Google's new cases for its Pixel 2 phone put Apple's iPhone cases to shame

The Google Pixel 2 has a lot of great features. It’s waterproof, the camera is fantastic, and it runs a simple, easy-to-use version of Android.

But one of the things I like most about the Pixel 2 has nothing to do with the phone itself, but rather with the new phone cases.

Of course, case options are not a good enough reason to buy a phone. There are hundreds of thousands of companies that make cases, and chances are you can find something you like from a third party.

Still, there’s something comforting about buying a case from the company that made your smartphone. Apple’s cases are great looking, and iPhone users swear by them. Let’s face it: if you’re shelling out for an expensive smartphone, you should probably put a case on it.

When Business Insider received the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to test out, I was delighted by the cases that came along with them. I decided to see what else Google had to offer for its Pixel customers, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Here are the new fabric cases for Pixel 2 phones. I've been using the black version -- called carbon -- for about a week, and I'm a fan. It makes the phone feel more durable and easier to grip, plus it's stylish. The fabric case also comes in cement, midnight, and coral.

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Google likes to tout its live cases, which are customisable and have corresponding interactive phone wallpapers. There are three themes -- photos, artwork, and places -- and they're available for all Pixel phones, including the first-generation models.

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This is the new Google Earth live case for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It comes in two prints: River ...

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... and rock.

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All Pixel phones can get a map live case, which lets you select a custom map area for your case, then have a map for your wallpaper. When you move locations, the map on your screen will reflect that.

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Google also offers these cool art cases. Theses cases come in a wide range of colours and prints, from space to abstract themes.

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There's even an entire line of Kiss-themed cases like this one, which is covered with the tiny faces of the band members.

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Google can also give you a blank slate so you can design your own.

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If you have the first-generation Pixel phone, you can get a colourful silicone case that looks a lot like the Apple silicone cases ...

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... or this super-simple clear case. It's only available for the first-generation Pixel for now, though.

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Google's cases cost between $US30 and $US50 and are available to buy on Google's website.

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