Any reason to have both Powerbeats Pro and Airpods 2?

nepats81

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Hello,

I am a gym rat and will be purchasing powerbeats pro today (Ivory - anyone have that color?), and am curious on if I should get Airpods 2 as well.

My reasoning is ill wear the powerbeats at the gym and probably anytime I have a work bag or gym bag with me. Im thinking about airpods 2 in the event that I want something portable for other times without a bag - coffee shop, etc.

Anyone have both?
 

Tdosthp

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I have both and my use-cases are similar to what you describe. I work remotely and am on the phone a lot; so I use the Beats for prolonged calls, working out, mowing, plane rides, etc. I use the AirPods for average calls and the portability factor. The AirPods stay in my pocket. The Beats stay on my desk or backpack.

Edited to add: for me, the AirPods are useless on a plane. The Beats are borderline.
 

nepats81

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I have both and my use-cases are similar to what you describe. I work remotely and am on the phone a lot; so I use the Beats for prolonged calls, working out, mowing, plane rides, etc. I use the AirPods for average calls and the portability factor. The AirPods stay in my pocket. The Beats stay on my desk or backpack.

Edited to add: for me, the AirPods are useless on a plane. The Beats are borderline.
I gander a perfect 3 piece combo meal deal would be
1 airpods
2. Powerbeats pro
3. Bose over ear noise canceling.
 

iGeneo

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I gander a perfect 3 piece combo meal deal would be
1 airpods
2. Powerbeats pro
3. Bose over ear noise canceling.
This...

AirPods for casual semi stationary use like at my desk. PowerBeats for walking about like traveling through airports. Bose QC35II for on plane use. Though, the Powerbeats do work well on the plane as well. not the most comfortable sleeping with the Bose on.

A perfect trio
 

esf215

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I use the AirPods for everyday calls and listening to music. I use my beats pro for when im at the gym or cycling and I use the beat studio3 for when I'm on a plane
 
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nepats81

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I use the AirPods for everyday calls and listening to music. I use my beats pro for when im at the gym or cycling and I use the beat studio3 for when I'm on a plane

This is a great combo meal deal as well. I like the noise canceling on the Bose QC35ii but the beats studio 3 have maximum swag. Especially if you get a fly color
 

roguester

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Yes. I use AirPods for commuting so I can hear cars or people around me. Powerbeats Pro is used for working out or when I just want to hear the music without any concern about my surroundings.
 

trife

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Ever since I bought my PowerBeat Pros I haven't touched my AirPods. Then again, I only use them for music at work and exercise, so PBPs fit the bill better for those activities.

That said, I'll be bringing my AirPods with me when I travel, as usual. They're just easier to fool with and take up less space in my bag.
 

caleski

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Thanks for posting this question as I was wondering this myself.

I have powerbeats pro for the gym and a pair of Sony noise canceling for flights. Just needed a nudge to join the crowd and get some AirPods. Also, too many cute cases tempting me as well lol
 

Fravin

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I have booth. And PBP is so amazing that I have forgot my AirPods 2 in my backpack.

I didn’t like the sound of the new AirPods 2. In high volumes it can’t handle well the sound’s quality. As they don’t have some kind of isolation u will keep them loud. So it’s became useless. In fact the AirPods 2 is good for watching content in iPhone or iPad. It hasn’t gap. It’s pretty fast.

But PBP sounds amazing. It’s flat, powerful and involves you with the music.
I’m using it mainly for music at work and in home for relax. It has an amazing fit. With great isolation. Also it doesn’t have gaps in BT connection.
The call quality is as good as in AirPods 2. So If I can handle only one of these, I will keep the PBP.

But I will never sell my AirPods 2. It’s small footprint is perfect for business trips, specially in flights. It’s also perfect to keep with you in off offices things, like meetings.

Maybe that’s the only issue with PBP: the size of the thing. It’s huge. The charging case is so huge. You can’t carry it in your pockets.

So, as OP has asked: Yes, there’s a point in have booth. The portability and sound quality.
 
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staggerlee41

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AirPods are super convenient because of the charging case, portability and ease of connectivity. I use them when I want a certain level of situational awareness -like in an airport. They are not noise cancelling and that's OK by me. They're good enough for calls but I prefer a noise cancelling headset for work--I also work at home. Sound quality is actually not bad all things considered and a noticeable improvement over the stock EarPods.

