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Here you can see how Google Pixel Buds 2 and the wireless earbud competition look in your ear

Google announced a new version of its two-year-old Pixel Buds headphones on Tuesday, alongside the new Pixel 4 phone. The Pixel Buds 2 are smaller and lighter, and they also dump the dust-colored cord that connected the original pair. They are now truly wireless earbuds, and that makes them a better competitor against Apple & # 39; s AirPods, the Samsung Galaxy Buds and others.

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We do not know exactly how they sound or how well they will work until 2020, because Google will not send them until then. But what we can now talk about their design and fit, which is more important to some consumers than even the sound quality, and how much competition they already have.


Photos & photos by The Verge

Many wireless ear plugs are unattractive, sometimes fall from people's ears and can be accompanied by tons of crafts to keep them cozy and comfortable. The reason AirPods has been so successful, despite the obvious disadvantages of audio quality, is that they work well with the iPhone, have an acceptable appearance (some people disagree with that) and fit well for most users. Google will have to hit many of the same comfort and style brands – and hopefully work well with Pixel devices – if it wants to use its tops to be a good Android analog with Apple's.

We have listed some of the biggest competitors of the Pixel Buds 2 below, with a few key specifications, such as battery life and price. Moreover, you get to see what these devices look like in people's ears, which can be a dealbreaker, depending on the model and your personal preference.

Let's start with the new contender from Google.


Pixel Buds, in my ear

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: TBA
  • Size of charging case: TBA
  • Battery life: 5 hours (up to 24 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 179

The Pixel Buds 2 certainly look like a huge improvement over the original Pixel Buds, which came out of your ears and suffered from an awkward button design that meant that they had to be constantly adjusted. The edgeSean O & # 39; Kane described the original model as "full of small mistakes that make life frustrated with them" in his rather tepid review.

However, the new Pixel Buds look much smaller and lighter, although Google has not yet released full specifications. According to The edgeNilay Patel, who tried them on Google's Tuesday event, they also fit much better.


Pixel buttons

Pixel buttons
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.25 grams each
  • Size of charging case: 2.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 inch
  • Battery life: 5 hours (up to 24 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 179 (but don't buy them)
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A glance at these original Pixel Buds, compared to the second-gen version, is enough to make you run to the hills. Plus, nobody can do that cord. It's good that Google could experiment with a first-generation version here, but I think we all agree that this was mainly used to pave the way for Google's follow-up and shouldn't have someone's wireless earplugs to be.


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.14 ounces each
  • Size of charging case: 1.7 x 0.84 x 2.1 inches
  • Battery: 5 hours (up to 24 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 199.99 ($ ​​159.99 without wireless charging pouch)

AirPods are in a class of their own, and not just because they connect to the iPhone faster, thanks to Apple's H1 and W1 chips, than a non-iOS device. Apple takes over the earphones from the design of the EarPods in a wireless headset by simply cutting the cord, allowing them to retain the long iconic design of the earphones.

Yes, there are no interchangeable silicone button tips to tailor them to your ears, and you're dealing with that extra long cylinder that runs along the side of your jaw line. That said, AirPods work well, fit great if you have the right ear shape for them and are incredibly lightweight.


  • Earbud weight: 0.25 grams each
  • Size of charging case: 2.9 x 1.3 x 1 inch
  • Battery life: 8 hours (up to 24 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 250

Microsoft is not going to win prizes in the fashionable design department with its Surface Buds; they are huge, even if that satellite dish design should provide more grainy touch interactions. On the other hand, Microsoft does not really go for sleek and stylish.

The company made Surface Buds work just as well as an office instrument as a music-playing device so that they can transcribe live what you say while giving a presentation and then call Cortana with a long press on the side of the buttons. But do not worry. If you wear it in public, we assume that you just take a very important phone call.


Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.27 grams each
  • Size of the charging case: 2.2 x 3 x 1.1 inches
  • Battery life: 5 hours (maximum 20 with the charging cassette)
  • Price: $ 129.99

Amazon entered the wireless earbud market last month, just a week before Microsoft's entrance with its Surface Buds. But where Microsoft went more expensive and business-oriented, Amazon goes for cheaper and more customer-friendly. The Echo Buds look great, if not a little at the larger end.

That is to be expected, since Amazon seems to have taken over the overall look and feel of the wireless earplug maker Jabra. But hey, for a low price, plus the sound isolation and Alexa speech functions, that seems like a solid deal.


