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I replaced AirPods Pro with Powerbeats Pro for running — here’s what wins

I’m on a quest to find the best running headphones that don’t fall out of my ears. When I tried AirPods Pro for running at the track a few weeks ago, I spent more time chasing down the bouncy plummeting buds than banking laps. 

Despite my wireless headphone woes, I’m committed to running as a regular fixture of my workout regimen. I will discover the best wireless earbuds (or headset) to provide the soundtrack, even if I have to wear down the tread of my sneakers in the process.

For my first post-AirPods Pro fail run, I enlisted Powerbeats Pro. Long positioned as a pair of fitness earbuds, I once tried the Beats-brand buds, but I lost them to the laundry cycle when I left them in my sweatpants. 

Still, Powerbeats Pro combines water- and sweat resistance, an attractive ear hook design and effortless Apple integration via an ever-capable H1 chip. If that’s not the combination I need, I’m not sure what is. So are Powerbeats Pro my ideal running headphones? Read on to find out.

Running with Powerbeats Pro: Comfort and security

When I unboxed my baby blue-colored Powerbeats Pro, I saw three additional sets of eartips along with a fourth pair that shipped attached to the buds. AirPods Pro comes with just three total: the medium size already attached, and small and large sizes are in the box. But AirPods Pro offers a special fit test to pick the proper size for you. With Powerbeats Pro, I had to rely on old fashioned trial-and-error.

Satisfied with the stationary security of the smallest eartips, I felt ready to run. Once I finished my walking warm-up at the track, I turned on my upbeat tunes and picked up the pace. At first it seemed as though the Powerbeats Pro wiggled loose and could descend from my ears at any step. I decided to trust they wouldn’t, though, and after the first lap I grew comfortable with the barely-there feel. 

After two miles, the Powerbeats Pro remained in my ears, even when I needed to adjust my ponytail or wipe away the sweat pooling around my neck in the humid summer air. That said, the comfort declined over time. Around the one-hour mark of my workout, the rigid hooks began pinching my ear lobes. The sensation grew intolerable, so I opted to walk home music-less. I never experienced this awkward pain with AirPods Pro.

Running with Powerbeats Pro: Sound quality

Before the Powerbeats Pro started to hurt my ears, I enjoyed the sound quality. These buds produce well-balanced audio, mastering the oddities of my eclectic running soundtrack. From the iconic baseball broadcast in Meat Loaf’s “Bat of of Hell” and the cymbal beat of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us,” to the addictive bass of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” and anthemic vocals of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” the Powerbeats Pro held their own. I wish they could get a little louder for the moments I need an extra push, though.

Powerbeats Pro aren’t noise-cancelling like AirPods Pro, so I could still hear the passing siren of an emergency vehicle and buzz of other people at the track. I like feeling connected to my surroundings when I’m working out, but I wouldn’t wear Powerbeats Pro when I’m trying to focus on work. I’ll probably stick with AirPods Pro or perhaps AirPods Max when I’m not moving around, two of the best noise-cancelling headphones right now. 

Running with Powerbeats Pro: Verdict

My experience running with Powerbeats Pro could've gone better, but it also could've gone worse. I happen to love the design and fun color options of the Beats earbuds, so I felt stylish, even with sweat dripping down my face. But they say pain is beauty, and that was the case after wearing Powerbeats Pro for a longer workout.

Luckily, I don't plan on reaching distance-runner status anytime soon. For a 60-minute-or-less track workout, the Powerbeats Pro are stellar — and they stay put. For the sound quality and easy pairing, I might even reach for them for my next weight-lifting session, too. I can't say they're the ultimate running headphones I've been searching for, but Powerbeats Pro are a worthy alternative to AirPods Pro. 

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at [email protected]

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1 Testing conducted by Apple in March 2019 using preproduction Powerbeats Pro units and software paired with iPhone XS units and prerelease software. Testing consisted of transferring phone call audio from iPhone to Powerbeats Pro. Performance depends on device settings, environment, and many factors.

2 Testing conducted by Apple in March 2019 using preproduction Powerbeats Pro and Charging Case units and software paired with iPhone XS units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of continuous pink noise at 80dB. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained Powerbeats Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first Powerbeats Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.

3 Compatible with all Apple W1 and H1 chip-enabled Beats headphones and AirPods. Works with iPhone 8 or later and iPod touch (7th generation) with the latest version of iOS; and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation or later), 11-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation), and iPad mini (5th generation) with the latest version of iPadOS.

