When Google revealed its new Pixels earlier this year, it made a tacit statement: the age of headphone jacks on smartphones is over. So, what’s a diehard Google phone fan to do? Buy Google’s new wireless earbuds — in theory, at least. Several leaks ensured we knew they were coming, but the Pixel Budswere still a surprise because they emphasized functionality over convenience. Obviously, you can listen to music with them, but you can also sift through notifications and translate languages on the fly. Still, despite lots of potential, Google’s Pixel Buds just don’t live up to the hype.
- They sound better than expected
- Intuitive touch controls
- Solid battery life
- They don’t shut out ambient noise at all
- Obnoxious case design
- Touch pads are easy totap accidentally
- Google Assistant seems hit-or-miss