Gizmodo: Google’s Pixel Buds suck

“There was always something off about the Pixel Buds,” Adam Clark Estes writes for Gizmodo. “Google released the smart, wireless headphones a full year after Apple released the AirPods. But the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly wireless, and they’re not exactly smart, either. In fact, after spending a few days with the product, I’m prepared to say it: the Pixel Buds suck.”

“The Pixel Buds confused me as soon as I opened the box. They’re wireless earbuds, but they’re not truly wireless—there’s a cord connecting them together. And although they’re bigger than the AirPods, the Pixel Buds feature the same five-hour battery life,” Estes writes. “They also come in a charging case, but it feels flimsy, like a takeout container.”

“I finally got the earbuds to pair with the Pixel 2, but only after emailing Google and getting instructions for a reset process that involved a button inside the case that I hadn’t even realized existed until the company pointed it out. You can only connect the Pixel Buds to a single Android or iOS 10 device at a time, and I was unable to connect them to my MacBook,” Estes writes. “I think Google jumped the gun on this product. The company announced the product in a whirlwind of hardware announcements last month, a splashy event that included some things that were obviously experiments… I’d be less grumpy if the Pixel Buds cost $60, but they cost $160, the same price as AirPods.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our Lady of Perpetual Beta strikes yet again!

Google’s Pixel phones feature burnt-in screens, whining/clicking speakers, dog-slow off-the-rack processors, smudgy/worn-off coatings… Hey, Google’s awful pretend AirPods sound like the perfect companion for your shitty fake iPhone!

When you blow your money on hardware from a search engine / online advertising company, you’re not too bright.

Google Pixel 2 XL phones’ oleophobic coatings are already wearing off, leaving behind smudges – November 7, 2017
Google doubles warranty on its slow Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones amid screen burn-in, audio flaws – October 27, 2017
Google ‘actively investigating’ multiple reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in – October 25, 2017
Yet another problem for Google’s slow Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones: They emit a high-pitched whine and clicking noises – October 24, 2017
Google’s slow Pixel 2 XL may have a major problem: Screen burn-in – October 23, 2017
Google can’t make a good phone and it’s embarrassing – October 20, 2017
Google’s Pixel 2 XL costs more than Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus but is only half the speed, lacks many key features – October 17, 2017
Google’s new Pixel 2 Phones, their worst ever? – October 12, 2017
iPhone 8’s Apple A11 Bionic chip so destroys Android phones that Geekbench creator can’t even believe it – September 30, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is by far the highest-performing system on the market; totally destroys Android phones – September 19, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X leaves Android phones choking in the dust – September 18, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
Apple accelerates mobile processor dominance with A11 Bionic; benchmarks faster than 13-inch MacBook Pro – September 15, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus on par with 2017 MacBook Pro – September 14, 2017

Apple AirPods totally dominate sales of wireless Bluetooth earbuds – September 1, 2017
The killer feature for Apple’s iPhone 8: AirPods – May 30, 2017
Early adopters adore their Apple AirPods – May 22, 2017
Apple AirPods are proliferating rapidly – April 6, 2017
I love my Apple AirPods – February 6, 2017
AirPods are Apple’s most Apple-like product in years – they just work – January 13, 2017
Apple’s AirPods grab 26% of wireless headphone market share – January 11, 2017
The success of Airpods could add $10 billion to Apple’s market cap – January 10, 2017
Apple AirPods are imperfect, but surprisingly awesome – January 4, 2017
Canadian Reviewer reviews Apple AirPods: ‘Very cool’ – December 28, 2016
I really hate how much I love Apple’s AirPods – December 28, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook tours New York Stock Exchange, calls AirPods ‘a runaway success’ – December 28, 2016
How to find out when Apple Stores have AirPods in stock – December 28, 2016
AirPods kick off Apple’s battle for our ears – December 23, 2016
Yahoo’s Pogue reviews Apple AirPods: Far more elegant and slick than others – December 23, 2016
Wall Street Journal’s Best Wireless Earbuds: AirPods, ‘Apple’s best new product in years’ – December 22, 2016
Apple AirPods are very cool, but I am returning them – here’s why – December 22, 2016
Marathoner tests Apple AirPods on 10K run – December 19, 2016
Rolling Stone reviews Apple AirPods: ‘Surprisingly awesome’ – December 14, 2016
Apple AirPods could arrive in stores as early as November 17th – November 10, 2016
Apple’s AirPods remain on track to launch this year, sources say – November 2, 2016
Apple AirPods may be delayed into 2017 – November 1, 2016
Apple delays AirPod rollout – October 26, 2016
Survey: 12% of U.S. consumers say they’ll buy Apple AirPods; extra $3 billion in revenue – September 29, 2016
Bill Atkinson: Why Apple’s AirPods are the best place for Siri – September 28, 2016
Apple’s response to Amazon Echo: AirPods – September 20, 2016
Apple’s AirPods make Google Glass look even more ridiculous (if that’s even possible) – September 19, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook: AirPods won’t fall out of your ears (with video) – September 14, 2016
Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods – September 17, 2016
What AirPods can tell us about Apple’s future – September 12, 2016
Hands-on with Apple’s new AirPods: Stayed in my ears, sounded awesome – September 10, 2016
Apple and a truly wireless future: AirPods are just the start – September 10, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James M. Gross” for the heads up.]


  1. It becomes apparent every day that AirPods are an insane value at their $159 price point. Every other company tries to hit that’s number comes up short… wait til they hit $99…

  2. I got a Pixel almost a year ago, after using an iPhone 6 for two years. I traded it in for an iPhone 7 a few months ago. Am I still tainted with unbrightness? Devin Prater Assistive Technology Instructor in Training JAWS, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint certified by World Services for the Blind


  3. Just a little bit, but I had a heads-up from family members’ experiences with Samesong and HTC phones: look good, work OK for a while but are turned into garbage in less than a year just from normal use; aka, shonky shit!

  4. ‘Our Lady Of Perpetual Wait For Apple To Do Something Then Copy It And Take Five Iterations To Get It Functional And By Then Apple Has Moved On So Start The Process All Over Again’,
    is more like it.

    I am astonished at both the dearth of originality at Google and the ineptitude. They make Microsoft of the 90s look like certified geniuses and honest business people.

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