Comparison

Quick Points


Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For Android

Noise Canceling No

Microphone Yes

Fit In Ear

Enclosure Open Back

Connectivity Wireless

Best For iOS

Noise Canceling No

Microphone Yes

Colors


What Comes Inside The Box


Google Pixel Buds 2 True Wireless Headphones

3 X Silicone Tips, 1 X Stabilizer Arc

Wireless Charging Case

User Manual

Warranty Card

Apple AirPods

Charging Cable

Charging Case

User Manual

Warranty Card

Our Score


7.8

7.2

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them


The custom built 12mm dynamic drivers are tuned to provide a rich, warm studio-style sound quality with a flat low end that allows you clearly listen to all the instruments like the guitar and drums. They also have the "Adaptive Sound" function, which automatically adjusts the volume based on your environment

Convenience to perform endless tasks with Google Assistant by simply saying "Hey, Google" to check the weather, know all the events of the day, read the latest messages, play your favorite playlist or control your smart home gadgets

The Google's second-generation true wireless earbuds come with an oval-shaped wireless charging case made of matte-finished plastic that's easy to slide into your jeans' pocket

The Mentos inspired design is similar to the original Pixel Buds (2018 model) but without the cable. The small, elegant shape with the G-branding on the touchpad is really appealing

By cutting the chord and maintaining the same all-plastic structure, Google is able to create lightweight earbuds that remain comfortably in the ears for a long time

They have a long trunk that goes further in the ear, a soft "stabilizer arch" that protrudes from the top and are equipped with silicone tips of three different sizes to provide a secure fit even during the running or workout sessions

Thanks to their IPX4-certified design, they are pretty good at handling sweat and splashes while running or training in wet weather conditions

The big talking point of Pixel Buds is the "Conversation Mode" that puts in place real-time translations of 40 languages to better communicate with foreigners. Just say "Hey Google, help me speak Spanish" or say other language, the buds will convert everything you say into that language you've set

They have Google's "Fast Pair" technology that allows you to pair earbuds to any Android device instantly. As soon as you open the case, a small card on your Android device guides you about all the functionality

Built-in touch controls and sliding gestures that allow you to answer/end phone calls, control music playback, adjust volume, skip tracks and hold to talk to the Google Assistant

Google Pixel Buds 2 have built-in proximity sensors that automatically pause music when you remove the earbud

They offer up to 24 hours (5+19) of music playback with the charging case and are also equipped with the fast charging feature that offers 2 hours of playback with only 10 minutes of charging time

Apple AirPods 2019 have vivid and powerful sound with a solid soundstage and clean vocals

Enhanced background noise filtering improves call quality and allows people on the other end to hear you better in outdoor environments

Seamless pairing with all Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account

The H1 chip combined with Bluetooth 5 significantly reduces delays in watching videos or games on iOS devices

Simply activate Siri by saying "Hi Siri" instead of double-tapping one of the Airpods

Manage volume and skip tracks forward or backward while playing music with Siri

New Apple AirPods weigh just 0.14 ounce and are gently settle into ears without any uncomfortable pressure even during long listening sessions

The same battery capacity as the first generation of Apple AirPods, now with 50% longer talk time (more than 1 hour)

Fast fuel technology offers an extra 3 hours of playback or 2 hours of talk time with only 15 minutes of charging time

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them


Google Pixel Buds have an average battery life of 5 hours on a single charge, the same as the AirPods Pro with ANC on, but you can get 11 hours with the latest Samsung Galaxy buds plus that can perform almost all the functions of the Pixel Buds

If you're a bass fan to give yourself an extra kick during workouts or a lover of EDM, metal, rap, funk or other genres that are heavy on low tones, Google’s new Pixel Buds may not be suitable for you as their bass response is pretty flat

Although onboard beam-forming microphones are good enough to capture the vocals for voice commands, the same cannot be said of call quality. People at the other end of the call struggle to hear the voice in moderately noisy environments

The "Pixel Buds" app has a fairly basic functionality such as checking the battery levels of each earbud or controlling a handful of settings. There is no option to adjust the equalizer or customize the touch controls, plus it's exclusive to Android and not available for iOS devices

The soft matte finish of the earbuds and case is prone to scratches. You should be very careful when leaving them in your pocket with keys or other metal objects that can easily rub them

The "spatial vents" let in quite a bit of ambient noise to create environmental awareness, useful for runners or cyclists, but for users who want complete sound insolation during commuting probably won't

The proximity sensors work perfectly to pause the music when you remove the earbuds, but they are not accurate enough to automatically play the music when you put the buds back in your ear

Although they have Bluetooth 5.0, there is no multi-device connectivity, which means you can only connect one device at a time

The stabilizer arc provides a secure fit, but can cause discomfort to some users during long listening sessions

No support for advanced Bluetooth aptX codecs for better sound quality, these earbuds only support AAC and SBC codecs

Each bud performs different functions at different times, and therefore tends to discharge at different speeds. One bud can consume more battery than the other

They're priced at a $179 in the U.S. which makes them $20 expensive compared to the Apple Airpods that dominate the true wireless earbuds market with a huge margin

