Over the years, smartphone makers have started to include a slew of interesting features their phones, and the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are no different. With class-leading display and mobile processor, these phones surely define their tagline — Never Settle. The hardware specs are further backed by a charger which can top-up the phone to 50% in 30 minutes. Impressive? You bet. However, phones today do not bundle much apart from the charger and a USB C converter when it comes to the box contents. You will have to shell out a few extra bucks if you want a pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones.
The good news is that the market is crowded with Bluetooth wireless earphones, and now, there are earphones meant for every occasion—be it for the gym or casual listening.
So, if you are looking to buy a Bluetooth earphone for your new OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro, here are our recommendations.
The Jabra Elite 75T is perhaps one of the best wireless Bluetooth earphones you can find for your OnePlus 8. These truly wireless earbuds are light on the ears and pack an impressive battery life. The fit is snug and comfortable. Yep, Jabra has worked on the design of the buds, and the Elite 75T is slimmer and sleeker compared to its predecessor.
They fit into the ear canal, and as long as you find the proper ear tip, you can rest assured that they will stay anchored to your ears. We have used these buds on a variety of occasions, and well, we couldn't be more impressed by them. They disappear after you put them on.
The buds deliver around 7 hours of battery life, with the case providing three full charges. So, in total, you get around 28 hours before the case needs a recharge.
The Jabra Elite 75T sounds great and delivers a good audio experience. Though they do not have active noise cancellation, the buds' snug fit does a great job of keeping ambient noise at bay. At the same time, phone calls are clear and do not appear muffled.
The companion app is feature-rich, and HearThrough is one of the highlighted features. When enabled, it lets you stay aware of your ambient surroundings. That comes into play when you are out in heavy traffic or commute to your work.
Lastly, with the dual-device Bluetooth feature, you can stay connected with both devices simultaneously.
The Elite 75T is IP55-rated buds and can withstand sprays and low-pressure water jet spray and dust, meaning you can also use them in the gym from time to time.
If you are looking for a pair of wireless earbuds purely for working out, you can't go wrong with the Jaybird Vista. These are designed to stay put during intensive exercises, and the IPX7 rating makes them safe from sweat and water. They cost less than $200 and are comfortable to wear in the long run.
The Vista boasts of useful battery life. The buds deliver about 6 hours and the case yields an additional 10 hours. That is significantly less compared to the Jabra Elite 75T, and the good news is that they support fast charging a mere 5 minutes of battery top-up will get you around an hour of playback time. And the USB Type-C charging port helps the case. For the record, a full charge takes around 2 hours.
The best part is that both the earbuds work independently of each other. The sound is full and is pronounced with deep and rich bass. Several reviews on Amazon have backed that. One user sums up his experience as, "Sounds quality is great, they fit well, have good battery life, and the case is easy to carry around in my pockets."
However, it is not without its share of flaws. For one, the JayBird Vista's call quality is not up to the mark. At times, especially in windy conditions, they sound distant and muffled.
If you do not want to stray out of the OnePlus ecosystem, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z is your next best choice. These are available for less than $50 and bears a strong resemblance to the Bullets Wireless 2. The neckband design means you do not have to be mindful where you keep the buds. You can let them hang loosely around your neck.
At the same time, they are lightweight and are comfortable to wear, even for longer durations of time.
Since they belong to the same ecosystem, pairing is seamless. As soon as you un-snap the buds, you will see a pairing request on your OnePlus phone. Furthermore, you can answer a call directly by opening the buds and placing them in your ear. Yes, it's that simple.
The charging time and battery life differentiate the Bullets Wireless Z from the other wireless earphones on this list. Just 10 minutes of charging will buy you 10 hours of playback time. And when fully charged, the battery of the Bullets Wireless Z can last around 18 hours. Crazy, right?
If you wouldn't like to give up on the aptX HD Bluetooth codec, the older (and wiser?) OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 makes for a good buy. The device pairing is instantaneous, and you can also play around with the audio settings. At 14 hours, the battery life isn't too bad either. And like its successor, it also boasts of faster speed wherein 10 minutes of charging can get you playback time of 10 hours.
They are super durable. I have been using a pair for the last 1.5 years, and they haven't had a single issue till now. All you need to do is replace the silicon tips from time to time, as they seem to wear out from repeated use.
Sound isolation is top-notch, provided you find the perfect fit. Simultaneously, the sound quality is great, and the inline remote provides you with all the options. Keep in mind that you might find the bass to be a little on the lower side if you are a bass head.
If you’re on a budget, you can check out the Edifier TWS1. These truly wireless earbuds bundle Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX, which makes them great for the price point. The crux of these buds is the inclusion of Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus, which translates into a stable connection with minimized latency. The design is compact, and some may even say that these buds are stylish.
The panels are touch-sensitive and that makes it easier for users to play and pause songs. That also means you won't have the buds pressing against your ear canal when you want to change the songs.
Similar to some of the buds in this list, the TWS1 has a battery life of around, 8 hours with the case providing around 24 hours. They have an IPX5 rating and can withstand its share of sweat. So yeah, you can even wear to them to the gym or on your morning jogs.
The Edifier TWS1 sounds well, especially considering its price. However, you may miss the crispness of the vocals. And well, that's the price you have to pay for the low cost.
Another downside is that the charging is via a micro USB port. Yeah, you have to keep a tab on an additional charging wire, apart from the one that comes with your OnePlus 8.
Many users have reported the touch controls to be a little harder to control.
Do you fancy the golf tee-like design of the Apple AirPods? If yes, you will love the Aukey True Wireless Earbuds. Like its counterpart above, these are also affordable and cost below $50. They pack a slim and modern design, and so far, they have managed to rake in pretty good reviews. These Bluetooth 5.0 earphones come with touch-sensitive buttons and deliver 25 hours of cumulative battery life. And that's not all. They have customizable silicone tips which make them comfortable to wear.
The buds have a battery life of 7 hours, and the charging case provides the rest.
When it comes to the audio output, let's clear up one thing beforehand. Affordable earphones can barely deliver the same level of audio output as their premium counterparts. While some earphone's volume distorts at high volumes, others might have a booming bass.
With that in mind, these Aukey earbuds manage to produce decent audio. The majority of reviewers have praised these buds for its audio quality.
The sound quality is balanced, and the vocals are nice and clear. But then again, it's good as long as you do not dive deep into the details.
Again, the charging case comes with a micro USB port.
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Apart from the sound quality and battery life, the fit of the earbuds is one of the important features of any earphones. You wouldn't want a pair that sticks out of the ear and gives you a goofy look. The volume buttons should be easy to access and control. While I prefer having touch-sensitive buttons, physical buttons aren't bad as long as they are flexible and do not jam in your ear canal.
So, which of these wireless Bluetooth earbuds will you pick?
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