Google Pixel Buds (2020)
Google’s updated Pixel Buds are a revelation compared to the previous model. Not only are they true wireless now, but the smart features are reliable, the touch controls are easy to master and comfort is top-notch. Battery life is on par with Apple’s AirPods, but it’s well below average in 2020. Still, at $179, Google has a powerful set of earbuds for the Android faithful that really shine when paired with a Pixel phone.
- Very comfortable
- Reliable touch controls
- Solid audio
- Affordable price
- Improved Assistant performance
- Adaptive Sound is a work-in-progress
- No ANC
- Battery life
- No audio customization
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (72)
- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsTom's Guide80Google Pixel Buds 2 reviewDeep Google integration and improvements in design and sound make the Google Pixel Buds 2 the company’s most inviting earbuds yet.PC Mag60Google Pixel Buds (2020) ReviewThe true wireless Pixel Buds make it easy to call up Google Assistant, but audio quality isn't their strong suit.CNET90They're the real dealAfter underwhelming with its original Pixel Buds, Google's new true wireless earbuds stack up well against the competition, with a comfortable fit and strong performance.Laptop Magazine80Google Pixel Buds 2 ReviewThe Google Pixel Buds 2 offer style, durability and great audio in an inexpensive, streamlined package.CNN80Pixel Buds pack a punch with strong sound and Google Assistant integrationGoogle has made an enjoyable pair of true wireless earbuds. ... We think it's a better experience on a wider range of Android devices than what the Galaxy Buds+ give you. But you're trading off battery life here — five hours versus 11 hours of playback.Input80Google Pixel Buds 2 reviewThey're very small, very comfy, and sound very good. But you should only get them if you love the Google Assistant and want to marry it.Android Central90These AirPods competitors were worth the waitThe case is exceptional, from its size and feel to its functionality with a big battery and wireless charging. The earbuds themselves are small and comfortable, with good sound and high-quality microphones for calls. Their 4-5 hour battery life isn't industry-leading, but is plenty for most people. The complete package is well worth the money, and an excellent pair of true wireless earbuds.The Verge80Second Time's The CharmGoogle’s new, second-gen Pixel Buds are a vast improvement over the old in both concept and execution. Their design makes a ton more sense and is much easier to use, they’re comfortable to wear, and they’re right in lockstep with the competition on most core features.Android Police70A sequel that gets so much right, but so much wrongFor the right person, one who rarely wears earbuds for more than a few hours at a time and is willing to pay a premium for thoughtful design and nice-to-have features, the Pixel Buds are great. I'm that person, and for my own use, I really like these things.The Next Web90Google's new Pixel Buds mean Android finally has a proper AirPods rivalGoogle clearly learned its lesson from the first time around; if you don’t need noise-canceling or the absolute best in sound quality, the new Pixel Buds get my top recommendation.
- 68AVERAGE USER SCORE72 ReviewsIsaac10September 3, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I like many things about the pixel buds, but the constant connectivity issues make them completely useless!NetApex80August 31, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetGamma rays80August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetKai70August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought a mint pair right when they released. I had been waiting for them for two reasons the sound issues and having a different color. When I got them everything was going good. 15 mins in the sound cuts out for just a second. It continues to do this at timed intervals when both buds are used. Now at work I have to always be listening to an intercom in case I'm needed somewhere so I don't have both buds in at once. At home my boyfriend has hearing issues so I usually only wear one at home also. That allowed me to notice something strange and make me feel that a software update is not going to fix the connection issues. When wearing both the sound cutting happens no matter what at timed intervals. When I wear the left one the connection issues is insane. I put my phone down start walking away and within 4 ft it cuts out. If I continue to go it starts disconnecting right away. With the phone in my pocket the sound cuts out at timed intervals again like when I wear both. With just the right one in user nothing. No issues at all. I can walk about 12 ft from my phone before it starts losing connection. If you experience sound cut out try them separately see if just one of the buds has an issue.As for other things (I'm referring to just the right earbud) the case should have a little bit of the color you purchased when it comes to the mint, orange, and black I think two people in the same household can't tell them apart. There Bass boost works great. I've used them continually for about 6 hours on one charge and when I put them away it was at 23% battery left. The fit is not great for someone with small ears they are tight and put a lot of pressure on your way. This starts to go away after a few days of using them everyday. First day I couldn't stand them in for more than 30 mind now I can go all day after a week.Would I recommend them? No I'd wait till the connection issues is fixed. They work for me because I only need one 90% of the time. I would return them if that were not the case.Conrad80August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetCameron80August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetSean90August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetMatthew80August 30, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Needed 3rd party ear comes because the kept falling out... Unfortunately none of the sizes it came with fit well and they don't sell more custom options through Google for those with smaller ear canals. Their little tab that pokes out wasn't super effective and tended to push the bud out of my ear. Everyone's ears are different so I wish there were better options for this overall.Tim10August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was excited to receive my Pixel Buds after hearing all the great reviews however I found the Bluetooth connectivity to be completely unacceptable. When pairing with my Pixel 4, I immediately got a low-level hissing noise whenever there was an audio signal. Worst of all though, I would get dropouts either in the right bud or both which would happen randomly. Furthermore, I would get audio delay issues which made watching videos annoying. When connecting the buds to my Microsoft Surface the problems were exacerbated. Dropouts would happen on every Zoom call and the audio delay was really exaggerated (out by several seconds). After working with Google support they were unable to help fix any of these issues and I subsequently returned the product for a refund. Really disappointed with my