If you are finally prepared to buy a new set of earbuds, but this time the branded ones from Apple, i.e., AirPods, then this post will help you a lot! By the end, you will know enough to choose the best as per your needs.
Here, we will be going to make an in-depth comparison based on every aspect of all three generations of AirPods. They are AirPods Gen 1 vs. AirPods Gen 2 vs. AirPods Gen 3 (AirPods Pro) that have been present on the market!
So, let us find out what all the differences between them are and which one would suit best for you to make a great purchase!
The first generation of earbuds from Apple Inc. are released in late Dec 2016. They are made to automatically connect with Apple devices on which you have logged in into using your Apple user ID.
Hence, a user can also switch them between different devices with ease. AirPods works on iOS-based Simple setup. In other words, a user can automatically pair them with iCloud signed up devices.
One can activate Siri on double-tap. But this feature can be a disadvantage for AirPods 1. It is because there might be the chances that a user can press it accidentally. Also, not a convenient option for disabled people who cannot move their hands properly!
AirPods 1 consists of a W1 chipset that mainly focuses on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. By the way, the product supports Bluetooth 4.2 technology, iOS 10 or newer, watchOS 3 or newer, and macOS High Sierra or newer!
Recently, in march 2019, Apple has introduced its similar-looking set of AirPods, i.e., Generation 2, but this time with added features!
They can tolerate sweat and water under some scenarios but do not have any specific ratings. Also, like the First Generation, they can be customized with double tap on the left and right AirPods.
Now if we compare them with the first generation of AirPods, then AirPods 2 are having a better voice and sound quality, longer talk time, compatible with voice-activated Siri than 1st gen!
A user can benefit from 2 times quicker switching among various compatible devices. It also offers more hours of talk time than 1st Gen. They are based on the same design but come with 30% less latency.
There is an H1 chipset on AirPods 2 that mainly focus on headphones, high-quality audio with faster and reliable connectivity. The product is also offering 50% more talk time. A user can enjoy Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and this time, both voice and double-tap to activate the Siri with a much better quality of voice calls!
The second generation of AirPods are compatible with iOS 12.2 or newer, watch OS 5.2 or more modern, and macOS Universal Fit!
Apple has recently announced its 3rd generation of earbuds named AirPods Pro!
It has been presented with all new and amazing features as compared to previous-generation models that can lure the minds of anyone! Here is a brief list:
- Active noise cancellation - Blocks your ears so that you can only focus on hearing what is coming out of the ear pods. It has two microphones - one inward-facing and another outward-facing!
- Based on unique design - So, from now, anyone can identify that you are wearing the AirPods 3 on your ears. Due to the addition of gleaming white stems as a tail of the signature style of conventional AirPods dropping downwards!
- In-ear design with extra silicon tips – It has been confirmed that they work on special software. One that can assist one to choose the best fit as per the size of the ears as an imaginary part of its fitting feature!
- Audio transparency mode - It is to hear about your surroundings. So that you feel almost like nothing is there in your ears, deactivates the noise isolation on silicon tips.
- Vent system - It is to equalize the pressure and provide the best comfort for wearing the AirPods 3 for a long time, unlike sealed earbuds.
- IPX4 certified - Sweat and water resistance, not recommended for water sports activities.
- Adaptive EQ - It is there to automatically tune itself to produce excellent sound quality as depending on your ears. Hence the more consistent and rich experience of listening to high-quality sound.
- Force Sensor - They can be controlled with single, double, and triple taps. A user can press down and hold there to switch between transparency and Active noise cancellation modes.
Hence, with so many features, we can say that AirPods Pro is made for fitness freaks. It is best for people who want to continue listening to music or taking calls while doing their activities!
They are also based on H1 chipset and supports iOS 13.2 and newer, watchOS 6.1 or more modern, and macOS Catalina 10.15.1.
The first generation of AirPods cannot are non-in-ear based earbuds that can universally fit into our ears. As per the dimensions, they are 16.5 x 18.0 x 40.5 mm or 0.65-inch x 0.71-inch x 1.59 inches in terms of length, width, and height!
Similarly, for the charging case, they are 1.74 x 0.84 x 2.11 inches. If we consider the weight, then it is 4 grams or 0.14 ounces for AirPods 1 and 1.34 ounces or 38 grams that of charging case!
There are nothing changes in the dimensions and size of the second generation of AirPods. Also, they are based on the non-in-ear design with a universal fit.
If we compare the size and weight of AirPods Pro with previous-generation models, then these are smaller in size but bit wider and deeper. It is around 1.22 inches in height, 0.86 inches in width, 0.94 inches deeper! At the same time, they are a bit heavier, i.e., 5.4grams or 0.19 oz.
They can be charged with a case provided based on a lightning port for 15 minutes to get 3 hours of battery backup for listening to the music. A user is not getting any wireless charging case in the package, but they are compatible to support it! So, in a full battery, one can use it continuously for 3 hours of talk time and 5 hours of listening to the audio!
The Second Generation of AirPods comes with Qi wireless charging case in the Box. So, this set of AirPods is capable of delivering 5 hours of battery backup for music and 2 hours in case of talk time! They are also compatible with USB Type-A to lightning cable!
In the case of AirPods Pro, a user can get 4.5 hours of battery backup. It is for listening to the music on a single charge that, too, with active noise cancellation in action! However, without it can raise the battery backup for up to 5 hours.
Also, it supports 3.5 hours of talk time in a fully charged up battery! As a package, a buyer will get a Qi-based wireless charging case with AirPods Pro! Now, the new sets of AirPods support USB Type-C to lightning cable.
Unfortunately, you will hardly found any deal of new stocks currently regarding AirPods 1, but you can buy the used ones if you want to be! It is because they have been discontinued, not more than the last march 2019. Initially, they are priced at about $140.
Also, if you would like to use it with a wireless charger, then you have the option to buy a separate one at $69. The Qi-based wireless charger is compatible with both the 1st and 2nd Generation of AirPods!
One can buy it either at an initial price of $199 or even less than that, including the wireless charging case and $159 excluding it!
You can get AirPods Pro from Apple stores for $249! However, for orders, the shipping starts on the 30th of October, 2019!
Now the main question is: Which should you Buy?
Before moving towards any conclusion, let us see some of the common facts in all the three generations of AirPods! Thus, all of them provide:
- Qi-based quick wireless charging!
- "Hey Siri" always-on, for announced messages and audio sharing!
- Double tap for voice activation!
- Apple TV support!
- More than a day of listening time while they are connected with their respective charging cases.
- Free customized engraving as per personal needs.
- Five minutes charge, 1 hour listening time, due to ultra-fast charging feature.
Finally, you have got pretty much an idea about what would be the best choice for you. If you are still confused about what you can buy, read on:
AirPods 1: Only, if you have a meager budget to spend on branded earbuds. You need to compromise on getting fewer features with the primary purpose of only listen to the quality music and taking calls in between!
Also, you should know the fact that AirPods 1 supports less battery backup for talk time and are not compatible with voice-activated Siri!
AirPods 2: Only if you do not need the feature of wireless charging and not a heavy user to use it under rains, taking baths, or under heavy use! After all, you can have a choice to buy an additional wireless charging case if you need it.
But, still, you will need to compromise with the state of the art features that will be going to come in the third generation AirPods!
Lastly, if budget is not a significant constraint for you and you need to prepare yourself for the future, then you can buy AirPods Pro.
There is a little compromise in the battery backup with ANC enabled as compared to its previous generation models. AirPods Pro is worth the price of what you are going to spend on getting the best of what Apple has to deliver!