4 Find My Beats requires an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 14.5 or later, iPad with iPadOS 14.5 or later, or Mac with macOS Big Sur 11.3 or later. Customers must have an Apple ID and be signed into their iCloud account with Find My enabled.

5 Find My can locate headphones and play a sound within the Bluetooth range of an iOS device signed in to iCloud.

6 Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Internet access is required. Cellular data charges may apply.

7 New subscribers only. $9.99/mo after trial. Offer available for a limited time to new subscribers who connect an eligible device to an Apple device running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later. Offer good for 3 months after eligible device pairing. No audio product purchase necessary for current owners of eligible devices. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply.

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Set up and use your Powerbeats Pro with an iPhone, Mac, or other device

Learn how to pair your Powerbeats Pro with your devices, how to adjust the fit, and how to control the audio.

Pair your Powerbeats Pro

The system button is located inside the case.

Pair with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Make sure that you turned on Bluetooth on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Place the Powerbeats Pro earbuds in the case. 
  3. With the lid open, hold the Powerbeats Pro within 2 inches of your unlocked iOS device.
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your iOS device. If you don't see any instructions, follow the steps to connect to another device.

Pair with a Mac, Android device, or other device

  1. Make sure that you turned on Bluetooth on your Mac, Android device, or other device.
  2. Place the Powerbeats Pro earbuds in the case. Leave the case lid open.
  3. Press and hold the system button until the LED blinks.
  4. Open the Bluetooth menu on your Mac, Android device, or other device. For example, on your Mac, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth.
  5. In the list of discovered Bluetooth devices, tap or click your earphones.

Learn how to connect using the Beats app for Android.

Switch from one device to another

Your Powerbeats Pro automatically reconnect to the last device you used with them. Here's how to switch between devices:

  1. Go to the Bluetooth settings on your device. For example, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Tap or click your earphones in the list of discovered devices.* 

*Your Powerbeats Pro automatically pair with your other devices that are signed in to iCloud and using iOS 11 or later, macOS Sierra or later, or watchOS 3 or later. If you don't see your Powerbeats Pro in the list, you might need to pair your Powerbeats Pro with your device.

If you can't connect to your device, learn what to do.

Adjust the fit of your Powerbeats Pro

You can push down on the curve of the earhook to adjust it.

The earhooks on your Powerbeats Pro are adjustable. To create a more secure fit, hold the stem and push the earhook down.

You can also change the eartips to improve the comfort, stability, and sound quality of your Powerbeats Pro. Learn more about Beats eartips.

Use your Powerbeats Pro

When you take your Powerbeats Pro out of the case, they're on and ready to use. When you put them in your ears, your Powerbeats Pro automatically play the audio from your device. If you take one earbud out, audio pauses. When you take them both out, audio stops.

The multifunction button is the large, round button on each earbud. The volume buttons are located next to each other, higher up on the earbuds.

Control the volume

To control the playback volume or call volume, use the volume buttons located on each earbud. When you change the volume on one earbud, the volume also changes on the other earbud.

Control what's playing

You can use either of the Beats logo buttons, which are located on each earbud, to control your music. Here are some things you can do:

  • To pause or play audio, press the Beats logo button once.
  • To skip to the next track, press the Beats logo button twice.
  • To listen to the previous track, press the Beats logo button three times.

Answer phone calls

You can also use either of the Beats logo buttons to answer calls. Here are some things you can do:

  • To answer or end a call, press the Beats logo button once.
  • To answer a second incoming call and put the first call on hold, press once. When two calls are active, press once to switch between calls.
  • To decline an incoming call, press and hold the Beats logo button for 1 second.

Ask Siri

To activate Siri, you can say, "Hey Siri." Or you can press and hold the Beats logo button on one earbud until you hear a chime. Then say what you need. Learn what to do if Siri isn't working.

Siri features might vary by country or region.

To activate the voice assistance feature for other devices, you can press and hold the Beats logo button.

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Powerbeats Pro 2: everything we know about the rumored true wireless earbuds

Is Apple working on the Beats Powerbeats Pro 2? It certainly looks like it, with a new pair of Beats wireless earbuds making an appearance in an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing back in March.

Since then, the rumored Powerbeats Pro 2 have popped up in similar filings around the world, suggesting that a follow-up to the popular Beats Powerbeats Pro is on the cards. 

Most recently, Apple briefly removed the Beats headphones page from its website, lending credence to rumors that a new product could be announced alongside the iPhone 12 – and while the Powerbeats Pro 2 never materialized, we did see the long-awaited HomePod Mini. 