experience and I hope future Pixel Buds releases will address the fundamental connectivity issues this model had.Dean50August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really wanted these to work.I love the advanced features, the sound quality, the integrated Google Assistant, and everything else.But Google cannot get a handle on quality control for these buds.I bought the white buds in April when they came out. They had the disconnect issue that everyone is complaining about. When outside, the buds would disconnect from the phone audio every few seconds, rendering them useless for their primary function.After about an hour going through the support chat and then 3 or 4 days on email chat, Google finally agreed to replace them.Unfortunately, the replacements had precisely the same issue! I am disappointed that Google does not do any QA, especially on devices replacing broken ones. Google support informed me that I should wait until the August firmware update as that would magically fix all the issues.I waited until the August update, and, to no-one's surprise, it did not fix the issue.So now they are replacing them again. $200, 4 months, and three devices. Welcome to Google's paid beta test program.Roshan10August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I was hopeful that the pixel buds 2 would be a game changer when I heard the news of it coming out. Various influencer reviews on the YouTube also painted the same picture and I did not hesitate to shed $180 and buy the pixel buds 2 as I so badly wanted something less bulkier than the Bose true wireless earphones I already owned. The package arrived, and it had all the necessities of a premium product on the first look. Elegant design, excellent fit, nice finish etc. The most important fact about the pixel buds 2 was that it fit perfectly inside the ear with no large protruding design elements. The touch surface, gestures and controls all worked perfectly. The audio quality was also nice. However, my first attempt to take it out, while I went for a walk, changed the whole perspective. Once I came back from the walk, I was sure that this was the worst product I ever purchased. Had it been a $10 earphone, I would not have worried about the audio cutting out, one earbud going off etc. But even from a $10 product you would not expect that. But for a premium product the issues which this earphone had when you take it out for a walk, was terrible. I had initially hoped that the issue was with just one defective piece, however I realized later that it is not the case. Too many people had the same issues and you can find the forums where thousands have complained about the same issue.I did not want to waste my time waiting for them to fix the issue as I paid $180 for it and expected it to work right away. So I returned it. Many others, as I read in the support forums, however chose to make google sent a replacement. It appears that even the replacements had the same issue. Many were stuck with a defective piece for which they paid $180. After a month or two, a google employee commented on the forum that they are going to issue a software upgrade which would fix the issue. Since then two firmware upgrades were issued and none of them seem to address the issue. In order to hide the flaw and limit further damage they just locked the forum and prevented new complaints being commented there.Bottom line: This is not a device worth spending $180 unless you are doing a research on how a device shouldn't be.Google should apologize to customers for doing beta test on customers who thought they were buying a finished premium product.Sergey50August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Really anted to love these, but it's impossible too right now. Wonderful, beautiful smooth case & the buds themselves are very high-end. Sound quality is fine, although nothing special. New base mode definitely helps. However the mids, highs and vocals are still a but flat for my personal taste. Definitely reminds me of Apple's Airpods, but with better base. Even my 1st gen Pixelbuds sounds louder and has more of a kick. The continued cutouts, static noises, quite / low voulme levels, and overall disappointing call quality make these buds a bust. Even with the all new 550 firmware update, these issues are still present. Which is so disappointing & frustrating. Especially, since most of us have been waiting for 10 months for these premium earbuds to come out. Was hoping and expecting everything to be worked out by now. Obviously that's not the case, so I will be returning my Pixelbuds.Kevin90August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far I am very impressed after having them for two weeks. The sound quality is great for ear buds for music and podcast talking clarity is amazing. They have never disconnected (I bought these after the new firmware came out that was supposed to address a lot of issues) They are easy to put in and out. Pair quickly and reliably with my Pixel 4XL phone. The touch controls are the most intuitive and easy to master of any earbuds/headphones I have had in the past. The case they come it works great but is way too slippery. I have dropped mine twice and no damage but they have some ugly cuts in them now. But I did order a cheap silicon cover from Amazon that should help with grip and hide the new blemishes. So far I'd buy again and they have become such a daily use item (I leave one in my ear alone at work all day, swapping at lunch to catchup batter) that if I lost them, I'd have to buy more.Jon10August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It took 1 minute & 50 seconds to test my new mint pair. Audio stutter exactly at that timed interval where the buds switch between master and slave or stereo & mono, or whatever they're attempting to balance.Google needs to release a statement publicly, recall these, refund everyone, and then re-release them fixed. Class action lawsuits incoming in the next year I'm sure, otherwise.Mike60August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This really needs a "reliability" criteria. Since pretty much day one, the Buds have had flaky connection issues. One bud will get out of sync with the other, causing a headache inducing echo. Sometimes one will just shut off completely. This is with a Pixel 4 that never had an issue with Galaxy Buds or Bose QC35s. I've had $30 Amazon buds that were more reliable.Additionally, the capacitive buttons mean they're really hard to use when moving. The slightest bump is the difference between pausing vs skipping vs changing the volume. I wish they had gone with physical ones.On the positive side, the feel of the hardware is nice, and it's light and fits well in the ear. I like the more open design, which let's in a bit of outside noise. The case feels solid in my hand, and the buds give a satisfying click when the magnets grab them.Overall, I'd give them a 6, mainly due to reiability issues that, based on what I read online, many users are also having. Don't bother with these, there are much better buds on the market.Scott80August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetKashish40August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Sounds