Hands down one of the hottest phones of 2018 has to be the Google Pixel 3. Along with the notched Pixel 3 XL, this is the smartphone that's supposed to represent the greatest Android has to offer. Maybe you've got one yourself. Maybe you're thinking about getting one or you know someone in your life who has one. The next logical step, then, is to start investigating the Pixel 3 accessories you need to complete the experience.

In case you missed it the first time around, you can get a closer look at the Pixel 3 XL in my review. And what you'll find that is that many of these Pixel 3 accessories are designed to address the phone's biggest weaknesses and shortcomings.

       

Spigen Rugged Armor Case

Something new this time around is that Google went with a glass back for the Pixel 3. It looks pretty great, but it can be awfully slippery. Even with phones that aren't especially slippery, I don't trust myself without a case. And while the official fabric case is $40, you can save a lot of money and arguably get even better protection with the Spigen Rugged Armor for only $12.99. The Spigen brand has always come highly recommended and the Rugged Armor case for the Pixel 3 is no exception.

Anker PowerCore 26800

As you may or may not know, I went camping a couple months ago. We were almost completely off the grid with no heat, no cell signal and no electricity. But we still needed to keep our gadgets charged so we could document the adventure, right?

The Anker PowerCore 26800 sells for $65.99 and it's easily the biggest USB power bank I've ever used. The 26800 in its name refers to its capacity (in mAh), meaning it has enough juice to charge a Pixel 3 about 9 times and a Pixel 3 XL about 7 times (not accounting for charging inefficiencies). That's a lot of power!

Seneo Wireless Charger

The main reason why the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have glass backs is so that they can support Qi wireless charging. That's convenient. And as great as the new Pixel Stand might be, it's also decidedly on the pricier side when compared to other Qi wireless charging pads. The Seneo Wireless Charger, for example, is available for just $18.69. It features a similar kind of design, accommodating both landscape and portrait orientation.

You won't get the exclusive Pixel Stand features, of course, but the cost savings are significant. Just leave the wireless charger on your desk at work (or at home), breaking out that Anker power bank when you're on the go. You'll never run out of power.

SoulSound 2-in-1 USB-C Adapter

As I mentioned in my unboxing video, you get a bunch of Pixel 3 accessories included in the box with the phone. Since there's no headphone jack, Google includes a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, for example. But the problem is that if you're using that adapter, you can't charge your phone (via cable) at the same time.

If you're not interested in Qi wireless charging or you just want a simpler solution to this common conundrum, the 2-in-1 USB-C adapter from SoulSound is listed at $24.99. Welcome to that dongle life! It plugs into the USB-C port on your Pixel 3, and provides a USB-C port for charging, plus a 3.5mm jack for your headphones.

Vanja USB-C OTG SD Card Reader

Do you know what else this phone is missing? Expandable storage! Or maybe you're like me and sometimes you travel with a "real" camera in addition to your smartphone. What if you want to post that shot on Instagram before getting back to a computer? Perhaps one of the most versatile (if not the most elegant) solution is the Vanja USB-C OTG SD card reader.

It is only $8.99 on Amazon, and it's about the size of a slightly larger flash drive. One cap pops off to reveal a USB-C connector. The other cap pops off to reveal a USB-A connector, which can flip open to reveal a microUSB connector. And then you've got slots for SD and microSD cards too. It's great for your on-the-go SD card reading needs!

What Other Pixel 3 Accessories Do You Need?


I could go at least about all sorts of possible Pixel 3 accessories. We could all use another Bluetooth speaker, right? Or a more affordable alternative to the Pixel Buds? Personally, I've been making great use of the Tunai Firefly in the car for streaming music; it's available for $34.99. With all that said, are there any key accessories (or accessory categories) that you think belong on this list? Let us know through the comments below or via social media!

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