Review of Google Pixel Buds Pro: The Android-Focused Flagship TWS

Review of Google Pixel Buds Pro: The Android-Focused Flagship TWS ...

Many manufacturers that make both smartphones and audio products tend to alter their software to work quite effectively with each other in hopes that this tight integration will keep buyers locked into their ecosystem. The Apple AirPods Pro, OnePlus, and Oppo''s true wireless headsets, and Samsung''s range of Galaxy Buds headphones, all of which have an advantage in terms of features or capabilities when used with smartphones from the same manufacturers.

Google''s Pixel Buds lineup has adopted a similar approach, with its usability and capabilities geared towards Android smartphones and tablets. However, what has been lacking in the past is the presence of a Google Pixel Buds Pro, which has now been changed, with the launch of the Google Pixel Buds Pro, which is priced at Rs. 19,990 in India.

The Pixel Buds Pro, which includes active noise cancellation, wireless charging, and hands-free access to Google Assistant, is a feature-filled TWS app that looks to challenge popular Android headsets, including Apple, Samsung, and Sony. Is this the top feature-rich flagship true wireless headset for Android users? Read this review.

Google Pixel Buds Pro design and features

The Pixel Buds Pro, which is similar to the Pixel Buds A-Series, has been used in the design and feel of the devices. Despite its larger appearance and appearance, the earpieces aren''t as rigid as you think. In fact, all of the bulk helps maintain a secure and fairly comfortable fit, but also excellent passive noise isolation.

The one on the inside and two on the outside of the headphones, along with a Google logo on the inside of the touch-sensitive zone for the controls. Only the touch-and-hold gesture is customisable on the Google Pixel Buds Pro, and can be set to toggle active noise controls (cycling between ANC and transparency mode), with separate functions assigned to each earpiece. Tap gestures control playback and swipe gestures.

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The touch controls were usually quite accurate, but there were occasions when swipe gestures were registered as taps, which was a bit problematic. I had the customisable function to cycle between the noise control modes, since invoking Google Assistant could be done hands-free with the Hey Google''s or OK Google voice commands.

The Pixel Buds Pro''s voice commands are quite effective, as well as searching for information and controlling IoT devices linked to your Google account. Additionally, voice assistant functionality on the Google Pixel Buds Pro was equally good, if not better, than on the Google Nest Audio smart speaker.

The Pixel Buds Pro, which has USB Type-C and Qi connectivity, is compatible with the following methods:

The Google Pixel Buds Pro charging case is quite similar to that of the Pixel Buds A-Series in design, with an egg-like shape and contrast contrast colours for the outside and inside (on the white version). The USB Type-C port is at the bottom, and the pairing button is at the back, and there is a single indicator light just below the lid which is otherwise hidden when not illuminated.

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It''s a comfortable shape and shape, and it''s convenient to store in clothes pockets or small handbags. Noteably, the Pixel Buds Pro''s charging case supports Qi wireless charging. It also includes a total of three pairs of silicone ear tips of different sizes, but there is no charging cable, which is a bit disappointing given the price of the headset.

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is available in just a single colour version black earpieces and a white charging case. The earpieces are IPX4 rated for water resistance, while the charging case also has an IPX2. The headset also has sensors for in-ear detection and opening the case to ensure quicker connectivity.

Google Pixel Buds Pro app and specifications

The Apple AirPods range requires an iOS device to be used to its full potential. The Google Pixel Buds Pro is requiring an Android device to make the most of its features. This includes the Pixel Buds app, which is only available for Android, and means you can use the headphones with an iPhone as well as other Bluetooth headphones.

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The Pixel Buds app is fairly well developed togetherwith a neat homescreen that lists all of the key functions effectively. When connected, the top portion of the app shows a visual display of the battery levels of each earpiece and the case separately. Android OS will also push a drop-down notification for battery levels by default when the headset is connected.

Other options include a touch control, sound modes, ear-tip seal check, in-ear detection, audio switching for Google devices, and multi-point connectivity. The Pixel Buds Pro can be purchased online for free.