great, assistant is phenomenal, its convenient and easy to carry in the case - but those are the only positives. It does not stay in the ear during simple tasks like riding a bike, connection issues persist after the latest update and that is about as basic as requirements go for earbuds that cost this much. Google promised a range that spanned a football field, but i cant manage the distance from my front pocket to my ears and that is the biggest disappointment.Jesslynh90August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love these things. They are the first buds that don't feel like they are falling out of my ears so I'm not constantly 'checking' with a touch. I love that they start my audiobook when I put them on and stop when I take them off. The sound is clear and I like the way that they've done..noise isolation? I don't hear stuff around me until I choose to pay attention and no longer have the plugged up ear thing. When the colors were released, I got a mint pair and passed the white down to my SO, who loves them.I'm also looking forward to feature drops that I didn't know were needed. I'm a fan.Markus60August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Sounds quality is good enough for me. Lack of audio customization does not bother me, the simpler the better. However the fit is not great even after rotating to the other cuff sizes and sometimes they fall from my ears. One of the buds took a series of heavy falls, one time in the sink. They seem durable enough, and good for being water proof. They also have connection issues - the sound would often stutter despite playing local music from my pixel phone (and not from a steaming service) located in my pocket. They also struggle with the gestures - double tap for next would just pause the music (they sometimes don't register the first tap?). Google assistant is great but I'd like it to go deeper and read the full content of the notification and just the title. I'd also like it to be more verbose and conversational such as waiting for my followup question and not having to call it again.Dingani90August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The design for both the case and earbuds are great. It fits right in the pocket of my jeans. The battery life is fairly good especially for long flights and drives and if they run out of juice, I can put them back in the case when we land and they'll be juiced up and ready to go by the time I exit the plane. Adaptive sound works spectacularly and the Google Assistant is a really nice edge. Some people might complain that it doesn't isolate enough noise, however I would argue that it allows just enough so that you're aware of your surroundings. The one thing that does need to be improved would be the connectivity however, it's not a deal breaker. Since it charges with USBC, I only have to carry one charger because I use that same charger for my laptop, my phone, my earbuds, and my power bank, when I'm traveling. That's a true lifesaver because it's saves space for me and that means I'm carrying less cables. If need be, I can just plug it into my laptop or my phone without sacrificing too much juice from either. The one thing that I would improve on the pixel buds is the ability to pair them up with the recorder app on pixels and when you're recording (since you're already logged into your account on your pixel buds) and you talk it labels your name because it knows that it's you and it's using the mic from the pixel buds and not the phone and there would be an ability to link up other people's pixel buds to the recorder app so that dialogue is literally scripted and labeled. That would be a killer feature for meetings.Engadget Reader70August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I own, and have owned, a number of true wireless buds, and these are among the best-sounding I've had the pleasure of listening through. Also top-notch are the controls -- I am not a fan of touch controls on buds, but these rarely misfire/misinterpret my intentions. While bike riding, I can use either hand to quickly adjust my music from either bud and never miss a beat. The comfort is above-average. It still cuts out every now and then when I'm outside, but the latest update cut them down to a tolerable occasion. I am all about features, but I haven't found the adaptive sound to do much of anything, and that's the one feature I was looking forward to. Everything else is...fine (gimmicks?). Below average, and below it's advertising, is the battery life I'm getting from these now -- three hours. The advertised five hours of battery life in these buds is on the low end of today's generation of buds, but I'd be okay with it, IF I could get to five hours! Currently, I'm waiting/fighting/waiting on Google to get me a replacement set or a refund. I REALLY want these to work as advertised, and they mostly do. The big star for me is the sound, which I listen to for about three hours every day.Engadget Reader100August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader60August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Call sound quality is terrible completely unusable for conf calls or phone calls (with Galaxy Note 10+)Janet10August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I couldn't be angrier about the well known dropout issues, which started the day I received them, and actually cause physical discomfort as the signal between the buds imbalances and activates my sensory processing disorder. When walking outside, if the air has the temerity to even waft they drop out completely and can't be retrieved. But even lying still listening to an audiobook or meditation, the sound falls off every few minutes, negating any attempt to relax. Sometimes the sound actually overlaps as if each bud is playing the same thing independently, so you get a terrible echo. Once I charged them whilst in the case and they didn't receive any charge so were useless on my next walk, would only gain power once the cable was disconnected. Hopefully an anomaly.I didn't lodge an incident report about all of this as they promised that the connection issues would be rectified in a forum chat which was subsequently closed to comments. There has been no proactive contact from Google about this and the much awaited update did sweet FA, which is being widely reported. There's speculation that the antennae are too weak because they were more concerned about making them conform to Mentos aesthetics. Regardless, the product was clearly not fit for release and I am furious at paying premium pricing for a beta version.I lodged a request to return for a refund several days ago after the failed update and have received no contact. I've been a loyal nexus/pixel phone user despite many issues because my husband and I really want Google to deliver something great so that our profiles/home devices/phones can sync and provide convenience in exchange for our privacy and online souls. Honestly, after so many refurbished phones (one arrived with a cracked screen), terrible phone service and this clusterfuck, they clearly have only contempt for their customers. At least Samsung's buds are rose