5 True Wireless Earbuds To Try In 2019


(upbeat music) – [Michael] It’s finally summertime, which means the season of
sweaty cups is upon us. Ear cups, I mean. Yes, it’s gettin’ a little hot
for big over-ear headphones, so today I’m putting five sets of wireless earbuds head-to-head. Meet the contenders. Samsung’s Galaxy Buds,
because they’re bundled with several higher-end Galaxy phones, the Earin M-2s, which
earned a great review a few months back, Apple’s second-generation AirPods, some of the most popular
wireless earbuds in the States, the Jabra Elite 65t, beloved by my friends Russell Holly and Daniel Bader, and I’m also tossing in a
bonus entry, the Wearbuds, because any hearables you can
wear (chuckles) like this, they deserve a look! Now this comparison isn’t
so much about audio quality, because I feel like the earbud customer is buying mostly for
convenience and mobility. The only huge difference to my ears is with the ones we’re gonna
start with, Apple’s AirPods, and that has less to do
with the nature of the audio than the way it’s delivered.
(plane roaring) See, instead of the gels
the rest of the buds use, the rigid AirPods just kind of
rest outside your ear canal. It wasn’t an issue for
me as far as falling out, but I was annoyed at just
how much outside sound leaked in on a bus or a plane. These are not great for travel. That said, I finally get the AirPods hype. Not because of the pods themselves so much as the ease of
pairing and sharing. It’s such a simple
thing, you open the case, you hold it up to your iPhone,
and boom, you’re connected! But that’s not even
(chuckles) the best part. This is an account level thing, so when I went to play a video on my iPad, it already knew my AirPods were there, and it connected to them without me ever having to introduce them. The same deal with my MacBook. Where Bluetooth is usually a hassle, this is magical (chuckles)
in the unironic, intoxicating way that Apple used to be. The AirPods carrying case is the smallest of the four I tested, yet
it still has enough power to give a dead set of pods
three hours of listening time after a 15 minute charge. It’s also one of the only
two cases in this video that can charge wirelessly. By the by, if you’re not into the greasy, white plastic finish, which I am not, my sponsor dbrand can help out with this concrete vinyl skin, which kind of makes it
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sponsoring this video. Some dangling details on the
AirPods before we move on, you can tap them for shortcuts, which are customizable
in the Bluetooth menu, but there’s no control for volume. For that, you need to ask Siri. Siri will also be able to help
by dictating your messages and letting you dictate replies. – [Siri] Amy said, “Can you
meet for coffee at nine a.m.?” – Tell her I’ll be there. – It’s sent.
(notification bloops) – So the only really bad thing about them, (chuckles) aside from how goofy they look, is that lack of passive sound isolation and the lack of water resistance. Bottom line, if you’re an iPhone user, you should probably buy the AirPods unless you’re often in noisy surroundings. And the more Apple gear you own, the more useful they’ll be! (funky music) Samsung’s Galaxy Buds
are to the Galaxy S10 what the AirPods are to the iPhone, right down to the quick
and easy pairing process. These are also a good pick for S10 owners because of that phone’s
reverse wireless charging. Just drop the case on the back
of your phone to top ’em up, or put them on a compatible Qi charger. If you want faster power,
the port on the case is USB-C, another bonus. As I mentioned before, the Galaxy Buds, and the rest of the buds in this video, block outside sound way
better than the AirPods, because of their ear gels. They’ve also got the expected touch panel on each ear bud for track control, and you can customize what those taps do, including volume control. Also nice, if you get an alert while your phone is in your pocket, the Buds can tell you what
kind of message it is. They’ll literally say
“text message” or “email” so you know whether it’s
worth taking your phone out. If there is an Achilles heel to the Buds, it’s the case’s battery life. This oversized Tylenol
only has enough power to fully charge the Buds once, and 15 minutes in the case only gets you 1.7 hours versus Apple’s three. The Buds are comfortable
though, and if you want, you can use Samsung’s
app to let a little bit (announcer speaking)
of surrounding sound through, just so you’re not totally
isolated from the outside. For workouts and rainy days, the Galaxy Buds bear a splash
resistance rating of IPX2, which is, well, tell ’em, Comrade Dyatlov. – Not great, not terrible. – Price-wise, the Galaxy
Buds are tough to beat no matter which phone you carry, but just like AirPods being
the best fit for iPhone users, the Galaxy Buds really shine brightest when they’re used with a Galaxy S10. The Jabra 65t earbuds feel kind of like the chunkier cousin of the Galaxy Buds. The case is bigger and
has a clumsier cover, with a mechanical squeeze
