Google Pixel Buds Review: Google made a wide range of hardware announcements in their last big conference. The new Pixel 2 phones took center stage of the conference and then there was also the new Google Pixel Buds. The Google Pixel Buds are the pair of wireless neckband-style Bluetooth earbuds which has few fancy tricks up their sleeve along with the ability to near real-time transaction. The stylish and the comfortable Pixel Buds are among the list of better wireless headphones. They may fall a little shorter from hitting the benchmark of best wireless headphones available today due to certain limitations. For example, Google Assistant, the marquee feature of Google Pixel Buds works only with the phones running the Android Version of Marshmallow or higher. Even though they come at the price tag similar to the AirPods, they lack the “Truly Wireless” form factor and seamless pairing process. Watch the space below for the detailed review of Google Pixel Buds.
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Google Pixel Buds Review: Design
The Google Pixel Buds come in an unassuming fabric clamshell enclosure which acts as charging base. The Google Pixel Buds slides easily into your pocket. The cable of the Google Pixel pokes through the little hole in the earbuds to form a size-adjustable loop which sticks into your ear to prevent them falling out. Unfortunately, the size of the loop changes when the cable gets tugged. The Google Pixel Buds doesn’t have any sound isolation, but instead, it sits your ear and directs the sound into your ear canal similar to the earbud shape of Apple’s EarPods. The comfort of the Google Pixel Buds depends on the shape of your ear, and you may feel uncomfortable to use them for the longer period of times. As we mentioned earlier, the Pixel Buds comes in a little fabric case which helps you to store and charge them. They magnetically clip into little docking holes to charge, with the cable looping around a ring inside the case.
Google Pixel Buds Review: Sound
The Google Pixel Buds sounds good for the earbuds which don’t have any isolation. They don’t have thunderous bass, but they have a relatively excellent sound which can be cranked up to uncomfortable listening volumes. The simple left or right swipe on the right earbuds adjusts the volume. While reviewing, we found the differences between each step of the volume and the volume at the high level makes you uncomfortable to listen. We resorted to setting volume with our smartphone, but as soon as you swiped on the right earbuds, it went back to either being too quiet or too loud. The rest of the controls in the Google Pixel Buds works very well. A single tap on the right earbud enables you to play/pause music, tap twice to read out your latest notifications.
Google Pixel Buds Review: Google Assistant
With Google Pixel Buds, talking to Google Assistant is very easy and very fast. Just put your finger on the earbud, then speak and release it to get the answer from the assistant. The Google Assistant in Pixel Buds works faster than the Siri on AirPods. But the Google Assistant features works only when you have a standard internet connection. The Google assistant will alert you each time when you received a notification, and double tap on the right earbud will let the assistant read our your notifications. You can also reply through the voice transcription with the internet connection. Some people may love the notifications, but others will find them incredibly annoying and disturbing.
Google Pixel Buds Review: Translation
The Google Pixel Buds have tight integration with the Google Translate, but it works only when you have any one of Google’s Pixel Line of Smartphones. Just tap and hold to speak, then release to hear the translation played to whomever you are trying to talk with through your pixel phone. Pressing a button on the pixel phone and talking into it will head to a translation being played into your ear when the button is released.
Google Pixel Buds Review: Specs
|Ports & Connectors||USB-C for charging|
|Colors||Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue|
|Sensors||Microphone, Accelerometer, Capacitive touchpad|
|Fast pair||Android Nougat and above|
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Google Pixel Buds Review: Verdict
The smart features, sound and battery life of Google Pixel Buds are useful, but the volume control is poor. Some people may like lack of sound isolation, and some others may don’t like it. The case looks very cute, but the flimsy hinge and cloth covering don’t instill confidence that they are built to last.