11 Truly Wireless Alternatives to Apple AirPods

Apple’s AirPods represent a cord-cutting ideal for the company. Since removing the headphone jack from its new flagship smartphones the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is hoping that the £159 AirPods – its first ever wireless in-ear headphones – will set a new benchmark for the product category. The AirPods are certainly a tempting prospect. They boast unique features and functionality, including super-quick pairing thanks to Apple’s new W1 wireless chip, the ability to activate Siri with just a simple tap of one of the earpods, and infrared sensors that allow them to stop and start music when they’re removed from your ears.

But the AirPods aren’t without competition. A number of manufacturers have produced or are in the process of producing their own cord-cutting in-ear buds. While they may not have all the same features as the AirPods, they’re still worth investigating, even if it’s purely because of their looks. Now see the AirPods Alternatives below.

Erato Rio 3

Price: £98
Status: Coming soon.

The sporty Rio 3 earphones are good for six hours of play time on one charge and feature an omnidirectional microphone that can interact with Google Now and Siri. They also feature a three-button set-up for controlling your music.

Erato Rio 3

Erato Muse 5

Price: £135
Status: Coming soon.

The Muse 5 in-ears focus on comfort – the “FitSeal sleeve” allows for interchangeable tips and body sleeves. They also feature fancy 3D audio processing, which Erato claims can reduce distortion for a more accurate sound.

Erato Muse 5

Earin

Price: £170
Status: Out now.

Earin has tried to take “minimal to the maximum”. It prides itself on earpods with a lack of flashing lights and microphones in order to be as light as possible, weighing in at 3.5g.

Earin

Samsung IconX

Price: £170
Status: Out now.

As well as tracking your distance, speed, heart-rate and number of calories burned, the IconXs can also carry out the duties of a music player.

The 4GB of built-in storage can hold around 1000 MP3 tracks, while playback functions revolve around tapping or swiping the earbuds.

Samsung IconX

Motorola Verve Ones+

Price: £200
Status: Out now.

The Motorola Verve Ones+ are comfortable and a snug fit, while their IP57 rating means they can be immersed in 1m of water for 30 minutes. Their compact charging case can also provide charge for up to 12 hours.

Motorola Verve Ones+

Erato Apollo 7

Price: £225
Status: US only – coming to Europe soon.

Erato claims its headphones work with both Siri and Google Now via an integrated omnidirectional microphone. The Apollo 7s also support aptX audio and come with their own aluminium charging case.

Erato Apollo 7

Onkyo W800BT

Price: £230
Status: Out now.

The Onkyo W800BTs have already passed through our test rooms and have emerged with a solid four-star rating thanks to their clear open sound.

Controls are extremely limited, but there is a microphone built into the right earpiece for taking calls and, like the Apple Airpods, they come with a carry case which doubles as a charger.

Onkyo W800BT

Jabra Elite Sport

Price: £230
Status: Pre-order.

The Jabra Elite Sport are IP67 water resistant, so they can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, and have an ‘audio passthrough’ feature to adjust how much of the outside world you can hear while using the earpods. They also have an in-ear heart-rate monitor which can advises on your recovery and predict your race pace.

Jabra Elite Sport

Bragi Dash

Price: £250
Status: Out now.

According to the Bragi, the Dash earpods feature “gesture interaction” which allows you to customise how they responds to your movements – nodding to accept a phone call or shaking your head to decline it, for example. They also have a built-in fitness tracker, monitored via an app, and even offer 4GB of internal storage for your tunes.

Bragi Dash

Fuse in-ears

Price: £TBC
Status: Coming soon (US-only for now).

These are possibly the world’s first modular in-ear headphones. The earbuds knit together to form a pill-shaped module which you can then store in a variety of different chargers – there’s one for home, one for on the move, one for the style-conscious etc. They’re noise cancelling too, which is rare for a wireless pair.

Fuse in-ears

Motorola VerveOnes Music Edition

Price: £150
Status: Coming soon (US-only for now).

These are a much-needed upgrade to the disappointing Verve Ones+. So what’s new? “Rich HD sound” is the order of the day, along with a microphone so you can talk to Siri or Google Now. They’re also splash-proof, so should withstand a run in the rain.

Motorola VerveOnes Music Edition

Source: WhatHiFi