latch instead of the smooth magnetic closures on all the other cases. It also charges via micro USB
instead of the newer USB-C, but I forgive that particular
issue for the same reason I give a pass to the Earin
M-2s for the same thing. These were released well over a year ago! That’s been enough time for
my buddies at Android Central to give the 65ts a
glowing long-term review. I have to say, I don’t fully get the love. It’s not just the case that’s clunky but the buds themselves
are also on the big side, and I needed to twist them into my ear to lock them in place. I never got used to the fit. Whenever I wear these I find I need to take regular comfort breaks, and the fact that they
use physical buttons instead of tap pads means every
time you adjust the volume, you’re pushing the buds
further into your ear canal. That said, if you’re an audiophile, you’ll really appreciate
how robust Jabra’s app is. It gives you a bunch of equalizer presets and also lets you set different modes so that the buds will
kick out different sound when you’re commuting, say, compared to when you’re
just sitting at home. Also, if you just want a
few flavors of white noise, there are focus settings for that too. There’s audio passthrough, once again. The case carries a 10-hour backup charge to the Buds’ five hours, and these carry real dust
and water resistance ratings from IP55 all the way up
to IP67 for the active. And if you’re wondering what
(chuckles) those numbers mean, check out my waterproof phones video with JerryRigEverything
where we explain all of ’em. So the Jabras are quite good, but given how close they presumably are to being replaced by a sequel, and how clunky they are
compared to the others, they wouldn’t be my first choice. That honor belongs to a
truly tiny set of buds built with fit and finish in mind. Yeah, ever since I reviewed
them back in January, the Earin M-2s have been
part of my everyday carry, despite their compromises. Namely, micro USB charging, the highest price tag in the video, and a symptom of their tiny footprint, the fact that you almost always accidentally hit the
touchpad on the earbuds when you take them out or
put them in. (chuckles) But the M-2s are just such
catnip for nomads like me. They’re so small they almost
vanish into your ears. And the Comply material
that makes up the foam tips is the most comfortable too. Audio passthrough, touch controls, the same splash resistance
as the Galaxy Buds, the expected features are here and the battery life is
better than you’d expect from something this small,
about 3.5 hours per charge with a soundstage much more spacious than I expected as well. The case carries an
extra 10 hours of battery and oh, (sighs) that case, it’s metal, fits in pockets better
than the plumper ones, and it slides open and shut with a satisfying metallic clunk. (case clunks satisfyingly) It all adds up to a
delightful earbud experience. And finally, your promised
portion of peculiar. The Wearbuds by themselves
are pretty good! They’re small, they’re lightweight, IPX6 water resistance,
and the sound quality’s, frankly, a lot better than I expected. What really sets them apart though is this charging case that
gives the Wearbuds their name. It straps onto your
wrist like a SmartWatch, and the buds click into the sides. The touchscreen gives you
control over Bluetooth, message notifications from your
phone, and health tracking, and the heart rate sensor on the back helps out with the latter. According to the spec sheet,
the rated battery life is 5.5 hours or 12 hours with the case, but you won’t ever hear
me say that this case is something I would
willingly put on my wrist. It’s plasticky, it’s very large, and you see the low battery warning here? That’s because I kept misplacing the proprietary magnetic charging cable. I can forgive the lack of
a standard charging cable on a small SmartWatch,
but this honker is so big, they could’ve fit a USB-A port on it! Also, while this is backed by a company with some good history in the space, it’s also a Kickstarter project, so you need to exercise
the typical cautions there. And to cover all our bases, this particular model is a prototype, so I can’t speak to whether
the production version will deliver on all of its
claims, or feel any less chintzy. But the fact remains that for 99 bucks, you’re gettin’ some earbuds
that seem pretty good and a SmartWatch that, well, is better than no SmartWatch, I guess! The point is, if you’re
shoppin’ the whole landscape, you don’t want to ignore it, especially if you like the
idea of earbuds you can wear, even when you’re not wearing them. Folks, let me know what buds
you’re putting in your pockets and your ears down in the comments, and if you wanna buy any
of the buds in this video, affiliate links are
down in the description. Those are mostly Amazon affiliate links. Buying through them helps
support the channel. This video made possible by mix of review samples from the manufacturers and retail devices
purchased by Mobile Nations. See the description for
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