For several years running now, AirPods have been all the rage. (As have all Apple products, it seems…)
But are they really worth it? The original ones were so ill fitting for me that I could barely walk without them falling out of my ears, much less workout with them in. I know they’re not meant specifically for working out, but if I’m going to spend that much I would like to be able to use them for a variety of tasks.
I went for the Pro version when they came out to much fanfare & while they definitely fit more snug for daily (more sedentary) use, they still didn’t do it for me for medium-high impact activity/exercise.
I think most people just want an everyday wireless earbud to do all of the following:
- Does it pair easily?
- Does it stay in my ear for workouts comfortably?
- Is it somewhat noise cancelling?
- Does the battery last a long time?
- Is music/call quality solid?
- Is the microphone clear?
Enter the Boltune & HALLELUJAH! Finally. They answer a resounding “yes” to the first 5 of those questions. They check off the boxes for daily use (& even running) plus they are noise cancelling AND you can’t beat the price (currently running on Amazon for just under $50). The only drawback is the mic quality. None of the various alternatives we have tested are as clear as the AirPods when it comes to mic clarity.
If the microphone isn’t a high priority for you and you are more focused on sound/fit, there is NO reason to spend $200ish on AirPods when these take care of it all & if you lose them it won’t be heartbreaking to have to bite the bullet & pay for them again at that price point.