Yesterday was finally the day! We’ve been waiting since October of 2019 to get our hands on Google’s latest take on the truly wireless earbuds and after over 6 months of anticipation, they are finally here and ready to get the unboxing treatment.
The Pixel Buds bring a lot to the table in terms of native functionality with Android phones. With Fast Pair, touch gestures, Adaptive Sound, in-ear detection, a beautiful wireless charging case, 5 hours of batter/24 hours with the case, and Google Assistant firmly baked in, the Pixel Buds are a pretty delightful pair of wireless earbuds.
We’ll have to hold out for the full review to answer a ton of questions I have around gaming lag, Fast Pair support on Chromebooks, how they work in loud environments, fit comfort over time, and overall sound quality across multiple genres of music.
What I can tell you thus far is the setup process for these earbuds on a Pixel phone is simply delightful. Open up the charging case and the phone almost instantly recognizes the earbuds are near and serves up a quick notification that ask if you would like to tie your new device to your Google account. Doing this should – in theory – allow these earbuds to be available on other logged-in devices, but we need to further test that out. From there, you get a quick walk through of how to get the fit just right along with a little tutorial on all the gestures.
We have a second pair showing up for the Chrome Unboxed office today, so we’ll surely have some opinions on these ear buds over the next week or so and get back with a full-blown review. Until then, enjoy the video and know that if you do come across some Pixel Buds in-stock and shipping, my initial impressions are quite good and I think the overall experience of using these ear buds will likely be a good, long-term one.