Sunday, March 4, 2018

Google Pixel Buds and Travel

I have been using the Google Pixel Buds with a Pixel 2 XL for a little while now. Any "buds" headphones are going to be a personal choice. They seem to fit my ears just fine. I find the Google Pixel Buds to be good for the type of music, audio books, and hands-free phone calls.

I was doing a quick day trip and normally I would take my Bose quitecomfort 35. These are my tried and true daily use especially during travelling. But, I wanted to see how Google Pixel Buds do for this quick trip. So, I just took them.

I tend to listen to audio books and/or podcasts throughout the entire flight. This was a short flight (1 hour 10 min). Then I was on public transportation for another 2 hours. So, I was actively listening for over 3 hours. Adding the the standby time, the published 4/5 per charge is about right.

So, what are my thoughts? Very usable. Two things that I wished I had.

1) I wish there was an ability to have noise cancelling. Not really needed except when traveling.
2) While the battery life is good and average for many of these types of earbuds, I wish there was more.

Will I use these as my sole headphones while traveling? No. I missed my Bose quitecomfort 35 too much. Need the noise cancellation and much longer battery life.

However, I have thought to see if I can get my hands on Bose SoundSport Free for a spin.