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.2 gram each
  • Size of the charging case: 1.5 x 2.8 x 1 inch
  • Battery: 6 hours (up to 13 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 129.99
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I say it: I think the Samsung Galaxy Buds look terrible. And in my personal experience with the use, they didn't fit great either, although they came with many interchangeable tops. Granted, these are one of the cheapest brand-name wireless earbuds you can buy, so it's understandable that you'd take a few hits in the design, comfort and sound department, and we found that this was true in our official Galaxy Buds review. One of the things that the Galaxy Buds do is the battery life, if that is a consideration.


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.23 grams each
  • Size of charging case: 3.1 x 1.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Battery: 4 hours (up to 12 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 299.95

What the Momentum True Wireless earbuds from Sennheiser lack in aesthetics, they make good in sound quality – for a price. These are one of the most expensive wireless earbuds that you can buy, and they are said to be plagued by some battery and connection issues. So while they may be more comfortable than some and sound better than most, it is hard to compare that with the price tag and the apparent problems that have remained unresolved.


Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.3 grams each
  • Size of charging case: 5.6 x 4.7 x 2.5 inches
  • Battery: 6 hours with noise reduction and 8 hours without (up to 24 hours with charging case; 32 hours with noise reduction switched off)
  • Price: $ 229.99

The latest version of Sony wireless earbuds is perhaps the largest, most outstanding model on the market today. It looks like an outdated Bluetooth earphone, which is much more attractive than those old gadgets. That said, Sony has a lot to justify that design. It has an amazing noise reduction, an incredible battery life and an excellent sound quality. (It is also one of the more expensive options.)

The not-so-subtle design is the trade-off that you have to endure for such functions. Also view the weight of his gigantic, premium charging case. That is not so easy to carry compared to other models.


Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.36 grams each
  • Size of charging case: N / A
  • Battery: 9 hours (up to 24 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 249.95

If the WF-1000XM3 headphones from Sony are the versatile but relatively stylish approach to an expensive, excellent pair of wireless earbuds, then the Powerbeats Pro is what you get if you just don't care what you look like when you literally put an electronic device on. your head.

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These things are shouting practice headphones, which they are indeed designed, and they have that old-school wrap-around design that many wireless headset manufacturers have almost left. They also seem to outweigh the competition. But according to the former Verge headphones enthusiast Vlad Savov, these earbuds have a fantastic fit, sound incredible and have an unbeatable battery life.


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.2 grams for the left button and 0.23 grams for the right button
  • Size of charging case: 4.9 x 7.3 x 2.2 inches
  • Battery: 5 hours (up to 15 hours with a charging case)
  • Price: $ 169.99

The Elite line from Jabra was one of the first to really break the combination of battery life, connectivity and sound quality, making the headphone market place for real wireless earbuds, not just for over-the-ear looks.

That said, the Elite 65T, which was released last year and is about to be replaced by the new but similar 75T model, is not the most attractive pair of buttons out there. They come with customizable button tips, but a common complaint is that they become quite uncomfortable during prolonged listening. But they are more discreet than most and do the job in case you're not an AirPods fan and don't want to spend more than $ 200.


Photo: Jaybird

Jaybird Vista

  • Earbud weight: 0.21 ounces each
  • Size of charging case: 2.9 x 1.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Battery life: 6 hours (maximum 16 with charging cassette)
  • Price: $ 179.99

Just like Jabra, Jaybird has been busy for a while, long before one of the Big Five tech giants started the wireless earphone game. Now owned by Logitech, Jaybird returned to the market this summer with the Vista, an update to its Run earphones with a focus on outdoor activities and running.

They are quite limited in the design department, and the relatively low weight puts them at the same level as the standard earbuds for consumers from other technology companies, although with the added benefit of IPX7 waterproofing. Jaybird also has some nice ear plugs that come in the box to find a good fit.


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

  • Earbud weight: 0.31 grams each for Plus / 0.26 grams each for Go
  • Size of charging case: 2.5 x 1.8 x 1 inch for Plus / 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 inch for Go
  • Battery life: 10 hours (up to 40 hours with charging pouch) for Plus / 10 hours (up to 22 hours with charging pouch) for Go
  • Price: $ 299.99 for Plus / $ 199.99 for Go
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Mater & Dynamic are known to produce some of the best consumer quality cans available all year round, and the company brings the same high build quality and visual flair to its earplugs. The latest set, the MW07 Plus and the cheaper Go variant, transfer the sleek, industrial look of the original MW07 with mother-of-pearl and pastel colors, for Plus and Go respectively.

Fortunately, the premium-looking chrome cargo box has also remained intact, which now offers a striking 40 hours (or 22 hours on the road). Of course, they cost a lot and are extremely heavy, but they look so much better than your standard wireless earbuds.