Meanwhile, Apple quietly launched the Beats Flex, a new pair of neckbuds that are available in a few different colors including Beats Black and Yuzu Yellow – next year will bring in the additional colors Smoke Gray and Flame Blue.

The Beats Powerbeats Pro are among the best true wireless earbuds you can buy, and thanks to their long battery life, good sound quality, and smart design – including venting holes that reduce the pressure the earbuds impart on your ears – they are among the best running headphones, too.

Details of the Powerbeats Pro 2 are scant right now, and without official confirmation from Apple, we can only guess as to details like a release date, specs, and sound quality – and some outlets are even speculating that the FCC filing only relates to minor tweaks to the existing earbuds. 

Even so, we've also seen some pretty hefty Powerbeats Pro discounts, suggesting that Apple could be shifting stock ahead of a release.

Whenever the buds turn up, and whether they're a complete overhaul or a minor tweak to the existing Powerbeats Pro, we've dreamt up a wish list of all the things we'd like to see from the Beats Powerbeats Pro 2. 

Cut to the chase

  • What are they? The Beats Powerbeats Pro 2, a pair of true wireless earbuds
  • When will they launch? That's TBC
  • How much will they cost? Likely similar to their predecessors ($249 / £219 / AU$349)

Powerbeats Pro 2 release date

Apple hasn't announced a Powerbeats Pro 2 release date – or even confirmed their existence, for that matter – so it's guesswork at this point.

We thought the new buds could launch at WWDC 2020, but with no new hardware announcements, the next feasible release window is on October 13, when we're expecting to see the iPhone 12 – but again, no Powerbeats Pro 2 were to be seen.

Instead, Apple announced the Beats Flex, a new pair of wireless earbuds – but it did so quietly, with no mention of the buds at the virtual event.

Powerbeats Pro 2: what we know so far

In April, Apple filed a new document with the FCC that appears to describe the Powerbeats Pro 2.

The FCC ID BCGA2453 describes ‘totally wireless high-performance earphones’ and corresponds to Apple’s model numbers A2453 and A2454 – though whether those two different model numbers corresponds to two new versions of the Powerbeats Pro remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, Apple requested that the FCC withhold external photographs, internal photographs, test setup photographs and the user manual until October, so it will be awhile before we can confirm our suspicions.

Without photos or documentation there’s not a whole lot of information available inside the brief other than the wireless frequency the earphones will operate on (2.402-2.48 GHz) and some really technical information about the kind of wireless transmitter it will have inside. 

Some outlets are reporting that the FCC filing describes "a minor tweak" to the Powerbeats Pro, rather than a truly new model – perhaps in a similar vein to the AirPods (2019), which replaced the 2016 AirPods, or even as a mere software update. 

MacRumors believes the filing represents "a minor internal tweak to the existing models that will soon be or has already been quietly released without any announcement or changes to public-facing specs".

So, it could be that newer Powerbeats Pro models have been given a few adjustments without any announcement from Apple. MacRumors says that, "if you've recently purchased ‌Powerbeats Pro‌, you can check the fine print on the inside of each earpiece" to see whether they correspond with the new A2453/A2454 model numbers.

Whether the FCC filing relates to a brand new model or some minor tweaks remains to be seen. In the meantime, we've put together a wish list of all the things we would want to see if the Powerbeats Pro 2 actually materialize. 

Can't wait to find out? We've gathered the best Powerbeats Pro prices below, so you can get your hands on the original true wireless earbuds.

Powerbeats Pro 2: what we want to see

While we were big fans of the original Powerbeats Pro, there are a few features we'd like to see in their successors. 

Noise cancellation

This was a pretty big omission from the Powerbeats Pro, which were only able to offer limited noise isolation without active noise cancelling technology built in. We'd like to see Apple take a leaf out of the AirPods Pro's book, and give users the chance to block out annoying environmental sounds at the tap of a touch-sensitive housing. 

Customizable sound

The Powerbeats Pro shook off Beats' reputation for overly bassy audio, offering a more neutral sound profile. While we liked the sound quality offered by the original buds, we were disappointed that Apple didn't provide any way to alter the EQ settings, either via an app or through a series of preset sound profiles. An accompanying app with a customizable EQ would give Powerbeats Pro 2 users the option to really personalize the sound of their buds, tweaking the bass, mids, and trebles exactly to their liking.

