The case of the Pixel Buds A-Series has the same soft-touch feel to it like on the Pixel 4A devices. The soft-touch casing feels smooth but is grippy enough to not slip out of your hand. Being matte white also makes the case better for hiding scratches compared to other earbud cases that have a glossy finish. The polycarbonate case feels firm and sturdy and has a good weight, making it feel premium. The hinge is another excellent aspect of the Pixel Buds A-Series case. I’d say it’s comparable to the AirPods case; there is enough resistance that makes them satisfying to open and close, but you’re able to do so with one hand.
While the A-series lacks ANC, it nevertheless offers outstanding sound quality and features at a very reasonable price. Despite a few hiccups along the way, Google’s Pixel series of devices has always featured some of the most innovative and intelligent developments on the Android side of the consumer electronics industry. However, one truth has remained constant: Google excels at providing a premier experience at a reasonable cost. This was true of the initial A-series handset, the Pixel 3A, and was subsequently confirmed by the highly popular Pixel 4A and Pixel 4A 5G smartphones. So, did Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series live up to their A branding when they were released? We believe so, and they have even created the finest wireless earbuds for Android.
For comparison, my Samsung Galaxy Buds Live case is quite cumbersome to open with one hand because of how stiff the hinge is. The case for the Huawei Freebuds 4i is similar to the Pixel Buds, but it has the issue of being a bit too loose and flimsy. The Pixel Buds are by far the best case for wireless earbuds I have tried on the Android side of things, and it’s impressive how the company focused on small details like this to make a pair of $100 earbuds feel more expensive.