A rising number of dissatisfied owners are complaining about the protective smartphone covers being bent and turning yellow, leading some to speculate that Google’s official case range for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro may now have a design defect.

According to The Verge , users have resorted to the Reddit and even the Amazon reviews area of the case listings for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to express their anger with the yellowing, warping, and even improperly cut cases for their devices. Although the cases provide decent protection, several complaints claim that after repeated use the color can drastically alter or fade within a few weeks or months of everyday wear.

Also not a recent occurrence are complaints about the yellowing and degeneration of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cases. It appears from threads on Reddit starting in mid-January that this problem extends beyond a minor manufacturing flaw on specific batches of official cases.

One of the key selling points is the semi-transparent frosted surface, which comes in three colors for the Pixel 6 Pro and four colors for the Pixel 6. It would seem that this is the root of the issues with colors degrading quickly and significantly fading. Google promotes the use of post-consumer recycled plastics, which may be the root of the issue, but also offers greater environmental dangers because the impacted cases are likely to be replaced.

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pixel 6 case yellowing
pixel 6 case yellowing amazon review

It’s understandable that individuals impacted are irate when a case costs $30. We even noted that numerous third-party alternatives offer comparable protection without the high entrance fee during our initial hands-on with the whole lineup. The extent to which yellowing or degradation will influence the official Pixel 6 and 6 Pro case lineup was not known at that early stage.

The official Pixel 6a case range from Google is expected to adopt the same dual-layer structure, which implies that the affordable device protection may be equally impacted and likely highlight the high $30 asking price. It makes sense that owners would consider alternative third-party choices as they frequently cost less and have longer lifespans. Here are a handful of our favorites for you to peruse.

Kyle Bradshaw, one of our very own, has noticed some major degradation in his Golden Glow case, making it appear more like the darkened Stormy Sky (black) model. That represents a significant alteration for something that experiences frequent abuse.

Have you observed any noticeable fading, staining, or warping with the OEM case for the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro? If you were impacted, let us know in the poll below and in the comments.

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