You can choose between two variations of the Live Cases. One allows you to pick any photo and print it onto your case. The other lets you design and print a stylized map with the help of Google Maps. Both variations allow you to select a couple of filters and other styling options to personalize your case even more.
There is a bit of tech built into these cases, as well. Google says there is a programmable shortcut button on the back of the case that will allow you to launch your favorite app with a single click. As far as I can see, Google is using NFC to power this feature.
Once you’ve created and ordered your case, Google will also let you download a wallpaper with the same design.
I haven’t used a phone case for a very long time now — and I can’t quite see myself using a photo case — but those map cases do look nice, especially after you apply a filter. If you really can’t live without brandishing a photo of your cat every time you pull out your phone, though, a photo case is probably the way to go.
At $35, Google’s case costs just about as much — and often a little bit less — than competing services. Many of these, however, don’t support the Nexus line and they don’t give you an extra shortcut button for your phone, either.