It has not been a long time since wireless earphones kicked off. In fact, many still don’t believe that Bluetooth headphones can produce better sound quality than wired headphones with 3.5mm jack. That will be debatable for quite some time and yes, Bluetooth headphone needs to go a long way. Earphones manufacturer are constantly innovating with Bluetooth speakers and headphones, making it less wired than before while retaining or rather improving the sound quality. Latest in the technology are wireless earbuds, which are free from the wire, connecting the two ear plugs or earbuds wirelessly. Without much ado, let’s check out the top wireless earbuds available in the market in no particular order.
Samsung Gear IconX (2018)
First on the list comes from the South Korean smartphone giant, Samsung. And it is commendable that they keep on innovating and launching new technology in the market. Samsung Gear IconX are fitness oriented fully wireless earbuds with a heart-rate monitoring sensor. The earbuds don’t need your phone to be functional as it has 4GB of memory to store 1000+ songs, so you leave your phone at home while hitting the gym. The device has simple tap controls on the earbud itself to perform simple function such to change the song, manage volume or pick up the call. As the Gear IconX works as a fitness tracker as well, you can track your progress with S health app on your phone. The company assures 7 hours of battery life in standalone mode, plus the carrycase which works as a power bank to the earbuds. The Samsung Gear IconX is priced at $199 in US market, and will come in India in 2018.
Launched in 2016, Apple AirPods were quite a sensation. Relax, these AirPods have not been outdated. They are still amazing as before and with iOS 11 update, Apple has fixed minor glitches which occurred before. The company asserts that it will forever change the way you use headphones. Run by Apple W1 chip, AirPod uses optical sensors and motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in your ears. So, whenever you put them in your ears or pull them out, the music will automatically start or pause respectively. One button to activate Siri will perform rest of the functions. The AirPod works with limited number of Apple Devices only. The company promises 5 hours of battery life with extra 24 hours in the charging case. The gadget is priced and available in India at INR 12,900.
The Japanese manufacturers might be lagging behind on smartphones, but they’re leaving no stone unturned in this department. Marketed as best noise cancelling earbuds, Sony WF-1000X provides finest music experience modulating volume in accordance to the surroundings. The earbuds come with a charging case and gives 9 hours of battery life along the case. Sony WF-1000X can be bought at INR 14, 990 from Sony’s own online portal.
Google Pixel Buds
Google is smashing the hardware industry with their new Pixel phone, Pixel eBook, and Chromecast. This year they launched earphones for the first time known as Pixel Buds. They are the only earbuds with cable and because of that Pixel Buds carry the most unique look. However, it only exists to provide better fit and to make sure you don’t lose any. Pixel Buds provide impressive sound quality with decent battery life. The earbuds can run for 5 hours continuously and it’s charging case provides extra 24 hours of battery life, which is very similar to Apple AirPods. Multi-gesture touchpad on the buds can used to execute primary functions. All said, the earbuds astonishing capability to translate 40 languages is what makes the Pixel Buds different from others. Translator is certainly a deal breaker for me, but sadly it’s currently not available in India. You can however get it in US in $159.