A higher IP rating

The IPX4 waterproof rating offered by the Powerbeats Pro was fine, but we think Apple could do better with the next generation. An IPX4-rating means the original Powerbeats Pro could take a bit of sweat, maybe an accidental splash from a water bottle or someone jumping in the pool, but imagine how great it would be if you could take them swimming?

Sleeker charging case

The charging case for the original Powerbeats Pro was a little bulky in our opinion; we'd love to see something sleeker for the Powerbeats Pro 2. A slim case is especially important for use while working out, as shorts and running leggings don't always come with deep pockets to stuff all your gadgets into.

Longer battery life

The Powerbeats Pro have a great battery life as it is – but we'd like to see Apple push the boat out with its second gen model, perhaps taking a cue from the affordable and incredibly long-lasting Lypertek Tevi. 

Olivia is TechRadar's Audio & Music Editor, covering everything from headphones to smart speakers. Based in TechRadar's London offices, she previously worked in the music industry for a few years before finding her calling in journalism. In her spare time Olivia loves playing retro video games, hanging with her cat Ethel and golden retriever Dora, and bingeing on Netflix.

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Apple Beats Powerbeats Pro review: throw away your AirPods

If you’re an Apple or Beats fan, true wireless Beats are finally here. The Powerbeats Pro may cost $100 more than the AirPods, but it offers far better isolation, sound quality, and comfort than the aforementioned earbuds. iPhone owners should absolutely jump at this if they want an audio product that not only offers the benefits of the H1 chip, and the freedom afforded by not just the best wireless Beats, but some of the best true wireless earphones on the market.

Editor’s note: this Beats Powerbeats Pro review was updated on June 21, 2021, to include a section on Apple Spatial Audio.

Who should get the Beats Powerbeats Pro?

Placing the earbuds back in the charging case is more involved than the Airpods, but still effective.

  • Apple iPhone users who are unsatisfied with the design shortcomings of the AirPods, and need double the battery life of the AirPods Pro
  • Android users looking for true wireless earbuds with an earhook design

What’s it like to use the Beats Powerbeats Pro?

Apple’s Beats Powerbeats Pro is an example of a really good design for a product category that’s hurting for it. Truly wireless earbuds have seen a lot of entrants in recent months, but few have addressed some of the bigger difficulties inherent in the unconnected earbud design. For example, how do you hold the earbuds in the ear if the fit isn’t perfect? If you own unsealed earbuds, you’ll find they fall out quite often. The ear hooks of the Powerbeats Pro do just that: not only do they relieve pressure on your ear canal, but they also keep your earbuds in place should the seal break.

If you have an iPhone, all you have to do to pair the Powerbeats Pro is open the case, and tap the bubble that pops up on your phone. Dead easy. For Android, it’s slightly more complicated. Open the case, and then hit the pairing button that’s almost flush with the inside of the case. Hold that button until the LED on the front turns white, and then pair the device like you would any other Bluetooth device. Just be sure to leave the earbuds in the case until they pair.

The Powerbeats Pro earbuds have the same over-ear hook design as the standard Powerbeats, but they ditch the wire connecting them.

Once you’re paired, you can slide the ear hooks behind your outer ear, and gently rock the nozzle of the Powerbeats Pro into your ear. If you find the fit uncomfortable, there are two additional sleeve sizes, and one pair of dual-flanged tips to replace the stock option with. Once the earphones are in place, push the ear hook in to tighten the fit to your liking.

As far as product maintenance goes, true wireless earphones like the Powerbeats Pro will benefit from regular cleaning, though the black color option will show earwax the least. Still, we recommend regular cleaning of anything that goes into an orifice like your ears, so be sure to check out our guide on cleaning AirPods Pro (this will be the same process for any in-ears).

Just like their Apple brethren, these buds are loaded with sensors. Each earbud has a proximity detector to pause your music when you pull them out of your ears. Additionally, each bud has accelerometers to detect when you speak to better guide the microphone when you’re in a loud environment, and to turn themselves off when they’re just sitting on a desk.

The new redesign of the earbud and hook is sleek and helps to keep them in place while wearing them.

Each earbud has a multifunction button, and a volume rocker that has the same function for each side, so you can choose whichever side is easiest to reach at the moment (a godsend for new parents). The multifunction button offers the normal controls, but also allows you to toggle Siri with a long press.

Is the Powerbeats Pro waterproof?

