Powerbeats Pro VS AirPods: Which is the best for most people?

When choosing between Powerbeats Pro and AirPods, you’ll find it difficult to make a choice as they are both very good. The AirPods 2019 model and the Powerbeats Pro have multiple common features including the latest H1 Apple chip.

Powerbeats earbuds have a large share in the market which greatly increased when Beats was acquired by Apple in 2014. Here is a detailed review of these amazing earbuds to help you make the right choice:

Overview 

AirPods, which is a product of Apple, went through an upgrade in 2019 which was the beginning of the wireless earbuds movement. Though it has the same features as the original earbuds, it also has a wireless charging ability, swift connect time, and increased talk time. You’ll also get to enjoy hands-free Siri as AirPods have the new H1 headphone chips.

Powerbeats has the same H1 Apple Chip as that of the AirPods and this makes it function in the same manner as the AirPods.

The most outstanding difference between AirPods and Powerbeats is mon how they are used. AirPods are mostly preferred by anyone that needs to listen casually whereas the Powerbeats are specially made for use when working out.

Cost and Availability

To buy AirPods 2019 model earbuds, the cost will be $159 if you’ll take the standard charging device. If you want the wireless charging device, the cost will be higher at $199.

For Powerbeats, the cost is $249 and you’ll get to choose from the 4 available colors that include black, navy, ivory or moss. To make them more attractive and stylish, the charging cases have matching colors.

Unlike AirPods which are readily available, Powerbeats are yet to fully enter the global market. As of May 2019, only those in the United States and Canada could buy the earbuds locally. If you live in the UK, you can make a preorder and your earbuds will be shipped in a few days. According to the available information, it will be possible to buy the gadget from any location with time.

Design

The 2019 AirPods model has a unique design with stem-like protrusion and a white color scheme. When charging your AirPods earbuds, you’ll be able to know the charging status using the available LED light. Though these earbuds appear strong, you cannot use them when working out as they are not made to withstand sweat.

Apple 2019 AirPods have removable eartips that are available in different sizes which makes it easier to find the right size for you.

Here are the other similarities in the design of both AirPods and Powerbeats:

  • Both allow hand-free Siri command if you have an iOS device
  • You can easily transfer from one source device to the other
  • Both will pause music every time you pull off the earbuds from your ears

The greatest difference in the design is the control. For AirPods, you can only control them beyond Siri when you tap on the earbud’s side which will enable you to play the music that you want and skip what you don’t want.

For the Powerbeats Pro, the multifunction button will allow you to control the volume and playbacks on both earbuds. This control ability will make it possible for you to enjoy your music more as you’ll only listen to the music that you want at the most appropriate volume.

Battery Life

When using Powerbeats Pro, you’ll enjoy a longer battery life as you can use the earbuds for up to 9 hours. If you combine it with the charging case, it will last for up to 24 hours.

For the AirPods 2019 model, you can only use the earbuds for 5 and if you combine it with the charging case, it will remain functional for up to 20 hours. 

If you want to get the earbuds that have a longer battery life, the Powerbeats Pro takes the win.

Sound

AirPods earbuds have an amazing and powerful presentation. However, when playing high-frequency sounds, the sound can get harsh. It is also worth noting that the earbuds do not have as much base as the other brands on the market. In addition, the earbuds will not filter external noises as they do not fit tightly in your ear canal.

When Powerbeats Pro was being made, the biggest focus was getting a more powerful, clear, enhanced, and pure sound production. This is why they are preferred by people who are working out as they will be able to concentrate on their workout without external interference. It is important to remember that when using the Powerbeats Pro, you’ll not be able to grasp what is being said around you. 

Size

Both AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro are small in size which makes them very convenient to use. However, AirPods are much smaller which makes them your best option if size is all that matters to you. Powerbeats Pro earbuds are lighter which make them more convenient if you’ll be engaged in strenuous activities such as working out when using them.

Color

AirPods are only available in white color and this means everyone that has it will have the same look. For Powerbeats Pro, you can choose black, ivory, moss or navy based on your taste and preference. You can choose to buy all the colors and when working out, use the one that matches your outfit.

Making Calls

When making calls with your AirPods earbuds, the ability to detect speech accerelometer and the beamforming microphone will help in filtering external noise. This will make it possible for you to either make a call or Siri request. 

For the Powerbeats Pro, there are 2 beamforming mics on either side that will help in filtering external noise. Most of the people who have made calls using AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro claim that the Powerbeats Pro has more clarity when making calls. With AirPods, there are times when the person on the other end will have a hard time getting what you are saying.

Connection Reliability

 One of the most amazing features in AirPods is their simplicity and reliability. At no time will you experience a breakdown in connection even when you switch source gadgets. For Powerbeats Pro, once you switch to two or more gadgets, the connection gets unstable. It is also possible to lose your connection if your phone is in your back pocket when walking in a crowded area. 

Which is the best: AirPods or Powerbeats Pro?

As we’ve seen earlier, both AirPods and Powerbeats Pro are an amazing choice when looking for wireless earbuds. Your choice will depend on your needs, your preference, and the budget you’ve set aside for the purchase.

If you are looking for earbuds that are small in size, versatile, and an amazing charging case, AirPods will be your best option. The take a shorter time to recharge and will last for up to 5 hours before the need to recharge arises. 

When looking for earbuds that have a longer battery life, go for the Powerbeats Pro as they can last for up to 9 hours. This is a huge advantage when going to a place where it will be hard to get a place to recharge your earbuds. For both AirPods and Powerbeats Pro, you can extend their battery life by up to 24 hours for Powerbeats Pro and 20n hours for AirPods using the charging case.

Powerbeats are more customizable as they have 4 adjustable earhooks and are available in different colors. This will allow you to adjust your earbuds’ fitting when the need arises and also choose a color that matches your style and mood for the day. AirPods are only available in white color and this means when you buy it; you have to stick with it.

If you are working on a tight budget when buying your earbuds, AirPods are your best choice as they cost between $199 and $199 for the wireless charging case.  Powerbeats Pro is more expensive as it goes for $250. Based on the above information, it is evident that AirPods and Powerbeats Pro have a lot in common including Siri Control ability and wireless charging. If you are not looking for earbuds to use during workout, there is no need to spend $100 more on Powerbeats Pro when you can get the same quality for as little as $159. Powerbeats offers a sweat-resistant earbud and the customizing ability to make up for the higher cost.

It is also important to consider how you’ll be using your earbuds when buying them. If you need them for workout, you should go for the Powerbeats Pro as it can withstand sweat. 

Though Powerbeats Pro is a new entrant into the market, it has the upper hand and anyone looking for quality will consider buying it. However, the gadget is only locally available in the United States and Canada and will be shipped on preorder to the UK. With time, however, you will be able to get the Powerbeats Pro from any location globally.

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