Pixel Buds Review; Translation in your ears

02:30 PM | 7 Dec, 2017
Pixel Buds Review; Translation in your ears
Google released their first ever Bluetooth earphones and are calling them the Pixel Buds. The earbuds have good sound, a funky yet smart design and have also added some special Google Assistant quarks.

Design: The Google buds remind us of the typical design scheme of the Pixel line-up, which Google substituted for the Nexus line-up. The case for the Buds is covered in a grey fabric, with the Google logo in the middle. There is a USB-C charging port on the case to charge the buds. Opening the clam-shell design reveals the Pixel Buds. The buds themselves have a unique design, quite different from the norm. The connecting wire that goes into the buds feels very nice and is fabric coated to ensure durability. The earpiece itself has a minimal design, with nothing but the Google Logo engraved on the plastic body. Instead of having detachable hooks like other headphones, the Buds use the same fabric coated wire to adjust accordingly, so it is easy to fit into any sort of ear. Putting the earbuds into the case is slightly difficult, requiring a certain technique to fit them in.

Battery: The earbuds have a tiny 120 mAh battery that lasts for about 4-5 hours, but the good thing is that the case retains 650 mAh of extra power so that the earbuds can last the whole day without plugging the case into an outlet. It only takes around 10 minutes to charge the buds, and 15-25 minutes to charge the case. Pressing the button on the earbuds will state the available battery of the case, and the earbuds as well when they are docked in.

Usage: Google has made it easy to pair the Buds with Pixel devices, much like how Apple has made the Air Pods to easily connect with iPhones. Unlike the Air Pods, the Pixel Buds can connect to other phones, but the process is slightly cumbersome, though it’s only a one-time process and the buds will connect instantly when taken out of the case.

Interacting with the buds is straightforward, but it provides access to a powerful set of features. Tapping the right will play and pause any playing audio or respond to a Google Assistant prompt. Swiping forward and backward will increase and decrease the volume respectively. There is no gesture to change tracks, instead, asking Google Assistant is easier.

Due to the design of the buds, it loses quite a lot of bass, but it gets quite loud to compensate for it. Because the design isn’t closed, the outside noise isn’t blocked out, and it also means that sound coming from the Buds also bleeds out, meaning that others know what you’re listening to.

The Special Feature: The Pixel Buds come with the amazing feature of translating any language instantly. Holding on the right earbud and asking Google Assistant to translate launches the app on the phone. You will not be able to hear the foreign language or your own language into your ear, but it will be displayed on the screen for you and the other person to read. This feature is pretty much like Google Translate but is quite seamless, what this means is that the translations will be quite casual. Currently, the Pixel Buds can only translate a few languages including French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Google has not said anything about adding more languages, but we can expect Google to add more languages regardless. To be very clear, if you have Google Translate, this feature becomes redundant, for it only is slightly convenient.

Google Assistant: Google has worked very hard to implement Google Assistant into the earbuds, but honestly, it will take quite some time to get used to talking to an AI (artificial intelligence) assistant. Regardless, double tap the right earbud and Google Assistant will launch, first telling you the time and any calendar events, then, it begins reading any notifications on the notification tray on your phone. If you have received a message, you will be able to reply by holding the right earbud. The Assistant will repeat your message and then you have the choice to either tap the Buds in order to send or tap and hold it to repeat the message.

These earbuds will cater to a small audience, as they are not the best sounding, nor are they the best looking or the most comfortable, but they are priced expensively as well. It depends on whether you would find the functions to be worth it or not. Personally, I would buy something that sounds better and at a lower price, as the features are quite redundant for me in the first place.

Saalar Ahmad
Saalar Ahmad

Saalar Ahmad is a student and deeply interested in innovation, renewable technologies and start-ups. He analyzes consumer technologies such as cell phones, TVs and other smart devices like drones and cars etc. He likes to follow ...


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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