Apple just dropped their newest AirPods, the amazing AirPods Pro. If you’re an AirPod fan, the great news is you can go out and buy a pair right now (chick out this post for links to the best deals).
But Apple’s arch-competitor, Google, tried to steal some of Apple’s AirPods Pro thunder weeks before the iPhone maker announced them but announcing the new version of its Pixel Buds. The original Pixel Buds came out a few years ago, and they weren’t well-received due to design and audio issues. However, Google hopes to make a splash with their new ones.
The bad news for Pixel Buds fans is that Google won’t release the new Pixel Buds until sometime in 2020. Until then, we’ll need to judge how they compare against Apple’s AirPods Pro based on specs alone.
Apple’s AirPods Pro vs Google’s Pixel Buds
- AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro improves on the AirPods’ iconic design by having both a shorter stem and they also include three rubber tips to give users a better fit.
- Pixel Buds – The Pixel Buds, on the other hand, feature a less-sleek design, but it’s not a bad one. They’re a little more cartoonish looking, but feature a cool stabilizer arch to help keep them in your ears.
Winner? AirPods Pro – Their design still outshines the upcoming Pixel Buds. They’re tiny works of art.
Audio & Connectivity
- AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro includes dual beam-forming microphones, dual optical sensors, a motion-detecting accelerometer, and a speech-detecting accelerometer. They also connect over both Bluetooth and Apple’s H1 chip, which makes connecting them to an iPhone effortless. Another major advantage? Their incredible active noise cancellation (ANC).
- Pixel Buds – The Pixel Buds also feature beam-forming microphones and a voice accelerometer, as well as connecting over Bluetooth too. But when it comes to audio quality they can’t compete with the AIrPods Pro as they don’t feature any ANC. The Buds to have “Adaptive Sound” that automatically raises or lowers the volume based on your surroundings, but it’s no ANC.
Winner? AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro has active noise cancellation. Because of that, it’s not even a contest.
Battery & Charging
- AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro gets you 4.5 hours of use when active noise cancellation is engaged. When active noise cancellation is turned off, you’ll get 5 hours of use. The AirPods Pro also comes with a wireless charging case as standard, which gets you over 24 hours of use.
- Pixel Buds – The Pixel Buds get you 5 hours of use and their case gets you 24 hours in total. However, the Pixel Buds will ship with a wired case, but there will be a wireless charging case option.
Winner? AirPods Pro – They include a wireless charging case as standard.
- AirPods Pro – The AirPods Pro supports hands-free “Hey Siri” commands as well as giving you full access to all of Siri’s capabilities.
- Pixel Buds – The Pixel Buds support hands-free Google Assistant. Right there, they beat the AirPods Pro’s Siri. But the Pixel Buds will also offer real-time language translation. If it works well, it could be amazing.
Winner? Pixel Buds – Google Assistant is a much better assistant than Siri.
- AirPods Pro – $249.99
- Pixel Buds – $179.99
From an audio and design perspective, the winner is clear –the AIrPods Pro. Their active noise cancelation can’t be beaten here. They also come with a wireless charging case as standard, which is a great touch.
However, if you don’t use your earbuds mainly for music and instead use them for interacting with your phone’s assistant, then the Pixel Buds are a great choice because they support Google Assistant. And then there’s also that Google Translate real-time language translation feature built-in. If it works well, it could be a game-changer. But that’s a big IF.
Apple’s AirPods Pro vs Google’s Pixel Buds: Full Specs
Here are the specs for the AirPod Pro:
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, H1 chip
- Wireless charging: Yes
- Battery Life: 4.5 hours AirPod use, 24+ hours with charging case
- Sensors: Dual beam-forming microphones, Dual optical sensors, Motion-detecting accelerometer, Speech-detecting accelerometer, Force sensor
- Voice assistant support: Siri
- Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Sweat and water resistant: Yes
And here are the specs for the Pixel Buds:
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
- Wireless charging: Optional
- Battery Life: 5 hours Pixel Buds use, 24 hours with charging case
- Sensors: Beam-forming microphones, Voice accelerometers, Touch
- Voice assistant support: Google Assistant + Translation
- Noise Cancellation: No, but Adaptive Sound feature will raise and lower the volume based on outside noise
- Sweat and water resistant: Yes