Perfect partners for your Pixel.
So you've just dropped a sizeable chunk of cash on a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL, and it'll soon be heading your way. But what about accessories for your shiny new Google phone?
Google has a wide range of first-party accessories for its first own-branded handset, and we've also rounded up some top essentials from elsewhere. Take a look!
- Daydream View
- Google Live Cases
- Anker PowerLine USB-C cable
- Google 18W Pixel Charger
- Anker USB-C to Micro-USB adapters
OK, OK. This is a good deal larger (and a bit more expensive) than your traditional smartphone accessory. Nevertheless, Google's Daydream View headset is something you should definitely consider buying alongside your new Pixel. Google's new phones are the first to be fully Daydream-certified, and ready for use with Google's new VR platform. Here's what Russell Holly had to say when he tried Daydream for the first time:
There's a lot of promise in a platform like Daydream. Google's first efforts with the Pixel XL created an experience with little of the "screen door effect" that plagues other VR headsets, and head tracking is a dream. Even the setup process is convenient — you place the phone down on the pad in the casing and an NFC tag launches Daydream and pairs you with the controller. When you close your phone against the lenses, alignment happens immediately with no QR codes to scan to make sure you have the best lens form on the display.
Right now Daydream View comes in one color: slate, with crimson and snow coming later. It'll become available to pre-order on October 20, but you can join Google's waiting list right now. If you're enough of an early adopter to have gotten in on the Pixel hype already, chances are you might be interested in what Daydream View has to offer.
Google Live Cases
Google sells a range of traditional silicone cases for the Pixel and Pixel XL, but for just a little extra you can grab a Live Case. These are made of the same materials, but are customizable with your favorite photos, places (through stylized maps) or artworks. A tool on the Google Store website allows you to customize your Live Case to your liking.
The concept has been around for a while through Google's Nexus program. And Live Cases are a great way to make your Pixel or Pixel XL unique to you.
Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB-C cable
Most USB-C phones charge over a USB-A to USB-C cable. Google's phones are a bit different — like the Nexus 5X and 6P, the Pixel's boxed charger is a USB-C brick, so you need a USB-C to USB-C cable like the one boxed with the phone.
These are still relatively hard to come by, so you might want to pick up a couple of spares. Anker's PowerLine C-to-C cable is a good cheap option for a reasonable long (3 foot) backup. And it also comes in black or white, so you can match the color of your cable to your phone.
Google 18W USB-C charger with USB-PD
Your Pixel will charge fastest with the bundled charger and cable, and this is exactly what you're getting here. Google's standard 18W wall plug uses USB Power Delivery for faster charging, and comes bundled with a long 1.8 meter USB-C to USB-C cable, so you've got a reasonable amount of range while your Pixel is plugged in.
The standalone Pixel charger isn't available to order on its own just yet — it's listed as "Coming Soon" at the time of writing — but should be available around the time the phone starts to ship.
Even if you're not tempted by the flashy new 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, the older second-generation Chromecast is well worth investing in. Google's year-old streaming dongle plugs into your TV over HDMI, and is small enough to be tucked behind your set. It's powered by a microUSB connector on its base.
Content up to 1080p is supported, with many popular streaming apps having built-in Google Cast support. For those that don't, Chromecast also lets you mirror the screen of any Chrome browser tab, or Android-based smartphones.
Anker USB-C to Micro-USB adapter (2 pack)
If you're moving from an older Android phone to a Pixel or Pixel XL, chances are you've got a mess of old Micro-USB connectors lying around. Anker's Micro-USB to USB-C adapters are small enough to fit in a wallet, and will let you use older cables with your Pixel.
Do you have a favorite accessory not listed here? Let us know, and we'll consider adding it!
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