Google has struggled to make an impressive pair of headphones. Which is quite surprising if you consider all the resources they have and what they could be capable of. The 2018 Pixel Buds came in a larger than ideal carrying case and buds that were bulky and unattractive, with very average performance. It was necessary for Google to make changes if they were to compete in the same market as Airpods, Samsung Galaxy Buds, and more. But the 2020 Google Pixel Buds are certainly a top-caliber pair of wireless in-ear buds.
The new Google Pixel Buds were announced in the Fall of 2019. The expectations were not necessarily high as the previous model did not receive positive feedback. But the excessive changes pushed Google to be an extremely compelling option, especially for android users. The 2020 buds no longer feature a wire that connected the 2018 buds. Additionally, the size of the buds is now considerably smaller. The Pixel Buds are rounded and do not extend too far beyond the ear, they are seamless and simple. Because of this, the carrying case was able to be reformed into a smaller, thinner version of itself which creates a less bulky annoying bulge in the consumer’s pocket.
Google Pixel Buds
The new Google Pixel Buds provide a great audio experience, battery life, and a secure fit. The Buds are available in 4 colours. TEMPORARY
Before opening the case, the case looks similar to the Apple Air-Pods case. Google changed the look by altering the finish to matte, and also rounded it out more. Upon opening the case you’ll notice black accents. The black coloring is on the interior of the case as well as the interior of the buds themselves. The exterior of the Buds comes in 4 different colors, Clearly White, Almost Black, Oh So Orange, and Quite Mint.
The battery life provides only about 5 hours of use on a single charge. Meanwhile, the charging case gives 19 additional hours for a total of 24 hours of listening on one charge. Also, with just 10 minutes in the charging case, the Pixel Buds will be able to last up to 2 hours. So its capabilities are pretty good and the quick charge can be extremely useful for times at the gym and such. The case can be charged via USB-C or a charging pad as well.
The pairing experience is also very fast, especially with Pixel phones. It just takes one click on the Pixel phone to connect to the buds after opening the charging case. Any Bluetooth 4.0+ products such as laptops, tablets, and IOS devices, and of course androids are compatible.
On the Pixel Buds themselves, there are many touch controls. This includes the play, pause, and volume functions as well as access to google assistant hands-free. There is a stabilizer arc, soft ear-tip, and a retention curve which all help to provide the user with a comfortable fit. The performance of the Buds is one of the best of its class for wireless earbuds. The audio quality, depth, and detail are all very good. One aspect of sound that isn’t overwhelming is the bass. The lack of bass does helps provide clarity and detail to the music but does take away something that is desirable for many. For $180, it is difficult to find a pair of earbuds that provide such good sound while also being very portable, technologically advanced, and not look bad on the user either.