gold?Engadget Reader40August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have owned and used a pair of Pixel Buds since they were released and use them with a Pixel 4 XL. These are very good earbuds when they actually work. Unfortunately, that is only the case 70% of the time because they have major flaws that would not even be acceptable if they were 1/3 of the price.The problems:First, there is a grinding/hissing/crackling sound, louder in the right earbud than left, that consistently happens even after users get replacement units. If you are under 30 and have solid hearing (I am 22 and have good but not fantastic hearing), you WILL notice this. It is about as loud as 10% volume and occurs at all times when the earbuds are playing audio, plus around a second after audio ends. Music drowns it out if you go above 40% volume, but pauses in podcasts will let you hear it even if you listen at 60%+. Google has claimed this has been fixed in multiple updates, but each time they just slightly reduce the time delay between the end of audio and the end of the crackling. There has been no reduction in the crackling volume since the product was first released.Second, there are major connection issues. There are times when the buds will become hypersensitive to your head movements and cut out whenever you turn your head to the right. This can be reduced by disabling the automatic play/pause on earbud removal, but the problem cannot be fixed completely. If you would like to wear the buds on walks and you happen to be someone who this happens to, you will probably give up on listening to them because it gets so frustrating to have your music stutter anytime you cross the street or look at a billboard. Google has given no good explanation as to why this is a problem, but it has improved slightly since the initial release. It's even more dumbfounding because I have worn the buds two rooms away from my phone without skipping audio, but the cutouts will occur with my phone in my pocket. My only theory is that the sensors that detect when the buds are in your ear may have worse contact for people with stiff ears like myself. That would explain why disabling automatic play/pause helps with the issue, but wouldn't explain why the problem still sometimes happens with play/pause disabled.To conclude, these are NOT a finished product. I want to love them, but when there are problems that affect the quality of at least 1/3 of all play sessions, I can't possibly recommend these to anyone. You will be much happier with earbuds that don't constantly remind you that you should have returned them for a refund while you had the chance.Quentin100August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had the buds for 2 months now use them frequently. They fit great, the different size tips they provide are cheap. I switched them with Monster turbine pro tips. Wired earbuds I got 8 years ago, which were 100 or more dollars than the 2020 pixel buds 279.99 plus tax (CAN) size of buds and case design are great. Battery life of the individual buds Could be better, listening to music constantly drains them pretty fast, but the case does give it a good boost. Connection is quick with phone, touch controls are great, and having Google assistant ready available by touch or phrases is a plus, not having to whip out your phone. Sounds quality is good, base is deep and I sometimes have heard feint background tones/notes I've never heard in songs before. When not listening to anything the buds do have that white noise sound constantly playing. You don't notice it in normal environments but in silent rooms it is noticeable. It's other features like environment mode could be better you don't really notice levels changing compared to surrounding noise, the earplug feel of the buds are basically just plug your ears, blocking the outside world noise. The mic's are superb, everyone claims that they hear me loud and clear with background noise being very noticeable, that's good and bad, it pics up sounds great but not when want the person listening to hear the conversation rather than the noise around you. With this price range, I'd expect the buds to incorporate the mic's with amplifying, subtly, the world around you so it doesn't feel as if you're in a fish bowl talking and listening to people in person with a muffled voice. I'd give this a 9/10 if it was honest about its talent, compared to its price.Engadget Reader90August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Fair sound, doesn't compare to wired headphones though. Design is amazing, super small, sleek, and low profile. Very comfortable, only complaint is the winged tips can be bothersome after a while. Despite having no active noise cancellation, the physical seal is enough when combined with high volume. Quite durable, I have dropped them from waist height and saw no damage/malfunctions.Engadget Reader80August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The earbuds let a lot of noise in around them, but that's good if you want to hear your environment. There's no noise cancelation and the passive noise isolation leaves a lot to be desired. Not ideal for air travel or long trips.They're light, so they're great for lying on your side in bed or running (you barely feel them), and the touch controls are some of the best on the market.Noise quality is fine, and the microphones are passable. They will cut out occasionally during normal use, but it's not a significant issue. There's a persistent, audible hiss while listening at low volumes.Battery life is okay, averaging about three hours of mixed use. The case can recharge them many times, so it's not a huge issue, and runs case recharges quickly.The rubber nub can feel painful after a long run or an evening of use, depending on your ear. The buds do fit snugly and you won't notice much movement through everyday use.Engadget Reader100August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!These are absolutely the best pair of earbuds I have owned. Google has nailed the design, the fit, and best of all, the sound signature. To top it all, the gesture recognition and Google Assistant integration are unmatched by any other earbuds.I know a lot of users are experiencing audio cut-out issues. I hope Google fixes this issue via a software update.Engadget Reader100August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!These are perfect, sound is amazing specially after the latest 'Bass Boost' updateEngadget Reader80August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20August 29, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Audio cuts out every 1 minute 50 seconds on the dot no matter the firmware version or device connected to. A majority of the released buds seem to be defective. Do not buy these.