- Googleâ€™s latest Pixel Buds are finally available in the four promised colors.
- If black and white are too plain, you can also spring for mint and orange.
- They cost $180 regardless of the color you pick.
You no longer have to settle for a plain color if you want Googleâ€™s current-generation Pixel Buds.
The Android-friendly true wireless earbuds are now available in all four promised colors through retailers like the Google Store and Best Buy. On top of â€˜safeâ€™ hues like Almost Black and Clearly White, you can also choose the more audacious Oh So Orange and Quite Mint.
These shades conspicuously match newer Google devices like the Pixel 4 and Nest Mini, although youâ€™re certainly not obliged to coordinate with your phone or smart speaker. The Pixel Buds are priced at $180 regardless of the color you buy.
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The Pixel Buds are, unsurprisingly, Googleâ€™s direct answer to Appleâ€™s AirPods. Theyâ€™re easy to set up on Android devices, sound good for the money, and boast workout-ready water resistance. They support Google tricks like real-time translation, too, and theyâ€™ll soon have features like sound-specific attention alerts. If you want Apple-like convenience on Android, these are the buds for you.
Theyâ€™re not perfect, however. They can become uncomfortable after extended periods depending on your ears, and they donâ€™t support high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs like aptX. You might also want to look at alternatives if you crave bass for dance music or hip-hop, and certain drum sounds can overwhelm vocals in the right (or rather, wrong) circumstances.
Like AirPods, the Pixel Buds are more for casual listening than premium audio or the bass-heavy punch you get from Beats and Jabra. They do their job well â€” itâ€™s just a question of whether or not you value ease of use and Google intelligence enough to forgive a few audio quality missteps.