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Case roundup (part 1) for the Google Pixel 3a XL

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As usual for my case roundups, I'll cover a variety of styles, with all samples supplied by MobileFun, kind people that they are. See their complete range of Pixel 3a XL cases and covers.

The Google Pixel 3a XL is extraordinary value when you factor in the superb camera and guaranteed three years of updates, including two complete Android versions.

There aren't that many third party cases in stock as yet, so I've marked this post as 'part 1' and I'll deliver a fuller version in a couple of weeks, if all goes well.

Olixar Ultra-Thin, £7 There's not that much to this case, by design. When it's on, you don't really notice any increase in bulk, which is a very good thing. You also get to see your Pixel 3a XL's original colour scheme. Some manufacturers choose to put this sort of 'grip' case in the box, but not Google - hence this inexpensive third party TPU case hits the spot.



Obviously you don't get very much in terms of drop resistance,…

Case roundup: Huawei P30 Pro

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As usual for my case roundups, I'll cover a variety of styles, with all samples supplied by MobileFun, kind people that they are. See their complete range of Huawei P30 pro cases and covers.

The P30 Pro is a super device with an imaging focus: 5x stabilised telephoto, 40MP stabilised main camera, plus wide angle, with tremendous versatility. But how best to protect the phone from drops and damage?

Hand-picked by me, in no particular order (and forgive the first entry, but it has to be the baseline!):
Huawei in-box silicone cover, £free Of course, Huawei and Honor phones normally come with a cheap clear cover in the box, so that no one ever has an excuse for carrying a 'naked' phone.


There's little actual protection or cushioning, mind you, the case's main goal is that it provides a far grippier surface than slippery glass and so there's far less chance of dropping the P30 Pro in the first place.


The fit is perfect, as you might imagine, and there's minimal …

Review: Samsung Galaxy S10e case round up

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As usual for my case roundups, I'll cover a variety of styles, with all samples supplied by MobileFun, kind people that they are. See their complete range of Galaxy S10e cases and covers.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a superb compact smartphone with every feature you could expect (jack, stereo speakers, storage expansion, capacitive finger scanner, etc.)

Hand-picked by me, in no particular order:
Samsung Pattern Covers, £18 Unusually packaged as a pair, these are cracking minimalist plastic covers with artily sculpted holes on the back, reducing weight without reducing strength.


Overall protection isn't fabulous, mind you, for drops, since there's very little 'raise' at each end on the front, so a true screen-down drop would probably be curtains.


You can't argue with the cosmetics of the design though, which looks fabulous with one of the mirror-finished S10e devices. The finish is slightly rubberised and is a pleasure to hold and (err....) fondle.


Plus two of the…