Although the Pixel Buds app is only available on Android right now, it is very powerful.

Detractors are misunderstood, and there are no precise equaliser adjustments beyond a control to increase lows and highs at low volume levels. There is also no customisability for the ANC as youonly get a single level, but you can do an ear-tip seal check in the app to ensure that the noise isolation is maintained for the ANC.

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The Google Pixel Buds Pro has 11mm dynamic drivers, and allows for connectivity for both the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codes. Considering the use of Android sources, I found that advanced Bluetooth codecs are quite a dubious problem. Both devices, such as the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, are available for roughly the same price as the Pixel Buds Pro.

Performance and battery life for Google Pixel Buds Pro

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is stacked against some high-end competition in the premium TWS segment, including the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Pro. However, its positioning is quite different from those two options given that its feature-set is suited to Android smartphone and tablet users.

Despite the fact that direct comparisons with the AirPods Pro would be unnecessary, the Pixel Buds Pro does very well short of the Sony WF-1000XM4 and Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3, both of which are device agnostic in terms of app support and advanced Bluetooth codec support.

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Objectively though, there''s a lot to like with theGoogle Pixel Buds Pro, and I quite enjoyed my time with the earphones owing to the rich, warm, and melodic sound. The Pixel Buds Pro have been excellently tuned, and the sound gives the earphones a different character, which is quite refreshing compared to the more analytical and detail-oriented signatures of competing options.

Despite the wide variety of vocal styles from Calvin Harris'' latest album, I loved the warmth in the sound. Lows in the deep, mid-tempo beat had a distinctive sense of fun. Fortunately, the mid-range didn''t drop off too much; Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, and Halsey both sounded fantastic throughout the track.

The second half of listening to Coldplay and Beyonce''s Hymn for The Weekend was rather engaging, with the second taking up more character and sense of aggression. While the second gave the audience a boost, the second gave the audience an edge, although the Pixel Buds Pro did seem to struggle with the busier sections of the track.

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The soundstage seemed quite wide and clean, but it sometimes sounded like much more was going on, with the earphones falling a bit short on the Pixel Buds Pro, but this is the only real issue. Slower, gentler, and gentler tracks like Bambro Koyo Ganda by Bonobo sounded reasonably detailed and cohesive on the platform, while quick, busy music caused the earphones to fall down, with the lack of advanced codec support being the obvious reason.

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is capable of reducing noise both indoors and outdoors. It appears to be particularly effective against low frequency noises, reducing the whirlwind of a ceiling fan when at home, and much of the noise from a nearby railway line when outside.

I was surprised by a faint hum with the earphones on and without music playing, that strangely could not be heard with the earphones off. However, this went away when music was playing, so I didn''t think much of it. On the off side, active noise cancellation on the Pixel Buds Pro is quite effective both indoors and outdoors.

The sound is fun and energyful, although the Pixel Buds Pro is still lacking advanced Bluetooth codec support.

While the phone was easily placed and received, Google Assistant''s excellent hands-free mode made it possible to do much of this without even holding my phone. Both indoors and outdoors, and the ANC made a significant difference in improving the sound.

The Google Pixel Buds Pro is good on the earpieces, which ran for a little over six hours on a single charge with ANC operational and at moderate volume levels. The charging case added two additional charges, for a total runtime of 18 hours per charge cycle. The overall figure isn''t exceptional, but it isn''t too bad either.

While the Google Pixel Buds range has existed for a while as the company''s ecosystem''s play, it has been missing an all-important flagship device till now. The Google Pixel Buds Pro offers exactly what you''d expect from a flagship headset, including active noise cancellation, app support, and intuitive hands-free access to Google Assistant.

While the sound quality is good and full of character, the Google Pixel Buds Pro only falls short in terms of detail and cohesiveness, as compared to competing options such as the Sony WF-1000XM4, which come across as more insightful and analytical. Nevertheless, this is a solid pair of true wireless headphones that I had a great time reviewing, especially for its quick and quick hands-free Google Assistant access.