AirPods vs Other Wireless Earbuds

AirPods vs Other Wireless Earbuds

November 20, 2020

AirPods and AirPods Pro are true wireless and easy to take anywhere, but are they really worth the price? That all depends on why you use wireless headphones. We compare them to regular wireless headphones to figure out if they’re worth paying the "Apple Tax".


Apple products always have a high price tag, and the AirPods aren’t any different. AirPods Gen 1 & 2 currently go for $150, while the AirPods Pro run $250! If you have shopped for wireless headphones, you know that the price varies wildly. You can find relatively inexpensive sets, with so-so sound, for $35. Or you can also pay upwards of $300 for a high-end pair with amazing audio. Airpods don’t offer an array of options. The price of entry is firmly set, which is why protecting them with Earhoox is so important!


AirPods are fantastic for using with other Apple products. We think that is the main draw. Apple’s compatibility and integration within its own environment has always been a big plus. It’s easy to transfer your iPhone data to your Mac, or move your Airpods from one iPhone to another. There are usually no connection issues with other brands like Android and Garmin.

Bluetooth headphones sometimes have the opposite issue. They can be a pain to switch between devices, but you are also able to use the headset with any device you want, assuming it’s Bluetooth-compatible – and in this day and age, what isn’t? Any Android device from the last five years should be able to connect to a Bluetooth headset. So should everything from televisions to cars. And if something isn’t Bluetooth-compatible, a simple adapter can bring it into the wireless era.

Loss Protection

Don't lose your AirPod(s). They are tiny, and they aren’t connected by a cord. If you’ve ever had an earbud fall out during a workout (which never happens if you're using Earhoox!), you know how frustrating it can be. But at least that doesn’t cost you. You pick it up and put it back in. The good news is, Apple released a statement addressing these concerns – in a sense. If you lose one AirPod out of your pair, you can buy a single one as a replacement, instead of purchasing a pair again. The bad news is, unless you’re still under warranty, that one Airpod’s going to cost you $69.

It’s certainly possible to lose Bluetooth headphones, especially if you’re a forgetful person. But due to their larger size, it might be easier to keep track of a Bluetooth headset than a pair of AirPods. What you lose in portability, you make up for in ease of keeping track. But it might not be as easy to lose an AirPod as you think…


Airpods have one huge benefit: they’re incredibly convenient in a wide variety of situations. They can fit nearly anywhere, including your pocket. And with no cable, there’s nothing to detangle when you reach for them. Once they’re in, and secured with Earhoox, they’ll stick with you through your physical activities. Biking, hiking, dancing and running are all easy to do without worrying about your headphones falling from your head. As long as you can keep track of them, the AirPods are the most convenient earbuds on the market.

Bluetooth headphones aren’t quite as easy to use if you’re an active person. If you plan on using your headset at your desk, a quality Bluetooth headset is perfect, but running with one may cause breakage. Plus, most headsets weigh a pound or more. That doesn’t sound like much weight, but you’ll notice it when it’s stuck to your head while you run, bike, or hike.


Do they sound great? That is hotly debated among most reviews. Some state that they’re no better than the average earbud, while some say the sound quality is as good as over-the-ear headphones, especially with AirPods Pro noise cancellation. We love them and think they're great for the average ear. But we'll admit, if you’re a pure audiophile, you can probably find better sound quality elsewhere. For the same price as AirPods Pro, you can likely get a good Bluetooth headset with better-quality sound. But if you’re already invested in the Apple landscape, and you listen to music on the go – running, biking, dancing, golfing or at the gym – we highly recommend the AirPods.

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