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've gotten my Google Pixel Buds around launch, meaning I had a lot of complications that stopped me from using my pair during the first few months of owning them. They were plagued by bugs that made them borderline unusable, such as audio cutouts and straight up random bluetooth disconnects, though I've never experienced the static hissing noise some users reported. I have unique ears so finding a good fit for these earbuds were a little uncomfortable and quite awkward, frankly. I've tried all 3 tip sizes and I've still yet to find what I'd consider to be a perfect fit. I have to constantly readjust the fit; they don't feel secure in my ears, but weirdly enough they've never fallen out on me on normal use. Sound quality is really impressive and the lack of a proper Noise Cancelling Feature really doesn't bother me as I've found the feeling to be really disorienting on other earbuds I've owned. Touch controls are excellent, I love the wide range of controls they have on board that easily best out all of the competition. They have a bit of a learning curve to them but however t's hard to switch to another pair of earbuds without. I have a huge love/hate relationship with them but I would gladly recommend to anyone who owns an Android phone and has ears that would securely fit these buds.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I consider myself just like many other users writing this review to be a hardcore googler. I have a Pixel 3 XL paired with my pixel bud twos. With the .550 firmware update they added EQ equalizer functionality. I've been excited and highly anticipating the release of the pixel buds and have come from Bose truly wireless and support earbuds as my older pair of earbuds. The pixel buds are extremely comfortable, the tight built-in integration with Google Assistant is perfect! The battery life is very very good. The even better part is when you do drain them down to 10 or 15% threw them in the charging case, and about 10 minutes later they've got 30 to 40% battery back on them. I cannot say enough great things about the type integration of Google Assistant! Anything you can do on your phone or a Google Home speaker you can do on your pixel buds; and it's a greater advantage over other truly wireless earbuds since there's so much competition in the space! This on quality is very very good and I love the fact that voice quality for phone calls is very clear and the connection is very stable and reliable! The only critique that some people give them is that they lack active noise cancellation (ANC). My thoughts are if you want the feature of ANC, look at another manufacturer that offers that because for the price it's very very hard to beat at the pixel buds!Engadget Reader70August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I picked up a pair of Pixel Buds to go with my Pixel 4XL. I was surprised at how small they seem while also feeling sturdy. The sound isolation works great in the office. Almost as good as my over the ear headphones. Outside you get more leak by. I did have some issues with the sound cutting out when I first paired them. I tried a reset and it seemed to help. I like them so far. Having Assistant read my notifications and not looking like a complete nerd is a bonus.Engadget Reader50August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I consider myself a hardcore, die-hard Google fan boy. I've had every Google phone since the Galaxy Nexus and haven't looked back (screw the 3XL and that stupid notch). With the current Pixel buds, I have finally seen evidence of what I have feared since the launch of the Pixel 3...Google has lost their touch. The Pixel Buds are great in concept and definitely a step up from the previous version. They fail miserably in execution. The form factor is great. The case is a great size. I love the soft touch coating and it is easily pocketable.The buds themselves are somewhat good in fit. I consider myself to have abnormal ears, Airpods do not work for me. So the fit is okay, but they let in too much outside noise. I have to put them to max volume for use in the gym. I am aware of the spatial vent and that it is there to avoid the plugged ear feeling, but that sacrifices any passive noise isolation that would have occured.The biggest deal breaker for me is the audio cut outs. Google made a point to address this in an update. I made sure my device had the update before casting judgements. My audio cuts out every few minutes with normal use, even sitting stationary at a desk with my phone in front of me. I don't have a metal plate in my head...so what's the deal?I think that this launch was a huge failed attempt. The initial launch came and went, with only one color, the initial impressions painted a beautiful picture. People said that Google finally got it right. The thing that people neglect to realize is that this was in comparison to their atrocious 1st gen Pixel Buds. People were comparing a dumpster fire to a forest fire.I was one of the people that waited for the other color options because, black. I assumed that the issues would have been worked out by then. The thing is, you know what they say about assuming. I was met with excitement and exasperation when the box was delivered. I ripped it open like a kid on Christmas day. I connected it to my device seamlessly. The experience was great.Within a few minutes I started to experience the issue that I've read so much about. Audio cut outs. I looked through my settings and saw that it did not have the latest update. I decided to make sure everything was up to date before flipping the table. Once the update was installed, I was hopeful and positive. I should have known better. Within a few minutes, the audio would skip every few minutes like jogging with a portable CD player.Google has proved that they are incapable of doing hardware right. The Pixel 2 was a spark in a dark room. They lost their touch. If the rumors of the Pixel 5 are anything to go off of, I don't think I'll see myself buying another Pixel device ever again.These headphones are adequate at best. The sound is okay, not great ( I have to put it at full volume). The pairing experience is top notch. The entire experience of using it for it's intended purposes is enough for me to be happy, if not for the audio cutouts. The one thing the device is made to do, connect to your phone and play audio, it fails hilariously at.I don't recommend the Pixel buds. I think people would be better off with Airpods or the Galaxy Buds+. It pains me to say this but Google screwed the pooch on this one.Engadget Reader20August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!These are super disappointing. - No multi-device support. - The sound quality is really poor and it is hard to hear if the volume is not up all the way. - Connectivity is a constant issue. (I've replaced mine from google 4 times) - Battery life is horrible. - They are not comfortable for extended period of use.I would not recommend these to anyone. Doesn't matter how good your software is, if the underlying hardware is trash. If I could redo, I would purchase airpods (regular) instead, even though I am a pixel user.Paul40August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love the fir,love the sound bit not so much the mic. When calling people they can not understand me due to the breaking up of sound.