Two years ago, Google released its first version of Pixel Buds, which were connected by a wire. They’re making a solid effort to catch up with Apple, Samsung, and other companies by releasing their newest, truly no-wires Pixel Buds, Gen 2
. Released during the spring of 2020, these second-generation Pixel Buds challenge Apple’s AirPods and many other products in the earbuds market.
All about Google Pixel Buds
Consider the long list of features Google has built into Pixel Buds, 2nd Generation.
- You can enjoy approximately five hours of listening between battery charges. Then, place your Pixel Buds into their charging case to recharge via a USB power source or an optional wireless charging pad.
- Pixel Buds are water and sweat resistant with a rating of IPX4. (Caution: Google’s warranty does not cover damage due to external causes such as water damage and a host of other hazards).
- Google’s Pixel Buds gives you a superior and comfortable fit that’s winning kudos from users. The fit of the earpiece is customizable and has a “stabilizer arc” – a small protrusion designed to hold the earbuds securely in your ears.
- Some earbuds can give users a “plugged up ear” sensation, but Pixel Buds have a vent that equalizes air pressure within your ear to match the ambient pressure, thus eliminating that uncomfortable “eardrum sucking” feeling when you remove them.
- Pixel Bud software includes an audio equalizer that boosts bass to give all the “oomph” and “bump” you might want in your music.
- Taps and swipes to either earbud allow pausing music, changing tracks, and adjusting volume.
- With an Android phone running the Android 6 O/S or later (Google’s current edition is Android 10), simply saying “Okay Google” activates the Assistant so you can ask questions, get directions, and even translate spoken foreign language conversations – all with hands-free access.
- But take heart if you have an iPhone. Pixel Buds use Bluetooth with iPhones, tablets, and other devices, although only Android devices have access to Google Assistant.
- If you misplace your Pixel Buds, an Android phone or other device with the Find My Device app “rings” your Pixel Buds. Don’t you wish you could find your glasses or your car keys so easily?
- Pixel Buds have accelerometers and beam-forming microphones built-in. While it might not be immediately obvious why an accelerometer is needed, they play a crucial role. They sense your jaw moving when you talk and adjust various parameters to assure that your voice is carried clearly when you’re on a phone call.
- Pixel Buds support Fast Pairing when used with an Android phone, which gives users an easy way to connect their phone and earbuds via Bluetooth radio.
Why they’re “almost perfect”
But wait! Why are Pixel Buds “almost perfect?” Some users and reviewers point out that Bluetooth connectivity is less than optimum. As one reviewer says
“Over the course of extended testing … it’s become clearer to me that the Pixel Buds have significant connectivity issues. The dropouts were few and far between in the beginning, and they’re virtually non-existent if you’re using the earbuds indoors, but I’ve experienced a lot of them [dropouts] when using the Pixel Buds outside — and this experience has been shared by many buyers.”
Strangely, taking the left Pixel Bud out of its charging case before the right earbud seems to mitigate these connectivity problems, but at this time it’s not clear that Google has solved the Bluetooth connectivity issue.
So, is it a deal-breaker? Maybe. Users on Reddit.com
talk about the issue, but with Google’s attention to detail and respect for user feedback, those complaints don’t need to turn you away from Pixel Buds.
If I buy Pixel Buds, does the warranty protect my investment?
Sad to say, almost none of the earbud makers give you a warranty that protects you. Most of them exclude a whole host of hazards. Here’s an excerpt from Google’s Pixel Bud warranty
“This Limited Warranty does not apply to damage caused by: (1) normal wear and tear; (2) accidents; (3) misuse (including failure to follow product documentation); (4) neglect; (5) disassembly; (6) alterations; (7) servicing other than by Google-authorized technicians; and (8) external causes such as, but not limited to: water damage, exposure to sharp objects, exposure to excessive force, anomalies in the electrical current supplied to the Google product, and extreme thermal or environmental conditions. This Limited Warranty does not guarantee that use of the Google Product will be uninterrupted or error-free.”
Don’t you wish manufacturers would give you a warranty that protects you? That’s what Upsie.com
does. We provide service contracts, sometimes called “extended warranties,” that dramatically exceed the coverage manufacturers (including Google) give you.
Upsie contracts solve the problem
Upsie uses the same nationwide insurance companies the big box retailers (Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and others) use. Those national retailers recognize that electronic products need a comprehensive program to protect consumers against losses. However, unlike the big box retailers, Upsie doesn’t markup the contract as they do. Upsie is focused on giving you the coverage you want, but without charging outrageous fees that others take for granted.
So, if you’re ready to buy your Pixel Buds, (or, for that matter, any other earbud), take a moment to visit Upsie’s extended warranty page
. Learn how they deliver far better coverage than Google or the big box stores. Then, learn how to protect your purchase
with an industry-bustin’ offer that covers hazards the Google warranty ignores.
Upsie has been helping people protect their investments in electronic products since 2015. Call Upsie at 877-844-7745 and talk to an advisor. If you need to make a claim, you can do so 24/7/365. Upsie is here to help you without all the “corporate restrictions” and excessive fees.
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