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Home > New Gear > Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro: how to choose the perfect true wireless earbuds?
Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro: how to choose the perfect true wireless earbuds?

Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro: how to choose the perfect true wireless earbuds?

By  GB Blog Official 2019-05-16 3906 0

Ever since the first true wireless AirPods hit the stores, we’ve witnessed a true race among smartphone companies to create a better wire-free earbud. Today, we are taking a look at the four best and most popular true wireless earbuds 2019: the sporty Powerbeats Pro, the classic yet improved Apple AirPods 2, the practical Samsung Galaxy Buds and the budget-friendly Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro.

Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Mi AirDots Pro: specs and price comparison

First, let’s kick off  the comparison of the four popular true wireless earphones with the main specs and price.

 

Product name

Powerbeats Pro

 AirPods 2

 Samsung Galaxy Buds

Mi AirDots Pro

Price

$250

$160/200

$149

$119

Battery life

9 hours

5 hours

6 hours

3 hours

Charging case

24 hours

7 hours

10 hours

Controls

Physical buttons

Tap gestures + Siri

Tap gestures

Tap gestures

Connection

Bluetooth 5.0 through H1 Chip

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth 4.2

Sweat resistance

Yes

No

Yes

No


Powerbeats Pro vs. AirPods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Mi AirDots Pro: design

We were impressed to see how much variety there could be in the design of true wireless earbuds. The AirPods may have started the trend, but it has since evolved way beyond the limitations of  the original design. With that, some companies have still kept as close as possible to Apple’s AirPods original looks — and we think you know who we are talking about.


But let’s start at the beginning.


The Apple AirPods 2 are probably the most recognizable true wireless pair when it comes to design. Featuring a classic earbud shape and signature long stems, the AirPods 2 have managed to become an accessory capable of a fashion statement. Thus, quite a few other companies have followed in their footsteps, including Xiaomi. Thus, the Mi AirDots Pro look very similar to the AirPods 2, adopting the same white stem with just a few minor difference in the shape and design of the earpiece itself.


Apple AirPods 2  


The Powerbeats Pro, on the other hand, are primarily sports-oriented earphones. Though adopting the same true wireless idea, the PowerBeats Pro do more to stay in place. This is meant to address the issues voiced by some AirPods 2 users who have pointed out that the earbuds occasionally fall out of place. The PowerBeats Pro fix this in two ways: they come with four sets of different sized ear tips and employ adjustable earhooks.


 Powerbeats Pro,


The Samsung Galaxy Buds come with a distinct look of their own. The earbuds are sleek and compact featuring subtle rubber wingtips for a secure fit. In the box, you will find small, medium and large wingtips and eartips. Despite their minimalistic design, the earbuds stay in place well and can easily get you through a gym workout session. A nice design element is the use of pearlescent material on the outside of the earbuds, which creates a beautiful holographic effect when hit by light.


Samsung Galaxy Buds 


The Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro features minimalist white design. The pointed silicone eartips design will not only bring you comfortable wearing experience, but also provide better noise cancellation. Besides, the metal touch panel on the Mi AirDots Pro enables you easily achieve multiple control functions, such as receiving or hanging up call, playing or pausing music playback, and waking up voise assistant, etc.


 Xiaomi Mi AirDots Pro

Powerbeats Pro vs. Airpods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Mi AirDots Pro: pairing and controls

All the true wireless earbuds we are looking at today perform a standard set of functions one would expect from earphones: they connect to your phone, play audio and can be used for hands free calls. However, there are some differences to point out.


The Powerbeats Pro and the AirPods 2 are iOS oriented earbuds. Both earphone sets come equipped with the H1 wireless chip, which makes pairing to iOS devices a breathe. The new also makes switching between active devices twice as fast and offers a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls. You can also use the earbuds with Android devices.


Both the AirPods 2 and the Powerbeats Pro feature a lot of the same advantages. Both earbuds support voice-activated Siri: you can access the smart assistant anytime by just saying "Hey, Siri". With that, the PowerBeats Pro feature physical buttons to control playback, while the AirPods 2 rely primarily on features and Siri to manage audio.


AirPods 2“Hey, Siri” 


Another important distinction between the two earbuds is that, being more sports-oriented, the Powerbeats Pro come with water and sweat resistance, while the AirPods 2 do not have this feature.


The Xiaomi AirDots Pro feature touch controls and noise reduction. Tapping the left earbud twice will activate the voice assistant. The AirDots Pro are IPX4 water resistant and use Bluetooth 4.2 version for easy pairing to other devices. The earbuds support multi-pairing.


The Samsung Galaxy Buds are basically AirPods for Android devices. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus or Galaxy S10e, pairing the earbuds with your phone will be an absolutely seamless experience. Plus, you will get extra features and functionality with the Galaxy Wearable app. Naturally, you can also pair the earbuds with other devices. Music playback is controlled by tapping the earbuds — just like with the Xiaomi AirDots Pro


Samsung Galaxy Buds pairing the earbuds 

Powerbeats Pro vs. Airpods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Mi AirDots Pro: battery life

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a pair of true wireless earbuds is battery life. All the earphones in this review come with portable charging cases offering extra hours of juice.


The Powerbeats Pro do the best when it comes to battery life out of the group. Each Powerbeats Pro earbud features nine hours of listening time — and this can be further extended to over 24 hours with the included charging case. At nine hours of listening time, the Powerbeats Pro will work longer than the AirPods 2, which are capable of up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge. While both headphones feature a charging case that provides up to 24 hours of extra juice, the charging case for the Powerbeats Pro is significantly larger. And while you can easily fit the case for the AirPods 2 into your pocket, you might not be able to do the same with the Powerbeats Pro’s case.


Powerbeats Pro battery life


Moreover, the AirPods 2 can be purchased with a wireless charging case and subsequently charged with any Qi-enabled wireless charging pad.


The Mi Airdots Pro offer up to three hours of battery life when used together — and there are 10 extra hours of juices in the earbuds’ portable charging case.


As for the Samsung Galaxy Buds, they can last for up to six hours on a single charge. The charging case, however, only holds seven extra hours of juice.


Powerbeats Pro vs. Airpods 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds vs. Mi AirDots Pro: the verdict

Let’s sum things up.


Choosing a pair of true wireless earbuds is not getting any easier — but it always comes to down to what you are looking for.


We’d say that if you on an iPhone, the most instinctive thing to do would be to go with either the classic AirPods 2 or the sporty Powerbeats Pro if you want to wear the earbuds when exercising. The Samsung Galaxy Buds seem like a great option for Android device owners — and especially Galaxy phone users as you get extra functionality with the Galaxy Wearable App.


The Mi AirDots Pro, on the other hand, seem like the perfect middle ground. You can use them with both iOS and Android devices and they offer a more budget-friendly version for those who looking for a true wireless experience.

 

 

 

 You may also want to read:
 Apple AirPods 2 review: better connectivity, a wireless charger and more battery life
 Samsung Galaxy Buds review: seems like AirPods but bette
 Apple Powerbeats Pro earphones released for $249.95 with 9 hours of battery life

 

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