Best Wireless Headphones for Pixel 4 Android Central 2020
The Pixel 4 doesn't come with a pair of bundled earbuds in the box, so you'll have to pick up a third-party option if you want to enjoy music on the go. Thankfully, there are plenty of great options available, with the Creative Outlier Gold leading the pack with outstanding battery life and incredible sound.
- Best Overall: Creative Outlier Gold
- Best for Workouts: Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo
- Best Value: TaoTronics SoundSurge 60
- Best Neckbuds: OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
- Old Faithful: Jabra Elite 65t
- Best Noise Isolation: Sony WF-1000XM3
- Upgrade Pick: Sony WH-1000XM3
- Best Entry-level Pick: Anker Soundcore Spirit X
Best Overall — Creative Outlier Gold
Creative isn't a brand you'd normally associate with true wireless earbuds, but the Outlier Gold aims to change that. The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, along with AptX and AAC codecs, and you get a mic in each earbud for calls and invoking Google Assistant. Oh, and calls are relayed across both earbuds, unlike most options in the market today.
But what makes the Outlier Gold truly stand out is the battery life. The earbuds last 14 hours on a full charge, double that of what most true wireless earbuds manage. You get another 25 hours of charge from the case, and it charges over USB-C.
The earbuds easily slot into your ears and provide a secure fit, and the IPX5 water resistance makes them ideal for workouts as well. The sound quality is great, with the earbuds clearly oriented toward a bass-heavy sound profile. If that's the kind of music you listen to, you'll love the sound signature. It even includes some noise isolation, although it isn't perfect. Overall, they're still an absolute steal for the price.
- 14-hour battery life
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- AptX and AAC audio codecs
- Case charges over USB-C
- IPX5 water resistance
- Average noise isolation
- Bulky case
Excellent in every way.
With 14-hour battery life, incredible sound quality, and AptX with Bluetooth 5.0, you can't go wrong with the Outlier Gold.
Best for Workouts — Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo
Anker made a name for itself over the years for its value-driven charging accessories, and the brand is now doing the same in the audio segment. The Liberty Neo is a fantastic option if you're looking for true wireless earbuds to take to the gym. The earbud design features a fin at the back to ensure they don't fall out even during the most intensive workouts, and you get four sizes of eartips and wingtips in the box to help you find the right fit.
Each earbud weighs just 5.6g, which means you won't even notice it's there most of the time. The Liberty Neo also has great sound via 6mm drivers, and it uses Anker's BassUp tech to boost low-frequency sounds, with the brand claiming that you get up to 43% more bass.
Best of all, the earbuds have an IPX7 rating for water resistance, making them immune to sweat and rain. They work over Bluetooth 5.0, so you shouldn't have any connectivity issues while working out. You get 3.5 hours of battery life from a full charge, and the case has an additional nine hours' worth of juice. Considering you get a secure fit around your ear, these earbuds also do a great job with noise isolation. They're fantastic value at $60.
- IPX7 water resistance
- Secure fit
- Lightweight design
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Finicky earbud controls
- Only OK battery life
- Charges over Micro-USB
Best for Workouts
The ideal true wireless earbuds for workouts.
Look no further if you want a pair of great-sounding true wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.0 and IPX7 to take to the gym.
Best Value — TaoTronics SoundSurge 60
TaoTronics is another brand that excels at the value segment, and the SoundSurge 60 brings features from headphones that cost three or four times as much. The SoundSurge 60 even manage to look like high-end options from Sony and Bose, with leatherette pads for all-day comfort.
You get excellent sound that's on par with more expensive options, with rich bass tones backed by warm mids and bright highs. However, the standout feature on the SoundSurge 60 is the noise isolation. The headphones do a fantastic job tuning out external sounds, making them a fantastic option for travel. They even come with a hard case that's ideal for taking them on the road.
The SoundSurge 60 connects over Bluetooth 5.0, and you shouldn't see any connectivity issues in day-to-day usage. You get around 30 hours of battery life on a full charge, which is excellent, and they take just 45 minutes to fully charge, but you do get a two-hour playback from a five-minute charge. They charge over Micro-USB, but that's a small trade-off when you consider they cost just $60.
- Excellent noise isolation
- Balanced sound signature
- Comfortable over-ear design for all-day use
- 30-hour battery life
- MicroUSB charging
- No AptX
Exquisite sound, stellar battery life.
The SoundSurge 60 has Bluetooth 5.0, great sound quality, supreme comfort, excellent sound isolation, and 30-hour battery life.
Best Neckbuds — OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
OnePlus' first Bullets Wireless had a lot of strong points, and the Bullets Wireless 2 build on that design with even more impressive sound quality. The earbuds are now larger, and the angled design makes for a more comfortable fit. The new design ensures you get a tight seal, and as a result, the Bullets Wireless 2 provide great noise isolation.
The sound quality is much better this time as well, and you get AptX HD. The earbuds connect over Bluetooth 5.0 and deliver rock-solid connectivity. I've used them for hundreds of hours and have never faced any issues. You get a 14-hour battery life between charges, and they charge over USB-C. They have fast charging as well, and a 10-minute charge gives you a 10-hour playback. That's a big deal if you ever forget to charge them before heading out.
The coolest feature though is the magnetic connector at the end of each earbud. Just bring both buds together to automatically pause music, and detach to resume playback.
- Bluetooth 5.0 and Aptx HD
- USB-C and fast charging
- Excellent sound quality
- Magnetic clasp with play/pause
- No water resistance
- In-line remote is finicky
Durable design, impressive sound.