Beats’ earbuds aren’t waterproof, but they do offer IPX4 protection against sweat and water. Sure, that may not be what you’re looking for, but true wireless has a dearth of good waterproof options at the moment. If you like to work out with earbuds, you may find that these fit the bill, as their ear hook and sweat resistance can more than keep up with you.

How is the battery life of the Powerbeats Pro?

Battery life on the Powerbeats Pro is a little ridiculous. At a level of 75dBSPL, our test unit was able to playback music for 10 hours, 52 minutes with an iPhone XS Max. That’s insanefor a set of true wireless earbuds. While that result can only be had with a newer iPhone, even on Android the Powerbeats Pro outlast most true wireless models at 10 hours, 34 minutes.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), the Powerbeats Pro charges via the included Lightning cable.

Whether it’s the H1 chip or the larger unit size or both that’s the culprit here, it’s clear from the giant battery case that longevity was a chief concern if the design team. And considering how poorly true wireless earbuds tend to perform in regards to battery life, this is a standout product at this point in time.

The battery case uses a lightning cable to charge up, which is frustrating for anyone who doesn’t use an Apple product for their computer or phone. However, it’s not as big of an inconvenience as it could be, given the other side of the cable is a normal USB-A connection, so it can go in your computer or wall charger.

Editor’s note: we achieved these results on a loan unit from Apple/Beats. Once we get our hands on a retail copy, we’ll re-test and update should a difference be found.

What is the connection quality of the Beats Powerbeats Pro?

True wireless earphones are in a strange way at the moment, as their sound quality is often very dependent on what phone you use. Beats will work with Apple devices far better than they will with Android handsets, simply because of the Bluetooth codecs used, and the H1 chip hidden inside. Without said chip, your phone will likely display issues with latency, and extremely minor noise.

Android’s Bluetooth latency is all over the map.

It’s just a fact of life that Android just doesn’t handle AAC, the chief codec used by the Beats Powerbeats Pro, as well as it should. However, unless you’re extremely young: you probably won’t notice a huge difference. Probably.

When listening to music over AAC, iPhones (purple) have almost no audible noise, while Android phones can struggle (yellow, blue).

The Powerbeats Pro boasts Apple’s best efforts at true wireless connectivity, allowing each earbud to be paired independently of each other, meaning your iPhone can simply connect to each bud instead of connecting only to one or the other. Additionally, the Bluetooth 5 connection offers a much better connection with battery life, compression advantages.

Can you use Spatial Audio with Powerbeats Pro?

The Apple Music app comes pre-installed on iOS devices.

If you’ve got an iPhone you can access Apple Spatial Audio (by Dolby Atmos) in Apple Music with your Powerbeats Pro. Currently, the selection of tracks with the Spatial Audio available does not run especially deep, but it’s still new.

To enable Spatial Audio, go to your iPhone’s settings, select Apple Music and then Dolby Atmos. Set it to Automatic, so it’ll use it when available. In Audio Quality settings, which you’ll find listed below Dolby Atmos, you can select Lossless Audio. If you have trouble, make sure both your phone and Powerbeats Pro have the newest update.

How does the Beats Powerbeats Pro sound?

Objectively, the Powerbeats Pro sounds… pretty decent. Sure, there are a few challenges inherent to the design of true wireless earphones that make some sound quality issues apparent, but all in all the new Beats in-ears offer a consumer-friendly sound that doesn’t rattle your skull (see: How to readcharts).

This is normal isolation performance for earphones that seal to the ears.

Much of the ability to maintain sound quality comes from the included ear tips, as isolation is by far the most important performance metric for commuters. While the Powerbeats Pro offers a decent level of isolation, you may want to see if you can find third-party foam tips if you have trouble with the silicone sleeves. The included tips won’t do much to block out common “low” sounds like engine rumble or low voices, but they will take the edge off a baby crying (tested that myself) or common commuter noise.

Bass has a pretty noticeable bump as is emblematic for a Beats product, and highs and high mids are boosted a bit to help instruments stand out a little bit from the crowded cacophony of a loud song. While it may not satisfy the pickiest listeners out there (who may prefer something like the Sennheiser CX True Wireless), a response like this lends itself well to most modern music.

However, that dip in the low-mids is a little bit of an issue, as it means that the highest half of a piano, most wind and stringed instruments, and some vocals will sound roughly three-quarters to one-half as loud as the bass notes or highs. In mixes with lots of instrumentation, vocals—especially higher-pitched voices—can sometimes sound a little quiet in comparison to the rest of the track.

