It’s OK to be a little envious of Apple users and their nifty AirPods. But if you’re dedicated to Android, you can still equip yourself with some wireless earphones of your very own.
In keeping with the AirPods theme, we’re going to check out some earphones with dainty designs that won’t take up too much space around your head. There are also plenty of over-the-ear styles of headphones you can shop around for if you prefer that style.
Check out these wireless options that will pair up nicely with your Android phone so you can listen to music and podcasts on the go, take and make calls, and watch videos without bothering people around you.
Workout warriors looking to go completely untethered should check out the Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds, which slim in under $200. They’re designed for sporting activities and can last up to five hours on a battery charge (up that to 15 with the help of the charging case). A motion sensor helps track your workouts. Amazon fans will also enjoy the built-in Alexa feature.
The Jabra HearThrough feature is an intriguing extra. It lets you adjust how much of the world around you you want to hear through the earbuds. This will appeal to people who run or walk on city streets and want to stay aware of their surroundings.
You can get more out of these earphones by downloading the Jabra Sound+ app for Android. With the app, you can choose between Amazon or Google’s voice assistant, adjust the sound with a music equalizer and even try out some relaxing soundscapes.
Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air earphones definitely look like they took a little inspiration from Apple’s AirPods. They’re truly wireless, offer up to five hours of music on a charge, have noise-cancelling microphones for clear conversations, and come with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 tech. Touchpads on the earphones let you control play, pause, call answering, skipping tracks and accessing your voice assistant.
While these earphones somewhat resemble AirPods, they’re not trying to be in the same class. What’s most appealing about them is the inexpensive $79.99 price tag. That almost qualifies as cheap when it comes to this style of wireless earphones.
The $99.99 Jaybird Tarah headphones have a low profile connecting cord that runs between them. They’re geared for active users and have a sweatproof and waterproof design. They offer up to six hours of battery life, but also have a fast-charge feature where 10 minutes of charging time can get you up to an hour of music play time. You can use the Jaybird MySound app to customize the EQ to your liking, or you can choose from an array of presets. The curved design of each earbud helps the Tarah stay in place, even when you’re tackling a strenuous workout.
Here’s one for you budget buyers. The $35.99 SoundPEATS Engine wireless headphones come with a tether that goes behind your neck. They’re sweat-resistant and the newest version comes with an upgraded noise-canceling mic that’s an improvement over previous ones. There are two outstanding features that will make these a contender for buyers: up to 13 hours of battery life and the low price tag. They’re inexpensive enough that you can toss them in a pocket and not have to fret over your investment.
For a little more money, you can step into a budget version of true wireless, untethered earbuds. The $49 JLab JBuds Air earbuds get up to four hours of battery time, but you can help extend that by using the case to add up to 10 hours of use. Amazon reviewers are praising the combination of price and sound quality. It's hard to find a set of truly wireless earphones with decent reviews at such an affordable price, but the JBuds Air seem to have pulled it off.
Earphones are a very individual thing, especially when it comes to how they fit. Try swapping out tips and cushions for your new earbuds and experiment to find a good, snug, and comfortable position. If you find the right earphones for your Android, you might not feel so envious of Apple's AirPods after all.
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