Google Pixel vs. Clip-on Lenses

The clip-on lenses for the (fancy) camera  in my soon-to-be-obsolete Google Pixel XL don’t fit well on the case I added to improve its griptivity:

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case - angle

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case – angle

The upper half of the clip rests on the rim of the case around the bezel, with only the end of the foam pad against the glass:

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case - angle overview

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case – angle overview

That’s pretty much the only stable position.

Sticking a disk of stair-tread rubber on the foam adds just enough thickness to match the rim:

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case - aligned

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case – aligned

The lenses came with two clips, so I left one unmodified to fit the Pixel without the case:

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case - clamps

Pixel vs Lens Clamp vs Case – clamps

Not that that happens very often, but …

The lenses are about as good as you’d expect for ten bucks from Amazon. Stacking the 0.67 “wide angle” lens on the camera enlarges the field-of-view by a third with closer focusing at maximum zoom, so the minimum FOV drops from 2 inches down to 1 inch at a reasonable distance.  The 10x “macro” lens is basically useless, with a focus distance well within the Pixel’s shadow under any normal lighting; if I were that sort of guy, I’d conjure a small LED ring powered from the USB-C port.


  1. #1 by Vedran on 2017-08-25 - 08:23

    My iPhone 4s recently decided it’s had enough so now I’m faced with finding a new phone in (what I consider) a reasonable size of <5″ and pickings are slim. Does it bother anybody else that phones got so huge or am I just the weird one here?

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-08-25 - 09:57

      I wish the Pixel XL had twice the screen in a case about half as big … [grin]

      The Kindle Fire was way too big, but it could display semiconductor datasheets just fine. Despite having more dots and more DPI, the Pixel often requires doing the zoom-and-pan dance across a datasheet.

      Stipulated: First World Problem.

    • #3 by Keith Ward on 2017-08-25 - 19:29

      No, your are not the only one bothered by [comically] large phones. I reluctantly went from a iphone 4s to a 5 and dealt with it fairly well, but anything beyond that is really not acceptable. I just started wearing glasses in the last few years, but only for a few things, not every day or all day long, and I still don’t want a large display. I would rather have a phone that has a seam/hing down the center than to have to have a phone that requires a shoulder strap. They [cell phones] use to be large for the batteries, now it’s just due to the “demand” for large displays.

      • #4 by Vedran on 2017-08-28 - 11:10

        now it’s just due to the “demand” for large displays
        Which in turn require huge batteries thus closing the cycle :)

        Hopefully they come through with big ass holographic/foldable/flippable/MAGIC screens real soon and save me from having to buy 9″ phone couple of years down the road :)

        Till then I’ll just pine away for lost times when the goal was to make the phone SMALLER :)