Google Pixel buds go on sale today in Ireland for €199 and I have been testing these out for a week, given I own a pretty large collection of TWS earbuds in all shapes and sizes and including strange cases which is fine it is nice to have a variety and to see what is on offer but the latest offering from Google the new pixel buds 2 is something different, That begins with the matte white finish case,I can’t let go of it,it is shaped like an egg and is robust with 2 LED lights and comes with wireless charging and then the buds which look like mints in your ears but so what, they deliver in all respects..
Pairing to your smartphone is simple and there is an app and the app is also a great feature underpinning their functionality giving you choice on how to use them,it is an excellent app with great visuals for those who are not tech savvy on how to control the buds and this I really like and something we should see more of in the future.In fact it was the most enjoyable set up app I have used in a long time. The only thing missing from the app is an EQ setting but to be honest you do not really need it here.
The buds themselves are small and light and fit really well in the ears you will forget they are there after a few minutes but they fit tightly and snug and there is extra tips to suit all ears so it is a matter of finding the right size for you, they do offer some noise isolating too from the get go but you also get adaptive sound and in ear detection too.
Controls are simple swipe gestures which you will need a few minutes to get use to due to the small footprint of the surface just like many other earbuds out there but once you get use to it you will be a pro in no time getting the commands right.. We take a look at this in the video and you have all the controls you need,volume,skip,reverse track,play and pause and manage calls and of course you have google assistant on tap here too. Lost your pixel buds ?? No problem
When it comes to sound these really shine,better than expected,the pixel buds have 12 mm dynamic speakers, I did not check the previous pair out so can’t say if they are better but if you just happen to pick these up you will not be dissapointed, I test many earbuds and these really did deliver with all my usual testing tracks,You Tube and Netflix and also great on calls with beamforming microphones that focus on your voice, plus a voice accelerometer to detect the vibrations of your jawbone . No lag latency noticed either… Well balanced is the best word to sum them up.
One thing I also love with these is the option to respond notifications without touching your phone, example I use WhatsApp and Messenger alot and if I get a message I am notified by voice on the earbuds and can listen to it and also respond via the earbuds by voice,this is truly a great feature and saves time.. Also you can get real-time translations right in your ear should you wish say on holidays for example. If you are on the go they come with an IPX4 rating so you are good to go for activities outdoors and so on again helpful and no need to get your phone out.
Should you buy these? Yes if you are in the market for a new pair of earbuds get them, There is too much banging on about Airpods that are overpriced and simply not worth the money and there is better out there for less.
TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PIXEL BUDS
Brilliant sound, all around
|With custom-designed 12 mm dynamic speaker drivers, Google Pixel Buds deliver rich, high-quality audio. A unique hybrid acoustic design combines the best of in-ear and earbud styles. The eartips gently seal the ears to isolate loud outside noises and deliver powerful sound. The spatial vents reduce that plugged-ear feeling, and let through just the right amount of environmental sound so that you can stay aware.|
|Pixel Buds were designed to sit almost flush with the ears for a low-profile look, so they’re not easily knocked out when putting on a hat or removing a jacket, and you can wear earrings without worry. The charging case is small and pocketable. Soft and smooth, it even doubles up as the ultimate fidget toy. Pixel Buds come in Clearly White.|
Comfortable and secure fit
|Because everyone’s ears are shaped differently, we scanned thousands of ears to create a design that’s comfortable for as many people as possible. Eartips in three sizes ensure that your earbuds can be customised to best fit your unique ear shape. Each earbud’s stabiliser arc gently tucks into the ear, and together with the soft-fit eartip, helps Pixel Buds to stay put securely and comfortably, even when you’re exercising.|
Clear calls, anywhere
|Each earbud has dual beamforming microphones that focus on your voice, and a voice accelerometer to detect the vibrations of your jawbone when you’re talking. These features help you to sound crystal clear on calls, even in noisy and windy conditions, such as when you’re running or cycling.1|
|Adaptive Sound dynamically and subtly adjusts the volume as you move between quiet and noisy environments, so you don’t have to constantly raise or lower the volume. This comes in handy if you’re moving from the quiet of your home or office to somewhere noisy, such as a city street, a busy café or public transport.2 Adaptive Sound adjusts for sustained noise, rather than one-off background noise, to ensure a non-disruptive listening experience. And if you manually adjust the volume, Adaptive Sound will be temporarily disabled to respect your settings.|
|Talk to the Google Assistant hands-free to start your workout music, continue a podcast, or send a quick reply – just say “Hey Google” or touch and hold either earbud while you speak.3|
Get real-time translation right in your ear while using a Pixel or Android 6.0+ phone.4 Say “Hey Google, help me speak Japanese” to start a conversation. Whether you’re finding your way around foreign countries or connecting with multilingual family and friends during the festive season, you can easily understand and be understood.
Important controls are a touch away, so you don’t have to pull out your phone. Tap your earbud once to play/pause, twice to skip, three times to rewind, or swipe to adjust the volume. Controls are identical on both earbuds, making gestures easy to remember.
Water- and sweat-resistant
|Google Pixel Buds are water and sweat-resistant, so rainy days and sweaty workouts are no problem.5|
Battery life and
|Get five hours of listening time on a single charge, and 24 hours with the case. A 10-minute charge in the case gives you two hours of listening time, and an hour in the case will give you a full charge.6 Google Pixel Buds is Qi-certified, so you can easily charge them without reaching for a cable. Just place the case on a compatible wireless charging pad.7|
Google provided us with the Pixel Buds and we did not get any compensation for our review they are also seeing this review for the first time and had no copy approval.