One of the most interesting new products from Google this year is Google Pixel Buds wireless headphones with original design, loud sound, high quality and smart functions. I had a little time to test them, and here’s my opinion.
Design by Google Pixel Buds
Pixel Buds connect to the smartphone via Bluetooth, rather than a 3.5-mm audio jack , so they can be considered wireless headphones.
However, they are connected with each other by cable, unlike the fully wireless Apple AirPods or Bragi The Headphone.
The inserts seem too large and loosely in the ear. The adjustable contour, though, helps the headset to hold firmer in the ear, but the user does not leave the feeling that at any time the headphones can fall out.
Google Pixel Buds are available in three colors: Clearly White, Just Black and Kinda Blue.
Assistant Google Assistant and Instant Translation
The main advantage of Google Pixel Buds is the support of the smart assistant Google Assistant. Press and hold the right earpiece to access the voice assistant. With it, you can quickly find out the weather forecast or route, turn on your favorite song, send a message or make a call to the necessary contact – there is almost everything that allows you to do Google Assistant on your smartphone.
To increase or decrease the volume, you need to swipe your finger left or right over the earpiece. A quick touch works like a pause / play, but with an unpleasant delay for 1 to 2 seconds.
Google Translate support provides instant translation into 40 languages. Hold the right earpiece, ask for help in the translation, and the Google Translate application with a unique interface will open on the Pixel 2 smartphone.
Next, you need to click on the headset again and say something in your native language – after that the smartphone will sound a phrase on a foreign language. And vice versa: if you click on the icon on the Pixel 2 screen , the phone starts to record the speech, and in the headphones you will hear the translation.
With simple phrases and sentences, the Google Pixel Buds interpreter works well, although some errors are unavoidable. The problems with Google Translate are related to the translation of complex texts – especially with names and titles.
Pixel Buds support any smartphone with Android 5.0 or newer, as well as iPhone with iOS 10 and higher. To use Assistant, you will need at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and for instant transfer – a smartphone Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
Google Pixel Buds Battery
Pixel Buds will last about 5 hours without recharging, which is normal for wireless headphones. Charging case allows you to extend the time to 24 hours.
For wireless charging, a spring contact is used, and when the button is pressed , the battery status is displayed on the case .
The Google Pixel Buds charger is wrapped with a soft cloth, but it feels like cardboard, substandard and cheap to the touch . It can be difficult to open, so you often have to use your nails. To accommodate Pixel Buds, you need to properly lay the cable – there are much more problems here than with the Apple AirPods case.
Price and availability The Google Pixel Buds headset will cost you a whopping $ 159 , and I think this is the top product. But, the price is incredibly high for headphones that are not completely wireless.
I am unsure that the instant translation costs are so expensive, although I am very happy with the Assistant to cope with the tasks. Pixel Buds are available for pre-order now, but it looks like they are already out of stock.
Advantages of Google Pixel Buds
- Great voice assistant
- Instant translation
- Loud noise
Disadvantages of Pixel Buds
- High price
- Inconvenient case
- Lack of sitting in the ear