Quick Thoughts On Google’s Official Nexus 6P Case And Why I Can’t Recommend It

With every smartphone we get official cases from the manufacturer and the Nexus 6P is no exception. Google offers 4 official cases for the Nexus 6P, but the default one is simply called the “Nexus 6P Case”. It is a TPU case which snugly fits the phone, but differentiates itself by adding a felt layer on the back. This felt material really gives the case a unique feel that you won’t get anywhere else.

The case truly is a perfect fit on the phone. When using it I’m confident that my phone is safe and the felt on the back actually adds a fair amount of grip which I personally really like. The printed design on the back is also very unique and it’s not something you’re likely to find any place else. However there are downsides to this case.

First of all, the price. At $34.99, this is one expensive case. I picked mine up on Black Friday for half off at $17.50, at that price I feel like I made a good buy, but this is certainly not worth $35.



Second and more importantly, this case suffers from an issue that plagues many 6P cases. This issue deals with the buttons and actually disables the user from having the ability to take a screenshot. The exact cause isn’t confirmed, but from the looks of it the open design of the TPU surrounding the button is the issue. It’s extremely disappointing to see this issue on what is not only an expensive case, but also one that is made by the company selling the phone.

The screenshot issue caused by the buttons on this case really ruin it for me.

The screenshot issue caused by the buttons on this case really ruin it for me.

While I really do love the look and feel of this case, with the combination of the high price and the screenshot issue, I have a tough time recommending it. If you’ve got $35 burning a hole in the pocket you’d rather have a protected Nexus 6P in, then by all means go for it. However if you’re looking for an even better case at well under half the cost, I’d recommend Spigen’s Rugged Armor case. Here’s my review.

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  • TPU cases simply are not worth paying over $15 imo.

    • I totally think this one would be, if it didn’t have the screenshot issue. I paid $17.50 and for that I’m satisfied, but this is definitely not worth $35 with that issue.

      • Rob Ussery

        Maybe you just don’t know how to do it properly. Maybe you just neglected to do any research. I have the official case and it’s easy as sin to do it. You just press down on the far edges of the power and volume buttons to create a screenshot. Works every time for me, I haven’t once had any problem taking a screenshot. In addition to that, you could just use Now on Tap to do it if you want to avoid including details in your status bar and the capacitive buttons down below. That case is definitely worth the money in my book. It’s better than using the Spigen case, which is a lot slicker than the Official Google case and leaves you more susceptible to dropping it IMO.

        • First things first, I’m not the only one having this issue. I’ve seen numerous other users with the same problem. Also, the Google Now on Tap screenshot feature didn’t exist at the time of this review.