Google Pixel Buds (2020) vs. AirPods Pro: Which is best?


AirPods had already made an impact in the market. The credibility it has earned is due to all of the noteworthy features that put it to the apex. Several competitors have come in the market but Google’s Pixel Buds 2 feels more like a strong participant in this race.

We were quite disappointed with the first-generation Pixel Buds due to the audio and design issues. But, this time, Google has made a better impression with the arrival of its second-gen Pixel Buds.

Meanwhile, Apple also became the harbinger of the second-gen wireless earphones with the release of AirPods Pro that can easily outwit all of the existing opponents. So, before contemplating the urge to buy the best of what you’ve in your pocket, you should have a look at the comparison to make a better choice.

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 I’ll elucidate the differences to help you find out the best choice among the two. Also, there are aspects aplenty to talk about. So, we shall go through them one by one.

Features of Google Pixel Buds

  • Google Assistant
  • Weight: 5.4 grams (each)
  • Touch controls
  • Wireless charging case
  • Adaptive Sound
  • IPX4 water-resistant
  • Price: $179

 Features of AirPods Pro

  • Siri
  • Weight: 5.4 grams (each)
  • Touch controls
  • Wireless charging case
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Adaptive equalizer
  • IPX4 water-resistant
  • Price: $249

Apart from those attractive elements, here are the few vital factors that determine the differences between those two wireless headphones.

Comparisons Between Google Pixel Buds and AirPods Pro

  1. Design 

When you want to compare their design, it all comes down to your preference. Both Pixel Buds 2, as well as AirPods Pro, have no issues with comfort. But yes, the difference can be made out in accordance with their shape and size.

Although Google’s Pixel Buds 2 is just a gram heavier than Apple’s AirPods and same applies to its charging case. Still, the design of Pixel Buds 2 has more area to cover more of the left-out space inside your ear. Plus, with its rubber arch, it adds more to the comfortability that you need. However, if you wear any turban or a cap, you can experience a little misery.

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Conversely, you won’t have any hassle as such in the case of AirPods Pro. Apple focused on improving AirPods Pro by providing a shorter stem along with the three rubber tips to offer you a proper fit to your ears. Moreover, it has silicon tips as well.

Winner: Apple’s AirPods Pro

  1. Audio and Connectivity

It’s obvious to be the sound quality as the precious feature and ultimately, your most important concern too. Now, as per the price, they both offer the best audio and that’s what most of us are likely to experience.

However, if you’re competent enough to highlight the differences, there’s something more exquisite about the Pixel Buds 2. It has an adaptive sound that automatically adjusts the audio with respect to the outside noise. As the company says, Pixel Buds 2 has a “hybrid acoustic design” that facilitates chucking out the noise with the help of its rubber tips. This way, you can listen more of what you want and not the medley of everything. Besides, Pixel Buds 2 comprises of beam-forming microphones, voice accelerometer, all of which come into play when you connect it to your phone’s Bluetooth.

AirPods Pro, on the other hand, would be the best option if you have got an iPhone. It’s the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that gives it a handout as it is not present in Pixel Buds. Also, it provides an immersive music experience. They also have dual optical sensors, motion-detecting accelerometer and they connect easily over Bluetooth and Apple’s H1 chip.

Winner: AirPods Pro due to its active noise cancellation (ANC)

  1. Battery Life and Charging 

Battery life is the very thing that can evanesce before you even finish up your playlist. Consequently, the interruption would make you infuriated because charging it repeatedly is so enervating.

Pixel Buds 2 can provide 5 hours of amusement in one go. Besides, if you want more, the charging case gives an additional amount of 19 takes 90 minutes (to be exact) to charge the Pixel Buds 2 from 0% to 100%.

On the flip-side, you can use AirPods Pro for 4.5 hours when its active noise cancellation is turned on. When ANC is turned off, you’ll get 5 hours in total. Also, its wireless charging case empowers it with an additional battery life of about 24-hours. Above all, with just 15 minutes of charging, you can get 3 hours of playback time.

Winner: It’s a tie. They both have the same standby.

  1. Voice Assistant 

Well, you don’t need to be introduced to Google Assistant or Siri. They both are familiar faces in reference to their platforms.

With the Google Assistant, everything is at ease in the case of Pixel Buds. On the contrary, you can access all of the Siri’s potential with the AirPods Pro. However, Google Assistant is somewhat better than AirPods Pro.

Winner: Google Assistant

  1. Other Notable Features 

Both of the contenders come with IPX4 water-resistance. So, you will not experience any trouble during your workouts. Google Assistant and Siri are probably the best in providing hands-free service. In addition, you can play with the music when you’ve touch controls in your earphones.

Final Verdict

When you consider the features, they both provide, Apple’s AirPods Pro gives a much better experience for the price. Plus, one of the remarkable things is ANC, so sound quality feels better.

However, when the price comes into the picture, Google’s Pixel Buds 2 offers you all of it under $200. And as per the above said, Google Assistant is much better than Siri. So, you should go with Pixel Buds because you’ll face no issue while interacting with your phone. Moreover, if you’ve Pixel devices, you should definitely choose Pixel Buds over AirPods Pro because they both integrate well with their respective platforms.