I'm not a fan of the over the ear style headsets, never have been I much prefer in the ear. For working out, airplane, yard work and listening to music in a more intimate setting with fantastic sound quality, I like my RHA Audio MA 750 or 650. The 650 is the best $99 you can spend if sound quality is important to you, in my opinion of course. While not noise cancelling specific, they filter out surrounding noise quite well. You can use the Comply tips they come with and get a really immersive listening experience. They're also very portable by comparison to the over the ear options but in that regard it's hard to beat AirPods.

Initially I purchased a set of the BeatsX and while the connectivity was nice, I found the sound quality was massively underwhelming.

I suppose this is a way of saying, for me there was no magic bullet and multiple options are warranted.
 

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I have both... the Powerbeats Pro is mainly used for Gym and Airpods2 for generally listening/calls.

What i like
PBP - more secure in ears for workouts
PBP - seems to have a longer effective bluetooth range
AP2 - easier to carry around
AP2 - way more stable. I had instances of PBP disappearing from my settings totally.
 

EdMan

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I have both. I love the PBP's for the gym. That's pretty much what I use them for. I use my Airpods for everything else. For the plane and noise cancelling I use Bose QC20's. Much nicer than over the ear IMO as over the ear are too uncomfortable to sleep in.
 

nepats81

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I think this settles it.
the perfect 3 piece combo meal deal is
Airpods 2-general, calls, fashion/status
PBP - matte black or ivory only, gym, fashion/status
Bose or Sony noise canceling for flights. - sleeping, status but not fashion.
 

nepats81

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For those on the fence - the Power beats pro are on sale for 200 on most of the major retailers today
 

EdMan

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Well my Powerbeats pro just decided they wanted to act a donkey and now will not pair with my Pro Max. Last week the right one stopped working after working fine. I reset them and they worked and today would not pair before going to gym. Ordering some APP not and ready to throw the PBP's in the trash. Sad thing is I really liked them in the gym.
 

blairh

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Well my Powerbeats pro just decided they wanted to act a donkey and now will not pair with my Pro Max. Last week the right one stopped working after working fine. I reset them and they worked and today would not pair before going to gym. Ordering some APP not and ready to throw the PBP's in the trash. Sad thing is I really liked them in the gym.
If you have proof of purchase Apple will replace your PBP.
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Are the Powerbeats pro worth it or should I just get the Airpods?
They are absolutely worth it. Especially at $200. The only downside is that the case is huge and isn't pocketable for many.
 
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I had constant issues with multiple sets of Powerbeats Pro. Connection issues and worse, charging issues (Others have described the same).

I finally gave up on them. The Apple store swapped them for Airpods Pro with no questions (they were the ones who suggested it). I’m much, much happier with the APP.

Well my Powerbeats pro just decided they wanted to act a donkey and now will not pair with my Pro Max. Last week the right one stopped working after working fine. I reset them and they worked and today would not pair before going to gym. Ordering some APP not and ready to throw the PBP's in the trash. Sad thing is I really liked them in the gym.
 
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EdMan

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I had constant issues with multiple sets of Powerbeats Pro. Connection issues and worse, charging issues (Others have described the same).

I finally gave up on them. The Apple store swapped them for Airpods Pro with no questions (they were the ones who suggested it). I’m much, much happier with the APP.
I have a Genius Bar appt tomorrow.
 

vine-boating

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If you have proof of purchase Apple will replace your PBP.
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They are absolutely worth it. Especially at $200. The only downside is that the case is huge and isn't pocketable for many.
Yeah they are on offer at John Lewis for £180 (UK) and was debating if I should get them to use with my new iPhone pro max. However I have heard mixed things about comfort...and I wear glasses so I was thinking that it will hurt my ears after a while which is something I don't want as I wear earphones for long periods of time while revising for exams etc....
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I had constant issues with multiple sets of Powerbeats Pro. Connection issues and worse, charging issues (Others have described the same).

I finally gave up on them. The Apple store swapped them for Airpods Pro with no questions (they were the ones who suggested it). I’m much, much happier with the APP.
Hmm I might go for the AirPods Pro then
But they are very expensive at £250....whilst the Powerbeats pro are £180 at the moment.
 

blairh

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I had constant issues with multiple sets of Powerbeats Pro. Connection issues and worse, charging issues (Others have described the same).

I finally gave up on them. The Apple store swapped them for Airpods Pro with no questions (they were the ones who suggested it). I’m much, much happier with the APP.
I've owned the PBP since launch with zero issues.