Google Pixel Buds

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  • Google Pixel Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds
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Specs / Features


Specification

Overview
Type In-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling No
Brand Google
Size 2 x 2 x 2 cm (0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 in)
Weight 13.9 grams (0.49 ounces)

Reviews (6.2/10 Avg. rating)


Ars Technica

OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board

from Ars Technica

"Wait for the second generation" is common practice for any nitpicky nerd, but in the Buds' case, we have to wonder whether we'll have to wait for a third generation pair of earbuds. This one just doesn't feel like it was tested enough in the real world, and playing catch-up to the above complaints may still result in a product that feels first-gen.

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"Wait for the second generation" is common practice for any nitpicky nerd, but in the Buds' case, we have to wonder whether we'll have to wait for a third generation pair of earbuds. This one just doesn't feel like it was tested enough in the real world, and playing catch-up to the above complaints may still result in a product that feels first-gen.

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Cnet

The best thing about Google's Pixel Buds is their case

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The Pixel Buds are perfectly decent wireless headphones with a few extra tricks for Pixel phone users -- but don't expect a "Star Trek"-style universal translator.

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The Pixel Buds are perfectly decent wireless headphones with a few extra tricks for Pixel phone users -- but don't expect a "Star Trek"-style universal translator.

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Wareable

A tangled mess

from Wareable

The Pixel Buds should be enjoyable and simple to use; in reality they’re neither. While they present some good ideas, including the best way of using Google Assistant yet, they’re hampered by an awkward design, far too much sound leakage and other niggling problems that too often frustrate. Google’s first shot at a hearable only disappoints. Second time lucky?

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The Pixel Buds should be enjoyable and simple to use; in reality they’re neither. While they present some good ideas, including the best way of using Google Assistant yet, they’re hampered by an awkward design, far too much sound leakage and other niggling problems that too often frustrate. Google’s first shot at a hearable only disappoints. Second time lucky?

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NDTV

An early illustration of what we can expect from Google

from NDTV

Unless you're really in need of basic translation services - and willing to pick up a Pixel 2 - there are better wireless headphones for a more reasonable price.

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Unless you're really in need of basic translation services - and willing to pick up a Pixel 2 - there are better wireless headphones for a more reasonable price.

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The Verge

The future shouldn't be this awkward

from The Verge

The Pixel Buds tease some really fantastic ideas that I hope Google will someday deliver on. But this is a first-generation product in the bad kind of way, and it looks even worse when you compare it to Apple’s growing success with the AirPods.

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The Pixel Buds tease some really fantastic ideas that I hope Google will someday deliver on. But this is a first-generation product in the bad kind of way, and it looks even worse when you compare it to Apple’s growing success with the AirPods.

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Gizmodo

Aren't even close to being good

from Gizmodo

The Pixel Buds feel like an imperfect version of what Google was really trying to do. In an ideal world, that pesky wire that connects the two earbuds and requires special instructions would not exist. If Google really wanted to sell the most earbuds to the most people, the Pixel Buds would work equally well with any device.

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The Pixel Buds feel like an imperfect version of what Google was really trying to do. In an ideal world, that pesky wire that connects the two earbuds and requires special instructions would not exist. If Google really wanted to sell the most earbuds to the most people, the Pixel Buds would work equally well with any device.

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SlashGear

Lost in translation

from SlashGear

The Pixel Buds are an unexpectedly muted point in Google’s 2017 device line-up. In fact, it’s hard to escape the idea that they were rushed out to compete with AirPods, and in an attempt to assuage the complaints of those missing a headphone jack on the Pixel 2. Unfortunately, while they promise plenty, the actual experience underwhelms.

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The Pixel Buds are an unexpectedly muted point in Google’s 2017 device line-up. In fact, it’s hard to escape the idea that they were rushed out to compete with AirPods, and in an attempt to assuage the complaints of those missing a headphone jack on the Pixel 2. Unfortunately, while they promise plenty, the actual experience underwhelms.

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Android Police

Need to go back to the drawing board

from Android Police

I'm pretty disappointed with the Pixel Buds, because they do so little to actually make the wireless headphone experience better. Sure, the Assistant integration is cool, but we'll be getting other headphones with that functionality soon, so buying the Pixel Buds just for that seems kind of silly. 

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I'm pretty disappointed with the Pixel Buds, because they do so little to actually make the wireless headphone experience better. Sure, the Assistant integration is cool, but we'll be getting other headphones with that functionality soon, so buying the Pixel Buds just for that seems kind of silly. 

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Digital Trends

A weak-sauce imitation

from Digital Trends

Unless you’re a Pixel phone owner who travels abroad on a regular basis, we’d recommend looking elsewhere. While the Google Translate feature is cool, it’s not much better with the Pixel Buds than what you’ll get straight from your phone, and aside from extended battery life in the case, there just aren’t enough extras here to warrant the price.

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Unless you’re a Pixel phone owner who travels abroad on a regular basis, we’d recommend looking elsewhere. While the Google Translate feature is cool, it’s not much better with the Pixel Buds than what you’ll get straight from your phone, and aside from extended battery life in the case, there just aren’t enough extras here to warrant the price.

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Forbes

A lot of great sound and technology packed into them

from Forbes

All in all I've enjoyed my 36 hours with the Pixel Buds. As I said, they sound great and they offer some very cool features. Now it's time to take my dog for another walk and listen to some music, all without having to take my phone out of my pocket.

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All in all I've enjoyed my 36 hours with the Pixel Buds. As I said, they sound great and they offer some very cool features. Now it's time to take my dog for another walk and listen to some music, all without having to take my phone out of my pocket.

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