Google had for those who pre-ordered a Pixel 8 device: the company tossed in a Pixel Watch 2 or Pixel Buds Pro for free. While the new handsets are now on the market and that offer is no longer available, you haven’t necessarily missed out.
Along with the Tensor G3 chip and new displays, the Pixel 8 lineup offers genuinely useful AI features. Intuitive photo editing, the ability to generate a custom wallpaper and being able to remove distracting ambient noises using Audio Magic Eraser are all major plus points. We gave the Pixel 8 Pro thanks to these factors along with others such as a major improvement to battery life, the addition of a temperature sensor and a very welcome extension of software support to seven years.
As for the Pixel Watch 2, we feel that it’s a worthy improvement over the original model that’s helping Google catch up to rival smartwatches. We gave it a score of 79 in our review, highlighting aspects such as far better battery life (which was ), a great heart-rate sensor and the slick design. We took issue with some of the software quirks though, along with the lack of wireless charging and the fact you need to connect to Wi-Fi to sync the device.
Google Pixel 8 (128GB) and Pixel Buds Pro
We gave the Pixel 8 . Storage tops out at 256GB (you can deck out the Pixel 8 Pro with up to 1TB of storage, by comparison), the lack of mmWave 5G support and no pro camera controls were our major negatives. That said, while it doesn’t have quite as many bells and whistles as the Pixel 8 Pro, it’s still a great smartphone.
Meanwhile, we feel that the Pixel Buds Pro are Google’s best earbuds to date. In our review last year, we . They deliver solid bass and good active noise cancellation performance, but at the time of our review we felt that the call quality and transparency mode were lacking.
Google has been improving the earbuds over time with software updates. with call quality enhancements and a feature that pauses music and activates transparency mode when the Pixel Buds Pro detect that you’re speaking.
These bundles should help to offset the $100 Google tacked onto the price of each phone compared with the Pixel 7 lineup. You can check out the full Pixel 8 sale at Amazon, but you’ll need to act quickly if you’re interested in either of bundle we’ve highlighted here. The deals are only available until 11:59PM PT on October 16 or while stocks last.