Two-ish years ago, I decided to try a little experiment. I’ve always been the kind of person to have a less expensive phone because the more expensive ones weren’t worth it. However, I really wanted a good camera and I wasn’t crazy about my options. I had the cash to buy a more expensive phone and splurged on the Pixel 3. (Had I known the Pixel 3a was coming, I might have waited).
I also bought a neat new case from Google. The case turned out to be super slippery in my hands. After 1 week, not only had I dropped the case a few times, but I let my daughter use it to film a report for school and she dropped it… on the rocks … and it perfectly splintered the camera cover. I had to get that replaced at the tune of $100 unless I permanently wanted all the new pictures to be blurry.
Time for a new case. I had previously used a Spigen case for my Nexus 5x and decided to get another Spigen case for my Pixel 3. It was definitely the right move. The case was sturdy and less slipper in my hands. The edges were raised so that I could put the phone upside down and not worry about scratching the glass. It’s still doing really well 2 years later and I don’t see any reason to replace it until I get a new phone. Meanwhile, I handed my old Nexus 5x to my daughter and that Spigen case is now going on four years and doing great as well.
I did try a screen protector for my Pixel 3. However, in my experience, screen protectors interfere with the experience. I’ve never liked them, mostly in part to the fact that my fingers aren’t as detectable, especially in winter when it’s dry and I’m putting lotion on a lot. The screen protector interfered too much with the screen and my fingers. I’ve had this on other phones too, and I know it’s really a me problem.
Another phone safety feature I ended up getting was a Spigen ring on the back of my case. I have a tendency to drop my phone when I get distracted and this helps a lot by letting me put a finger in the ring when I use it. If someone distracts me, it won’t just slip out of my hands.