+ Saturday August 24th, 2019

While Google’s fabric cases for the Pixel 2 line certainly look great, they come with a major downside. Being covered in fabric means they’re a little more prone to discolouration than other materials, and sadly, it doesn’t take long for that discolouration to occur.

What you can see above is a Coral Red fabric case for the Pixel 2, which I bought mid last week. I’ve had it for less than a week. Already it’s showing signs of wear and tear; look around the power switch and the volume rocker in particular, and at the rear of the case itself. What should be a fairly uniform colour is now rather obviously not, and depending on the light, that view gets worse.

Dan has a gray fabric case on his Pixel 2, and he’s observed the same thing, though obviously on a gray case the discolouration is a little less prevalent.

To be clear, we didn’t expect that this wouldn’t happen; any material which can absorb dirt, grime and the oils from our hands will wind up the same way, but we didn’t expect it to happen with only a few days’ usage. It’s frankly a bit disappointing. Google of course notes that this is a possible outcome, with this on the product page:

Fabric may stain. Hand wash only. See g.co/pixel2casecare for more information.

Following that link, the following advice is offered for those wanting to clean the fabric case:

  1. Remove your case from your phone.
  2. Dampen a cloth or sponge with water.
  3. Add a little mild soap.
  4. With the damp cloth, rub your case’s fabric gently in circles.
  5. Let your case air dry at room temperature.

Tip: If needed, first use a stain remover pen. Avoid harsh cleaners, rough scrubbing, or soaking for a long time.

I’ll be trying precisely that this afternoon to see if I can remove some of the stains, and it will be interesting to see how the case scrubs up. I’ll report back!

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Chris, will you do a review for the Melbourne based Bellroy leather case? Thanks

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That’s fabric alright.
Not a good material for a case.

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