Though the Powerbeats Pro have a strong bass emphasis, it is not skull-rattling in the way that some Beats products are.

For example, the vocals tend to be very hard to understand in The Midnight’s Sunset. In the presence of a rather strong bassline and lots of highs, you’ll find the vocalist’s voice just isn’t that easy to hear in the chorus as it should be.

Can you use the Beats Powerbeats Pro for phone calls?

The microphone of the Beats Powerbeats Pro is surprisingly good for a set of true wireless earphones, and while it doesn’t measure perfectly: the flaws aren’t going to ruin your voice. I have a deep voice, and as such would be the kind of person most affected by that dip from 60-200Hz, but as the clip below demonstrates: it’s not so bad.

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With a downward-facing microphone in either earbud, wind noise seems to be attenuated fairly well. This is great, because if you’re on the phone a lot like I am, you can really annoy the heck out of your friends and coworkers with wind noise if you like to talk when you’re not cooped up in an office. If they sound bad over your conference call, realize that it’s probably not their fault.

As of May 27, 2021, 2,075 readers have rated the above mic sample as somewhere between “good” and “perfect.” This is an above-average result for true wireless earbuds, and at the very upper end of what you should expect to get out of any products of this type.

Should you buy the Powerbeats Pro?

The Powerbeats Pro is among the best Beats audio products out there. Sure, this headset is expensive, and a stellar example of why people are willing to pay a lot of money for headphones in general. It may offer a lot, but you’ll have to spend to get the Powerbeats Pro—just be sure to shop around to get the retailer that’s right for you. It’s possible to snag a great deal, but definitely figure out what kind of warranties are available to you, as a purchase this big is better with some built-in security for your investment.

The Powerbeats Pro charging case is large and bulky, dwarfing both the Pixel Buds and even the Airpods charging cases.

The Powerbeats Pro directly addresses the most egregious design shortcomings of Apple’s AirPods, and hits the market as a credible alternative for iPhone users. However, there are cheaper true wireless earbuds out there, and if you have an Android phone: AAC earphones tend to fall short a bit. Additionally, if you’re okay with corded earphones: you may want to grab the newly-released Powerbeats instead. Not only are they cheaper, but boast better battery life as well.

All prices listed in USD unless otherwise specified. Prices may change over time, and vary by region. Unfortunately, we cannot list Amazon prices on the site, as they vary greatly by currency.

That said, no other models of true wireless earbuds come close in battery life, and these are going to be very popular doing the exercise crowd. Really, their biggest shortcoming is limited to price, and the lack of an equalizer app. Even without that last item, they’re still one of the best iPhone earbuds you can buy.

Why should you get the Powerbeats Pro over the AirPods?

While the decision to go with AirPods or the Powerbeats Pro might have more to do with money (for most). Though the up-front cost of the Powerbeats Pro is between $50-100 more than the latest iteration of AirPods, the Beats in-ears offer isolation, better sound quality, tactile controls, sweat resistance, better fit, and even some ear hooks to relieve pressure on your ear canals.

The new AirPods still don’t seal to the ear, making it difficult to move around with them in—let alone exercise with them.

There’s really not anything the AirPods have that the Powerbeats Pro lacks outside of gestures, but if you’re like many of us older listeners: those aren’t going to really make that big of a difference in your day-to-day.

The picture gets a little more sticky when it comes to the Apple AirPods Pro, though. For the same price as the Powerbeats Pro, the AirPods Pro offers a smaller battery case, ANC, a slew of iOS-specific features, a smaller battery pack, and that distinctive Apple aesthetic. While we here at SoundGuys don’t particularly care for it, AirPods has become a sort of status symbol, and that matters to some. Where the Powerbeats Pro trash every other true-wireless option on the market in terms of battery life, the AirPods Pro might be good for you if the 5-hour runtime is enough for your daily use.

If you have an Android phone, get the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is a great all-around headset with few drawbacks for the price.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro merits an IPX7 rating, and can endure all of your workouts. These earbuds may lack the secure ear hooks of the Beats Powerbeats Pro, but it instead relies on ergonomically shaped ear tips and housings. This design allows for a more compact build, and discreet appearance when you wear them outside of the gym. Samsung packed plenty of advanced hardware and software into these earphones, including support for Samsung 360 Audio, hands-free Bixby access, and automatic voice detection. You can hold a conversation without removing the earbuds: the voice pickup unit (VPU) immediately detects when you speak and automatically enables ambient aware mode.

You might like: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro vs Apple AirPods Pro

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