Google Earbuds, Pixel Buds 2 review
- Decent fit and smooth design
- Always on Google Assistant
- Live language translation
- Fast, wireless charging
- Massively improved sound, auto-play / pause
- No noise reduction
- Medium battery life
Google Pixel Buds 2 review> The new True Wireless Google Pixel Buds 2 is a significant upgrade of their predecessors. It has always come up with the listening Google Assistant, which is excellent. Google Pixel Buds are offering the best compatibility with Android devices. Finally, you can expect the same solution as Apple AirPods on Android devices. AirPods, on the other hand, will sync to iOS devices in precisely the same way. Google Earbuds offers a live language translation as long as you have a connection to the Internet, which will be a game-changer for all of us as monolinguists during travel.
Google Pixel Buds 2 release date and Price
The Google Pixel buds came down in four colours – Oh So Orange, Clearly White, Quite Mint and Almost Black last Monday, April 27, 2020. The Google Pixel Bud price at $ 179 [US]. Pixel buds two are a bit more expensive than Apple AirPods. You can get Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus for less than 50 dollars.
Google pixel buds 2 specs
- Available Colors: Oh So Orange, Clearly White, Quite Mint and Almost Black
- Battery life [rated]: 5 hours
- single charge: 24 hours [with charging case]
- Size: 0.8 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches [per bud], 2.4 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches [charging case]
- Weight: 0.18 ounces [per bud], 2.3 ounces [charging case]
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Google Pixel Buds 2 Design
One of the distinguishing features of the Google Pixel Bud is that they are entirely wireless. This time there is no cord running between the buds. Pixel Buds 2 case has also completely redesigned. It fits better in both your hands and pockets. The new egg-shaped case can lift with a satisfactory click. The case has a single USB Type-C port for charging.
There are multiple set of ear tips for your good comfortable fit. It includes a decent long charging cord. The only publicly missing feature in the design is the active noise cancellation. You’ll find several other headphones around the $200 mark that have active noise cancellation. In fact, because of their design, there is not a lot of passive noise reduction here either. However, pixel buds microphones can automatically adjust their volume based on the amount of noise they receive.
Leading the way for Pixel Bud 2 is the conversation mode, which makes real-time translations useful for better communication with foreigners. You tell the buds “Hey Google” help me speak Spanish or any other language you need. Google Translate will quickly translate the language to suit your needs. You will be appreciated for international travel as more than 40 of its languages are available. Of course, for this, you should have a robust wireless connection.
Performance [Google Pixel Buds 2 review]
What Pixel Buds 2 sounds like. We don’t want to say too much without hearing them for a long time. What you’ll notice is that Google’s buds centre on the mids and treble. They create hard rock songs like the best from Awolnation course with energy and enthusiasm left-right separation – which is excellent. We had no problem listening to videos on YouTube with pixel buds. But you can miss the bottom half of the audio track of an action-heavy movie on Netflix.
We had a slight problem using Facebook Messenger on calls where the microphone cracks the word in every word, which re-adjusts them to our ears. Perhaps these were just one-off issues that could be fixed with a firmware update or flukes due to the quality of the connection. The pixel buds bring the Stalwart IPX4 water-resistance rating. That enables them to resist sweaty trips to the gym and a few minutes out of the rain.
Pixel Bud 2 includes touch and slide gestures to handle playback and calls. These buds support on-ear detection to pause music after exposure from the ear automatically. Of course, Google Assistant is working for hands-free engagement to perform endless tasks through voice commands. Which means you can use anyone to play/pause music, answer/end calls, skip tracks, and manage volume. The front touchpads are responsive to the taps, and the slide gestures are more accurate.
Google Assistant integration and connectivity
Google Pixel Buds’ digital assistant performs exceptionally well for excellent speech recognition and smart integration. The “Hey, Google” feature is Google’s answer, similar to Apple’s “Hey Siri”. It manages to be fun and easy to use. Google Assistant automatically pulls in with the pronunciation and follows with instant results. Whether you list calendar events for the day or check the weather, all of these basic commands work very efficiently. Its software is also great for reading notifications and replying to messages with your voice. These are the more complex commands that showed the greatness of Google Assistant in Pixel Bud 2.
You may want to download the Pixel Bud app. However, it serves as a friendly reminder of what buds can do instead of giving more fancy features. For example, you can check the battery levels of each bud on the home screen and familiarize yourself with the controls. However, you cannot personalize them. It has no customizable issue or music presets.
Pixel buds are fast-paced and stable, as Google promises in terms of connectivity. Opening up the charging case for instant setup enables Google’s Fast Pair technology. That means it lets you automatically connect to Android devices. A pop up will see you and set up the features of the buds. These buds maintain a muscular dropout Bluetooth range of about 35 feet. To use Pixel Bud 2 with iOS devices, you need to go to Bluetooth settings. For this, you need to hold the back button. You will not be able to use Siri. However, you can use Google Assistant. For this, you need to download the Google Assistant application from the App Store.
Pixel Buds 2 Battery life
The battery life of the Pixel Bud 2 rated at 5 hours. But the amount of battery life inside the case is comparable to the equivalent of Sony, Samsung and Apple. The charging case is one of the largest parks in the Pixel Bud 2. That is not only due to the 24-hour juice retention but also for its wireless charging capability, which is a great touch. The right earbud consumes more energy than the left and the discharge times between the buds are closed. According to Google, “Since two earbuds provide different functions at different times to maximize batteries, one earbud can consume more battery than the other.”
Pixel Buds 2 is an ideal investment for Android users. Those want a smooth-looking package with fast performance and great sound. The Google Pixel Bud 2 is a fruitful return to Google’s audio space and some of the best wireless earbuds available. Open the case and be able to connect to the Android device instantly. Although Google Assistant is always available, these buds are incredibly comfortable. Also, durable shell with sweat and water resistance assures a long shelf life. Also, the aesthetic upgrades and improvements to the sound and features give these buds enough firepower to fight the AirPods Pro. Know more best earbuds Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Earbuds review