AirPod Alternatives

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by blairh, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040

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    So I'm definitely not getting the AirPod's. I have no reason to believe they will sound great and the lack of in-line controls is a total dealbreaker for me. Plus they look ridiculous IMO.

    I'm very interested in completely wireless earbuds because I workout a lot. So far my research just shows a bunch of earbuds that are open for pre-order. I'm okay with spending up to $250 if they sound great. I'm not interested in anything that is cheap and won't sound great/last me.

    As of right now, the Jabra Elite Sport look great but I don't know much about Jabra's sound quality. I'd love to hear from fellow forum members who either are currently using totally wireless earbuds or have their eyes on something coming soon.
     
  2. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    I'm going to buy the airpods as I think they will fit my main usage as in going to the gym/walking the dog and just generally using when going into work.

    I'm tempted to get some wireless headphones as in the big ones just as in to use when at home. Don't want big ones when I'm at the gym as would get too sweaty for me.

    found some ones as cheap as £25 on amazon.
     
  3. Floris macrumors 68020

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    I prefer a wire to go into the device.
     
  4. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Either the Jabra's or the Epic Air from JLab. I prefer the supposed 6 hours of battery life on the JLab's, but they aren't coming to the market until February allegedly.
     
  5. AustinIllini macrumors G3

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    I wouldn't sleep on the BeatsX. Early reviews are pretty positive.
     
  6. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Beats X are just another set of wireless headphones, just with W1. I want to try totally wireless at this point.

    Plus if I were to go not totally wireless I'd get the JLab's Epic 2's with 12 hours of battery life.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors G3

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    But the airpods aren't really better at anything.

    Don't get me wrong, they're kind of neat, but Epic 2 and BeatsX both sound better and real life are better.
     
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I never said I wanted the AirPods. I would however like to try a pair of truly wireless headphones. Hence why I'm looking at alternatives to the AirPods.
     
  9. xthine macrumors regular

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    I was pretty excited about the Airpods but then I found out that there are other truly wireless earbuds out there. Got my Bragi Dash yesterday and I have a pair of Jabra Elite Sport coming in by mid November. I got the Bragi because the shipping was delayed on the Jabras.
    The Bragi Dash was a little bit tricky to set up. Feels comfortable so far, been using it for music, video, calls, Facetime. This weekend will be the true test though when I take it out trail running. I'm a little bit worried about not being able to hear the outside environment. Not sure how good audio transparency will work, if it does not I could use just the right earbud (hoping not to have to do that). Audio quality is pretty decent, I usually use BlueBuds X. The Bragi can hold up to 4GB of music files the Jabras don't have internal storage.
     
  10. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I also have the X's. How does the sound compare? Also, did you not want to wait for Bragi's 'Headphone'? (Alleged 6 hrs battery life, pre-order only, $150).
     
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    I've been considering the Here One but I'm concerned about the battery life and Bluetooth connectivity. I almost preordered today when I got an email about them but I'm not sure if I should pull the trigger.
     
  12. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Very few details about those headphones on their website. Not even a word about battery life.

    I personally would not pre-order anything. I want to wait until an item is for sale and has been reviewed by many publications, etc.
     
  13. xthine macrumors regular

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    I'm using mine mainly for when I'm out trail running/hiking so chose the Dash because it's waterproof, also has internal storage vs. Headphone. I don't go out running (yet) for more than 3 hours so the battery life of the Dash is not much of an issue. Sound quality, I would say the X's are a little bit better, more bass. The Dash sounded better than I expected overall.
     
  14. jcmeyer5 macrumors 6502

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    I am so sick of pre-orders. Just build the product and sell it. This pre-order stuff is tired. Apple has it right in that respect. They can delay, because they aren't holding people's money. Bragi, Kanoa, and others are just trying to insulate themselves from their own incompetence. Customers end up with the short end in that deal.

    Sorry... I went off the deep-end there. I'd like a set of wire free earphones too, but either they suck, or you have to pay them months/years in advance and hope you get them.
     
  15. Vilacr macrumors regular

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    The samsung gear iconx works well for me. I get about 1.5 hrs when connected to my iphone ,in the gym, and 3 hrs when using the on-board storage. I'm more of a 30 min. treadmill for cardio and 40 min weight training kinda guy. For me the iconx is perfect.
     
  16. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502

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    Good to know, thanks.
     
  17. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Jabra Elite Sport allegedly begin shipping next Monday from Best Buy. I also read online they will be $199 after Xmas for 6 days.

    AirPods are rumored to be released next week.
     
  18. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I think rumors for the Airpods for next week have been squashed as evidenced by Macrumors front page discussion. There wasn't really any good source for that rumor, or should I say anyone folks could trust that is a good Apple insider.
     
  19. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone would be crazy to buy the bravo dash considering they can't hold a connection amongst other things. The less expensive ones the Headphones are rated higher than the dash
     
  20. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    Actually they can from all reports

    2.2 update solves the previous issue and it allows you to access Siri by tapping your cheek
     
  21. xthine macrumors regular

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    Does not lose connection with my iPhone 7 nor does it dislodge from my ears when I use it for trail running.
     
  22. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    While reliability is key, the price needs to be right as well. That said, .....
     
  23. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a

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    Well your in the 1-5% that don't have that issue. Its a well known issue with the bragi dash period. Now the bragi headphones are rated much higher
     
  24. xthine macrumors regular

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    Yes.. I was pretty nervous about the Dash at first being my first truly wireless earbuds. I had thought about waiting for the Headphones but the lack of water resistance was a no go.
     

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