With phones shunning the 3.5mm headphone jack, truly wireless headphones and earphones are the new flavor of the season. Of course, this new rapidly-expanding breed is here to stay. These earbuds may not replicate the quality of wired headphones but carry several advantages. For starters, you do not have to worry about dangling wires.
And yeah, you can leave aside the worries of entangling them. All you have to make sure that these earbuds stay charged and you are good to go. Pretty cool, right?
So, if you are in the market looking for wireless audio accessories, here are some of the best earbuds that are available in India.
The Jabra Elite 65t is a pair of sleek earphones that fit comfortably into the ear cavity, thanks to the fins at the top. These sport physical buttons and right from controlling the volume to answering calls to summoning the Siri or Google Assistant, you can do them all. What's more, you can also switch off a single earbud as per your convenience.
When it comes to sound quality, the Elite 65t delivers deep and punchy bass. One of its nifty features is its sound transparency feature, which lets you adjust the degree of ambient noise. Other than that, the companion app lets you p[lay around with the built-in EQ settings and Soundscapes. The feature I liked the most was auto-pause, which (you guessed it right) pauses the music when you take off one of the earbuds.
You get around 5 hours on battery, and the case yields an additional 10 hours on a full charge.
If you want great sound quality, the Bose SoundSport Free makes for an ideal buy to use in a gym. These sports earphones sound great and come with their share of noise isolation, thanks to the proprietary StayHear+ Sport tips. However, they are a little chunky compared to its competitors, meaning the body protrudes out from the ear a little. On the upside, these wireless earphones are IPX4-certified and are water and sweat resistant.
When it comes to the audio quality, these deliver a clean sound experience, coupled with a pronounced bass. As per the folks in Tom's Guide, these don't come with the overblown bass that is common with other headphones.
Apart from that, the SoundSport Free comes with physical buttons. Right from controlling volumes to skipping skip tracks, you can do them all. The only catch is that the buttons are small and feel a little stiff.
When it comes to battery life, these last around 5.5 to 6 hours. Just 15 minutes of charging can buy you an hour of playback time.
Moving on, the SoundSport has the advantage of NFC. For easy pairing, tap the NFC-enabled phone to the earpiece to connect.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 does not cost as much as its counterparts above, yet it delivers great audio. The neckband design is sleek and you can hang them around your neck when not in use. And the magnetic ends on the earbuds are the cherry on top. All you need to do is find the right set of ear tips for a snug fit.
A snug fit ensures great noise isolation, meaning you can work without distractions. Connectivity-wise, I've found no issues with these. When in pairing mode, they connect instantly, and I have had no connection drops till now.
And the list of features does not end there. It features Bluetooth 5.0 and includes support for OnePlus' Warp Charge fast-charging standard, which tops up the earphones in around 20 minutes.
A complete charge gives you around 14 hours of total playing time, and I love that the most about these buds. Though you do not get any charging case like the ones above, then the fast charging makes up for it beautifully
The Bullets Wireless 2 delivers balanced sound quality and supports aptX HD. Moreover, there's zero audio latency. I use it regularly to watch TV shows on Netflix, and to date, I haven't had any connectivity pr latency issues.
The bass is a bit low compared to most earphones. If you're just looking for good earphones which you can use during your morning walks as well as for casual listening, these are the ones you should try.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are truly wireless earbuds that are slightly smaller than most of the wireless earphones on this list. They look sleek and fit easily into the ear's outer cavity and the ear canal. More importantly, the Buds come with touch-sensitive buttons for music control, answering calls or for summoning the digital assistant of your phone.
Though the touch-sensitive buttons on the Galaxy Buds are really cool, it takes a bit of time to get used to them. If you're not habituated with the touch controls, fidgeting with the buds may either cause the song to skip or the volume to go down.
Apart from that, you can customize the tap and long-press action of the button via the Samsung Wearable app. The sound quality is great, with a tad low level of bass. If you are a bass head, you might want to skip this pair. Again, the Buds support the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codec, but there's no support for aptX.
If you're looking for budget wireless earphones from a reputed brand, the Lenovo HT10 True Wireless Earbuds makes for a good buy. These wireless earphones deliver decent audio and are comfortable to wear as well. Plus, they look great as well. The body has a gentle curve, which gives it a stylish and trendy look.
Apart from that, the sound quality is quite decent for the price. You'll find bass, though you won't find the deep rumble you'd usually find in premium earbuds. However, for the price, the quality is decent. However, the noise cancellation is not up to the standards. And in my time with it, I found myself to be talking a bit louder during calls.
The battery life is excellent with the HT10 lasting about 8 hours
The Lenovo HT10 True Wireless Earbuds has physical buttons for track navigation, call answering and controlling the volume levels. The battery life is excellent since the HT10 lasts about 8 hours on a single full charge. And the charging case was able to charge it around 4-5 times. The only issue — the case is huge when compared to its peers.
If you are rather comfortable with earphones sporting the ear hook design, you can have a look at the CrossBeats Raga Wireless Bluetooth Earphones. These budget earphones have a 60% positive rating on Amazon. For its price, the sound quality is quite decent, and the bass is on the heavy side. These are lightweight earphones, and their build quality is commendable. Plus, the hooks ensure that these stay on your ear when you are doing strenuous activities.
These come with Bluetooth 4.1 support. Most of the reviews suggest that there haven't been any issues with the connection. It's one of the features that has been praised by many users on Amazon.
Apart from that, the Raga lasts around 8 hours on a full charge, and topping it up takes about 2 hours. Do note that the battery life of wireless audio equipment depends a lot on your volume levels.
Last but not least, we have the Realme Buds Wireless. These have a flexible neckband design and hang loosely around your neck when not in use, and similar to the OnePlus Wireless Bullets 2, they have magnetic ends. Apart from that, they are easy to connect, and the stark yellow of the wires gives them a unique and trendy look.
Though you won't find active noise-canceling here, the right fit of ear tips does its job in sealing the ambient noise. However, you may find noise filtering when you're talking on the phone during your commute.
Sound-wise, I found them to be a bit loud. Other than that, it's clear with the right amount of bass. Though they have the support for AAC codec, surprisingly, there's no support for aptX.
The battery lasts around 12-hours on a medium volume, and unlike the truly wireless earbuds, these do not come with a charging case.
So, which of these wireless Bluetooth earbuds will you choose? I like the look and the comfort of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. They sound better, and the neckband design is the cherry on top.
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