Good enough to be Android’s AirPods Pro killer?

Admin, Friday, July 29, 2022
Rate this post

The next generation of Google from True wireless earbuds They are here and going “pro” for the first time. We’ve been testing the Pixel Buds Pro for a few days and thought it would be good to give some impressions of Google’s flagship buds.

Meet the new look, like the old one

Google Pixel Buds Pro doesn’t visually reinvent the wheel. These true wireless earbuds have the same rounded Mentos-esque look as the Pixel Buds A-series and 2020 Pixel Buds, except they now only lack a small wing tip. This means that the buds are less secure in your ear, but they may also feel more comfortable if the old design is causing you pain. The Pixel Buds Pro also come in new colours, with a choice of pale lemongrass and coral pink, as well as the typical Haze (white) and charcoal (black). Unfortunately, these new color options don’t apply to the case, as it only comes in white.

Speaking of the case, it looks quite similar to the one on the Pixel Buds A series, but there are a few extras under the hood. For starters, it’s now IPX2 rated (the earbuds themselves are IPX4), so you don’t have to worry about opening them up in a rainstorm.

google pixel pro in ear headphones gradient 1

Sam Moore / Android Authority

In fact, using the Pixel Buds Pro is pretty much what you’d expect from an average pair of true wireless earbuds. There are touch controls on the ear, you can manipulate the operation and switch between them Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes with tap or hold.

Pixel Buds Pro have the same circular Mentos-esque look as the Pixel Buds A series.

The volume controls are handled by scrolling forward (volume up) and backward (volume down), which is an interesting touch, but I feel a bit confused about it. It’s nice not to have the uncomfortable suction effect when I tap directly on something sticking to my ear whenever I want to change the volume. However, the touch-sensitive surface has a matte finish, which means swiping across it can drag it a bit — since these new earbuds lack the mount fins from their predecessors, that’s a problem. A few times I’ve tried to turn up the volume, I’ve pulled the right earbud out of my ear. Pixel Buds Pro have in-ear detection, which means this also pauses music as well.

The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 and support the default SBC audio codec, as well as AAC. It’s kind of a bummer that the Android maker didn’t bother adding an audio codec that Android devices can thrive on like aptX, but I didn’t experience any latency issues or noticeably poor connection quality. If you’re already familiar with the non-Hi-Res Bluetooth audio experience, this probably won’t be any different than usual.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Pixel 6 Settings app

Sam Moore / Android Authority

If you have a Pixel phone, the Google Pixel Buds app is already installed – just go to the Connected devices page in the Settings app, and you can access all the software options that Pixel Buds Pro has to offer. Everyone with a different type of Android phone will need to download a file Google Pixel Buds app from Play Store. While you can use Pixel Buds Pro with your iPhone (or iPad), there is no dedicated app.

The features are well laid out in the app (and its Pixel equivalent), but the options are certainly very few. You can customize some of the controls – adding the normal mode option is great, rather than always stopping to choose between ANC mode and Transparency – but a lot of the basic ones are set. There is no way to change how you control the volume if you don’t like pulling out your earbuds every now and then.

There’s no live equalizer, or even EQ profiles, but Google has added a feature called Volume EQ, which adjusts the bass and treble according to how loud the earbuds are. Essentially, it makes the lows and highs easier to hear when you turn the volume down. There is no way to attach this to an on-ear controller, so switching back and forth requires switching apps, and makes the comparison a bit tricky. So far it seems to be working well enough, but the difference is minimal.

Pixel Buds Pro is supposed to support spatial audio through its app, but at the time of writing it is not available. According to Google, this is coming in the fall.

Battery life

google pixel buds open at 1 . scale

Sam Moore / Android Authority

Google announces seven hours on a single charge for the Google Pixel Buds Pro with noise cancellation turned on. We haven’t done any in-depth battery tests yet, but based on my experience it feels right. I certainly haven’t felt like running out of juice over the days, especially considering how much the earbuds go in and out of their charging case. With noise canceling turned on, Google claims a total runtime of 20 hours, which means about 13 hours in the charging case — again, that sounds pretty accurate.

The case also supports wireless charging now, which is a nice addition.

Noise canceling is very good

Arguably the biggest change between the Google Pixel Buds Pro and the Pixel Buds A series is that Google has decided to add ANC. This feature can be accessed or missed with true wireless earbuds, but it sounds good here. If you don’t have any audio playing, there is a slight hissing noticeable, but I stopped noticing within seconds of starting the media.

However, overall, the ANC for the Pixel Buds Pros looks pretty good so far. The low level attenuation is good enough for commuting by bus or even taking a plane. You probably won’t be completely cut off from someone talking right next to you, but this will make it less distracting.

How does Pixel Buds Pro sound?

google pixel buds pro case and case

Sam Moore / Android Authority

Sister site SoundGuys In-depth test results are imminent, but so far my experience has been that the Google Pixel Buds deliver solid sound quality. Sure, the bass is boosted a little more than I enjoy, but the rock and pop songs sound great. Listening to a song like “I Can Fly Away” from Delicate Steve, most aspects of the song sound very nice. The hai-hat can feel a little punchy at moderately high volumes, which usually indicates some extra triple focus. With that said, most of the rock songs I listened to sounded perfectly fine.

How is the microphone?

The Google Pixel Buds Pro’s microphone is, in short, good. I haven’t had any problems making calls indoors but listening to how it sounds it’s pretty clear that this is not a display tool. I can’t imagine anyone would get anything worthwhile when trying to record something like a podcast with these earbuds.

Should you buy Google Pixel Buds Pro?

The Pixel Buds Pro feel like a decent option if you’re an Android user looking for something similar to the Apple AirPods Pro — its microphone isn’t as good, but the battery life and noise cancellation are certainly impressive. However, the app’s patchy experience has been pretty disappointing so far—even not being able to use the EQ for the earbuds seems like a glaring omission, especially compared to other competing products, many of which won’t fetch you $199.

Pixel Buds Pro is a decent alternative to AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Device ($179It supports aptX and can do everything the Pixel Buds Pro can do — except for things like Fast Pair and multipoint — all for $80 less. More anonymous Sony Linkbuds S. ($198) is less expensive, and bring a more comprehensive software experience. Meanwhile, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro ($199They may be as expensive as the Pixel Buds Pro, but they remain a popular choice for Android users. If ANC isn’t important to you, the Pixel Buds A series ($99) is also a decent option, and much cheaper than the Pro model.

Google Pixel Buds Pro

Active Noise Cancellation • Google Assistant • Real-time Translate

Pixel Buds became professional

Pixel Buds Pro takes Google’s true wireless speaker family to the next level with a powerful chipset, active noise cancellation (ANC), high-quality microphones, access to Google Assistant, real-time translation, and multi-point connectivity.

Rate this post