Bluetooth wireless earbuds are perfect for exercise and running, especially if they are water-resistant and sweatproof.
This is what you get with the new airpods pro, plus excellent sound quality and automatic integration of all Apple products and services, compatibility with android phones and more.
It’s no wonder the airpods are currently the most popular wireless earbuds in the market.
Samsung Galaxy buds
The Samsung Galaxy pods are an excellent choice if you own a Samsung phone and would like to get an airpod-like level of sound quality and integration. Just like the airpods pro, the galaxy buds pair quickly and easily with all Samsung devices. You can also use them with an android phone or iPhone.
The Galaxy buds give up to six hours of listening time, and you get an additional 9 hrs from the charging case. There is also the ambient aware mode that is available to android users, i.e. the buds “blend outside noise with your audio so that you can maintain awareness of what’s going on around you.”
Samsung Galaxy buds Specs and features
- Color Black, White, Yellow
- Size Earbud: 17.5 (W) x 19.2 (D) x 22.3 (H) mm / Case: 38.8 (W) x 70 (D) x 26.5 (H) mm
- Weight Earbud: 5.6g per earbud / Case: 39.6g
- Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
- Sensor Accelerometer, Proximity, Hall, Touch, Ear on/off detection
- Battery Earbud: 58mAh / Charging case: 252mAh
- USB Type-C
- Speaker 5.8pi Dynamic Driver
- Compatibility Android 5.0 or later, RAM 1.5GB or above
- Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, Scalable (Samsung proprietary)
Sony WF 1000xm3
The Sony WF-1000XM3s are Airpods pro’s closest match in terms of sound quality and price.
Just like the Airpods, the WF-1000XM3 is kept in an attractive small-sized charging case. The earbuds also fit perfectly in most users; not surprising given that you are given seven pairs of tips, for different ear sizes.
Are the Sony WF 1000xm3 waterproof?
Unfortunately, WF–1000XM3 is not water or dust resistant meaning that you should not run (or engage in any other sports) in your Sony WF 1000xm3
Sony WF 1000xm3 Specs and features (Summary)
- Industry-leading noise canceling with HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e
- 24bit Audio signal processing delivers dramatically improved sound quality
- Battery life up to 24 hours with carrying case (with 10min quick charge for 90min of playtime
- Truly wireless design with uninterrupted L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission
- Smart listening by adaptive sound control automatically switches to ambient sound mode based on your activity
- Quick attention mode and wearing detection make conversations effortless. Frequency Response (Bluetooth Communication):20 Hz–20,000 Hz
- N the box: Charging case, Triple comfort earbuds (S, M, L × 2) long hybrid silicone rubber earbuds (stainless, S, M, L × 2), card, operating instruction, Reference guide, USB Type C cable (Approx. 20cm)
- Easy and clear hands-free calling; Leave your phone where it is, just speaks with a double-tap to the earbud
- Activate your smartphone’s voice assistant with a simple touch
- Sony, headphones connect app for Android/iOS to use smart listening technology to control your ambient sound settings
The WF-1000XM3 has in-ear detection sensors that pause whatever you’re listening to as soon as you remove the buds. Put the buds back in your ear and your music resumes.
Also, both earbuds have touch controls to skip tracks and switch between ambient sound modes and active noise cancellation.
Sony WF-1000XM3s, also support Google’s assistant; just say out “Ok Google” to start using the voice assistant. To help in combating noise from the surrounding, the Sony WF-1000XM3s comes with two microphones that are located under the hood. Although note as effective as the Airpod Pro’s active noise cancellation technology, the system on the latest model of Sony’s wireless buds is far better compared to previous models (e.g. the WF-SP700N)
RHA TrueConnect is one of the cheaper alternatives to the Airpods that emulates the distinctive features of Apple’s masterpiece.
The most obvious similarity is the protruding stem. RHA TrueConnect also comes with a durable battery (up to 6 hrs) and a charging case that gives 20 hrs of charge.
Just like the airpods pro, RHA TrueConnect uses Bluetooth 5, and just like the earbuds are water and sweat resistant.