For 159 US dollars, Airpods 2 are expensive wireless buds, especially when you can get Samsung Galaxy Buds for $129

The design of new AirPods is identical to the original model, which is over two years old

Unique design doesn't fit everyone and there are no silicone ear tips that would allow you to find the best fit for your ears

When it comes to higher-frequency sounds, Apple headphones sound a bit harsh, and they're not bass heavy earbuds on the market

In noisy environments, competitors’ models still sound better with richer sound and more bass

You can tell Siri to turn the volume up/down or skip the track back and forth only with Apple music, not Spotify

Special features such as fast pairing and Siri's “stay-on” are not available to Android users

You can't connect to more than one device at a time like other Bluetooth earbuds in the same price range

These new Apple’s wireless, entirely cord-free earbuds are not officially water or sweat-resistant, that makes them less suitable for gym sessions

Just white color, no other option that matches your phone’s color

Highlights


Experience rich audio quality, clear calls, all-day battery, and Google Assistant’s hands-free help

Adaptive Sound technology adjusts the volume to fit your surroundings as you move between noisy and quiet places

Built-in sensors and microphones focus on your voice to deliver clear call quality

Google Pixel Buds offer a comfortable fit, based on scans of thousands of ears

Silicone tips of three different sizes and a stabilizer arch provide a customizable and secure fit

With sweat and water-resistant design, you don't need to worry about rainy days or sweaty workouts

Say "Hey Google" to send messages, get directions or play the training playlist, all hands-free

It helps you understand the world around you with real-time translations right in your ear

Hassle-free quick pairing with any Bluetooth 4.0+ device

Enjoy up to 24 hours of combined listening without any worries

Find my device to locate the earbuds by making them ring in case you lose them at home

Auto on and auto connect

Easy setup for all Apple devices

Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”

Double-tap to play track or fast forward

New Apple H1 headphone chip provides faster wireless connectivity to your device

Quick charge in the case

Use lightning connector to charge the Airpod case

Rich, high-quality sound and clear voice calls

Seamless switching between apple devices connected to the same iCloud account

General

Dimensions


Headphone Fit In Ear

Enclosure Closed Back

Size In/Cm 0.80 in (2.05 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 5.3 g (0.19 oz)

Foldable Design No

Headphone Fit In Ear

Enclosure Open Back

Size In/Cm 1.59 in (4 cm)

Weight Gm/Oz 4 g (0.14 oz)

Foldable Design No

Connectivity


Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices No

On Device Controls Calls, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Google Assistant

Companion App Pixel Buds App

Connectivity Bluetooth

Connect Multiple Devices No

On Device Controls Call, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Voice Assistant

In Line Mic & Controls No

Voice Assistant Siri

Companion App No

Audio


Noise Cancelation Type No

Sound Isolation Yes

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Noise Cancelation Type No

Sound Isolation No

Echo Reduction No

Sound Mode Stereo

Features


Water/Sweat Resistant Yes

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Water/Sweat Resistant No

Waterproof No

Heart Rate Monitor No

Step Tracking No

Battery


Battery Life Up To 5 Hours (Up To 24 Hours With Charging Case)

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off No

Quick Charge Charge 10 Minutes = Up To 2 Hours Playback

Battery Life Up To 5 Hours (Up To 24 Hours With Charging Case)

Auto Pause & Play Yes

Auto Shut-Off Yes

Quick Charge Charge 15 Minutes = Up To 3 Hours Playback

Technical

Technical Data


Driver Size 12 mm

Driver Unit Dynamic

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.5%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.5%

Supported Codecs AAC, SBC

Driver Size 9 mm

Driver Unit Dynamic

Magnet Neodymium

Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20000 Hz

Sensitivity (dB/mW) 111 dB/mW

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB Less than 0.4%

Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB Less than 0.1%

Supported Codecs AAC

Wireless


Bluetooth Version 5.0

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz

Wireless Range Up To 10 m (33 ft)

NFC No

Bluetooth Version 5.0 + H1 Chip

Bluetooth Profiles A2DP

Wireless Range Up To 65 m (215 ft)

NFC No

Noise Canceling


Noise Canceling Adjustment No

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch No

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode No

Noise Canceling Adjustment No

Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch No

Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing No

Ambient Sound Mode Yes

Audio Cable


Audio Cable Length N/A

Audio Cable Length N/A

Microphone


Microphone Feature On-board Dual Beamforming Microphones

Microphone Feature On-board Dual Beamforming Microphones

Power


Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charging Cable Type-C Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

Charge Time 2 Hours

Charging Cable Lightning Cable

Battery Indicator Yes

Operating & Storage Temperature 32°F - 113°F

Compatibility

iOS


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Android


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Yes

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Windows


Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Connection Wireless

Audio Yes

Microphone Yes

Controls Limited

Xbox


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Playstation


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

TV & Home Theater


Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Connection No

Audio No

Microphone No

Controls No

Service & Support

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts 1 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour 1 Year Limited Warranty

Helpline 1 (800) 275-2273

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