Recently, Google released their stylish and comfortable set of wireless headphones – The Pixel Buds. Even though they rank highly on our list, there are some limitations that prevent them from hitting the top spot.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the device is that the Google Assistant runs only with Android Marshmallow or higher. Fast pairing over Bluetooth works only on devices with Android Oreo or Nougat. Not only that, but the device’s most notable feature that translates a foreign language directly is limited to Google Pixel & Pixel 2 phones. So we have some unique features, but the limitations are killing the fun with the device.
However, if you are an owner of a new Android smartphone and you are sick of cables, then Google’s first wireless earbuds might be the right for you.
The earbuds come in a fabric enclosure that’s used as a charging base as well. They can be easily stored in the pocket and it’s easy to pull them out of the case, but then you have to careful when fitting them inside because they have a braided cable. Note that the Pixel Buds aren’t completely wireless such as the Apple AirPods.
To connect the device to your phone, you have to enable the Bluetooth on your phone and you will be ready to go.
The Pixel Buds can be placed in the outer ear, which allows noise from the reality to mix with your music. So, if you are looking to concentrate on a task by listening to music, those earbuds aren’t the one for you. Moreover, Google hasn’t included a clip on the cord to attach to your clothing.
To operate with those headphones, all you have to do is tap on the right earbud to perform one of the following tasks: answer a call, pause or play. To raise the volume you have to swipe forward and reverse the action if you’d like to lower it. By double tapping it, you can check your notifications or listen to your upcoming calendar events.
For the Google Assistant feature, you have to hold a finger on the right earbud and let it go when you are finished with the command. It’s suitable for responding to messages, switching songs, and much more.
Connecting them with other devices such as Apple ones requires pressing a button located inside the case of the headphones to enable pairing mode. It’s fast but not as intuitive as Apple’s Airports.
Looking at the Pixel Buds as wireless headphones only, the performance is quite pleasant. In terms of sound quality, you will be delighted, but you have to position them properly inside your ear to achieve the ideal sound.
The battery life is just as advertised by the company for up to five hours of continuous use per charge. If you are using them more rarely for messages and phone calls, then the battery can reach up to eight hours. Moreover, the case allows 24-hours recharging time, so that’s a great advantage.
What makes them unique is the Google Translate feature that would translate almost any foreign language into your native one. If you need to speak with somebody, it will decode their language directly into your Pixel Buds, which is fascinating.
However, the microphones of the device had a trouble understanding our commands when we tried using Google Assistant on crowded streets. Not only that, but it requires an internet connection and you can’t change your songs directly if you don’t.
All in all
Google’s latest headphones aren’t perfect like their competitors, but they rank highly when it comes to sound and battery. They are suitable for Google’s latest devices, but if you are an individual who constantly changes their devices, then you are going to have a hard time with them.
The Google Assistant needs a lot of work as well and you can’t customize the gestures required to perform actions. Yeah, the Translating feature is unique, but it’s not enough to put these earbuds above others. Individuals keen on Apple products would never switch their AirPods for these and there are many other brands that provide much more customer’s satisfaction at lower prices when it comes to wireless headphones.