The second generation of Pixel Buds makes up some ground and Google has made a lot of improvements to our three main criticisms: better fit in your ears, better handling and better sound. The latter score again relies on very good speech intelligibility, but for pure, hours-long music enjoyment for casual use with a phone, their sound can quickly become tiring. In contrast, the workmanship and operation are very good, but are let down by the rather weak battery power.
Unfortunately Google has not fulfilled my wish list for features with Pixel Buds 2 and so I hope that in time the manufacturer will provide a third generation that will have noise cancelling, a good equaliser and an adequate Bluetooth performance. The competition offers much more for the same money. So, in the category “price/performance” these are only good enough to be rated as “satisfying”.