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I purchased a pair of pixel buds when they were first released and had some issues with connectivity especially during teleconferences. The buds would randomly turn off or disconnect in the middle of a call, which was very disruptive. They also appeared to spontaneously activate the touch controls and change settings, which was both annoying and distracting because of the touch activation sound repeatedly going off while I was trying to listen to a call or to music. The problems were severe enough that I ended up returning them. I believe the software may have been part of the issue but I also think there were some hardware issues that indicate a lack of a robust quality assurance pipeline.However, when the recent 550 update came out I decided to give them another try in the hopes that the software update would fix some of the problems and that after a few months of manufacturing, Google may have solved some of the quality assurance issues. I'm pleased to say that the new pair of buds appears to be working just fine! I've had zero issues with the new pair. I love how small they are and how comfortable they are to wear. The sound quality is excellent and the boosted bass in the recent update makes them sound even better. The other Google assistant and translation features are also quite useful, and the promise of future feature drops is enticing. As for the lack of noise cancellation, to be honest, I don't miss that feature in my Sony XM3's at all. When activated, I always felt like I was inside a tunnel and it's virtually impossible to filter out all the ambient noise, so really, what's the point? Maybe I would feel different on an airplane but for regular use, I don't really think the pixel buds needs active noise cancellation. These are a great pair of wireless earbuds and I'm glad I gave them a second chance!!Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pretty much exactly what I wanted from them. I experience none of the issues other people have had, save for a connection failure when I first got them and one or two second-long drops in a busy cafe.Sound was decent but is even better with the bass update. Connectivity is great, battery is great. Having the assistant at all times is a cherry on top. The main draw for me, however is the case, build quality and look of them. I felt many companies didn't get that the airpods worked because of a very fine blend of convenience, appeal and satisfaction. From the eggshell coating, to the magnetic snap of the case and docking, through to how they vanish in your ears, I'm in love. I would've gotten the galaxy buds if I didn't think they're absolutely hideous and gaudy and that case... Bleh. Same with the Sony (I own many other great Sony headphones) - that for all their features miss the mark with a bulky case. Such headphones aren't main carry or replacements - they're your always there backup. Big case is deal breaker. As a bonus the buds are sweat resister so I ditched my gym headphones. So at my PC I have my swanky on ears, on long trips I have my noise cancelling sonys but in pretty much every other situation the pixel buds are king for me. I'm in love.Engadget Reader10August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Static, audio drops, Bluetooth connections that can't handle simple things like walking, one bud that doesn't charge after a week. I'm sending them back.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I absolutely love them for listening to Music. ANC would be nice. The open design does let in enough ambient sound to still hear what is going on around you when you turn them down to a reasonable level. My biggest issue which absolutely drives me crazy is the giant lag while watching videos. I have had them connected to two different Samsung phones (S9 and S20+5G) and the lag for videos made them almost unusable. I did disable the Dolby Atmos and it made it better but still noticeable..Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am pleased with the new bass boost in the latest feature drop. Having Google Assistant on tap, in ear, is fabulous. It's the best hands free experience I have seen. I would buy them again.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Enjoy them very much but the audio cut out pisses me off even with the update still aggravating.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Had plenty of problems with cutouts while outside walking Since the 550 firmware update, that appears to have been fixed, although I did have to reset the buds to get phone calls while out walking to not cut out.One nice new feature with this update is adding a EQ setting, with Bass Boost. It does a nice job of giving the bass a little bump without being overpowering. I had tried to use the EQ settings in YouTube Music, but it sounds horrible to me, so this was a nice add.ABB70August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been using the Oh So Orange pixel buds for about a week, and initial thoughts were pretty positive. Comfortable in the ear, but sometimes feels like they loosen from time to time. Luckily, they included larger and smaller fittings. Connecting the buds to my Pixel 3 was instant and I didn't have to go through a bunch of settings and options. Less is more. Sound quality was solid for music and voice calls were clear. Although at times the buds get out of sync with each other and there's an echo effect. Battery life is lacking where I currently get a little over 2 hours of use before needing a charge. But I can charge the buds individually and they charge up in just a short time.However, after a few days of use I started to experience intermittent connection issues in my pixel buds, causing the connection to drop in both earbuds. It could be isolated to mine, possibly some kind of interference, but I can't get a solid connection to my phone. It's extremely disruptive and frustrating, but I messaged Google Support to address. These buds can have the highest of quality but having the connection constantly drop pretty much ruins the whole experience.Engadget Reader20August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought two of these, one for me and one for my wife. They are great... except... the audio cuts out every two minutes. It is ridiculous. They claimed it would be fixed with the last update (firmware 550), but the issue is still there. Six months after launch and it is still broke makes me feel like this is a hardware issue and no fix is coming. Do not purchase and avoid these like the plague until you can confirm the issues are fixed which would likely be the next model. It's really a Shane because Google nailed everything else about these headphones.Engadget Reader40August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Disappointed!Likes:- google integration works great- tapping and volume works perfectly- design lookDislikes:- constant connectivity issues (lose stereo, lose entire connection)- stabilizer is uncomfortable after long periods of listening- slides out of the ear (I have used all the tips and still no luck)I have been using these headphones since May 2020 and have been extremely disappointed. As an owner of all things google, I was so excited to be one of the first to get these headphones. Unfortunately, they are not comfortable over long periods of usage, they slide out no matter how