It looks like Google’s official line of cases for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro might now have a design flaw, as a growing number of disgruntled owners report warped and yellowed protective smartphone covers.
the edge reports that owners have taken to Reddit and even Amazon’s review section of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro case listings to express their frustration with yellowing, warping, and even poorly cut cases for their devices. Many of the complaints state that while the cases offer good protection, after extended use the color can drastically change or degrade within a few weeks or months of daily use.
Complaints about yellowing and degradation of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cases aren’t just a recent phenomenon, either. Threads on Reddit dating back to mid-January hint that this issue is not limited to a minor manufacturing defect in particular batches of the official cases.
The semi-transparent frosted finish is one of the biggest selling features, with three colors available for the Pixel 6 Pro and four colors available for the Pixel 6. It seems that this is where the problems with rapidly fading colors and severe yellowing appear. Google touts the use of post-consumer recycled plastics which could be the cause of this issue, but this poses more environmental risks as cases are likely to end up being replaced by those affected.
At $30 per case, those affected are understandably frustrated. During our initial practice with the entire line, we even stated that many third-party options offer similar protection without the high cost of entry. It was not clear at that early stage that the official line of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cases would be affected by yellowing or degradation to this point.
Google is set to use the same dual-layer construction in the upcoming official Pixel 6a line of cases, meaning the device’s affordable protection could take a similar hit, and likely touting the hefty $30 starting price. Understandably so. why homeowners would look to other third-party options, which are often half the price and offer greater longevity. You can see some of our favorites here.
Our very own Kyle Bradshaw has experienced some serious discoloration of his Golden Glow case to the point that it actually looks more like the darkened Stormy Sky (black) model. That’s a substantial change for something that takes the brunt of daily use and abuse.
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