Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro review
By Linky Johnson 2019-04-20 5406 0
Battery max. 3h at a time
Design and workmanship
The Freebuds 2 Pro are very similar to the Apple Airpods and are only built a little wider on the stem. Design «Huaweis» still have a red ring around the style that doesn't exist at Apple. Otherwise, the freebuds are similar to the model from America for confuscan.
The charging box is slightly more square than Apple's, but it makes it easy to set up. Down at the box is the USB-C input, on the back a small button for pairing and on the front 4 LED lights that indicate the battery status of the charging box when opening.
The single earbud weighs 5g and the box 43g. So together the whole package makes 53g. The box measures 45mm in width, 50.5mm in height and is 24mm thick. The listeners are about 16 x 44 x 16mm tall. The workmanship is impeccable and you can clearly see here that you have a very high-quality product in your hands.
Unlocking and operation
To pair the freebuds, all you have to do is hold down the button on the charging box for a long time and leave the lid open. The charging box starts flashing white and can thus be found via the corresponding Bluetooth device. By the way, this works not only with Android devices, but also iOs and Windows (computers, laptop, etc.).
Once you open the charging box, the freebuds automatically connect to the device already paired. Android smartphones display the freebuds ' battery display in the status bar. In some cases, the battery is not shown to me as charged, although the earbuds in the box should glow green and thus be fully charged. However, this is only a short-lived error and usually fixes after a few seconds on its own. The freebuds have an acceleration sensor that checks whether the listeners are worn or not. When the listener is removed from the ear, the music is automatically paused. It is also possible to listen to music only with one earbud if you get the second one stuck in the charging box or manually continue playing.
The Google Voice Assistant or Siri can be accessed by tapping the left freebud twice. I have not been able to see any real difference to the voice input via the smartphone directly compared to the freebuds, so a very good result. With double tapping on the right, music is paused or played back. If you want to change the controls, you can simply adjust which command to use on which side in the Freebuds ' Bluethooth options. A little bit of a shame I think louder/quieter or skipping a title doesn't go straight from the freebuds. So you always have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket and fumble about it if you're just not happy with the song. Also somewhat negative I find it somewhat negative that when plugged back into the ear the music does not play automatically and only continues after the double tap.
Connectivity and communication
The Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro maintain a Bluetooth connection above 20m when there are no obstacles. Unfortunately, however, the body is a strong obstacle for the freebuds, so the small sound companions with the smartphone in the back pocket unfortunately do not work without interruptions. This is actually already unforgivable for a product of this price range.
As with favorable versions, synchronization between the left and right listeners sometimes doesn't work reliably. However, here we are talking about a product that costs over €150. Again, we can actually just shake our heads. This has a very disruptive effect depending on the situation and can also occur more often one after the other. By pausing and replaying, this can be fixed and the listeners sync each other anew. However, it is sometimes quite tedious and I could not see any scheme why this negative effect occurs.
After all, there is not much delay in the sound playback for the Freebuds 2 Pro. So videos can be easily enjoyed with the TWS headphones.
There is even a Chinese app, but unfortunately it does not exist in the Playstore. The app is designed to provide updates to the small companions. I got the app and couldn't notice a benefit. The updates don't work and always break off. No other features are available, except for an instruction manual in German. Perhaps there is more to come by updating the app. Freebuds 2 updates are possible via the Bluetooth menu on your smartphone, so you don't need the app to do that.
With one charge, the freebuds manage to run for 3 hours. But if you don't put the listeners back in the box during breaks and just put them on the work table or put them in your pocket, the battery quickly becomes scarce. The charging box is sufficient for 4 full loads, so you have a total of about 12h of music enjoyment with you. The box can be charged via USB-C cable or wireless charge. The second function with the combination to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is quite nice, which can charge the listeners using the reverse charging function. However, this takes relatively long time as usual and is more of a crazy feature than a really useful feature.
If you are looking for rich basses and clear sound, you are not right with the Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro. For the enjoyment of music on the go and in between, it is the appropriate companions, thanks to the small size and wireless comfort. You couldn't tell a difference from the Apple Airpods in the sound quality, but for €150 I expected a lot more from Huawei.
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