Apple’s AirPods (2019) vs Google’s Pixel Buds 2 (2020) – How Do They Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 04/29/20 •  4 min read

The hottest trend in tech right now is probably Wearables. This is the category of devices we wear on our bodies (as opposed to carrying in our hands, as we do with smartphones. But while most people hear “wearables” and think “smartwatches”, the largest device category in the wearables market is actually wireless earbuds.

Naturally, Apple is the leader here. It’s AirPods revolutionized the wireless earbud industry when they launched five years ago. Since then, however, most other large tech companies have gotten into the market–including Google. Matter of fact, Google just released its much-anticipated Pixel Buds 2.

How do they stack up to Apple’s AirPods (2019)? Let’s find out…

Apple’s AirPods vs Google’s Pixel Buds

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Design

Winner? AirPods – Their design still outshines the Pixel Buds. They’re tiny works of art.

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Audio & Connectivity

Winner? Draw – Neither have active noise cancelation and while the Pixel Buds do boast “adaptive sound” most people aren’t going to notice a difference between the quality of the audio in either one.

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Battery & Charging

Winner? Pixel Buds – They include a wireless charging case as standard.

Voice Assistant

Winner? Pixel Buds – Google Assistant is a much better assistant than Siri.

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Cost

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Verdict?

From a design perspective, the winner is clear – the AirPods. However, when looking at audio quality, the two sound virtually identical. But two areas where the Pixel Buds beat the AirPods are with the included wireless charging case and with its Google Assistant support.

However, each earbud is really designed to work with their respective phones, so the AirPods with an iPhone and the Pixel Buds with a Pixel phone. So your best earbuds option probably boils down to which phone you own.

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Apple’s AirPods (2019) vs Google’s Pixel Buds (2020): Full Specs

Here are the specs for the AirPods:

And here are the specs for the Pixel Buds:

But what about other wireless earbuds? Want to see how Apple’s AirPods compare to Amazon’s Echo Buds? Check out our Apple’s AirPods vs Amazon’s Echo Buds here!

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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