Google Produced three new phones in 2020, of all, the $459 Pixel 4a 5G is still the best. It has almost all the same features as the Pixel 4a but has a bigger screen, a second wide-angle camera, and a 5G radio. It also doesn’t have wireless charging or water resistance like the $700 Pixel 5, but it costs $200 less.
If you prefer a more refined design, consider a leather case. This one from Bellroy gives the phone a streamlined look, plus it’s made out of a gold-rated tannery leather that should wear well over time.