glitter foil on the back that changes as you move it, twinkling in an eye-catching way. But it’s not all beauty and no brawn. Case-Mate claims the Twinkle case is tough enough to be proof against drops of up to 10 feet, ensuring great protection. Metallic buttons and flexible sides help to complete the case’s look, resulting in a case that catches your eye, but also protects your phone from drops and damage. On the negative side, it is expensive — but can you put a price on style?
It’s not often we come across a clear case that’s rugged, protective, sleek, and stylish, but Olixar’s NovaShield seems to check all of those boxes. It’s made from a dual-layered design that combines the scratch-resistance of polycarbonate with the soft, shock-absorbing properties of TPU, and comes with air pockets in the corners to help bolster the case against drops and bumps. The clear polycarbonate back allows your Pixel 3a’s design to shine through, while the TPU bumper offers it a safe and secure frame. The NovaShield is a good all-around case that offers good looks and good protection at a good price.
If you want sheer protection, then there’s only one place to go — straight to Otterbox. The Otterbox Defender is one of the most well known protective cases around, and with a proven record on drop, scratch, and dust protection, it’s easy to see why. It uses a multilayer construction to keep your phone safe, but also includes an optional holster with a belt clip that doubles as a hands-free kickstand. It comes with port covers to keep your phone free of dirt and debris, and the outer shell is soft and grippy, keeping it in your hand. We’ve chosen the Purple Nebula color to match the Pixel 3a’s new Purple-ish color, but you can also get it in Black and the classy Dark Lake options. It is expensive, but if you need supreme protection, it’s a great choice.