In my opinion, TrueConnect an excellent alternative to the airpods pro because it supports fast charging. This means that you can get up to 2hrs of listening time with 10 minutes of charging the buds, which are perfect for travelers.
A critical difference between the TrueConnect and the Airpods Pro is angled nozzles. The TrueConnect’s earbuds housings are also chunkier compared to the Airpods.
RHA TrueConnect Specs and features
- 5+20 hours battery, with fast charging
- IPX5 sweat, splash and weather resistance
- Secure, comfortable fit; ideal for active use
- Stem design maximizes call quality
- Full device and digital assistant control via touch and mic
- Durable flip charging case carries four charges
- Charging: 15m: 50%; 1h40: 100%: Supplied with Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips
- Driver: 6mm dynamic
- Colors: Cloud White, Navy Blue, Carbon Black
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- Range: 10m
- Weight: 13g (buds only), 91g (in charging case)
In terms of aesthetics, the TicPods Free definitely give Apple a run for their money. And it’s not just the design that is similar to the Airpods pro, and the two earbuds also share similar features.
Just like the Airpods, The TicPods Free come with touch controls on both buds, so that you can control music and receive/ reject calls without having to use your phone.
The TicPods Free also integrates seamlessly with Google Assistant and Siri.
The charging case gives up to 14 hrs of charge while the buds while serving you for an average of 4 hrs. Lastly, the TicPods free has the automatic ear detection that pauses music as soon as you remove the buds from your ear.
TicPods Free Specs and features
- Automatic in-ear detection
- Noise Isolation
- Intuitive touch controls
- Up to 18 hours of Battery life
- Supports voice assistant
- IPX5 Water-resistant
- Fast charging
- Ergonomic Fit for added comfort in your ear.
House of Marley Liberate Air
The House of Marley Liberate Air is another cheap alternative to the Airpods pro.
The standout characteristic of these earbuds is they are made using environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo.
With 9 hours of battery life, the Liberate air is easily one of the best wireless earbuds out there. To cap it all up, the Liberate Air’s charging case gives an additional 32 hours of charge.
Also, Liberate Air is water and sweat resistant so you can comfortably wear them in the gym.
House of Marley Liberate Air Specifications
- Crafted with Sustainable Materials
- Bluetooth® 5.0 w/ + BLE
- Sweat-proof & Weather Resistant (IPX4 Rated)
- Ear Housing Touch Control
- 9-Hour Onboard Battery Life + 32 hours charging life
- Stereo Voice Communications
- USB-C Charging
- Drive Size:5.6mm
- Frequency Response:20hz – 20Khz
- Impedance:16ohms Sensitivity:103B +/- 3dB @ 1Khz THD:<3%@1Khz
- Microphone Sensitivity:-10dB ± 3dbAt 1KHz
Jabra Elite 75 t
Although not the cheapest airpods pro alternative, the Jabra elite 75 t definitely give Apple a run for their money.
In terms of sound quality, the 75t is right there on top with the Airpods pro; clear mid-range and balanced bass.
Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds Specs and features (Summary)
- The Jabra Elite 75t is engineered to fit. Making and taking calls is always a great experience, wherever you are, thanks to enhanced 4-microphone call technology which filters out wind and other disruptive noises around you.
- Designed and tested for a secure fit, the Jabra Elite 75t features a new smaller design that provides an ideal fit for every type of ear while the ergonomic shape makes them exceptionally comfortable.
- With Jabra 4th generation true wireless connection, your music and calls will be stable, with no wires to get in the way. With these Bluetooth earbuds, you can enjoy conversations and music with no audio dropouts or interruptions.
- Listen to your music exactly the way you want with a customizable equalizer built into the Jabra Sound+ App. Whether you want to boost the bass or turn up the treble, you can adjust the levels so your music will always sound exactly how it should.
- With Jabra Elite 75t wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you get more power and more freedom from a battery you can rely on, with up to 7.5 hours on a single charge. Plus, the handy charging case gives you a total of up to 28 hours battery.
