AirPods Pro vs AirPods 2 Which are the best True Wireless headphones from Apple?
Very solid Bluetooth connectivity, great battery performance, H1 chip is excellent, effective noise cancellation (AirPods Pro).
The sound quality is not the best in this sector, somewhat expensive.
AirPods are Apple's first True Wireless (wireless) headphones and the perfect companions for all new phones that do not integrate a 3.5mm jack, such as the iPhone X or iPhone 8. They were first launched alongside the iPhone 7 and changed the market.
A few months ago Apple released a new version that some call AirPods 2. The new AirPods are almost the same as the original model, but integrate the new H1 chip and can be charged wirelessly. Many expected a more revolutionary model and were somewhat disappointed. However, Apple's truly innovative headphones have just appeared on the market: the AirPods Pro.
Apple AirPods Pro come with noise cancellation, a more pragmatic and attractive design and superior sound quality, although they are also more expensive. In this article we will tell you all the features about the new AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Technical Characteristics of Apple AirPods:
- Type: In-Ear
- Battery: 5 hours (24 hours with case)
- Dimensions: 1.65 x 1.8 x 4.05 cm (1.65 x 1.8 x 4.05 in.)
- Weight: 4 g (each)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
In terms of design, the new AirPods look identical to the previous model. They have a strange and striking design. They look like the Apple headsets that come with iPhones, but it looks like they've cut the wires with scissors. The main difference is that the cups are longer to accommodate the improved microphones they integrate. They stick out a bit from the ears and the design is not very subtle, but today it is an iconic product.
These Apple earbuds are small and delicate, but feel sturdy. We tested them and they felt very comfortable. The major drawback is that they do not fit all users well. It is a pity that Apple did not include tips or hooks of different sizes with the purchase to ensure that any user can use them, as is the case with the Sony WF-1000X or the Jabra Elite Sport.<
Connectivity and functionalities
The most significant improvement in the new Apple AirPods is their connectivity. The H1 Chip replaces the W1 and offers a noticeably faster connection than the original AirPods, although the original AirPods were already syncing quite fast. If you have an iPhone you will see an option to connect the headphones by simply removing them from the case/charger, as well as the charging status of the AirPods and charger.
The H1 chip also allows you to use Apple AirPods as a handsfree and take advantage of all Siri features. You can activate the virtual assistant to make calls, change songs, etc., without using your phone. Siri works flawlessly and the microphone picks up your voice very well, even in noisy environments.
Apple claims that the new H1 chip is twice as fast when switching devices, produces 30% lower latency for gaming and is 50% faster for transferring calls. If you prefer, you can also access Siri by double-tapping the outside of the cups. You can set the AirPods' touch controls to play or change songs, but you can also turn them off completely.
Apple AirPods: Sound quality
In terms of audio quality, nothing changes when we compare the new AirPods with the previous version. They present a warm, powerful and lively profile, although it does not offer the best treble and not very deep bass either. If you are looking to purchase a True Wireless headset and your main concern is sound quality, the Sony WF-1000X is a better choice. However, few people will choose this Apple headset for that reason alone.
The AirPods greatly improve the sound offered by the EarPods, but fall short of being a product that can satisfy demanding audiophiles. As with many True Wireless, these Apple headsets produce decent mids, but the detail and clarity of instruments and vocals are not the best. Bass, on the other hand, is perceived as more powerful and richer than on the EarPods. Bass is much more decent than Beats headphones and performs well when playing any genre of music.
These Apple headphones deliver sound with energy and rhythm. They allow you to appreciate the different instruments in instrumental pieces with clarity. They do not produce the clarity or quality of good wired headphones in this price range, but offer a good sound experience. Compared to the Airpods, the sound of the Earpods is perceived as poor and flat.
Battery and charging system
The battery life of the AirPods is one of its best features and is maintained in the new model. This can give you up to five hours of battery life, although the capacity drops a bit if you use the phone a lot. In addition, these Apple wireless headphones come with a charging case that can add up to 20 additional hours.
In addition to the New H1 chip, the other major new feature of the AirPods is that their charger is wireless. This means you can use them with Qi charging mats to avoid the hassle of cables, but they also have a Lightning port. Apple claims the new model yields up to three hours of talk time on a single charge, a one-hour improvement over the previous model.
Conclusion on AirPods
Apple Airpods wireless headphones remain one of the best True Wireless headphones on the market. They have an eye-catching design, a high-performance battery and their Bluetooth connection is one of the best we have tested. The sound quality is not the best of the competition, but they are a great option if you have other Apple products. However, the new AirPods Pro are quite a bit better.
