How Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft headphones compare to AirPods

How Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft headphones compare to AirPods


Google introduced the redesigned Pixel Buds phones at an event in New York on Tuesday. It's the latest big tech company to challenge the mainstream stylish wireless headphones, Apple AirPods.

How Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft
How Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft
Of course, there have been a lot of rumors recently about updating the AirPods, which could include a fresh design and noise cancellation. But how do you compare the offers of four of Apple's biggest

competitors - Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and Google - with AirPods today?

Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Microsoft headphones compare to AirPods

Apple AirPods

  • Fit: Comfortable fit, same as Apple's EarPods; one size.
  • Carrying case: Smallest of the group, small enough for a pocket; comes in both wired and wireless versions.
  • Battery life: Five hours on a single charge, up to 24 total with charging case.
  • Connection: Single-click pairing with iPhone, connects via Bluetooth with Android phones.
  • Additional features: Hands-free Siri integration; fast switching between Apple devices.
  • Price: $ 149.99 with wired charging case, $ 199.99 with wireless charging case.

Microsoft Surface Earbuds

  • Fit: Comfortable with multiple tip sizes.
  • Carrying case: Pill shaped, bigger than AirPods case but fits in a pocket.
  • Battery life: Eight hours on a single charge, up to 24 total with charging case.
  • Connection: One-click pairing with Swift Pair on Surface PC using Windows 10, compatible with Android 4.4 and up, and iOS 9 and up.
  • Additional features: Extremely productive touch controls that are compatible with Microsoft Office.
  • Price: $ 249.99, available Holiday Season 2019.

Samsung galaxy buds

  • Fit: Comfortable with multiple tip sizes but may be uncomfortable in smaller ears.
  • Carrying case: Bigger than AirPods case but still slim enough for a pocket.
  • Battery life: Six hours on a single charge, up to 13 total with charging case.
  • Connection: Requires two apps and a Samsung account for a "seamless" connection. Compatible with Android 5.0 and up and iOS, but will lack features with iOS connection.
  • Additional features: Customizable touch controls. Wireless charging available with Samsung Galaxy 10 phone.
  • Price: $ 129.99, available now.

Amazon Echo Buds

  • Fit: Comfortable with multiple tip sizes but may be uncomfortable in smaller ears. Bulkier fit.
  • Carrying Case: Much larger than AirPods case, slightly bulky fit in a pocket. Requires micro-USB for charging.
  • Battery Life: Five hours on a single charge, up to 20 total with charging case.
  • Connection: Via the Alexa app. Compatible with Android 6.0 and up, and iOS 12 and up
  • Additional features: Bose-powered noise cancelation. "Passthrough" mode to let in ambient noise. Hands-free Alexa option connects with Siri and Google Assistant.
  • Price: $ 129.99, available Oct. 30, 2019.

Google Pixel Buds

  • Fit: Will offer multiple tip sizes.
  • Carrying Case: Slightly bigger than AirPods but still slim enough for a pocket.
  • Battery Life: Five hours on a single charge, up to 24 total with charging case.
  • Connection: Unknown.
  • Additional features: Extra-long Bluetooth connection of up to 100 yards. Transcription feature. Includes an "adaptive sound" mode that adjusts volume based on surroundings.
  • Price: $ 179, available Spring 2020


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