Jul 23, 2019 | Updated: 04:55 PM EDT

Two Accessories You Need for Your New Pixel

Feb 20, 2019 04:41 PM EST

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Two Accessories You Need for Your New Pixel

With the Pixel 3's powerful AI, beautiful display, and impressive camera, you've done right by choosing Google's flagship as your new phone. But no handset is complete without a couple of accessories to help it perform better than it does straight out of the box. Check out these two upgrades to take your Pixel to the next level.

A Pixel skin

On the outside, the Pixel 3 looks amazing. It's a serious upgrade from the previous generation - improving everything from the way it looks to the way it feels in your hands.

The two-tone back returns in the 3, but this time around, it has new materials. The back is entirely glass (like most other flagships of today), but this Pixel 3 goes under a special process to give it this shiny and matte look. The matte section is a frosted Soft-Touch glass that also has a tactile impact on your Pixel, giving it a softer, smoother touch under your fingers.

Unfortunately, this frosted glass is a trouble magnet; it picks up micro scratches and larger scrapes very easily. It's such a common occurrence that it's earned the nickname scratchgate.

Luckily, you can protect your Pixel from these scratches just as easily as they're made with Pixel skins. These accessories cover up any existing damage while keeping it safe from rough surfaces, sharp edges, and greasy fingers. Pixels skins are like a thin alternative to clunky cases, so wireless charging still works with a set wrapped around your phone.  

When you shop from a designer like dbrand, you can recreate the two-tone look of the Pixel by choosing their matte black skins. Or you have the choice of giving your smartphone a whole new personality, opting for bright or texturized Pixel skins as your default. These textures will help you get a grip on your Google Pixel, so you're less likely to drop it and cause serious damage to its chassis or screen.

A Pixel stand

All that glass may cause your OCD to flair up, but it serves a purpose. It means the Pixel 3 is the very first Google phone to offer wireless charging. While it will accept a charge from nearly any wireless charger, you may want to opt for a Made by Google device for your go-to charger.

The Pixel stand performs primarily as a wireless charger - and a decent one at that. Its QI technology can run up to 10W, compared to just 7.5W in Apple's wireless chargers, so you can expect it to recharge your battery quickly.

However, it's more than just a power dock. It transforms your mobile into a household gadget hooked up with Google Assistant. Once you set it up properly, your Pixel's display will turn into a landing for Google Assistant any time it's docked. You can expect it to help you with all the typical requests an AI can perform, including checking the weather, playing a song, or reminding you of important dates in your calendar.

It also has some other neat functions, including acting as a digital photo frame or a light alarm clock. When you activate this feature, the display will slowly brighten as it gets closer to your preferred wakeup time, mimicking the rising sun to help you wake up on the right side of the bed.

The Pixel 3 is the king of the Androids, but even royalty needs a little help from courtiers doting on their every need. A customized Pixel skin and Pixel stand are just that - accessories that will take your new smartphone from great to best.

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