Perfect partners for your Pixel.
So you’ve just dropped a chunk of cash on a shiny new Pixel or Pixel XL — or maybe you’re a longtime Pixel user who’s been enjoying the phone since launch. In either case, a complete loadout of accessories is important.
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!
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 in his review:
This headset has the potential to be the best mobile VR headset you can buy, and maintain that title for quite some time. Google’s efforts in implementing motion controls, controlling the software to an extent, and making sure the headset is comfortable enough to want to use for longer periods of time are great. The price is great as well, $79 is within striking distance of many higher end Google Cardboard headsets and undercuts Samsung’s Gear VR by $20 on the shelf.
Daydream View doesn’t have a huge number of apps or games right now, but the situation will only get better, and quickly.
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.
Anker PowerCore+ 26,800mAh USB-PD battery
The Pixel charges using the USB Power Delivery standard, and it’s not easy to find batteries with this tech built in. That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Anker power bank, though, along with an enormous 26,800mAh capacity that’ll see even the larger Pixel XL through multiple recharges. In fact, there’s so much power and capacity on offer here that the Anker PowerCore+ 26,800 can even recharge USB-PD-compatible laptops, including Apple’s newer MacBooks, and some Chromebooks.
This is a hefty power brick, but if you’re going to be away from a wall plug for more than a day, you’re guaranteed peace of mind and speedy charging with this model.
Google 22.5W USB-C charger with USB-PD
Your Pixel will charge fastest with a USB-PD compatible charger and cable, and this is exactly what you’re getting here. Google’s 22.5W 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. And best of all, there’s two ports, so you can charge another device from the same brick while your Pixel is plugged in.
This isn’t the cheapest Pixel charging option, but you’re guaranteed to be getting the official, Google-sanctioned wall plug here, which is capable of charging your Pixel as fast as possible.
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. Alternatively, the fancy new 4K Chromecast Ultra will go great with your fancy new TV.
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.
Android Wear Smartwatches
Android Wear smartwatches can you show you notifications, help you keep track of your fitness, and even run full-blown apps. Newer Android Wear 2.0 devices can even make payments using Android Pay, thanks to built-in NFC, and connect independently of your phone thanks to LTE support.
Check out our rundown of the best Android Wear watches to see what’s worth buying.
Do you have a favorite accessory not listed here? Let us know, and we’ll consider adding it!
Update, July 2017: This list has been updated to include a new USB-PD power bank, and to recommend Google’s Pixel C dual-port USB-PD power adapter, as the Pixel model is out of stock.