When Google unveiled its new true wireless Pixel Buds 2 in October, they seemed like a big upgrade over the original models revealed in the review. The Pixel Buds, which debuted in 2017, had a deep cord between them and earned mixed reviews thanks to their loopy Mentos-esque design and also middling sound. But at the 2019 launch event for the new Buds, the prototype models were not working. This blog gives you all the latest Google Pixel Buds 2 review!
Advantage: Improved fit with the best stabilizing fin, hands-free assistant and also translate feature, very good sound for true wireless, excellent call quality, nice charging case with great wireless and USB-C charging, IPX4 sweat-resistant (splashproof).
Drawback: According to the pixel buds 2 reviews, there is no active noise cancellation or transparency, battery life is not stellar at 5 hours, not quite as comfortable as some rivals, extra features don’t work with iOS devices.
The Bottom Line: They sound very good, perform well, and also are many worthy contenders in the premium true wireless earbuds arena, particularly for Android users.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Comparision
Google calls it an “arc”, this feature has been integrated into the design. With a little of the clockwise turn the buds (5.3 grams or 0.19 ounces each) twist in place, sticking out from the ears. While the Google Pixel Buds 2 black color had an open design like also the standard AirPods, these have a noise-isolating design, which means the ear tips get jammed into your ears, sealing them off to the whole outside world.
You do get decent passive noise muffling but these do not offer active noise-canceling like the AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, and also an increasing number of truly wireless earbuds. Some of the Google Pixel Bud’s closest competitors would be the Galaxy Buds Plus (Under $150) and the Jabra Elite 75t (Under $180). But looking at the Google pixel buds 2 reviews, the new earbuds will fit most ears well.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Exclusive Features
Aside from their best and improved design and great fit over the original Pixel Buds, a few things stand out. First, the 56.1-gram wireless clean charging case (with USB-C charging port) is nice.
It is also compact, feels solid in your hand, and has a smooth matte finish. It feels more premium than the Galaxy Buds Plus’s case. Also, the buds are very easy to get in and out of it, adhering to their charging contacts.
These are also the first Google Assistant “hotword-enabled” earbuds. If you have an Android device running Android 6.0 or better, you can say, “Hey, Google,” or, “OK, Google,” and Google Assistant is ready to respond to your voice commands. The AirPods and Beats Powerbeats Pro have always-on, hands-free Siri and Amazon’s Echo Buds have the same feature for Alexa. These are some of the google pixel buds 2 specs.
After making its best debut in the original Pixel Buds, the Google Translate feature returns with the Pixel Buds 2. Google pixel buds 2 wireless earbuds have many features.
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You have to tap and hold either earbud and start speaking in the language listed under the headset icon. Your phone then translates and also reads out loud what you said into your selected language. Before the person you are talking to speaks, tap the right microphone in Google Translate and their response will be into your language and also played back through the Pixel Buds. It works well, particularly in the very quieter environments, though the person you are talking to has to listen to your translated language through your phone’s speakers, which have their volume limitations.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Noise Cancelling
Our review says that “two beamforming mics focus on your voice, while voice accelerometers detect jaw movement to know when you are talking.” The noise reduction is quite effective. The Pixel Buds 2 is great with the best earbuds for making calls.
But, there is no noise-canceling. Instead, there is an adaptive sound mode that adjusts the volume to the environment you’re in. There is no transparency mode, but there is some venting in the earbuds that keeps you from feeling too occluded and allows you to hear your voice in the buds when you’re making a phone call. It is not a full-on sidetone feature.
Dual IR proximity sensors detect when the google pixel buds 2 are in your ears and pause your music when you pull one out of your ear and resume when you put it back in. You can also use one bud of the other (if you want to go the single-bus route for calls). Google says the Pixel Buds 2 can store pairings with up to six devices. There is a pairing button on the case, as there is with the AirPods.
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Comparison with Airpods Pro
Like the AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Plus, these have an IPX4 water-resistance rating, which means they are splashproof and sweat-resistant. A swipe feature allows you to control all the volume from the buds themselves.
The buds use Bluetooth 5.0, and there is no audio lag when watching videos from streaming services like YouTube and Netflix.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Battery Life
Battery life is also similar to that of the AirPods and AirPods Pro with 5 hours, plus an additional 19 hours from the case (a 10-minute charge in the case gives you two hours of battery life, Google says). The Galaxy Buds Plus 2 wireless earbuds can deliver up to 11 hours at moderate volume levels.
These also have “custom-designed” 12mm dynamic drivers, and they sound very good for true wireless, with well-defined bass and good clarity. They are right there with the Galaxy Buds Plus and Jabra Elite 75t with about the same bass performance or (it may be a touch less plump, depending on the seal you also get from the included ear tips, which come in three sizes). The AirPods Pro sounds more open but according to the Pixel Buds 2 review, they are a little more detailed.
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For better or worse, when it comes to the best sound, sometimes it helps to compare a headphone to the top models to hear what you are missing. But if you were using the Pixel Buds 2 without listening to anything else, most of the people would be quite pleased with the sound quality.
In the end, Google finally has a set of wireless earbuds that are worthy contenders. They are a little more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, which are the better value and they get discounted $10 or $20 on occasion but the Google Pixel Buds 2 is a solid all-around package with some distinguishing features and excellent call quality revealed in the review.
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