While I loathe the trend of ditching the 3.5mm jack, the most interesting product at Googles launch was their Pixel Buds, a pair of Bluetooth earbuds with a difference.
It was inevitable they would release some earbuds if they ditched the 3.5mm, but thankfully the Pixel Buds look pretty good. These new earphones don’t just handle your music but you can use it to access Google assistant which will allow you to control your phone remotely. While I certainly won’t be doing that on a busy commute on public transport, it is an amazing feature for the fitness enthusiast. I could get directions while out on a bike without having to stop, or just access important messages without having to stop and read them. It is a great idea. Not content with that though Google packed its headphones with the power to translate between 40 languages, literally in real-time. The idea is that you can tap and hold on the Pixel Buds, speak, and then the translated speech will come out of your Pixel phone’s speakers. The person you’re talking to speaks back into the phone, and you hear them in your native language. As a blogger that frequently goes to Europe, this would also be a great feature, and it will be amazing to see how it performs in reality.
Unlike the Airbuds you get a cable connecting the two earpieces, which may seem archaic now, but in reality, I find this essential. While may fit perfectly in many people’s ears for others they don’t and just go out for a bike ride or run if the fit isn’t 100% perfect. Not only will they drop out of your ears but you will likely lose them or at least ruin your run/ride.
One of the downsides is that the Pixel Buds have about five hours of battery life, but they do come with a carrying case that can recharge the buds four times. It is not often I need them that long, but on a long bike ride or flight, I certainly could. In comparison, other Bluetooth headphones from Bose get more like 7 hours, though they don’t have a nice recharge case.
Priced at £159 they are not cheap, but also not the most expensive out there, so it will be interesting to see what the sound quality is like too.