The Bullets Wireless 2 deliver great sound in a tiny package. You get AptX HD, Bluetooth 5.0, and 14-hour battery life.
Old Faithful — Jabra Elite 65t
Nearly two years after their launch, Jabra's Elite 65t continues to be the best true wireless earbuds around. If you're looking for versatile true wireless earbuds for your commute and workouts, they're a great option.
They're particularly great for taking calls, so if you're looking for a true wireless option with a great mic, these are the ones to get. You also get a five-hour battery life, with the case adding another ten. The design also ensures the earbuds provide a tight seal around your ear, and you get great sound isolation. And the design itself is such that they won't fall out when you're running or working out while wearing the Elite 65t.
You also get Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and IP55 water resistance. There's a reason why the Elite 65t continue to sell so well 20 months after their debut. You get a great design with a comfortable fit, decent sound quality, IP55 rating, and rock-solid connectivity.
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- IP55 water resistance
- Decent battery life
- Playback controls are great
- Lags when watching videos
- No AptX
Still a solid option in 2020.
The Elite 65t continue to deliver in the areas that matter: you get great sound quality, five-hour battery life, and a secure fit.
Best Noise Isolation — Sony WF-1000XM3
Sony's naming convention needs work as it's easy to confuse the WF-1000XM3 with the WH-1000XM3, but these are the new true wireless earbuds that launched earlier this year. They offer the same excellent noise cancellation as the WH-1000XM3 but in a significantly smaller package. If you're looking for true wireless earbuds that deliver the best noise isolation in the market today, the WF-1000XM3 is the one to get.
The earbuds also offer excellent sound quality, and you get AptX over Bluetooth 5.0. You get six hours of battery life from a full charge with everything enabled, and the case provides another 18 hours' worth of charge. The case itself charges over USB-C.
You get a touchpad on each earbud that lets you control music playback, and you can just long-press the button on the left earbud to let sound from the outside world in — nifty for when you're trying to order coffee. The earbuds also automatically pause when you remove them, and they even resume playback as soon as they're back in your ear.
The Sony Connect app gives you an exhaustive list of options, including the ability to adjust the EQ, set the level of noise isolation, and much more. Honestly, the QF-1000XM3 are some of the most feature-packed wireless earbuds on the market today.
- Unmatched noise isolation
- Excellent sound quality
- Six-hour battery life
- Comfortable fit
- No water resistance
- No AptX HD
- No volume controls on earbud
Best Noise Isolation
The best earbuds for sound isolation.
With sound isolation that's unmatched in this category and a comfortable design for all-day use, the WF-1000XM3 have it all.
Upgrade Pick — Sony WH-1000XM3
The WH-1000XM3 are a year old, but the combination of sound quality and noise isolation make them a standout product. There really isn't anything missing from the WH-1000XM3, and while they're costly at $350, you get a lot for your money.
The WH-1000XM3 feature a bass-heavy soundstage that sounds great for most mainstream genres of music. But if there's one trait that sets these headphones apart, it's the noise cancellation. If you travel a lot of work in a noisy environment, these are a must-have.
The controls on the left earcup are also great, they pair over NFC, and you get to configure the EQ and an array of settings via Sony Connect. Overall, the WH-1000XM3 should be your go-to option if you're looking for a well-built pair of headphones with excellent sound and outstanding noise isolation.
- Incredible sound quality
- Powerful noise isolation
- Portable design
- USB-C charging
- Mic issues
A truly great product in this category.
The WH-1000XM3 is still one of the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones around. With a fold-out design, they're ideal for travel.
Best Entry-level Pick — Anker Soundcore Spirit X
If you're looking for a budget pick for under $40, the Soundcore Spirit X is a great choice. The earbuds are based on Bluetooth 5.0 and feature IPX7 water resistance, making them ideal for workouts. You also get a 12-hour battery life from a full charge, and the 10mm drivers deliver decent sound.
The design sees a fin that hooks over your ear for a secure fit, and there's an in-line remote for controlling music playback and adjusting volume. They may not have a flashy design, and they're missing out on features like good noise isolation (it's mostly sub-par), but they offer good value and sound great.
- Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
- IPX7 water resistance
- Great battery life
- No AptX codec
- Sub-par noise isolation
Best Entry-level Pick
A value option that's a cut above.
Great-sounding workout earbuds that come with Bluetooth 5.0, IPX7 water resistance, and a 12-hour battery life.
You can't go wrong with any of these picks
Bluetooth audio has come a long way in the last three years, and we're at a point where wireless headphones deliver the same audio quality as wired counterparts. That's particularly true for headphones that feature high-def codecs like AptX. Since the Pixel 4 doesn't come with headphones in the box and is lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack, it's imperative you get a pair of wireless headphones if you want to listen to music. Luckily there are plenty of options.
The Outlier Gold is a fantastic option that gets a lot right. You get excellent sound, battery life that's double than of its rivals, IPX5 rating, and USB-C charging. The only thing that's really missing is great noise isolation, but you still get some here. Considering you can get all of this for less than $100, the Outlier Gold is an absolute steal.
If you're in the market for a workout-focused pick, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo is a great choice. It is affordable, offers decent sound quality, IPX7 water resistance, and connects over Bluetooth 5.0.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Harish Jonnalagadda is the Regional Editor of Android Central. A reformed hardware modder, he now spends his time writing about India's burgeoning phone market. Previously, he used to ponder the meaning of life at IBM. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
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