Google entered the premium market in India with the Pixel Buds Pro a year after releasing its entry-level wireless earphones, the Pixel Buds A-series (review). Although they are late, wonderful things do come to those who wait. A broad range of functions are available, including active noise cancelling and wireless charging. These features, together with the snug fit, simplicity of use, and compatibility with all Android smartphones, elevate the user experience above that of competing wireless earbuds.
The earphones’ and charging case’s straightforward yet useful design enhances the experience. Starting with earbuds, they are oval-shaped devices with angled in-ear tips at the bottom on the backside and sloping circular heads on the top side (facing outward).
The earbuds appear large, but they really fit snugly in the ears and don’t protrude from them like mushrooms. In addition, the earbuds are lightweight and provide a snug, secure fit for pleasant usage even during prolonged use.
The charging/storage case offers a straightforward yet effective design, much like the earphones. It is a plastic pebble-shaped device with a matte texture that is helpful for grip and facilitates handling. When the buds are in pairing mode or the case is open, the LED on the case’s front blinks. If the case’s battery is getting low, the LED light will turn orange. When the case and earphones are charging, it also functions as a charging indicator and becomes white.
Speaking of charging, the case offers a USB-C connector for cable charging at the bottom. The Pixel Buds Pro enables wireless charging, which compared to conventional charging requires a lot more time to charge the case and buds (around four hours) (about ninety minutes).
The Google Pixel Buds Pro has a beautiful look, but its strongest points are its audio quality and usability. This makes it a useful addition to the lineup, particularly for people who use smartphones with reverse wireless charging. The earbuds’ default sound characteristic is balanced with a deep bass, crystal-clear voices, and crisp treble. It’s important to note that whether active noise cancellation is activated or disabled, the audio signature remains same.
Regarding ANC, it is decent but not exceptional. The transparency mode, on the other hand, works in conjunction with the earphones to ensure that outside noise is not unduly enhanced or filtered. Instead, it has a clean, natural sound that offers a fresh experience.
The Pixel Buds Pro work well for both voice calls and music listening. Even in loud situations, the voice call experience with ANC is excellent. Regardless of the level of background noise, the microphones pick up voice clearly and never struggle to provide a superb experience. In terms of usability, Google Assistant makes it possible. The earphones are ready to accept voice commands with only a simple “Ok, Google” command. Even notifications were read back by the earphones.
This simplifies your life, especially if you use products from the Google product ecosystem. The earbuds’ simple touch and gesture controls, in addition to Google Assistant, increase convenience. To play/pause audio or answer calls, tap your earbud once. To switch to the next audio track or decline a call, tap your earbud twice.
To return to the previous audio track, tap your earbud three times. In addition to tapping, there is a customizable tap and hold touch control that allows you to toggle the ANC or chat to the assistant. In addition to this, there are gesture controls for volume; to increase or decrease the volume, swipe forward or backward.