Apple’s AirPods, which debuted more than a year ago, remain the best truly wireless earbuds available as competitors fail to catch up with their ease of use, battery life and reliability. As tested by The Verge, while some offerings from the likes of Bose and B&O Play do sound better, none of them offers what Apple’s W1 chip does, such as improved pairing, range, and battery life.
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The experts over at The Verge compared the AirPods to a bunch of truly wireless earbuds available in the market today, and have found that Bluetooth alone isn’t enough to make these work smoothly.
Although the range may improve once more earbuds with Bluetooth 5 hit the market. Also, connection reliability may also get better once we start seeing Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 chip incorporated in these.
That’s not to say these options are all terrible; they’re not. If you’re using them in a place where you’re unlikely to deal with much signal interference, several are fine choices. Samsung, Sony, Bragi, Bose, and others are worth looking at. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks. All of them are more flexible in regards to fit with different options.
But some 14 months after AirPods shipped, there’s still no clear cut competitor that’s truly better at the important stuff.
In case you haven’t already, check out iPhoneinCanada’s detailed review of the AirPods at this link.