The Jabra Elite 75t are sweat and water-resistant meaning that you can run with them. Other pros of the Jabra Elite 75t are, a reliable battery and a strong charging case; mic clarity for calls and they fit securely.
Perhaps the downside is the high price tag and also the bass levels may sound overly loud with some music genres.
Amazon Echo Buds
Like many other wireless earbuds, the Amazon echo earbuds come with touch controls on the back panel. Here you can tap/ double-tap to skip tracks or play/ pause. There are also touch controls to activate Siri/Google assistant or Alexa and you can manually switch between pass-through and noise-reduction modes.
Amazon echo buds Specs and features (Summary)
- Immersive sound – Premium speaker drivers deliver crisp, dynamic audio. Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and sealed in-ear design limits background noise.
- Hands-free with Alexa – Echo Buds work with the Alexa app to stream music, play Audible audiobooks, make calls, or get directions—just ask.
- Access other assistants – Supports access to Siri or Google Assistant from a supported device—just press and hold your earbud.
- Long-lasting battery – Get up to 5 hrs music playback per charge, up to 2 hrs with a 15-min quick charge, and up to 20 hrs with the charging case.
- Customizable fit for better sound – 3 sizes of ear tips help form a comfortable in-ear seal for immersive listening.
- Exercise ready – Sweat-resistant with a secure fit that’s made to move with you.
- Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills – Request a rideshare, get a guided workout, or order dinner, all hands-free.
- Designed to protect your privacy – Built with multiple layers of privacy protections and controls, including the ability to mute the mics with the Alexa app.
- Weight: Earbud: 7.6 g (7.8 g with medium ear tip) Case: 70 g Actual size and weight may vary by the manufacturing process.
- Wi-Fi or data connection: Echo Buds use a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection and the Alexa app for connectivity and other features. Carrier charges may apply. Please consult your carrier for information on any fees and limitations that apply to your plan. Alexa voice control is supported on Android 6.0 and iOS 12 or greater. However, please note that the following smartphones are not compatible with Echo Buds for Alexa’s voice control.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 Hands-Free Profile (HFP) support for calling, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of media sessions, Serial Port Profile for Bluetooth connectivity to Android phones and iPod Accessory Protocol for Bluetooth connectivity to iPhones.
- Processors: Realtek RTL8763B Bluetooth System on Chip, Intel Dual Digital Signal Processor with Inference Engine, Analog Devices ADAU1777 Audio Codec
- Speakers: Knowles dual balanced armature drivers
- Microphones:3 per earbud: 2 external beamforming microphones + 1 internal microphone
- IPX rating (water resistance): IPX4 (earbuds only), tested to withstand water splashing. Learn more.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, touch
The Amazon echo buds do not have manual volume controls but you can easily request Alexa to pump it up.
This is not all Alexa can do on the echo buds. Simply say out “Alexa” and asking anything you would ask on any other Amazon device. Alexa will play your favorite tunes, you can order pizza, ask about traffic or the weather or even check reminders and to-do lists.
Beats Powerbeats Pro
The Beats Powerbeats Pro comes with in-ear detection sensors to automatically play or pause music.
In terms of sound quality, Powerbeats pro is arguably one of the best cheaper alternatives for airpods pro. Particularly, for lovers of a bass-forward approach, then the Powerbeats Pro is your best bet.
Powerbeats Pro Specs and features (Summary)
- Totally wireless high-performance earphones
- Up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case)
- Adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for lightweight comfort and stability
- Reinforced design for sweat & water resistance during tough workouts
- Volume & track controls on each earbud, voice capability, and auto Play/pause
- Enhanced phone call performance and call handling from either earbud
- Powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation
- Earbuds connect independently via class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts
- With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives 1. 5 hours of playback when the battery is Low1
- What’s in the box: Power Beats Pro totally wireless earphones, charging case, ear tips with four size options, Lightning to USB-A charging cable, quick start guide, warranty card
Pairing the Powerbeats pro to Bluetooth and iOS is easy. Simply remove an internal sticker to activate pairing mode.