The debate between those who buy protective cases for their smartphones and those who use their smartphones “out of the box” is perhaps as eternal as “Android vs. iOS”. However, this doesn’t negate the fact that the case actually helps keep the device looking good for a long time.
The updated design of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro hasn’t undergone many changes. At the same time, some details were reworked. The largest of them is the camera block “wrapped” in aluminum, which was previously entirely glass. Also, the top lacks a large plastic insert to improve communication.
Of course, Zack Nelson of his YouTube channel JerryRigEverything couldn’t pass up the novelty from Google and put the updated case to the test for durability.
The glass situation is quite standard. Like its competitors, it can scratch both the front and back of your smartphone. A protective film covers this issue on the display.
But for the rear, an additional problem was the ease of damage to the camera unit. Shortly before Nelson took the device out of the box, it had a few surface scratches.
This means you don’t have to wait too long for “scratches” around your camera. Therefore, users who want to keep their new smartphone in its original factory appearance for as long as possible should purchase a case.
Confidentiality was also questionable. Zack was unable to bend the device, but applying a strong force to the back cover revealed a weak spot in the camera’s antenna beside his unit. If you accidentally sit down with your phone in your back pocket, it’s best to keep your gadget away from the water. The disappointing drop of the relatively heavy body (212 grams) doesn’t go unnoticed for a mostly glass device.
So the Pixel 7 Pro turned out to be very prone to minor scratches, so the extra expense of a protective case in this case isn’t superfluous. Failure to pressurize the case compromises protection against water and dust.