Phone accessories can often be indispensable, especially to power users. Whether by trying to extend battery life or listening to some tunes, you probably use some smartphone accessories regularly, if not daily. From earbuds to cables and charging bricks, these enhance our smartphone experience by accentuating their pros or diminishing their cons. We have taken a look at some of the more popular smartphone accessories in a previous article. This time, we will be focusing on comparing some popular options in the truly wireless earphones category. Read on to find out what’s the best option for your needs and budget!
RavPower provided the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53 for review purposes but had no involvement in the content of this article. The other earphones are personal purchases. All opinions expressed herein belong to the author.
|TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53||Samsung Galaxy Buds||Apple AirPods (gen 2)||Apple AirPods Pro|
|Charging||Micro USB||USB C, Qi Wireless||Lightning, Optional Qi Wireless||Lightning, Qi Wireless|
|Control||Touch Control||Touch Control||Touch Control|
|Noise Isolation/ Cancellation||Noise Isolation||Noise Isolation||None||Noise Isolation and Active Noise Cancellation|
Out of these four wireless earphones, I think it’s best to actually split these up into two different comparisons. The Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. AirPods Pro and then the SoundLiberty 53 vs. AirPods. These comparisons are fairer if we want to contrast sound quality and noise isolation. The AirPods Pro compares well to Galaxy Buds, for instance, while SoundLiberty 53 compares well to the regular AirPods.
The SoundLiberty 53 wireless earphones are very reliable. They feel comfortable in your ear while having a lot of bass. SoundLiberty claims to have some noise isolation, but with the earbuds in, you cannot really notice any noise isolation happening, if at all. They sound very similar to AirPods Gen 2: if you were to do a blind sound test, it would be hard to tell which is which. Both are very light and comfortable in your ear. The case on the AirPods does feel a lot more premium than the SoundLiberty 53 case, and given this is an integral part of a wireless earbud product, it’s something worth keeping in mind. The SoundLiberty 53 case is made of cheap black plastic, while the AirPods are in a more premium white glossy plastic.
The charging situation is a bit worse for us USB Type-C Android fans. The AirPods use a lightning port for charging, while the SoundLiberty 53 earphones use Micro USB. AirPods have an optional wireless charging case but that costs an extra $40 upfront or $60 after the fact. The SoundLiberty 53, on the other hand, has no wireless charging option. As for the value of the two, the SoundLiberty 53 offers a bigger bang for your buck. The SoundLiberty 53 sound the same, they are more comfortable, and they are a third of the price. For $45, I’d definitely buy the SoundLiberty 53 over AirPods any day, particularly if you mainly intend to use them with non-Apple devices.
As for Galaxy Buds and AirPods Pro, both are very similar. They both have very good sound quality as well as great noise isolation. They both feature wireless charging as well, but the Galaxy Buds use USB C on their charging station while the AirPods Pro use a lightning port. Both of them also have good battery life. The difference is with Active Noise Cancellation, which is generally a hard thing to imagine, as there are very few times you truly hear nothing. Just imagine hearing absolutely nothing, not even your own breathing. That serenity is what ANC is like. The AirPods Pro have very good ANC for earbuds, but it isn’t the best ANC in the world — a lot of headphones have much better ANC — but as far as wireless earphones go, it’s great. That being said, is it worth another $120 compared to the Galaxy Buds? No. The noise isolation is very good on the Galaxy Buds anyway. It only lets in slightly more sound than AirPods Pro without ANC. There really is no reason to spend that extra $120 on Active Noise Cancellation, even though it’s nice to have.
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