Google Pixel Buds vs Apple AirPods: Who Wins The Race

Tech Giant Google also introduced several things alongside Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 series during their annual event held at San Francisco. For the first time in history, Google come up with wireless headphones. The wireless headphones are named as Google Pixel Buds.

As soon as the wireless headphones were introduced during the event, everyone was excited to know who among  Pixel Buds and Apple AirPods is the winner.

So, in today’s article we are going to cover the same, Google Pixel Buds and Apple AirPods, which is better. So, without any further delay get started:

Google Pixel Buds vs Apple AirPods


Starting with Apple AirPods, the design is similar to the wired ear plugs Apple provides with its iPhones. The major difference is the absence of wires completely and hence the name. However, when looked closely AirPods also have sensors that were not present in the wired earphones.

Talking about the shape, they are designed in a way to fit perfectly in the ears. These comes in a compact case that is easy to fit in a pocket. One interesting feature of the case is that it charges the AirPods too, and it means you do not have to worry about your AirPods getting discharged. Simply place them in the case and you are good to go.


Google Pixel Buds on the contrary are not purely wireless. Unlike AirPods that do not have any type of wired connection, Pixel Buds do come with a cord connecting both the ear pieces. One major benefit of the cord is that the headphones are more secure as they do not fall easily.

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Also, the wire is just to provide an extra layer of security against fall damage and loss but does not make any difference in the fit. A touch pad on the right earbud provides touch control. Pixel Buds comes with a cloth covered battery that lets you easily have your earplugs charged.

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The best feature of Apple AirPods is that as soon as they are taken out of the charging case, they can easily be connected to the iOS device. In absence of the iOS device they can be connected using Bluetooth and be paired with other devices.

Airpod pairing

Google Pixel Buds too, can be connected with devices using Bluetooth. As soon as they are out of the charging case that can be connected easily with the device. In Addition to this, Pixel Buds also have the Fast pair feature that quickly connects to Android smartphones with operating system as Marshmallow or higher.

Google pixel buds


As far as controls are concerned, Apple AirPods doesn’t come with any physical buttons. A double tap is required to perform functions which is basically used to activate Siri. However, users with iOS 11, can easily change the functions like playing the tracks moving to the previous and next tracks etc.

Unlike AirPods, Pixel Buds comes with a gesture control on the right ear piece. This can be used to listen to your fav track, manage the volume levels etc. What id interesting is that it can easily be used to interact with Google Assistant too.

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Sound Quality:

AirPods have been in the market for quite a long time now and the feedbacks on sound quality have been great. AirPods delivers an exceptional sound quality in every aspect.

However, With Pixel Buds it is too early to comment anything about the sound quality. Since these are not yet available for purchase, any opinions about them are yet to be made. However, people believe that Pixel Buds will be at power with AirPods. Let’s wait and watch now.

Battery Life:

Pixel Buds comes with a 120 mAH battery, which is almost double as AirPods battery which is just 62 mAH. A battery life of 5 hours is claimed to be provided by both the wireless headphones. In addition, charging cases of both Pixel Buds and AirPods provides 24-hour battery life.

Airpod battery life



Apple AirPod features exclusive to iOS devices are smart and innovative. Instant pairing, ease of Siri access and double tap gesture are some of them. However, absence of iOS device will make them work as a usual Bluetooth headphone connected through Bluetooth.

Likewise, AirPods Pixel Buds too have features that works with Pixel device only. The most attractive feature of Pixel Buds, the real-time translation is available on when connected to a Pixel phone. Other than this, if you do not have a Pixel phone, you can use Pixel Pods as normal ear pieces connected through Bluetooth.

Airpod in 40 languages

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Pricing and Availability:

Coming to the price, both Apple AirPods and Google Pixel Buds are priced 159$. Since Pixel buds are currently not available for purchase, it is hard to say whether they are worth spending this much amount of money. Pixel Buds are supposed to be in the market by November. As with AirPods, is entirely depends upon the customer’s willingness to spend that much.

Airpods Pricing and Availability

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Pixel Buds vs AirPods: Who wins the race?

Now that we’ve listed various similarities and differences between Apple’s AirPods and Google’s Pixel Buds, we leave the decision up to you as to which device works best. We hope you like this comparison and happy reading.

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