Apple AirPods Pro Technical Features:
- Type: In-Ear
- Battery: 4 1/2 hours (24 hours with case)
- Dimensions: 3 x 2,2 x 2,4 cm
- Weight: 5.4 g (each)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth
AirPods Pro design
AirPods Pro corrects the cons that the original version has. Apple listened to all the complaints about their popular headphones and applied the improvements to this model. They are truly excellent and worthy of admiration.
The design of the AiPods is iconic, but not very attractive. The long shape is understandable given all the technology they integrate, but they draw a lot of attention as they fall over the ears. The new AirPods Pro are almost a centimeter shorter and the difference is quite noticeable. They look like a designer product and look great.
Another significant improvement that the AirPods Pro feature is that they come with three interchangeable and different sized silicone tips. Earlier models did not fit all users well and could fall off, but the Pro's pads keep them secure in any situation. In addition, they are very easy to remove.
AirPods Pro come with a new venting system that equalizes pressure and minimizes the uncomfortable seal in the ear canal. They are also IPX4 certified against water and sweat, making them a good headset for any type of exercise.
Connectivity and functionalities
Apple changed the touch system of the AirPods 2 for new sensors located in each cup that are easier to use. These sensors allow you to switch between Transparency and noise cancellation modes. You can also control playback, change songs or answer a call by simply touching them. If you have an Apple Watch you can skip these controls and use the watch to manage audio and noise cancellation mode.
Like the AirPods 2, the new Pro integrates the H1 chip that gives you a seamless and instant Bluetooth connection with iOS devices and all the functions of the Siri personal assistant. When using them with an Android phone it does not connect instantly as with iPhones, but the Bluetooth sync is very fast anyway.
Apple AirPods Pro: Sound Quality
The first thing we noticed about the AirPods Pro is that they sound better than previous models, perhaps because they offer deeper bass. The main reason is its new drivers, designed for active noise cancellation technology. The AirPods 2 sound great in quiet environments, but do not perform as well when faced with ambient noise.
The noise cancellation of the AirPods Pro is effective. In addition, the seal provided by the new tips also helps to deliver a much better sounding sound in noisy environments. The Pro uses two microphones that reduce ambient noise. One is in charge of detecting external sounds and the second is aimed at the ear while the software adapts the audio signal 200 times per second.
The noise cancellation offered by the AirPods Pro is at the top of True Wireless headsets and they also feature Transparency mode, a common feature in the best noise-canceling headphones. This mode allows you to listen to ambient sounds without removing your headphones, which is very useful in train stations or airports.
The Sony WH-1000XM3s sound better for a close price. However, we have to note that the Sony are over-ear headphones and offer different functions, so the comparison is not entirely fair. That said, the AirPods Pro offer remarkable sound for a True Wireless headset. Apple created an automatic equalization system that optimizes low and mid frequencies according to the shape of your ear. The sound profile features high-end dynamics, no perceptible distortion and offers deep bass down to 20Hz.
Battery and charging system
Apple claims that the AirPods Pro's built-in battery lasts approximately four and a half hours with noise cancellation active. The capacity is a bit lower than that of the AirPods 2, but this is understandable because of the ANC technology. However, they come with a case/charger that gives you an additional 24 hours.
The headphones charge quickly in the case and only 5 minutes is enough to use them for an hour. The case can be charged wirelessly with a Qi charging port or through the Lighting port. They come with a USB-C to Lighting cable, but you will need to get the power supply.
Apple AirPods Pro Conclusion.
The True Wireless AirPods Pro headphones are just about perfect. They correct all the cons of the previous models: they fit any user very well, are more attractive, are IPX4 certified and have very effective active noise cancellation and great sound. They are somewhat expensive, but if you have iOS devices they are the best option on the market.
If you are looking for a more affordable option we recommend checking out the Xiaomi Airdots Pro 2. They look the same and are cheaper, although the sound doesn't come close in terms of quality.
We recommend you check out the new AirPods Max. They are the company's first over-ear headphones. They are quite expensive, but offer all the features of the AirPods Pro and sublime sound in a more convenient form factor. Also the new AirPods 3, a necessary upgrade from the previous version, Beats Fit Pro and Beats Studio Buds.
On the other hand, if you don't need active noise cancellation, the Beoplay E8 is a good choice.
Technical features Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods 2
|Especificaciones técnicas||AirPods Pro||Apple AirPods|
|Tipo de auricular||In-Ear|
|Requisitos del sistema||iPhone, iPad o iPod touch con iOS 10 o posterior|
|Contenido de la caja||AirPods, estuche de carga, cable conector Lighting-USB|
|Dimensiones||1,65 x 1,8 x 4,05 cm|
|Peso||4 gr (cada AirPod)|
|Batería||5 horas (24 horas con el estuche)|