many tips I try, and then they just always disconnect. And when I mean always, basically I cannot leave my phone in my pocket without having some type of connection issue, forcing me to have to hold my phone to my chest.High hopes, beautiful design, terrible experience.Alistair90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Reviewed after the 550 firmware update.Overal these bids are great. They took my ears a week or so to get used to, and at first they were a little uncomfortable to wear for multiple hours, but I don't have that problem anymore. The sound quality is very good, and following the latest update, the bass has been ramped up when in bass boost mode. Previously the bass was a little weak, although that didn't bother me, but know it's much better.Features are good to. There were some issues with dropout, but this seems to be largely resolved now. The only slight bug is the in ear detection which is good at pausing music, hut less good at resuming it when replacing a bud into my ear. They really do stick in your ear well and I have been cycling with a bud in with no fear of it dripping out. I quite like having a little bit of background noise, so I am happy that they don't block all sound or have ANC. The do block most sound, but I am also not completely unaware not my surroundings.Overall well worth a buy and I am looking forward to more feature drops.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The recent upgrade added bass boost and greatly improved the sound quality. I mostly use them for podcasts when walking the dog and they have been seller. During exercise I feel like they are not super secure. But for normal day to day use with light activity and while working they are great.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I only have used wired headphones so far so I didn't really know what to expect. Even if they sound less good, they do their job in every way very good, giving you a nice audio experience while walking to work or in your town.The only flaw is my ears hurting after a few hours so nothing to bad, because they are empty after that amount of time anyway (but still have good running time).Mot30August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As a Google user and owner of much Google tech, I can say unequivocally that these buds are sad. Everything about them is great except the Bluetooth interference. It's persistent, ongoing, out of the box, and literally unacceptable. I intend to return these buds until Google fixes the problem.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!First the positives, these are really comfortable buds. I've been wearing them for a couple of months now and there's been a few times when I've forgotten I'm wearing them. Plus the sound quality is great, nice bass to them for the size.Tapping the buds to start/stop the music is such a convenience, I forgot to bring them to work one day and had to use my old wired earphones. Kept forgetting they were the buds and trying to stop the music by tapping them was hilarious.Unfortunately the battery life isn't up to much plus on my pair the left bud drains almost twice as fast as the right bud, which is really annoying. They do disconnect from time to time, but you mostly just have to touch one of the buds to reconnect. I would recommend these but with the caveat that until Google fix the battery drain and disconnection issues they can get slightly annoying.Engadget Reader100August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love them. I purchased them right when they went on sale and the only issue I have had is the sound cutting out when I bend over but that was resolved with the new update.Matthew50August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love/Hate relationship with these buds. The sound quality is phenomenal UNTIL you deal with the audio cuts outs, which if your buds are like mine, you deal with A LOT. Random Bluetooth drops, poor range, audio cuts, are all a part of these buds. I love the feature set of these buds, but if I could do it over, I would not buy these again. The Bluetooth issues are just dreadful for a 190 pair of ear buds. I give 5/10 because even with an incredible feature set, comfort level, and quality of the sound itself, I view stable audio as a BASIC, and if you can't get the basics right, then who cares about the flash?Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader30August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is a tough one. I love everything about the intentions they had. The fit, build, comfort, controls, features, everything is fantastic about what they meant to do here.The issue is connections are still absolutely garbage. I've connected them to my OnePlus 7Pro, my XPS15 laptop, and now a brand new Pixel 4a, and all of them have disconnection issues, it's definitely the buds. If you tilt your head a certain way the left one seems cut out, Sometimes they fall out of sync either each other, and occasionally they disconnect all-together, and you have to place them back in the case, close the lid, and take them back out to reconnect. I can't recommend these to anyone without Google fixing these issues.Engadget Reader40August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!TL:DR - I wouldn't buy these again if I could go back in timeSo for the details. Sound quality was always good, but after the last update with the Bass Boost. They sound outstanding. Only gripe is I wish they got louder. This all pending the seal you get. More on both laterThe design and form factor is a mixed bag. The case works and feels amazing. Inside with the case closed (where the magnets are) gets wore out FAST though. Looks like I've been stabbing it with a pick. Only took 2-3 weeks to look horrible. The slots that the headphones fit is another issue. I wish they were bigger, hear me out a sec. For the headphones I honestly really like the design. Had some issues with the metal screen spinning and wobbling but super glue fixed that. My issue with the headphone is that none of the tips work for my ears. Med is too narrow. If I put the headphone seated nicely in my ear then the flaps on the tip gets all wonky and uncomfortable. So I can't seat it all the way making it easier for the headphones to fall out. Which they do.... A lot, I got dings all over the headphones now. Smaller tips are worse and bigger ones hurt. I bought some nice Foam ear tips which solve this issue perfectly and enhanced the sound to boot... BUT.... It won't fit in the charging case due to how perfectly sized those slots are. So I need to remove and reattach the tips every time. Can't win to lose I guess. Comfort I kinda talked about above so yeah... Moooving on.Noise isolation is what's expected with that spartial vent. Slightly isolated but nothing special. Volume doesn't get very loud also so yea.. Just average. Also before I get roasted on the volume, for my job we have professional hearing tests done every year to see if we have any hearing lose in all frequencies and my hearing is near perfect (5-10 at most in some categories). These headphones don't get very loud and I find myself trying to turn it up many times just to find out their maxed already.As for durability. They can take a beating because mine have with all the falls. The case I treat very carefully though and it looks like crud also. So yea, aesthetically they cannot take a beating. Mechanically they can.Other quirks like random disconnects. Touch controls not working. Touch to hold for Google stops working. Random single headset dropouts. All of these happen occasionally throughout the week. Now I keep these in for hours at a time. Usually playing nothing, just there for Google and phone calls since my hands have grease / oils on them and I'm not touching my phone if someone calls. So I don't know if it's a Pixel 3 deal but usually a factory reset on the headphones fix it for a few weeks so I'm inclined to say it's a headphones.That's about it. In conclusion I would of bought the Sony's on sale for $190 over these if I had the chance. Since I got this I'll just tough it out till they die. Hate saying that with an $190 pair of headphones. No one should be saying that for this price point.JohnPaul60August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have a love hate relationship with these buds. I have the same primary complaint that most all of you probably already have, the connectivity issues. I'm not a hardcore buds user that needs hours and hours of constant play/use, so I made peace with the 3 hour battery life. The part that drives me crazy is the constant cutting out/loss of connection. Ok not to sound dramatic, lets back up a bit. It doesn't happen every time I use them, but it does happen way more than these $180 buds should. Not only are they cutting out mid song, lately(about 2 months after purchase) they are malfunctioning in a way what only the right side will push sound. After a bit it will reset itself, but that is beyond frustrating. Putting aside the flaws, when these things do end up working correctly the sound is pretty darn good. I have no complaints about *functional sound quality. I've been told the mic sounds pretty clear as well. This last one might just be me and my weird ears, but I am constantly having to adjust them because they get loose. Overall not all that impressed, do I regret buying them, only a little. But when I have a full Google ecosystem, I guess I just have to live with it for now.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love the sound and feel of the buds, but I do hear a faint static sound shortly after media stops playing. It is also heard when media is playing at low volume. Other than that, I really enjoy the new pixel buds.Engadget Reader80August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I own the original Samsung Galaxy buds, my wife has the AirPods pro, and I bought the Google Pixel Buds 2 on 8/21/2020. In my opinion the pixel buds 2 sound better than the Galaxy buds and AirPods pro after the bass boost was added in update 550. The fit is excellent, far better than the other two. The soundstage is nearly equal to the AirPods but with the added bass the pixel buds take the cake.Now the issues. Airpods... none. Galaxy buds... none. Pixel buds... several. My Pixel buds audio connection was clipping every 1 min 50 sec just like other's had noted across the internet. I didn't have any dropped calls but the audio clipped multiple times and it felt like it would drop the call at any moment. Going outside was horrendous, the buds went berserk with connection swapping from bud to bud every few seconds. Using my 80V battery powered lawn equipment made the audio clipping even worse,to the point that the buds dropped connection altogether. And that was day 1.The audio clipping remained the same from 8/22 until 8/27. As of the 27th the audio clipping is still present but is significantly less frequent and lasts a shorter period of time when it does occur. I was also able to do yardwork on the 27th with virtually no issues. There has been no firmware update after the 21st so I don't know why they're performing so much better.Overall, I really like them, and if Google can fully resolve the audio clipping/connection issues then I would love them!Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetJose100August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Excellent. Comfortable and not intrusive. I am an older person and the Pixel Buds have improved my ability to understand speech on cellphone calls 100%. In addition, callers hear me better than when I was using the speaker on my phone. They mentioned that background noise was almost non-existent. Totally happy. 5/5 starsEngadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I liked the first gen buds, but they were plagued with issues that made them unusable at times. These have been a dream boat by comparison. The sound is not as powerful as the former since they weren't true wireless, but they fit more snugly and when they are fitted the way they were designed to be born the sound is excellent. I've had a pair of Sennheiser ear buds and these are more than enough to quell any performance gripes - the music sounds good.There are plenty of specs that might not measure up for some users. With all the AI features active, I'm only able to get about 3.5 hours of up time. That's really bad if you need them for flights or even longer car rides. I don't do a lot of either of those, so I'm rarely reminded of the sub par battery. It would be hard to willfully overlook that if I encountered it frequently.The adaptive sound seems like their answer to noise cancellation or maybe an alternative. It's an unusual feature, but it's definitely grown on me. When it works well, it improves immersion without totally cancelling all ambient noise. So I can hear a siren, but my buds prioritize my music for me. I like that a lot. I'm a customer that would be more turned off by noise cancellation, so this is an improvement on that option for me though understandably not for everyone.Something that I would have liked is a bypass for ambient noise. Although they don't cancel environmental sounds entirely, conversation is definitely hindered with the headphones in. In-ear detection helps with this by pausing the music when an earpiece is removed. It's a very smart and impressive function. Not as practical as leaving them in, and there's always the concern of dropping the bud (these guys are small).Altogether, I'm very happy with them and wouldn't trade them for anything else on the market.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Love the headphones despite a few quirks.I was an early adopter and suffered through the connection issues but they're fixed now.For some reason the tips can be itchy, not always though.Battery life is just as good as airpods, so no complaintsThe case feels great, and the USB C port is nice.Volume controls on device are killer. No messing around with the assistant to adjust volume.Engadget Reader90August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetChris30August 28, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Wanted to like these and for the most part I do. The Bluetooth connection is dog shit. Audio cutouts happens often . Audio from the left or right ends up being played from the other bud to give off an echo sound.